We are delighted to introduce accounting superstar, Julie Wise, Commercial Assistant at VH Bio! Find out about the positive impact she makes at our company and a bit more about her:
Describe what your job entails.
Processing incoming invoices, Processing of payments to UK suppliers, Monitoring creditors ledger & sending out monthly statements along with any copy invoices that may be needed, and dealing with any queries that may arise with the backup from Pauline (VH Bio’s Sales and Purchasing Manager) if needed. I also take care of the organising of accommodation/travel requirements for field-based staff and the organising and logistics handling of any workshops or conferences that may be sponsoring and attending.
What is your career and/or education background?
I started on a YTS doing office work at a company called Reg Vardy at the time (who then went on to become Evans Halshaw), before leaving there to work in the Purchase Ledger Dept. at Philips Components in Durham (who then became LG Philips Displays) where I was made redundant. After this, I took a year out to have my second daughter Ellie, after which I then started in my current role here at VH Bio.
What is your favourite part of the job?
I enjoy it all to be honest (I know that’s sad) but because I’ve been doing Purchase Ledger for many years now, I know it inside out… I have to say the work Pauline and I have done with the credit-control side of the accounts makes me happy. The results we are seeing now are great! We make a good team 🙂
In your opinion, what is the greatest advancement in the history of science?
The discovery of DNA.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An Air Hostess or a Travel Agent… However, I didn’t pass my Geography exams so I gave up on that!
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy running (sometimes; when I push myself to go out!) I do miss my running partner Carole (VH Bio’s recently retired Customer Services Manager) who would guilt trip me into going out! I do go out running with Alison (VH Bio’s MD) but we are both very good at talking each other out of it!!
I enjoy watching my youngest daughter Ellie play football – she plays for Durham RTC U14’s – so a lot of my spare time during football season is spent travelling on a Saturday to watch her. I also love to watch my eldest daughter Sophie dance in any shows she may be in & being a 17 year old with the outside world at her feet, a lot of my time on a weekend is spent playing “Mam’s Taxi” for her and her friends.
If you could be any animal, what you be and why?
I was going to say an elephant – because I have Dumbo ears (my husband will laugh at this) but a butterfly would be nice. Then I could just go around loved one’s gardens to let them know that I’m there watching over them.
What was the first car you owned?
A Toyota Starlet.
Describe your perfect weekend.
Definitely time spent with my lovely family… Or out for a few drinks with friends.
What annoys you?
Rude, Ignorant people who think they are better than anyone else.
If you were king or queen for a day, what one law would you change or introduce?
In Julie’s world, I would just want everyone to be kind and happy with no animosity going on.
If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Me being a plain, boring and fussy eater, I would be very happy to have jacket potato with cheese and beans, with a lovely wedge of fresh bread with Lurpak butter on (yum)!
If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?
Sunscreen – I know, miss sensible – a picture of my family and mouthwash.
What is the first concert you attended?
I can’t really remember but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Boyzone or Westlife! I did go to see Whitney Houston too before her troubles took over.
5 famous people – dead or alive – that you would invite to a dinner party?
All 4 Members of The Vamps (Don’t judge) – Always loved happy, dancy music and having 2 teenage daughters and taking them to concerts over the years it does rub off! These lads have so much energy I know they would provide great entertainment J
Finally, Terry Wogan. Growing up my Dad would always listen to his radio show on a Sunday morning. He came across as a genuinely lovely man.