Careers at Inria
Malgorzata Van Nieuwerburgh
Malgorzata Van Nieuwerburgh is a financial officer at Inria Lille - Nord Europe. Her job, which is known for its technical element, also involves a considerable amount of interaction with internal and external contacts.
What is your background?
Malgorzata Van Nieuwerburgh: I started with a professional baccalaureate in accountancy and administration, before moving on to study for an advanced technician's certificate (BTS) in accountancy and administration of organisations, which included an internship. After my internship, I worked in a research laboratory at the IEMN (Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology) in Villeneuve d’Ascq. I heard about a competitive exam for positions at Inria, applied, passed the oral and written tests and was appointed.
What is the nature of your role at Inria?
M. Van Nieuwerburgh: It involves recording invoices and orders, processing travel orders for staff, and controlling budgets. I am also lucky enough to be involved with public procurement contracts and see how that process works. It's one of the really interesting aspects of my job. I am also in regular contact with the research team assistants and with the institute's firm of accountants, with the institute's auditors, whoare based in Paris.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about going into the same job as you?
M. Van Nieuwerburgh: In my job you need to be very thorough and well organised, because we have a lot of paperwork to deal with. It's not easy. The interpersonal aspect is also important with suppliers, assistants, etc. Most of all, I would advise you to do an internship while you study as I did, because in my case, that work experience really counted and I was able to find work quickly. With just a BTS is accountancy and administration, it would have been a lot harder.
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