Episode 023 – Exploring the Evolution of Treasury with Irene Atkins

On this episode of the podcast, I’m delighted to be joined by Irene Atkins, the Head of Treasury at ASOS.com.

Irene previously worked as the Global Treasury Consulting Manager at EDS for almost ten years before working as Head of Global Cash Management at Travelex. She then accepted the role of Head of Group Treasury at Specsavers before joining the team at ASOS.

ASOS is a global fashion retailer with over 85,000 product lines across womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, jewellery and beauty. Founded in 2000 in London, the company is primarily aimed at young adults with over 4,500 new product lines being introduced each week. As the fastest growing online retailer, they are continually striving to push boundaries and drive the business even further forward.

I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Irene, where we talked about how she built her impressive career in treasury and where she sees both herself and the treasury profession going next. We also dived into the challenges she faces in her current position and what the next step will be for her and ASOS as they continue to grow.

On the podcast we discussed…

  • How Irene built her treasury career
  • How technology has impacted the evolution of treasury over the last 20 years
  • Why you shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions
  • The importance of clarity and understanding of your treasury role
  • Transferring skillsets from one position to another
  • Developing a treasury team and delegating tasks that can help others build their treasury careers
  • Personal development and improving leadership skills
  • How treasury has evolved into a business partner and advisory centre
  • An insight into Irene’s existing role as Head of Treasury at ASOS
  • How Irene has helped “future proof” the business
  • Why a candidate’s work ethos and attitude are so important when it comes to working in the treasury industry
  • Challenges that the treasury industry has faced in the past
  • Why you need to take control of your own career development
  • Irene’s advice for people who want to pursue a career in treasury
  • Much, much more!

If you’d like to get in touch with Irene, you can reach out to her via her LinkedIn profile.

Are you interested in pursuing a career within Treasury?

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2019-03-18T13:00:29+00:00December 18th, 2018|