We’re recruiting – Office Assistant

Goodwille is a forward-thinking, ambitious company dedicated to providing foreign businesses with the kind of professional services required to establish themselves and flourish in the UK. These include Corporate Legal, Finance, People Management, Payroll & Virtual Office services.

We are looking for an Office Assistant who thrives on providing great customer service to join our Front of House team in Warwick. Within your role you will be responsible for:

  • Meeting & Greeting visitors
  • Telephone answering & post handling
  • Meeting room bookings
  • Supporting both internal and external clients with administrative tasks
  • Working with onboarding new clients
  • Liaising with suppliers
  • Order Handling & Sales Processing
  • Supporting other departments with ad hoc requests

The applicant must be computer literate, have a strong understanding of the Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word & Excel) and experience working within an administration/reception role. Handling incoming calls will be key part of your job and you should be passionate about providing great customer service and able to work independently to ensure the smooth running of the reception area. In joining us, you will become part of a modern, forward-thinking and inclusive organisation, capable of offering a stimulating environment for you to work in.

This is your chance to join #TeamGoodwille – check us out on Instagram. When you join Goodwille you get access to a whole range of employee benefits, all designed to ensure an enjoyable work/life balance. Some benefits for all employees include:

  • Office fruit every week
  • Employee perks, rewards & benefits including discounts on supermarkets (Sainsbury’s, Tesco etc.) high street stores (Topshop, John Lewis etc.) & gyms
  • Complimentary phone insurance, as we know how important it is to stay connected
  • Access to the well-being & lifestyle platform, including eating advice, exercise routines and yoga videos
  • Generous social budget for team lunches, parties and for you to hang out with colleagues.

Job type: Permanent, full time
Location: Warwick
Salary: Depending on experience/skill set

If you like the sound of this vacancy and all the features and benefits you get by being part of a team like Goodwille, then please contact evy.rune@goodwille.com
www.goodwille.com

Meet our newest team members!

Team Goodwille has grown rapidly in the past year! Since the start of 2019 we have welcomed 3 new team members! Get to know Isabelle, Selina and Sonja, the newest additions to our Corporate Legal, Finance and Marketing teams.

Isabelle Lloyd-Pugh – Corporate Legal Assistant

Isabelle joined our Corporate Legal Department in London on 28th January. She has lived in no less than six countries, and is currently finalising her Master’s Degree at University of Cambridge. With her international experience and an educational background in International Relations, Isabelle joined Goodwille to work with overseas companies setting up in the UK.

Read more about Isabelle here.

Selina Worrell – Financial Controller

Selina is a great addition to our Finance team in London! She joined us on 6th February and brings with her over 15 years of experience working with finance in several industries, including fashion, oil and gas and education. Her skills and knowledge will certainly come well in handy as we work with clients from across a variety of sectors.

Read more about Selina here.

Sonja Sainio – Marketing Executive

Sonja moved to London from Turku in Finland to join Goodwille’s Marketing team on 4th March. After working at the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and the Embassy of Finland in Bangkok, Sonja wanted to continue working with Finnish businesses on the international arena. That’s when she found Goodwille, where she will be the first point of contact for Finnish businesses thinking about expanding to the UK.

Read more about Sonja here.

 

Do you have what it takes to join #TeamGoodwille? Check out our current vacancies here.

Beers, Burgers & Bullseye!

Grab your colleagues and join Team Goodwille for a fun darts night!

We invite our clients to come along for Beers, Burgers & Bullseye at Flight Club Victoria on 21st May. Food, drinks and of course a darts tournament will be on the agenda for the evening, where our clients and the Goodwille team can enjoy a good laugh together! Our very own gamemaster will make sure we all have the best time and we have reserved a private area just for us. It will be a relaxed and informal event with lots of expected high-fiving and cheering.

But don’t forget – it is a tournament and one person will be crowned the winner on the night. Will you be the one walking away with eternal honour and glory as the best darts player of us all? Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain – you can’t miss this! Sign up to this unforgettable event by sending an email to james.service@goodwille.com.

Details

Date: Tuesday 21st May
Time: 6.15-9.15pm
Location: Flight Club Victoria

The event is open to all our clients, but we kindly ask you to RSVP to James Service to get your name on the guest list.

