- I wake up at 5.30am, to prepare snacks, prepare the kids for school and have breakfast with them. Then prepare for my morning walk and workout at the gym. I try to close business by 6pm.
- Once in a while I work late. When not working I prepare for my classes at Strathmore University, School of Accountancy where I teach part-time.
Q: Who is Christine Kahema Muthui?
A: I am the tax manager at Coca- Cola Central East and West Africa. I am an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a certified public accountant and a certified public secretary. A mother, wife and also an accredited trainer and epitome of positive energy.
What does your job as a tax manager entail?
Developing and implementing tax strategies for the company, driving tax compliance and optimising tax planning opportunities.
What are the job requirements?
You need to be conversant and understand tax laws in different countries. You need to develop negotiation and networking skills in order to engage with revenue authorities and other arms of government. You also need to have accounting and financial knowledge to understand the impact a tax decision has on the company’s financial statements. The fact that I am a trained lawyer and accountant makes it easy to understand these concepts better.
What’s your day like?
I wake up at 5.30am, to prepare snacks, prepare the kids for school and have breakfast with them. Then prepare for my morning walk and workout at the gym. I try to close business by 6pm. Once in a while I work late. When not working I prepare for my classes at Strathmore University, School of Accountancy where I teach part-time.
Challenges you face at your workplace?
One of the challenges I previously faced was work-life integration. With other facets of life growing, you realise that all are critical. Being a wife, a mother of young children and a career woman comes with increased responsibilities. Balancing these responsibilities is a challenge and requires reviewing of priorities and seeking creative ways of achieving a reasonable balance.
Have you received any recognition based on your work?
I received the award of Best Manager in the Company. This was an honour as I am a believer of teams. I previously worked as a tax manager at KPMG and I was also honoured with the award of the Most Valued Employee.
What do you do at your free time?
I’m not sure if I have free time. If I am not at work, I am assisting my children with homework. There are things I would like to do but time just does not permit. These include attending choir practice, teaching Sunday school and running a boot camp for children. Once in a while I take a day off work to have time for myself.
Tell us about your family?