As a child, Ms Kimberly Soobramoney loved going to work with her mother who was a Branch Manager at Shoprite and would tell people she wanted to be a cashier when she grew up.
As she grew older she realised she wanted to be more than a cashier but still wanted a career in numbers. That inspired her choice to study accountancy.
After getting excellent marks in her matric year, her mother helped her to successfully apply for a four-year Shoprite bursary.
Soobramoney, who is now the Head of Financial Business Partners at the Shoprite Group, completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2011 and her Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA) in 2012.
“On completion of my degree I was well-equipped with the theoretical knowledge that I needed to go out and practice in the real world. In my current position, I oversee the financial and statutory aspects of various business segments, some of which include Medirite, OK Franchise Division, OK Furniture, and Computicket,” she said.
Soobramoney (29) has made great strides in her career. She joined the Shoprite Group’s Chartered Accountant training programme in 2013. Upon completion in 2015 she was appointed as a trainee Divisional Financial Manager for the Shoprite Gauteng Division. In December of the same year she was appointed Deputy Division Financial Manager where she spent time assisting with the financial management of stores in the division as well as the liquor stores.
‘I used this time to do hands-on training in the stores and learnt the operational side to broaden my knowledge of the business. In April 2017 I was promoted to Divisional Financial Manager, with a team of roughly 20 direct subordinates. I was responsible for the overall administration and finance functions of more than 100 Shoprite stores and 55 liquor stores. In April 2020, I was promoted to my current position,’ said Soobramoney.
She credits her success to hard work and a positive attitude. ‘These qualities will not only stand you in good stead in business but in every other aspect of your life.’
In a message to young women, Soobramoney said it is extremely important to remember that being successful is not a competition. ‘We are not in competition with other women and we must assist each other wherever possible,’ she said.
‘There is no substitute for hard work and hard work is always crowned with success. Be confident in your abilities and be focused on achieving your goals. Do not be distracted or demotivated by negative comments. At the same time be humble and open to learning new things. Always impress through your work! Treat every task as a project and complete it wholeheartedly and, most importantly, love what you do!’