Hope to see you there! 🙌
/ Team Goodwille

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Get to know Team Goodwille

You spend more time with the people at work than you do with your own family. So it’s always good to know a bit more about the people you will be spending a lot of time with. We did a survey so you can get a feel for the kind of people we “really” are.

30% of the team have children and 81% of us are active on social media. One of us is rocking a handset that is neither Apple or Android, and the 23% of Android users are preaching about why the rest of us should not be using Apple products.

58% of us would pick a walk in the hills over a pint in the pub. Now don’t get us wrong, they will be in the pub after the walk, but that wasn’t how the question was worded. And 65% are taking the ice & slice in their drink to keep them cool.

We like to stay active, with 70% of us choosing to work out at least once a week. Healthy body, healthy mind, and all that. We clearly found the love of fitness late though, as 65% of us never made the high school sports team. It’s a cruel world out there.

The 30% of us that don’t stay active every week claim their sofa would miss them too much if they were gone. Interesting excuse when 72% prefer listening to music over watching TV, unless of course it’s the World Cup, where 73% of us tuned in to cheer on our team. The Finn’s however didn’t tune in, for obvious reasons.

And when we’re listening to music, or rocking out at festivals, most are enjoying Pop & Chart or Rock & Indie, over RnB.

We’re a pretty intelligent bunch, as exactly half of us are fluent in more than one language. Exakt hälften av oss har ett husdjur. For those of you that don’t speak Swedish, I was just saying that exactly half of us own a pet. We can’t tell you if it’s a fish, a hamster, a tortoise or a cat, but what we can tell you is that if we had to be an animal, over a third of us would choose to be a dog, because they’re playful and get all the attention. There are also three stand out flamingos amongst us too. We’ll leave it to you to work out who they are.

And if something goes wrong at home, 60% of us will grab the tools and try fix it ourselves. We’re the kind of people that like to give it a go, get stuck and get things done. We clearly fancy ourselves as the next Jamie Oliver too, with 90% of us choosing home cooking over getting a takeaway. But wait, don’t let that mislead you. We’re not health freaks, because absolutely everyone said they’d take the chips on the side of their meal if they were offered – that’s 100% of people for the chips please, with a third upgrading to the sweet potato fries.

Oh and here’s the big one! If you’re going to bring sweets to the office, don’t bring Liquorice, even if you’re Swedish, because most of us don’t like it (55% No vs. 45% Yes).

When we have some spare money, there’s some sensible ones amongst who would stick it in a saver, some that would blow it on clothes and electronics, but over 60% of us would put it towards a holiday. A bunch of people who love to see the world, try new things and experience new cultures.

So if you want to work somewhere where you don’t dread Mondays (most people here said they don’t), and you happen to have a love of home-cooking, listening to music, travelling, pets, country walks, holidays, electronics, speaking languages or indeed aspire to be a dog, then maybe, just maybe, you should look to join Team Goodwille! And we absolutely love people that want to break the mould too! Check out our current vacancies and who knows, maybe you’ll be one of us soon!

Interview with Alexander Goodwille: 2 years as CEO of Goodwille

On 1 March 2017, Goodwille announced that Alexander Goodwille, the eldest son of our founder Annika Goodwille, was taking over the family business as CEO of Goodwille. To celebrate the 2 year anniversary of the role as CEO, we decided to catch up with Alexander on how the past two years have been for himself and the business, what he loves about the job, and also peeking a bit into his plans for the future.

Starting off with the very classic question – How does it feel?

It feels really good! We are getting the foundations in place to be able to move to the next stage of our growth and we have some really exciting projects lined up. We know where we’re going and we know we’re heading in the right direction, so it’s a very exciting time!

How have the past 2 years been for Goodwille?

We were all chucked in the deep end a bit with the craziness following the loss of our founder, but I’m happy to see how we reacted and made something good of it! We have come together strongly as a group and we’re working very much together. The team is better than ever, and we have got fantastic strength across the whole company. Where the business was historically centred around the founder, it’s now centred around all its staff members, which is how I think it should be.

We have seen strong growth over the past couple of years, and revenues are higher than ever. We also have the highest number of staff ever, all our departments have had at least one more headcount and we keep hiring more people across both our offices. Team stability and staff retention has also increased over the two past years, which means that we can offer an even better level of service to our clients.

