Life at Deloitte
Hear from - Eoin Burke
Risk Advisory - Strategic Risk - Governance Senior
Why did you choose Deloitte and in particular, Risk Advisory?
Given my academic and professional background, Deloitte stood out as the perfect fit for me to apply my knowledge and skills. Having worked in the Central Bank of Ireland for 5 years, I had developed a good understanding of various local and European regulations and enjoyed assessing whether organisations were compliant with these regulations. The Governance team in the Risk Advisory department of Deloitte opened the door for me to assess a client’s compliance with regulations and then help them to make any necessary changes so as to be fully prepared for any potential inspections from the likes of the Central Bank of Ireland.
Another big part of my decision to join Deloitte was the positive feedback I received from friends from home and college who work here. They all encouraged me to make the move, saying that I would gain brilliant experience and that the work environment is very friendly. Having made the move I can happily say that they were right.
Describe your day-to-day role in Risk Advisory
This varies quite a bit depending on the project I am working on, however, as an example, today I went to a client company’s office for a one hour meeting with two managers from the Risk Advisory department. The meeting was with the Company Secretary of the company’s Board of Directors to discuss the processes and procedures they have in place to comply with a specific set of European regulations. When I got back to Deloitte following the meeting, I updated our records to take account of the information we received. Ultimately, all the information we receive will be used to help us write a report for the client aimed at improving their compliance with the regulations.
In a separate piece of work, I liaised with a client in relation to an online survey I am preparing and will be sending to them in the next day or so. The survey is to be completed by the members of the client company’s Board of Directors and will allow them to provide their opinions on the effectiveness of their Board and on their own knowledge and skills. It is always interesting to see the results of such surveys as opinions can often vary! I will use these results to inform the client of areas which may need to be improved upon so that their Board of Directors can operate more effectively.
What further learning opportunities are available to you now in Risk Advisory?
Working in Risk Advisory means that you are surrounded by people with a diverse range of educational, professional and geographical backgrounds. Even though I have only been in the department 10 months, I have already had the opportunity to work on projects with a large portion of these people. Each time I work with someone new in the department, I am exposed to new ways of thinking and dealing with tasks.
In line with the above, Risk Advisory holds regular learning sessions which all members of the department can attend. It is an opportunity for people in the department to share their knowledge on certain topics and help the department grow together. The sessions are kept interesting by varying the content to cover the various services offered across the department. I have been to a number of these sessions and have always gotten value from them.
Why would you encourage graduates to consider Risk Advisory as a career?
I would highly recommend Risk Advisory as a career. Deloitte is an internationally well-known organisation with an excellent reputation so it is therefore full of bright people with lots of ambition. In Risk Advisory you will be given the opportunity to work with a diverse range of clients in both the public and private sector. You will get an in-depth understanding of the how your clients carry out their business which I think is invaluable experience. Since joining Deloitte 10 months ago, my role in Risk Advisory’s Governance team has enabled me to get an insight into the operations of clients involved in areas such as sports, education, insurance, banking, law, business development and transport.
One of the best things about working in Risk Advisory is the distinct correlation between the effort you put in and the benefits provided to the client. There is a real sense of satisfaction when you can make clear recommendations to your client that you know will bring about positive change in their organisation. Importantly, the ability to make positive change in this way is not dependent on your grade – everyone is given the opportunity to make an impact at Deloitte and I have found that when you need support, it is always available.
Tell us something we do not know about Risk Advisory?
Risk Advisory has its very own tag rugby team called ‘Risk Tagvisory’ (the name was not my idea!). This year we took part in the Spring and Summer league at Alexandra College, Milltown. Our squad has about 20 people from the department in it so it is a great way to get to know colleagues from different service lines who you may not get to deal with your typical work day.
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Name: Eoin Burke
Department: Risk Advisory - Strategic Risk - Governance
College Attended: National University of Ireland, Galway, University of Edinburgh
Course Completed: Bachelor of Commerce, LLM in Commercial Law
Professional Qualification: Currently completing the ACCA exams
Joined Deloitte: October 2016