Joe Leprince, Management Accountant, Schlumberger

Joe LeprinceSchlumberger

I am from Brazzaville, Congo and studied the ABE Diploma in Kuala Lumpur where I met my African queen, Barbara. We are now married with one daughter and live  between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Jakarta, Indonesia.

I work for Schlumberger, the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry.  Employing approximately 108,000 people representing over 140 nationalities and working in more than 85 countries, Schlumberger provides the industry’s widest range of products and services from exploration through to production. (www.slb.com)

As Management Accountant for a Schlumberger business segment called Software Integrated Solutions, my role involves preparing management reports (i.e. profit & loss statements, balance sheet, payroll analysis, cost analysis and forecasts) as well as segment analysis reports for the operations manager and operations controller.

I am currently covering the Central West and South Africa region’s operations which includes Congo, Gabon, Chad, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya, Uganda and Madagascar

I enjoy the flexibility, empowerment and the opportunity to work with people from different origins and backgrounds.

I first joined the company in 2011 as an Accounts Payable Accountant, then got promoted to Intercompany Accountant in January 2013 followed by another promotion just over a year later as Management Accountant.

Studying the ABE Diploma in Business Management had equipped me with the necessary knowledge to venture into any role within any organisation and in any industry. When I first read the job advertisement I had the confidence to apply even though I had no accounting background because I knew that my studies of Financial Accounting and Management Accounting in the Business Management qualification would be relevant in the role.

The Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources Management modules provided me with the necessary skills to manage my relationships with both my colleagues and my managers and this contributed a lot in my career progression as organisations value not only technical skills and expertise but also positive attitude and interpersonal skills.

My advice to new new students is to stay focus and never give up, tremendous opportunities await after graduation.