Patrice – Senior Manager, Commercial (Finance Business Partnering Team)
Patrice has been with Virgin Atlantic for almost 18 months, She is the strategic Finance Business Partner responsible for managing the finances for the Commercial function which includes the following areas : Sales, Marketing, Loyalty, Revenue Management, Digital & Distribution, Network, Alliances & Strategy & Data & Insights.
She started her career as an Auditor with PwC, establishing herself in the Aviation industry during a 6 year tenure at British Airways working across a variety of roles within Finance. Wishing to challenge herself she then moved to test her skills at Royal Mail, securing a role as the Commercial Finance Director however, realising that her love of Travel was not easy to leave behind she returned to the industry and joined Virgin Atlantic in 2017.
“No one day is the same’, says Patrice ‘I have such a varied and exciting role – one minute I could be prioritising our investment portfolio with our leadership team, then next I could be devising the communications strategy for our new Finance Apprentice scheme”.
Movement across roles
‘Being with the business for a relatively short time I have really enjoyed my time in Finance and have made some great in-roads in contributing to the performance of the business. At the end of the year I will be moving to the Commercial team to lead the Joint Venture relationship with Delta and AF-KLM. There are always opportunities at Virgin Atlantic, talent development is taken seriously and you are encouraged to move around the business to contribute and learn about new areas!’
Working culture at Virgin Atlantic
Patrice says ‘you are encouraged to “Be Yourself” at Virgin Atlantic which means that your full personality is welcomed in the office. We work extremely hard and are focused on getting things done in the most efficient way that is best for our people and also our customers.
We are encouraged to make decisions based not on the fact that we are employees but on the basis of being the owners & custodians of Virgin Atlantic. These are just a few of the reasons why I enjoy working at Virgin.
We all have a great sense of pride being part of such a well-loved brand and are excited by the impact that we are able to make’.
Career Opportunities at Virgin Atlantic
People are central to Virgin Atlantic’s success and if you’re interested in joining us we have a wide range of roles available from Apprenticeships to Leadership Roles as well as amazing learning and development opportunities.
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