I think that a combination of factors is required to succeed at work, some of them are diligence, belief in yourself, persistence and responsibility, which is something that is recognized and rewarded in Podravka.
What are your business tasks and responsibilities within the company?
I am currently acting director of Financial Institutions Relations department, which includes a series of tasks related to financing and insurance sources. In the area of managing financing sources, this job includes operating activities regarding using and paying back credit liabilities, analysis and planning of credit indebtedness in order to synchronise in the best possible manner the needs and options currently available to us, tracking indebtedness of our related companies and a range of other tasks related to cooperation with banks, leasing companies and other financial institutions. As for insurances, my tasks include actions necessary to contract various kinds of insurances and all activities necessary for good implementation of contracts concluded, i.e. insurance policies.
Apart from the above, I am in charge of the Investor Relations, which is a corporate activity focused on maintaining relations with present and potential investors, analysts and other interested parties. Investor Relations is among "newer" disciplines which are still developing in Croatia, and specifically it includes communication of the basic information about the company, important events, business results and plans and preparation of releases and reports which are intended for investors and analysts. Apart from a good knowledge of finances, basic knowledge in the area of public relations is also required, and it is necessary to combine these two disciplines in order to deliver a good quality and timely information to all the interested parties.
What were the jobs that you worked on so far?
I started working at Podravka as an intern in the Treasury sector where I got a good foundation from the area of finance, I learned the basics of corporate finance and how to manage finances in one such company that operates on many markets. After the Treasury I was transferred to the Investor Relations, and then to Strategic Development, where I received a wider insight into Podravka's business, which enabled me to better grasp the environment in which Podravka operates. Specifically, I was in charge of the analyses of financial reports, preparation of documents required by regulations, contacts with domestic and foreign investors and other activities focused on approaching the company to the investor public.
What do you consider the challenges of your work?
As I already mentioned, Investor Relations are still being developed as a discipline and it takes a lot of learning in this segment in order to satisfy the requests of modern day business environment. Namely, with the capital market development, increased is the need for activities of the company in the part of the Investor Relations, I therefore consider that currently one of the biggest challenges is a quality development of this segment.
In your opinion, what are the advantages of working at Podravka?
I think that a combination of factors is required to succeed at work, some of them are diligence, belief in yourself, persistence and responsibility, which is something that is recognized and rewarded in Podravka. I therefore feel that this is one of the important advantages of the company, because that way it has a motivating effect on its employees in their professional and personal development. Being one of the biggest food processing companies in the country, with a long tradition and extensive experience on international markets, Podravka definitely has something to "offer" to its employees , who, working at Podravka have an opportunity to feel a combination of tradition, experience and knowledge, innovativeness and modern technologies in one place.