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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2010
further refinement, but the MHC Cooks have shown great support and co- operation in getting this programme up and running. Looking ahead, the intention is that the term 'Standardised Menu' will soon be consigned to the dustbin of history and the process, complete with refinements, will just be part of everyday business for our Cooks. Service Funds The MHC Service Funds Cell has, like all other areas in FLSE-W, undertaken a number of business changes during the past 12 months. Of significance has been the migration of our accounts from the over-complicated and process-intensive SBA to the commercially successful and more user- friendly Quicken. Although some minor anomalies were identified from the SBA legacy, the migration to Quicken has been a positive experience and has generally simplified business; however, there have been occasions where we have felt like we have been thrown in the deep end with little formal training and only a 'first draft' user guide to refer to. Despite this shortfall Quicken now offers the following advantages: • More user friendly, easier to understand and navigate; • a better picture of an accurate funds available; • End of Month packs are easier to compile; • Less paperwork used for an EOM/EOFY; • Better stock control should occur on the Platforms as they complete a 100% muster each week; • Reports conducted every four to Six weeks in place of monthly; • RANCCB Levy and Depreciation of Assets calculated manually in place of SBA automatically doing it. Finance The introduction of the Navy Finance Bureau will certainly aid the process for clearing bills that arrive on the FLSE-W doorstep. Although funding for Rations is now allocated to DSG, there is still much work required by the FLSE-W catering cell to set up phasings and this is expected to remain the case, however, payments of other bills (notwithstanding those taken for DUP allocations) will soon be handled by NFB. This is a welcome addition and will ease off some of the workload of FLSE staff members to enable them to focus more on direct support issues. The Work/ Life Balance We all know that attaining a good work/life balance is something that we should all aspire to; these days, the pressures of work and personal commitments are quite often allowed to be misaligned (and if we are honest, usually in the favour of work). Here at FLSE, we believe that getting the right balance is critical to maintaining a happy, eager and willing workforce. 'Sporties' each Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 1300 knock off on a Friday, numerous 'Team Waterhen' social events (such as the end of month Welfare BBQ) and participation in area sporting events do contribute to an area that we should be constantly reviewing to make life better for our people. In Conclusion Although a number of changes are still to be finalised, many are already in place and starting to show genuine efficiencies in labour and, to a lesser degree at this stage, monetary terms. FLSE-W always has been and always will be a customer focused organisation that through good liaison with numerous agencies and customers will continue to embrace the 'Team Waterhen' ethos. These are challenging times for all of us involved with Navy, but FLSE-W will continue to work hard to meet whatever is thrown at us in the most positive manner possible. 47 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2010 About the Author LCDR John Moores joined the RN in 1977 as a Junior Stores Accountant and served in a variety of ships (including HMS HERMES in the Falkland campaign in 1982), rising to Petty Officer before being commissioned through the Special Duties list in 1994. Serving in HM Ships INVINCIBLE (as SO(Stores)) and SUTHERLAND (as Logistics Officer) as well as Deputy Staff Logistics Officer to Flag Officer Sea Training, he finally had enough of the cold, rain and warm beer and moved to Australia to join the RAN in 2006. John was SO in HMAS STUART between 2007-09 and was SO2 Logs in the Joint Amphibious Capability Implementation Team (JACIT) before becoming OiC FLSE-W in January 2010.