We do not push or bend the client, but at the same time we are professionals

We do not push or bend the client, but at the same time we are professionals

Tatiana Khomenko
Chief Accountant

Joined the company in 2008

Institute of Fine Chemical Technology
Specialization “ Chemist-technologist

What was your first serious job?

While I was finishing my studies at the institute, I worked in the medical fund, I was there as an inspector, received reports. I worked there for a little less than a year, and then I was offered to work as an accountant. I had just retrained by that time.

How did you end up in accounting? For financial reasons and stability?

Rather yes.

And accounting is mine, I love it very much. Well, except for tax accounting. This is mathematics, this is pure mathematics – a harmonious, rigorous science.

If I hadn’t been a chemist, I would have been a mathematician, this is terribly interesting to me.

Tell us about this first job as an accountant?

I ended up in a very strange company that was engaged in offsetting the electricity of nuclear power plants. We counted boxes of money. In 1993, we already had our first mobile phones – those heavy boxes, and our chiefs drove the latest Volvo with flashing lights. Everything there was on the same kickbacks, there was a lot of money. I worked there for a year, learned everything.

In general, it was cool – the chief accountant did not have a salary, she just took what she needed out of the box in the safe.

And when the tax audit came to us, we presented the auditor a car.

And then I was invited to the network of bakeries. There I have already learned everything. It was terribly interesting – I mean both the work and the team. There were several bakeries, and they were divided by legal entities, and there were about ten people in the accounting department. There I became a real production accountant. Our team was awesome, we called the chief accountant “Mom Toma”, I worked there for five years. Then there was tourism. At first I worked there as a deputy chief accountant, and then as a chief accountant.

Where did you work directly before UCMS Group?

In the management company of commercial real estate in Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Astrakhan and in Naberezhnye Chelny. I was a deputy and worked first with Krasnoyarsk – I really liked working with people from there, and then with Astrakhan. It was funny: the average daily visit to a large three-story shopping center was either twelve or fifteen people. It was not clear why it was necessary to open such a center with boutiques in the middle of practically a village with a market. The salary there was not bad, but we slowly began to leave due to the fact that the new management began to sell real estate and build a new one in the Moscow suburbs. Well, then I went to UCMS.

Surely you remember the interview?

I remember. I came to the position of deputy chief accountant. At that time I already had practically an offer from the company where I wanted to work. It was a construction company, and that it located on Novokuznetskaya – it was convenient for me. They were already ready to take me, as I passed almost five interviews. They made me an offer, but I decided to go here. It was in Red Rose ( BC on Lev Tolstoy st. ), conducted by Anna Nikolaevna ( Manuylova – chief accountant until 2009 ) and Natasha Alenicheva ( HR director until 2016 ).

And you became a chief accountant in a little over a year

Yes, in May 2008 I came and became the chief accountant in July 2009.

What was difficult for you in your work?

English, of course. Another difficult thing was the lack of like-minded people in the accounting department at first.

The difficulty with which we are working now is never to relax, because there are many reports, more than in ordinary accounting.

You can’t go on vacation without any connection at all.

What are you proud of?

What a difficult question!

Well, wait, you and I came to the one company and now it is completely different. The owners, the main service, and even our staff amount – everything has changed. It has grown at least five times, but your team has not, and still you cope with everything.

Yes, the company has ceased to be western. Oh! We have launched an accounting service. Yes, I’m definitely proud of this – with me, a new type of service began from scratch.

The accounting department did not appear immediately. At first, you and Lena (Chervyakova – Deputy Chief Accountant) managed the first clients themselves, in addition to our internal accounting.

Yes, there were four of them then, and I am very proud of that. What else I am proud of … I am pleased with the introduction of some innovations – Sbis, an electronic system for negotiating contracts, and we will develop electronic document management. I am a little afraid to say that we, accounting, have no fines.

We are good at a lot of tasks, we have become truly multitasking.

And the pandemic showed that it turns out that we can work remotely.


Why are so many clients working with us for so long?

We are very customer oriented. We can really adapt to it – our people and processes.

We do not push or bend the client, but at the same time we are professionals.

If there is something controversial in the processes of the client, we try to direct him as gently as possible on the right path and secure, warn about the risks. We are really very correct, ready for almost all the wishes of the client.

What else are we? Describe us?

We are friendly. Flexible. We are intelligent. We know how to talk and write beautifully. Yes, we are cute and generally evoke positive emotions. We have reasonable pricing: we are not cheap, because this is also bad, but also not super expensive. The price must be adequate.

What is pleasant for you about work?

I love making reports. Honestly, balances, reports, I really like it. Again, because I love math. I like to play with numbers, and see how it turns out beauty. I like that I understand that these numbers mean not only mathematically, but physically and practically. I also love it when we have a lot of money in our bank account. That is why I am the chief accountant – I love it when money is in the box, and not the financial director, who loves it when it works.

It seems that you are shy … After all, you are not an ordinary chief accountant, you do a lot of non-standard things. For example, an ordinary chief accountant does not participate in the office relocation and does not carry the boxes himself.

