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Tailored Assistance for Financial Management Needs: Case Musti Group

Musti Group is the leading pet supply company in the Nordic region, operating in Sweden under the retail brand name Arken Zoo and Musti & Mirri in Finland, while in Norway simply under Musti. In 2022 Musti Group’s combined turnover in the Nordics was nearly 400 million euros.


In the spring of 2022, the company’s finance function found itself in somewhat of a pickle due to organizational changes. Musti Group identified the requirement of an external accounting expert to ensure the continuation of smoothly running finance operations during a period encompassed by both recruitment processes and year-end financial closing.


NIS moved to swiftly and flexibly provide the services of NIS consultant Janne Turpeinen to assist Musti Group. As a specialist in external accounting and bookkeeping, he seamlessly integrated into the company to ensure the uninterrupted continuity of financial accounting. Taru Manner from the group's finance team expressed her satisfaction stating: "We are pleased that we were able to secure the services of a highly skilled professional to meet our interim needs, which would have otherwise proven challenging to fill within such a short timeframe."


Upon his introduction to the pet industry Janne not only managed the intricacies of bookkeeping, but also actively participated in the enhancement of the company's financial processes and systems and extended his support to colleagues during periods of heightened workload. His responsibilities also encompassed the onboarding of new accountants and the seamless transfer of knowledge.

"We are pleased that we were able to secure the services of a highly skilled professional to meet our temporary needs, which would have otherwise proven challenging to fill within such a short timeframe.” Taru Manner, Group Financial Controller, Musti Group

“Janne seamlessly assumed his role and swiftly adapted to his tasks due to his solid expertise, even taking on the responsibility of training new team members. He seamlessly integrated into our team and adapted into Musti's work culture, which was crucial for successful collaboration," said Taru Manner about their cooperation. Janne, for his part, acknowledged the dedicated support and teamwork at Musti, affirming, "I never felt isolated or alone."


Janne has enjoyed his time at Musti Group, not least because he had the opportunity to interact with office dogs during meetings and work. He feels that he has learned a lot about systems and the financial closing process. As an outsider to the organization, Janne has been able to bring a fresh perspective, highlight areas for improvement and contribute to the refinement of financial processes. Describing Musti's work culture as both dynamic and adaptable to change, he commented: "Issues were promptly addressed, decisions were swiftly executed, and my team and supervisor were always available, willing to involve me in the day-to-day operations of the company, as well as to accept ideas and advice."


The assignment carried out for Musti Group is a fitting example of how effective the utilization of interim resources can be at its best. The right professional was swiftly identified, and work began immediately. It would have been challenging to allocate resources from within the company on such a tight schedule for the finance team's needs.


Thank you for the cooperation!

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