New and fresh blood added to the Pupkewitz Megabuild family

Honoured to be part of a truly Namibian company

09 October 2020 | People

Michelline Nawatises

Henrico Gertze was born and raised in Windhoek. He matriculated from Dawid Bezuidenhout High School in 2003 and completed his Bachelor of Accounting degree at the University of Namibia in 2007. Gertze completed his external audit articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and subsequently fulfilled various roles in the finance function of several corporate entities. He then joined the Advisory department of Ernst & Young Namibia in 2017 and set out to obtain his Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) qualification, which he completed in 2018.

Gertze joined Pupkewitz Megabuild as an internal auditor three months ago. He says the reason he joined Pupkewitz Megabuild is to be part of a truly Namibian company with a well-established footprint that makes a significant contribution to the Namibian economy.

He is responsible for providing professional assistance and advice to senior management on all internal, financial and system controls. This entails a process of risk assessment, monitoring the operating effectiveness of internal controls, reporting, and making appropriate recommendations for improvement as well as the overall management of the Internal Audit Department.

His daily workload comprises of the planning and conducting of internal audits, compiling the relevant reports and any related duties. “My time at Pupkewitz Megabuild has been great thus far. The culture and work environment at Megabuild are exceptional and I have learned a lot during these three months. The people here are friendly and create a welcoming atmosphere,” he says.

Gertze’s greatest accomplishments so far have been studying and obtaining his qualifications within the allowed timeframe, while working full time and balancing family responsibilities.

The most challenging aspect of his job has been the planning of audits amid unpredictability in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. “Communication of audit findings in such a way that the key take-away is viewed in a positive light can also be very challenging at times,” he says.

When asked what success looks like in this position, and how he measures it, he said it is helping the company to accomplish its objectives by assisting in the overall improvement the business processes. “Success in this position is measured by identifying a potential weakness in a business process and witnessing the benefits derived from the implementation of internal audit recommendations,” he says.

Gertze wants to explore further studies, specifically in the areas of risk and governance. “This will allow me to add even more value and contribute to the success of the company,” he says.

The advice he would give to aspiring young people is to work hard at achieving their goals and to know that success requires sacrifice and commitment. As Thomas Edison said: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

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