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First things first - tell us a little about yourself!

After finishing university in Poland, I moved to the UK and started my career as an account manager for a recruitment company. After two years, I made the move to Bar2 and have been here ever since! My positions within the business have varied from account assistant, customer service consultant, payroll supervisor to my current position as payroll manager.  By dipping my toes in various departments across the business, I have been able to gain a great insight into the operations of each part of Bar2.

How have you been making the most of lockdown?

Lockdown has meant working from home for the Bar2 team and honestly, I’ve found myself to be much so more productive! Juggling day-to-day work and a CIPP Pensions Administration course kept me busy and determined to stay focused and I have achieved so much more in the past 6 months than I ever thought was possible.

As I’m sure is true for most people during the lockdown, I have realised how important a work-life balance is for my own wellbeing, so this period has also given me the opportunity to spend more time fulfilling my other interests and hobbies.

So why Bar2?

I have been working at Bar2 for over 10 years now and what I like the most about the company are my friendly colleagues, the supportive and inspiring management and the endless career opportunities.

And what's your favourite thing about being our Payroll Manager? 

What I enjoy the most about my role as Payroll Manager is data analysing, problem solving and constantly seeking areas for improvement within our department to assure quality. Being a manager, I find it really rewarding having the ability to support and guide my team with my own experiences and training to grow and develop their own careers. Together we create a strong, dynamic and skilled team!

Congratulations on recently completing your CIPP Certificate in Pensions Administration! What did you have to do to gain your certification?

Thank you! The KPA Level 3 Certificate in Pensions Administration (QCF) was a nine-month course which required me to attend online lessons and pass six assignments and an exam. The certificate provides me with the further knowledge required to assist me with daily interactions with the pension scheme and scheme provider.

In achieving the certification, I can now progress to the Foundation Degree in Pensions Administration and Management (after a well-earned break!).

Where are we most likely to find you on a weekend?

Outside of work, I love outdoor activities like hiking or long walks in a park. When I’m not doing that, you’ll find me out for dinner in a nice restaurant or having a Sunday roast in the pub with friends! 

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