Life at Deloitte

Helen Adams

Assistant Manager, Deloitte Forensic, Birmingham

I attended the University of Warwick where I studied for a Mathematics and Economics undergraduate degree, before completing a Master’s in Economics. I then spent three years working in the audit department of a mid-tier accountancy firm in Birmingham, and moved to Deloitte Forensic after qualification. I was attracted by the prospect of working on complex high-profile cases with the group of talented colleagues that Deloitte offers as a Big Four firm. Since joining the department four months ago I have mainly been working on a dispute project involving the alleged fraudulent trading of carbon credits.

What work do you get involved in on a day to day basis?
The work I complete at Deloitte Forensic is largely project based, so it varies greatly from project to project. Activities that are common to many projects include completing detailed data analysis, writing formal reports, and performing research into key aspects of the dispute or investigation. The role may also require me to review documents, records and correspondence, or model financial information.

What do you like most about the office and region that you work in?
Birmingham is a vibrant city at the heart of the UK. My office’s location in Brindley Place offers access to a great variety of restaurants, bars and cultural attractions, as well as brilliant transport links to the rest of the country.

What is your top tip for working in your industry?
I would recommend being inquisitive and analytical. Working at Deloitte Forensic requires you to think carefully about the implications of the information we receive, and creatively consider fresh approaches to analysing and reporting this.

What social, society and corporate responsibility activities have you been involved with at Deloitte?

Since joining I have already participated in the Birmingham Office’s ‘Green Journey’ scheme. A particular social highlight was the Birmingham Forensic Summer Event, where we competed in a golf and table tennis tournament and enjoyed some wok-based cuisine – I’m proud to say my team took home the trophy!

How has Deloitte played a role in your long term career goals?
I have already been given responsibility for completing project work streams, writing formal client reports, and various engagement management tasks. Deloitte Forensic also offer some great training courses, so I look forward to continuing to expand my sector specific knowledge as well as my transferable skills.

What advice would you share to others considering a career in your industry?

I would suggest gaining some experience in audit; the range of clients and accounting issues to which you are directly exposed is invaluable experience, and helps to develop the ‘problem-solving’ skills that are necessary for a role in Forensic.

Working in Forensic requires adaptability – you need to be prepared for ebbs and flows in work, many of which will be unexpected, in addition to varied working locations.  You may need to travel to client sites for some projects, or even abroad.

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