Uniphore Software Systems, a leading software-based solutions provider in the Speech Recognition space consists of numerous teams operating across Chennai, Bengaluru, and Singapore. In our last publication, we introduced you to Srini – Principal Manager (Professional Services). This week, let’s hear from Ajay Srinivasan, Senior Manager-Finance, Admin & IT, who leads the all-important finance function- the life-blood of any business.
With 11 years of rich experience in IT companies (Keane, Secova & Uniphore), Ajay is a new-age finance and accounts professional. Be it budgeting and forecasting or finalization of accounts or financial reporting or treasury management, he deals with numbers with fine tooth comb. At Uniphore, Ajay is go-to-man for Finance, IT and Admin functions in the business support. Ajay has a B.COM degree from Madras Christian College, M.B.A. from Symbiosis and is also a semi-qualified CS from ICSI. Dwelling into his early life, we realize he is bestowed with the rare honor of being felicitated with a gold medal from the then president of India- Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam.
His Passion outside the profession
Just when you think he spends most of his life with just numbers, you realize he also deals with words like an expert! In the outside world, he is a popular movie critic and on Twitter, he is an avid cinema tracker. In WordPress, he writes blogs. And that’s not all. Being a nature lover and a tour planner, he loves traveling the world. “Cinema, travel, and cricket are my top 3 passions outside the professional word. In fact, they not only keep my life busy, they also give me a lot of self-confidence and I also get many new contacts through these” says Ajay, who balances his profession and passion in his own way.
Tell us about your function and its responsibility
Says Ajay: “Finance is the focal point of any business as we deal with sensitive areas. Payroll & taxation are sensitive from employees’ perspective while shareholder communication has sensibilities from the business angle. Statutory compliance, project costing, multi-currency/inter-company operations, financial reporting are both interesting and challenging..” He continues. “At Uniphore, I see finance function more critical as the work involved is not only sensitive but also time critical. Be it the execution of share capital investment or deliverables like budgeting, cash flow management, some of these require quick decisions”.
Talk About your Team
To me, it is impossible to imagine a day in office without my team. My team (with cross-functional domains) are both hard-working and friendly at the same time. When it comes to work, deliverables are their only priority but at the same time, we have an open culture, which is encouraging. My team is an out-and-out young team, which means there is no shortage of energy. We have now added a female resource, which means we now have a team, with both genders, to execute deliverables in diverse ways.
What do you think about the future of Speech recognition technology? How do you see your function helping Uniphore scale up?
I can vouch for Speech Recognition is the future and though I am not into the technical domain, I am proud to be part of the history. With multi-lingual and multi-dialect capabilities, I can see this technology proliferate at a quicker pace. I also see enterprises and customers starting to recognize the incredible use of this technology.
The functions, which I head, has capabilities of making two-fold contributions. One is the contribution to the internal stakeholders (the employees), whom I believe are the biggest assets of the company.
The other contribution I believe is external- Be it the seamless execution of deliverables for equity investment or the execution of customer contracts and payment follow-ups, these are crucial from the company’s standpoint. A function like IT Infra drives to make Uniphore a secured IT environment, helping the brand image from third parties’ perspective while a function like admin strives hard to maintain the brand image within the employees.
What keeps you going?
Exciting developments within the company, exuberant team, effective leadership and excellent workplace. I am not greedy to ask for anything more than this!