Looking back at your time as CEO of Goodwille, what are you most proud of?

Surviving! Jokes aside – you spend so much time in your workplace so it’s important you get on with the people you work with. At Goodwille we laugh a lot, everyone gets on with everyone and last weekend we went to Dublin together – not on a work trip, but it was a team trip! People like to spend time together, which shows that people like each other. Building that environment and that team spirit, I’m proud of that.

Of course, we always need to keep an eye on the figures as well. Goodwille has experienced strong growth in the past two years, and we continue to grow and hire more people. It’s all heading in the right direction, but to me it’s all about who you’re doing it with.

What have you found most challenging?

I have found it challenging to strike that new balance between being just one on the team and being the person managing the team. Goodwille is a flat organisation, I know everyone feels they can come and speak to me whenever about whatever, but there are certain expectations on you as CEO that ensures you must change your behaviour slightly whether you want to or not. As much as you want to be the person you have always been in the office, you have the eyes on you and have to set example. Adjusting to that has been a big challenge for me personally.

From a company perspective, having lost important key players has of course been challenging. Re-establishing relationships takes time, but we are actively addressing those deficits and trying to build new relationships. You will see Goodwille representatives at almost every event organised by our strategic partners, and we also organise our own events with clients and partners. It’s great to have the whole team involved in building on Goodwille’s relationships!

How have you changed as a leader?

I have always had an idea of the kind of manager I want to be, and I think I’m still true to that idea, but I have grown more confident through experience and seeing that my ideas work and have taken hold. While historically I used to always think that my ideas were the highway, I guess I have become more consensus-driven. The days of authoritarian leaders are gone – “No involvement equals no enthusiasm” right. Everyone in a team needs to be engaged in a vision to drive that vision forward.

Have you put your own touch or influence on the business, and if so – how?

It’s really important to me that we offer our clients a fantastic level of service. We have slightly adjusted the way we work, and we encourage our team to build stronger relationships and friendships with our clients. Tying to that Goodwille is a founder business that used to be quite centric to the founder, I have focused on driving accountability and spreading responsibility across the business as much as possible. Instead of there just being one person standing out, there are now a number of characters that get the chance to stand out. Together we are Goodwille, so that was one change I felt needed to happen.

On the more personal side, I would like to say that I have brought a more fun, ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude to Goodwille. We have a lot of fun together, both at work and outside the office. If you like the people you work with and have fun together, you will also work better together, and by adding an element of fun to work and making sure the team enjoys working with each other, I think we can accomplish more together.

What do you love most about your job?

It’s funny, but it’s probably what my mother used to say – it’s the variety! There is always something different happening; new exciting clients we work with from a variety of different sectors and countries, new sides of myself I explore and new areas where I see the business can develop.

When I stepped up as CEO of Goodwille, I left a job in tech which is something I’m very passionate about and find extremely fascinating. Tech is one of our biggest core sectors, so another thing I love about working at Goodwille is that I get to geek out on the really cool tech companies that want to come to the UK market.

So instead of looking at what’s been, what’s in the pipeline for the future?

We are building our 5-year plan and considering the two past years have seen great growth, planning for the future is really exciting! Team Goodwille has grown rapidly in the past years, so we are making arrangements for continued and future growth. And of course, we are constantly looking to develop our service offering and adding new services to continue providing foreign businesses with the support they need to succeed on the UK market, and strengthening our partner network to provide our clients with a better global reach.

 

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We’re recruiting – Financial Controller

Goodwille is a forward-thinking, ambitious company dedicated to providing foreign businesses with the kind of professional services required to establish themselves and flourish in the UK. These include Corporate Legal, Finance, People Management, Payroll & Virtual Offices.

We are currently looking for an aspiring finance professional to join our Finance team in Warwick as a Financial Controller. As part of the Finance team at Goodwille, your job is to support our large client base of international clients, mainly from the Nordics and central Europe, with their UK Finances.