Yes, but it’s not just about me.

Most of our administration is truly a team and like-minded people.

We talk on any topic, we can do any thing, on weekends we discuss some work topics. We often perform additional tasks – we organize and participate in office relocations, participate in holidays – from discussions to setting tables, and much more.

What is the ideal weekend for you?

First, get enough sleep without an alarm clock. There must be another day off ahead. I need to have a plan, not necessarily something global, but so that I know that, for example, I will meet with friends or go to the country.

Do you have a dream trip?

Yes, New Zealand and Africa (to the animals).

And what places that you visited did you like mostly?

I visited not so many countries. I liked Mallorca, I was there twice and would have gone there again. And the best vacation was in Croatia. We brought, well, fed a seagull that we named Vasya there, and even went to the market to buy fish for it.

What cheers you up?

Food, for sure. I love meat, but on a seaside vacation I love fish, seafood. I like to walk in the park or in the woods, but not just loitering, there should be at least some goal. For example, go somewhere, drink mulled wine, eat a sandwich and go back.

Can you tell us about your strengths?

I work easily under stress.

And the weak ones?

Hot temper.

Anything to say to those who read the interview to the end?

Do not waste your time on quarrels, swearing and in general nonsense – think about what you are doing. Better to spend your time traveling. But only when it’s safe.

A moment of nostalgia

By your first education, you are a chemical technologist. Did you consciously choose your profession?

Not just deliberately, but in childhood, when my mother put me to bed, I asked to tell about her chemical work. Mom did not work as a chemist, she worked as a design engineer, but as a draftsman, she had big sheets of paper – everything was as it should be. But she really worked in the chemical industry. They drew boilers for chemical plants. And I knew exactly who I wanted to be. And when I was very little, I wanted to be a doctor, a surgeon. And I was not afraid of blood and wounds. Well, I’ll continue about chemistry – I didn’t just know who I wanted to be, I even deliberately chose the university.

I wanted to sit in the laboratory and make scientific discoveries.

And then the 90th year prevented me. I entered where I needed to, at the Institute of Fine Chemical Technology, and I went to the specialty I wanted. But then everything changed – firstly, it became non-monetary, and secondly, there was no longer any job options. So in my third year I transferred to another institute. And then I already understood that I would not be a chemist.

You talk a lot about your childhood, it seems that it was very happy.

I had a wonderful, terribly funny childhood. Although I was an only child, I was very friendly with my cousin Sasha, who is three years younger than me. In the summer we went to the village, where our dads, aunt and my grandmother, whom we adored, stayed with us. She was very religious, but not crazy, her lean food is still the most delicious for me, and how she worked – the speed was unimaginable. And also our dads – my brother’s and mine – were staying with us – we left in the morning, sometimes breakfast was pushed into us, and we could have lunch at six o’clock. They were busy – doing not only their own, but all the women’s work and something else in the garden. In general, we ran all day.

What did you do?

Oh, we were very intelligent people. We made chains of nails – a trap for the car, and threw them on the road. We wanted to catch a milk cart so that we could catch hold of it and go.

So you were hooligans?

Well, the worst thing was when we found a gun with cartridges. I had enough brains not to take a gun, but I took cartridges. And we cleaned the sulfur off the matches, stuffed it into the bottle, inserted the cord, disassembled the cartridges, added sulfur … Then we soaked the cord with gasoline and kerosene.

So what function did this projectile have?

Well, I loved books about war and played war games all the time. We decided that we were partisans, and the “Germans” were trenches in the field. We approached the matter competently. Later, when I was studying to be a chemist, I learned that gasoline and kerosene cannot be poured together, because one burns and the other does not burn, so it would have torn us apart, of course. We prepared all this, and they even burned, but there was no boom, it did not explode.

Were there any other feats?

There was also a real feat – I saved my sister. She was three years old when the guys took her on a boat ride. They began to dive straight from the boat, it bent down and the sister fell out. My brother and I were sitting on the bridge, I swam and pulled her out.

You loved school, didn’t you?

Yes, it was great at school. For me, school is a solid get-together, sheer fun, I adored it. We were not just friends, my best friend is from one and a half years old, and the second one is from the first grade, and we still correspond with classmates. We even got four married couples out of the class. We loved to go hiking.

When we were younger, we walked with the class teacher, she entertained us – she would leave in the forest with a basket, return – and there were nuts and mushrooms in it. Nuts with condensed milk and mushroom cookies.

She was wonderful – she gave a lot of freedom; I never called my parents, but came myself; and the boy, who did not study well, was appointed headman, and his behaviour became better.

How did you earn your first money?

After my first year at the institute, I went to the construction brigade as a conductor on the train. To the Lena river, towards Irkutsk. I swam in Lena at 15 degrees. For my work as a conductor, I received money. I always worked at night, so I hardly slept for nine days. I really liked that I even went the next year. I earned 250 rubles and bought a cassette player, it cost 250 rubles.

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