A Coffee and a Chat with… Kellie-Ann Lees, Bookkeeper

Kellie-Ann is Worksmart’s bookkeeper, handling all of the accounts and making sure everyone is paid on time. Such responsibility means Kellie-Ann treads a fine line between being the most and least popular person in the office. Luckily, she’s great at what she does, and no one has to worry about not being paid on time!

Tell me a bit about your working background and joining Worksmart?

I used to work in the city centre and I was looking to work more locally – I’m from Dreghorn just 5 minutes down the road. So it was kind of location-wise at first but then the role itself was a bit of everything, so it wasn’t just sticking to one part of accounts, which is what I had been doing. I had been doing purchase ledger and payroll so it was nice to be able to do cashbook and sales ledger as well.

I’ve always done accounts, but this role is more varied, there’s bits of everything. I started at 18 working at an office as an office junior, then got promoted to do books. Then when I moved from Edinburgh back home I took a maternity leave role in Irvine, and that’s when I did purchase ledger and payroll and started doing my HNC at night. I was working full time and going at night to do that. Now I’m doing my degree at the Open University which I can do while working full time at Worksmart.

Describe your role and the responsibilities you have?

I do all the processing for all the invoices, I deal with the banks and payments going out to suppliers and expenses.  I do the timesheets for the guys who work on-site, they all have a weekly timesheet, so I’ll process them and allocate the costs that go to each job and send the report upstairs at the end of the month for the wages. I do the VAT returns, PAYE and petty cash. I’m also responsible for the new job costing system we have implemented and having that running smoothly. Being in construction also brings CIS and processing and submitting this.

What’s your best piece of advice for a young person looking to get into this sector?

Stick in! It can be a bit monotonous at the beginning, especially when you’re learning. You tend to go through phases of doing the same thing for a long time before moving onto something else, but this helps, as once you’re done you’ll be able to do it in your sleep, and it makes moving on to the next stage easier. I couldn’t have come into this role and done it straight away as you’re having to learn too much at once. It’s better to specialise in one area, then once you have that skill on lockdown, move onto the next thing.

What’s your favourite thing about working at Worksmart?

Probably the team. I really like the office and the staff I’m working with. I used to temp and go job-to-job, but I’ve not been interested in moving since I arrived here. It’s a great company to work for, there’s great banter and they make you feel really appreciated.

And finally, when you get out of the office, what do you like getting up to?

Socialising with my friends, planning my wedding and I like going on holidays; I’m always going on holidays. This year I’ve been to Paris, I’m going to Poland in September and then I’m away to Iceland and New York in December!