In your role, you will be responsible for:

  • your own portfolio of international clients
  • day-to-day financial control support to your clients
  • producing weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly reports on behalf of your clients
  • control over cash flow, preparation of accounts for audits, assist accountants with year-end work, and compile VAT returns and EC Sales Lists
  • some task supervision, but this is a hands-on role with you being responsible for maintaining quality standards

Reporting to the Senior Financial Controller and primarily working with your colleagues in the Finance team, you will also find yourself liaising with all other departments, such as HR, Payroll and Corporate Legal departments on a regular basis, attending frequent team, company and client meetings.

Having a professionally recognised accountancy equalisation is desirable, as well as the kind of excellent communication and customer focus skills that will allow you to explain financial information to the team and, more importantly, your clients at all levels. An excellent working knowledge of accounting software and Microsoft office (particularly excel) are essential.

We are a strong and diverse team, so being sociable, engaging and communicative is important as we put a lot of emphasis on team and company culture. International or cross-border experience would be an advantage. An international language is not mandatory, although being able to speak an additional language would be beneficial.

In joining us, you will become part of a modern, forward-thinking and inclusive organisation, capable of offering a stimulating environment in which to accelerate your career in finance and accounting.

This is your chance to join #TeamGoodwille – check us out on Instagram. When you join Goodwille you get access to a whole range of employee benefits, all designed to ensure an enjoyable work/life balance. Some benefits for all employees include:

  • Office fruit every week
  • Employee perks, rewards & benefits including discounts on supermarkets (Sainsbury’s, Tesco etc.) high street stores (Topshop, John Lewis etc.) & gyms
  • Complimentary phone insurance, as we know how important it is to stay connected
  • Access to a well-being & lifestyle platform, including eating advice, exercise routines and yoga videos
  • Generous social budget for team lunches, parties and for you to hang out with colleagues.

Job type: Permanent, full time
Location: Warwick
Salary: Depending on experience/skill set

If you like the sound of this vacancy and all the features and benefits you get by being part of our team, then please contact kevin.rutter@goodwille.com.
www.goodwille.com

Celebrate the holiday season with Goodwille

Christmas is around the corner, and Goodwille would like to invite you to Lisa’s Kitchen & Bar on Thursday the 6th December to celebrate the holiday season together with us and our friends! This year we are inviting clients, partners and friends to join us for a Jingle & Mingle to replace our traditional Winter Warmer. We ho-ho-hope that you and your colleagues can join us for a merry afternoon (and evening?)!

Loosen the tie, put on your Christmas jumper and join us from 3pm for good company, good drinks, live music and GOOD TIMES! At 5pm we will make our way to the nearby pub The Eagle, (7 min walk from Lisa’s). You are welcome to join us at either venue, and if you are unsure where to find us, you can call Santa’s little helper James on 07785 629 603 and he will guide you like Rudolph’s red nose on a foggy Christmas Eve!

Lisa’s Kitchen & Bar
3pm – 5pm
305 Portobello Rd,
London W10 5TD

The Eagle
From 5pm
250 Ladbroke Grove,
London W10 5LP

RSVP to johanna.bjarschfollin@goodwille.com no later than 4 December with the number of colleagues you’ll bring and where you plan to join us to give us an indication of numbers.

Come dashing through the snow and join us in welcoming the most wonderful time of the year!

Wrap Up London

Do you have any old, unwanted winter coats that only take up space in your wardrobe? Donate them to charity and help keep vulnerable people stay warm this winter!

Between 8-14 November, the campaign Wrap Up London runs at several major London underground stations. Wrap Up London is run by the registered charity Hands On London, and during the campaign they collect your old, unwanted coats and giving them to charities that support the homeless, refugees, children living in poverty and people fleeing domestic violence.

Coats donated to Wrap Up London go directly to people across London who struggle to keep warm during the winter months. Coats are distributed via homeless shelters, refugee centres, organisations supporting the elderly, women’s refuges, children’s centres and other charities helping people in crisis.

There are collection points for people to donate coats at six of London’s major tube stations; Canary Wharf, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Victoria and Waterloo. Goodwille will collect coats at our London office for clients and employees who want to donate but do not pass any of these underground stations during the campaign. Our CSR team will on behalf of Goodwille drop off all coats and jackets donated by the team & friends on Wednesday 14th November.

Donate old or unwanted coats and help those that can’t afford winter clothes to wrap up and stay warm this winter. Give a coat, warm a heart – help keep vulnerable people warm by donating a coat this November! #DOITFOROTHERS

Want to read more about how Goodwille support charities and the activities we get involved in to raise awareness and funds for good causes? Check out our Charity Page.

