Profile: Naveen Gupta

Naveen Gupta is Divisional Financial Controller for the Estates Directorate. The Estates Directorate is responsible for the management and strategic development of the University’s properties and their related infrastructure – currently 290 buildings totalling 530,000m² and of all ages, shapes, and sizes. The Estates Directorate also supports the development of all capital building projects, with expenditure of £60-£90m per year. For more information, please see www.admin.ox.ac.uk/uassections/estatesdirectorate.

Naveen Gupta

What does your current job entail?

I joined the University in January 2010. I support the Estates Directorate (including capital projects) from a financial management and control perspective. I manage the Estates Finance team, which delivers a wide range of services for the Estates Directorate from invoice processing and budget monitoring to financial reporting. The team is also a key interface into the central Finance Division for estates matters.

How did you get to this job?

Having undertaken undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting and finance, I was always likely to pursue a career in accountancy. I trained to become a qualified accountant with National Grid and National Power. Once qualified, I was keen to obtain experience across a range of industry sectors, and I have been fortunate to work in the events industry (at the National Exhibition Centre), for a European flooring manufacturer and most recently for an arts charity in Birmingham as Finance Director and Company Secretary.

What led you to originally apply to work at Oxford?

The reputation of the University of Oxford was a major attraction, and this combined with the role, the people I would work with, and the challenge set out by the interviewers were all draw factors.

Thinking about your career, what would you like to be doing in the future?

I would like to work in different roles that expand and add to the skills sets and experiences I have managed to acquire to date.  I need to think about where I could add value beyond my current responsibilities, and this will identify any skills gaps that I can fill through training, shadowing, secondments etc.

What do you like about working here?

The culture to always get things done correctly with the necessary level of thought and stakeholder dialogue ensures that the outcome is the most optimal for the organisation.

What are the challenges of working here?

Working in a 'matrix structure', the role can be challenging when there are competing / conflicting deadlines and priorities. Making sure that all the necessary and relevant stakeholders have been consulted when progressing improvements or change can also be challenging.

Any final comments?

When I look back at my working life – hopefully retired and lazing on a beach somewhere – I am sure I will recall working at Oxford as one of the proudest and most memorable times of my career, knowing that I have in some small way contributed to its continuing legacy...

 

Last updated: December 2011