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riiiiiich
14th February 2011, 11:09
Hey all! My name is Rich (but Rich is normally always taken so I end up with this strange username which, unsurprisingly, is never taken).

I am a scientist by background, was an analytical chemist for a long time - means I am very technically minded. But as a result of working in pharmaceuticals and QA/QC got involved with SAP a lot, especially the QM (quality management) module. Ended up on their implementation team and before I knew it, was a bit of an expert and all-round know-it-all, so I was snapped up pretty quickly by my current employers to become a consultant as they specialise in this area (SAP in pharma and QM) and they were branching into the UK. And in this position I have been for the past 3 years.

However the UK operation did not go very well and is being wound down at the moment thus making me redundant. However because I was very easily sellable and capable the German office used my skills and I have been on projects pretty consistently for all this time anyway implementing SAP (QM and PM more specifically).

So it means that I was on the job market. However I have a very good relationship with the guys in Germany (arguably better than my boss it would seem at the momen under the circumstances) so I have received a very, very good offer from them to continue working for them on a contract basis (so from my perspective it ends up that I continue working on a very similar basis as before) and thus this brings me here. I am just waiting for the contract to be drawn up as we speak and I then need to go "into business".

It's all a bit of a new area for me, although I have tried to do some reading. If I understand correctly, I need to find an accountant who can help me set up all this stuff and give me the necessary advice.

I somehow need to conjure up some fantastic company name in the bear minimum of time ;)

And then I need to sort out a bank account.

And also this constant spectre of IR35 (I was talking with one of my friends last night who is an accountant). I don't know whether they are going to be awkward because I am still working for the same company (although technically I am not as I was made redundant) even though I will be on a bona fide contractual basis and not the equivalent of being employed (which permanent employment is problematic for the German office with their law and unnecessarily constraining for me).

But demand for my skills seems to be very brisk and I don't think I will have any issues given by the rate I am getting my hands bitten off (I have to ring up two prospectives and let them down gently, and I had to let down another on Friday who were very upset by this development due to the short notice of their start with an unfilled position).

So, sages, do you have any words of advice for a young upstart like myself?

cojak
14th February 2011, 11:27
Make sure the drinks cabinet is well stocked and that you have enough snacks to go round (RH is partial to cheesy wotsits, allegedly...)


Welcome Riiiiich! :wave:

riiiiiich
14th February 2011, 11:40
I'm not such a snacker myself, but I often get a craving for picked onion Monster Munch. Please don't judge me harshly ;) And drinkies are always good :)

Thanks for your greetings cojak :)

RichardCranium
14th February 2011, 12:32
Please don't judge me harshly ;)You are Parsley the Lion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kd_UlFlfqs) and I claim my five chives.

riiiiiich
14th February 2011, 12:41
You are Parsley the Lion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kd_UlFlfqs) and I claim my five chives.

Haha, I've never seen that before but heard of it from my mother (I am showing my youth - these opportunities are getting rarer and rarer nowadays). I take it you must be one of the big veterans of the board looking at the sheer size of your post count ;) Thanks for your welcome.

DS23
14th February 2011, 13:22
call that a post count? pah. and as someone in pharma qa you, of all people, should know that quantity doesn't mean quality. fortunately dh is an exception.

as fats waller said: "don't use your right name, no, no"

i think you have already got your ltd name; bear minimum

i'd be concerned about the german & uk tax implications. get yourself some advice before you sign anything.

welcome.

riiiiiich
15th February 2011, 01:09
call that a post count? pah. and as someone in pharma qa you, of all people, should know that quantity doesn't mean quality. fortunately dh is an exception.

as fats waller said: "don't use your right name, no, no"

i think you have already got your ltd name; bear minimum

i'd be concerned about the german & uk tax implications. get yourself some advice before you sign anything.

welcome.

I have discussed the tax thing. Fortunately with the number of days I will work in Germany I will be under what they can clobber me for but it does run close - might be a problem if I have to be there any extra days.

northernladuk
15th February 2011, 13:44
Haha, I've never seen that before but heard of it from my mother (I am showing my youth - these opportunities are getting rarer and rarer nowadays). I take it you must be one of the big veterans of the board looking at the sheer size of your post count ;) Thanks for your welcome.

Well he is a big something that is for sure. Guess veteran could be used I guess but plenty more descriptions could fit there that are much more suitable :D

RichardCranium
15th February 2011, 14:06
Well he is a big something that is for sure. Guess veteran could be used I guess but plenty more descriptions could fit there that are much more suitable :D"Verging on the bored"?

:o

realityhack
15th February 2011, 22:01
:wave:

Greetings Rich.

MaryPoppins
15th February 2011, 22:30
"Verging on the bored"?

:o

Purging on the board?

Zippy
16th February 2011, 01:08
:wave:

Greetings Rich.

What the Mod(s) said <cringe, fawn, grovel>

Seriously - best of luck with your endeavours.

I ate all the cheesy wotsits, I'm afraid :emb

riiiiiich
16th February 2011, 18:43
"Verging on the bored"?

:o

A virgin on the board? Where? Where? ;)

MarillionFan
16th February 2011, 18:45
Haha, I've never seen that before but heard of it from my mother (I am showing my youth - these opportunities are getting rarer and rarer nowadays). I take it you must be one of the big veterans of the board looking at the sheer size of your post count ;) Thanks for your welcome.

:rollin:

Stop. Please! Stop :rollin:

RichardCranium
18th February 2011, 19:36
A virgin on the board? Where? Where? ;)I'm confident there's a few on here. :rolleyes: And for good reasons. :D