Grow it, show it – Movember

November is dedicated to showing support for men’s health issues. At Goodwille, we are proud to be part of the global movement to stop men dying too young by taking part in Movember. 5 brave Mo Bros from Team Goodwille will grow a moustache and we hope that their faces will inspire donations and start conversations about this important and global issue.

For 30 days, our Mo Bros to embark on a journey for men’s health. This year’s warriors are:

Alexander Goodwille (CEO)
Kevin Rutter (CFO)
Michael Thake
Tore Overgaard Frederiksen
Alex Blain

The rules are simple! On the 1st November the Mo Bros arrive to the office with a clean shaved face, and by the end of the month a dedicated jury will evaluate, measure and decide on who has grown the biggest and prettiest moustache. Who do you think can grow the best Mo? Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain. No matter the shape or style of the Mos, they will make a real change for all men!

We are taking part in this campaign to support Movember Foundation, a global charity tackling men’s health issues including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Show your support for men’s health by joining Goodwille & the Mo Bros in raising funds and awareness for this good cause and donate to our Movember fundraising campaign. All funds raised will go to directly to Movember Foundation for an everlasting impact on men’s health.

Let’s do this together for all the dads, sons, brothers, and mates in our lives! #DOITFOROTHERS

Interested in learning more about Goodwille’s charity initiative #doitforothers?
Check out our Charity page here!

Meet Katy Jones

They say first impression is everything. That’s why here at Goodwille we aim to make our clients, visitors and colleagues to feel at home and welcomed. Our Office Assistant, Katy Jones, has an invaluable role in providing this experience for everyone. Her main responsibilities are dealing with requests from clients and colleagues and keeping the London office running smoothly, among many other tasks. So, whenever you call the Goodwille office or visit us in London, you are very likely to be served by Katy!

Get to know Katy a bit better and read what she likes about her job and what she’s dreaming about doing in the future.

What do you do at Goodwille?

I am an Office Assistant in the London office. My day to day is never the same. I deal with requests from clients and colleagues. My responsibilities include answering calls, handling posts, HR administrative tasks, cheque handling, among many other ad hoc tasks. Essentially my role is to keep the office running smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

How did you end up working at Goodwille?

Oh boy has it been an adventure! I graduated in 2015 with a degree in Sociology and I had no solid ideas as to what career path I wanted to go down. So, like many others, I moved to London to try and figure my life out. I worked in event marketing/sales for a few months but that was not for me. Then I moved on to work in customer service which was… let’s say, a character-building experience. I was ready for a challenge and for a more stable routine so here I am!

Using 3 words, how would you describe Goodwille?

Good for you.

What is the best and worst thing about your job?

The worst thing is answering phone calls. I struggled sometimes to understand different accents and it took me a while to get a hang of it.

The best thing about my job is that I get to work with so many different clients as well as getting an insight into every aspect of the company and what we do. Also, it helps that people in Goodwille are so welcoming, it makes it easy to come into work every day!

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love walking! On weekends you’ll find me either in Richmond Park, Lee Valley or Hampstead Heath, most likely with a Guide to British Birds (pocket size of course!) and my binoculars ready to go. If you know me you know that I live like a 60-year-old, no shame! Besides that, I enjoy travelling and eating or the combination of both!

If you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds, what would you say?

Oh! that would terrify me! I hate having the attention on me and public speaking just makes my heart drop. I guess I should probably use this moment to say something inspirational like ‘Be kind to one another’ but I would most likely just say ‘Hi, if anyone wants to fund my trip around the world it would be greatly appreciated!!’

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hmmm this is a toughie because I struggle to see myself in 1 year yet alone 10! I imagine I would be living in another country, somewhere near a beach preferably, travelling around the world more and hopefully living life to the fullest! The offer is still out there, anyone to fund my highlife lifestyle??

Lastly, tell us something no one knows about you…

I am half Chinese, half British. I grew up and lived in Malaysia for 18 years and only moved to the UK 6 years ago. Also, I have a slight American accent just to throw people off. This is because I watched a lot of Disney growing up, Lizzie McGuire was my inspiration (for you 90s kids out there).