Taking on the toughest challenges both in business and while snowboarding around the world has given Tim Bryden the experience and perspective to provide value to all his clients at CALUMO. If you have business challenges or opportunities, it is likely he has faced something similar.
We sat down with Tim to discuss his career and how he used snowboarding to find balance in his life.
After being the first person to graduate The University of Sydney with a combined computer science and accounting degree, I started my career in finance with companies like PWC and BT Financial Group. From here, I moved through several senior leadership positions at companies like General Electric and Ibbotson Associates. My focus was always on creating data-driven teams, improving the quality and timeliness of information, and using this to inform decision making.
Next, I carved my own path for a few years building my own business, Nakedfunds, an online direct-to-retail fund manager. Then I transitioned to overseeing the transformation and sale of Kembla Watertech, before moving into consulting for a range of businesses to help with their digital transformation efforts.
While I loved the responsibility, working in senior leadership roles is incredibly taxing and all-encompassing. So, after each major career achievement, I would always take time away for an extended overseas snowboarding trip. I travelled extensively through snow fields across Asia, America and Europe. It was always refreshing that on the mountain, no-one really cared what you had achieved in business back home. These trips allowed me to reset, gain perspective and remember what I really enjoy in life.
Currently, I am working as an Engagement Director at CALUMO. I lead the planning, implementation and ongoing support of projects across financial planning & analysis, operational analytics and more unique business-specific projects.
A key reason I initially joined CALUMO is the quality of the broader team. We have so many smart and capable consultants constantly pushing the boundaries of what our technology can achieve and a depth of specialist experience amongst senior team members that I believe is unparalleled.
I love the variety and challenge of my work at CALUMO, leveraging my experience to create value for clients across a range of industries. I comfortably engage with senior leadership, understand their perspective and enjoy deep diving into business challenges or opportunities they care about. I get my hands dirty too, not just writing a recommendation but actually delivering and supporting solutions and then partnering with the client to evolve those solutions as their business also evolves.
My experience and skills across business and technology mean I'm able to take a client’s broad questions and ideas and develop a solution with minimal need for the involvement of different parties (analysts, systems mapping, IT). This not only helps with the speed of solution iteration but also means there is less risk of key needs being lost in translation and a greater ability to pivot and embrace new ideas as they emerge.
If I’ve learned one thing from my career it's that good leaders always ask questions, challenge the status quo and continually search for better information. I've been involved with many executives on data-centric projects, and those that really move the dial don’t shy away from the tough questions. Instead, they confront them head on and use the challenge to deliver truly game-changing transformation.
If you'd like to have Tim work on your next CPM project, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or to work on the cutting edge of FP&A technology with CALUMO, consider applying for one of our consulting or developer positions currently open. Check out our careers page for more details!