I’d worked with Arbtech in a capacity in my previous role, organising the accounts and payroll, and even going as far as training applicable Arbtechers on some of the software programmes.
As a result, I was aware of the company and developed an insight into how it was run and what its ambitions were, which from a distance seemed unique and unlike anything I’d seen elsewhere.
I was looking for a new challenge further down the line, and once I’d spoken to Rob and he’d offered me a role with Arbtech, the opportunity was too good to pass up.
More than anything, it has to be the culture of trust.
Speaking the truth and demanding it from others is key and allows for full autonomy in all roles throughout the company.
It’s perfect, as it means full and effective independent working while at the same time having full support from everyone.
I spend time with my family as much as possible.
I also spend a lot of time with my church community socially, as well as on a volunteer basis, including leading a puppet group, which I have done for many years now.
I play table tennis every week in the local league. After that, pretty much any remaining available minute is spent playing some sort of computer game.
Don’t take yourself too seriously and don’t be afraid to give something a go.
It’s amazing what opportunities open up to you if you allow them to.
My favourite social was one we had in Madrid.
The food was frankly next-level insane, and we experienced the sights and culture to the max.
Not only that, but like all Arbtech socials, it too was fully paid for!
Florida is at the top of my list.
I’ve never really been anywhere too far from home, and I’d like to experience somewhere further afield.
I’ve been to Disneyland Paris many times before, so Florida makes the most sense next.
I hear there is a decent rollercoaster or two out there too!
One of the many unique aspects of Arbtech is that the company is constantly evolving, so you are required to learn and adapt.
Although challenging, it is a fulfilling factor, and as such, it is difficult to anticipate where I will be in the future. I imagine that I will be looking back on today in five years and trying hard to remember what I used to do back then.
I’m not the sort of person to have particularly defined goals, as I am a fairly contented person.
Instead, I tend to have lots of short-term goals. I usually find something I really enjoy and try to get better at it, leaving me with a challenge to work towards, but allowing me to enjoy it as much as possible.
I like the idea of learning to play an instrument – probably the drums – but I’m not sure how realistic that is any time soon.
Scott joined Arbtech in July 2017.
Robert Oates, director says:
The truth is, I have known Scott a long time and always thought that he’s exactly the sort of person I want in the company’s finance team. However, he worked for my accountant and good friend of some 15 years, Andrew… right across the courtyard at our offices. So, I had to wait patiently until one day I caught wind of his intention to move on, and that just so happened to coincide with the business growing to the point where I needed someone to take charge of “finance”, as I could no longer do everything I needed to, and indeed wanted to! Its great to have Scott here. Within a few months, he has produced a lot of value for the management team and taken it upon himself to improve most (if not all) of our financial systems and methods. I’m looking forward to what he can do for us in the coming months and years.
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