SuperSealer Tina Bole
April’s SuperSealer is an accounting whizz with many strings to her bow. Her dedication and attention to detail are always in evidence, whether she is ensuring our accounts are fully compliant – or training search and rescue dogs to help save lives and find missing people. She discusses the details of her role, the key to effective collaboration, and how a supportive environment is key to creating shared success.
Who are you?
I’m Tina Bole, Accountant at Trelleborg in Slovenia.
How long have you worked in accounting and what are your key duties?
I began my accountancy career over a decade ago. My primary responsibility is ensuring that all business transactions within the company are properly recorded in the central information system, following all applicable regulations, accounting standards, and legal requirements. In addition, I compile monthly balance sheets and business reports for both internal and external stakeholders and liaise with different departments within the company.
How long have you been with Trelleborg in total and what do you like about working here?
I’ve been at Trelleborg for a year and a half, and from my very first day, I was made to feel at home. What makes Trelleborg special is our team spirit and dedication to shared success. I would even say that the connections between us are our greatest strength – as a team, we’re as strong and resilient as our products! My colleagues are always incredibly supportive, no matter what challenges we face together, and it’s a pleasure to work in such a collaborative environment.
What are the key challenges you face in your job?
The most significant challenges arise when carrying out and recording major business events or transactions in our accounts. In many cases, such unique transaction types require extensive coordination, background research, and legal reviews to ensure that they are executed appropriately and recorded accurately in our information and reporting systems. In particular, the sheer scale of Trelleborg Group means that the size of the transactions and the number of parties involved – including those linked to foreign countries – pose substantial challenges.
How do you think the business in your area is going to evolve in the future? How are you preparing for this?
Accounting is, by its nature, full of regulations, both internal and external. It requires me to stay fully up to date on all relevant legal developments while collaborating with my colleagues to devise optimal solutions for the company. To help make our operations more effective, I am constantly looking for any potential errors or cost-reduction opportunities in specific business areas.
What do you do in your free time?
Alongside my regular work, I am a part-time dog training instructor for the Slovenian search and rescue dog unit. I am also a rescue dog handler, certified to the highest international standards, meaning I’m qualified to search for people who go missing in nature. I’m always on call in case I have to put my skills into practice. In recent years, more people have become aware of the invaluable role that dogs play in rescue operations, for instance during the recent devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria. There, rescue dogs were key in finding survivors under the rubble.
I also undertake dog therapy work as part of the Slovenian Helping Paws Society. We offer therapy sessions in various institutions such as schools, care homes, rehabilitation centers, and treatment facilities for patients with brain injuries and neurological diseases. I would like to express my gratitude to my colleagues for their support and understanding in allowing me to take time out of my day when I’m called upon – I’m so lucky to work at such a caring and understanding company!