“Be open to the world!”
Here at the Taxback Group, we truly believe that there are no limits to your career with us. We proudly encourage career development, progression and continuous improvement across all levels and roles.
In a series of special features, detailing the stories of some of our staff members, who have developed their careers with us we bring you our third feature, our chat with Kamen Stoyanov, VAT Auditing Team Leader at Taxback International.
1. Tell us something about yourself!
My name is Kamen Stoyanov and I’m 34 years old. I’m currently working as VAT Auditing Team Leader at Taxback International. I’m a highly driven individual with experience acquired principally in the financial sector. Following completion of my degree in Accountancy and Public Finance, I started my career in administration at E.ON and have worked my way up to become a Customer Relationship Manager. I believe I combine a high level of commercial awareness with a commitment to customer care – which helps me to achieve profitable growth in a competitive market. I enjoy being part of, as well as managing, motivating, training and developing, a successful and productive team, I thrive in highly pressurised and challenging working environments. I have completed a Tax Technician course with the Irish Tax institute, which gives me the knowledge and practical skills to manage tax compliance affairs for both individuals and companies. I’m a very open person, like to travel, I have good IT skills, I’m supposed to be fluent in German, but unfortunately I haven’t the chance to practice it for the last 14 years, that why I never say that I graduated from German Language School. In my spare time I undertake a wide range of activities; I’m particularly keen on volleyball, football and tennis.
2. How did your story in The Taxback Group begin?
It feels like a very long time ago time ago since September 2010 when I started in the company as an Irish Filing Specialist thanks to Krassimir Roussev and to Niki – my first manager who gave me the opportunity to work in the company.
3. Can you list all your positions within the company?
2010: Irish Filing Specialist
2012: Irish Tax Technician
2014: Tax Consultant
2016: VAT Auditing Team Leader
4. What has changed since then?
All job roles evolve over time – some more than others, and that’s really the main point – whatever job titles you go with, whatever direction you take, any of them can work for what you want to achieve. I love my work. I have a chance to be part of different roles within The Taxback Group. This has given me useful, additional experience.
5. Which is your best memory in The Taxback Group?
Oh, I can’t really say which my best memory is as there are many. Joining The Taxback Group was one of the most influential and important experiences of my career. It really shaped my friend group and my social circle and allowed me to really put myself out there as a part of it, meet new people, and try new things. Our company is really a great place for everyone! The atmosphere is nice, friendly, and very positive. My experience is great and I’m glad that I am a part of this company!
6. What kind of difficulties did you face?
So, we’re all human, and we all lose our judgment once in a while and make poor choices. Whatever trouble I’ve caused, I try not to sweep it under the rug. Instead, I acknowledge my mistake, and apologize. The sooner I do this, the sooner it will blow over. I try not to blame or implicate others. I try to learn from the event, so it’s not repeated. In most cases, a second blunder is unlikely to be tolerated in situations like this. I try to stay flexible, remain positive, and don’t sulk. Instead, do the best job I can while devising a plan to get myself moving in the right direction.
7. How did you develop yourself?
Education is not just a learning process for a few years; it’s lifelong. I constantly seek to improve myself and become better in every possible way, mostly through reading. The person who thinks he is an expert, has a lot more to learn. I would say never stop learning is the key. I am receptive to everyone’s perceptions and information from around the world and beyond.
8. Give a piece of advice to your colleagues.
To be open to new things, allow yourself to be curious. Never stop learning as School/University can teach you many things, but the world has knowledge that extends beyond the small classrooms. Be open to the world!
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