Financial Reporting/ Change & Transformation Review

by CooperVision


  • Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • My job consisted of assisting the financial reporting team with month end preparation and reporting. I prepared Balance sheet and P&L Reconciliation every month end. Prior to this, I was responsible for posting journals for departments/regions of the business. The other side to the financial reporting tasks consisted of looking after the marketing teams budgets/ expenses/journal posting/ accruals for a specific region. I would then prepare and present the final report to the Business Controller of the region. My role was split and the other side was 'Change & Transformation' which consisted of the involvement of business projects and assisting the Project Manager.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I learnt a lot of skills during my placement year. These consisted of : - Excel skills -Communication skills ( in a remote environment) - Teamwork -Confidence -Resilience -Independence

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 4/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • I was given a lot of responsibility throughout my placement year. It was always keeping me busy and the days I was not so busy I could focus on other tasks assigned to me. Month ends was extremely business, particularly for my role.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • I received a lot of support and guidance from my team in Finance, my manager and the HR team. Majority of the everyone I came into contact with was extremely supportive. This helped significantly as my whole placement year was done remotely.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 4/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The company culture was very professional and they did a lot of initiatives that were great for sustainability and the community. It slightly felt a bit too serious sometimes, but overall a good atmosphere to work in.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 2/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 2/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 2/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 4/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I really enjoyed my placement year as it taught me a lot of skills and gave me a good knowledge and insight into the financial environment working in Industry. This gave me a good opportunity to explore a lot of areas of finance I was not exposed to at University. Although I did not experience the 'working life' in the office due to the pandemic, I certainly learnt how to schedule my times and days.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 4/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at CooperVision
  • 3/5

  • 7. Would you recommend CooperVision to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to CooperVision
  • I would advise to research the company and their CSRs! CooperVision is a company that do a lot but doesn't publicise it well.

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Placement (10 Months+)


South East

December 2022

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