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Hi, I’m Melanie Maclean and I am a finance assistant at RDT.

I studied international business and German at university.  Having completed my studies I worked for both Bank of America and Credit Suisse, using my language skills in the financial markets.  They were demanding roles and after I had my first child I found the work/life balance quite challenging.  I was working in Canary Wharf and the commute was long, and a year after I returned to work I decided to become a stay-at-home mum.

I came to work at RDT in 2018.  I had found it tough to find a job that fitted around school hours, as I wanted to be able to take my children to school and pick them up at the end of the day.  RDT’s offices are just a few minutes away from my home and so it is ideally positioned for me.

My first role here was holiday cover for reception.  I made a positive impact and was offered a position which saw me cover reception as well as picking up some HR projects.  The HR team recognised my abilities and, when an opportunity came up to cover timesheet reporting on a temporary basis, they offered it to me.

I was then offered a permanent role within the finance department as a finance assistant.  It was still part-time hours, which really suited me and was exactly what I wanted.  It felt good to get back into finance, and I was offered training so I gained knowledge of areas I hadn’t worked in before.

I love the fact the company is so friendly and has offered me the flexibility to work the hours I want so I can work around my kids.  Being so local I have the work/life balance I didn’t have when I worked in London.  I feel really lucky to have found such a great company to work for.