Giving accountants and bookkeepers an even bigger voice
As a fast-growing business, we’re always looking for new talent, from developers and designers to people with an uncanny ability with technology, numbers and relationship-building. We’ve recently posted two exciting new roles that have been getting quite a bit of attention:
A number of enquiries have come in, as well as questions from partners wanting to know more about what we’re up to. So, I’d like to share some thoughts and background with you.
The term ‘disruption’ comes up a fair bit in our industry. While it could be deemed an ‘overused buzzword’, I don’t think too many people involved in accounting would deny that disruption is precisely what cloud technology has brought to the table. Our belief is that this is a positive change with the scope for many benefits to the industry. We are also realists, however, and understand that new technology, and change in itself, can be challenging for some to embrace, and we want to do everything we can to help.
Several practitioners and journalists who follow this industry have not been shy in sharing their views, some provocative, on disruption and, notably, Xero’s responsibility in stepping up to the plate as a new industry leader (see some links below). As proponents of the cloud and this new model of working, we have to keep our eyes and ears open to feedback and commentary and, most importantly, we have to be proactive and take action to make sure that we stay focused on driving this progression and giving people the tools they need to succeed.
Since humble beginnings, Xero in Australia has experienced phenomenal growth. We now have over 120,000 customers here and over 5,500 accounting and bookkeeping partners who actively promote Xero to their SME clients. This success has its own unique challenges and brings with it an expectation for us to continue to fulfil a leadership role in the industry. We are most definitely up for that and know that it takes resources and the hiring of great talent to do this. And that’s a key reason why we are investing in two key leadership roles within Xero Australia.
We’ve proudly welcomed many accountants and bookkeeping practitioners into our 150+ strong team in Australia. It’s time now to dial this up even more and take it to the next level, which is why we’ve decided to appoint two very important leadership roles into the Xero Australia team: Head of Accounting and Head of Bookkeeping. Both of these crucial roles will report directly to me, reflecting the importance that we have placed on these appointments.
These roles are all about understanding and leading the industry. We seek candidates who are passionate about the plight of their peer accountants and bookkeepers. Ideally, these roles will be filled by someone who has worked in the industry as a practitioner; who has been on the journey to the cloud and act as spokesperson and ambassador for their fellow accountants and bookkeepers. Successful candidates will provide a clear vision as to where Xero is going and provide direction to our partners that now look to Xero to lead the way in the industry.
Importantly, these roles will also act as a pipeline back into Xero to influence product, investments and our strategic direction and help steer our innovation so that we continue to evolve with the interests of partners in mind. To make this happen, we’re keen to offer these roles on a part-time basis (three days per week) so that successful candidates can remain in practice or business and stay hands-on and connected to what it takes to prosper in this ever-changing industry.
So, if you think you have what it takes to be our Head of Accounting or Head of Bookkeeping at Xero, we would love to hear from you. Head to our careers page and scroll down to Business Services for more details.
Our door is always open to fostering discussion and discourse about the industry, and we look forward to doing so at a number of sessions at Xerocon.
What is the future of bookkeeping? – Chirag Ahuja
Sydney Roadshow delivers a challenge for Xero – James Solomons
Will bookkeepers survive the cloud? – Wayne Schmidt
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