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Finance Director – ASPIRE Programme

Carl Sobolewski - ASPIRE

Carl joined in 2007 and is now a Finance Director in our Barratt Northampton division.

“I graduated from Loughborough University in Mathematics and it was the graduate programme that initially attracted me to the company.  I knew Barratt were a volume housebuilder but the only thing I could remember was the helicopter as a child. The graduate programme looked well-structured with great personal development opportunities and a fantastic support structure. The size of Barratt Developments was also an attraction, as at the time they were expanding with acquisition of David Wilson Homes.

Barratt are keen to invest in their people to develop them. The ASPIRE Graduate Programme was great for this as it gave me exposure to all aspects of the company, with continuous development which has ultimately led to where I am now. Barratt is really aware of the need to identity and develop future managers, and the Graduate Programme is at the heart of this.

The programme lasted for two years and I then assumed the role of Assistant Accountant in the North Midlands Division. During this time I studied and successfully completed CIMA having received financial support from Barratt.  6 months later I was then promoted to the role of Regional Accountant for the East region, reporting directly to the Regional Finance Director and Regional Managing Director, covering four housebuilding divisions and the Bedrooms division. 

Barratt is a hard working company, and you are expected to work hard.  If you are willing to invest time and effort, this is readily recognised and rewarded.  Last year I was promoted to Finance Director, heading up the Finance function for Barratt Northampton. The delivery of the end product is certainly the most rewarding part of the Job”.