After NZ Ski went live with Fusion5’s Jade Star payroll / HR software, we caught up with NZ Ski’s Finance Manager Jill Barr, before she hit the slopes herself!
Tell us about your role at NZ Ski
I’m very lucky! It’s amazing to be able to use my skills as a Finance Manager in an industry that I am absolutely passionate about. The great thing about NZ Ski and this industry is that it attracts people who are positive, energetic and creative; it’s a truly exhilarating industry to be involved in on a day to day basis. Not only that I get to live in the beautiful Queenstown region which provides a real lifestyle connection, I look out the window at work on wintery snowy day and the mountains are beautiful.
What led NZ Ski to choose Jade Star software?
NZ Ski went to market after making the decision we had to replace MYOB. We were looking for a system that could functionally deliver all the things we needed. Our requirements included being able to deal with the volumes of employees we have adequately, and cater to the seasonal nature of our industry. It had to easily and efficiently sign up new employees then terminate at the end of the season without a long unnecessary process, and it needed to be within our budget. Jade Star met all those things and more.
Through our reference checking Jade Star was seen as meeting all requirements and was reliable. Above all the key thing was the flexibility offered. We could quickly see that we could customise Jade Star to suit our exact needs and to ‘bolt-on’ other systems to the Jade Star solution thereby providing an integrated HR approach to our business. We saw a huge opportunity to provide a true business management solution by using Jade Star.
Now that we are live with Jade Star Payroll, Self Service and Timesheets we are looking to what Stage Two will provide us with. The aim of Stage Two is about improvements to business operations with a key aspect being our revenue and labour reporting during the peak 19-week season. This initiative will tie in with the employees’ time on the hills, and we are even considering integrating with RFID to minimise the input through time sheeting and making it more efficient for our employees.