Life at Deloitte
Director, Audit, Nottingham
Originally from London, I came to the University of Nottingham to study Management and German and I haven’t left Nottingham yet! Deloitte recruited me in my final year at University and although I had another offer from another big 4 firm, the choice was easy once I had met the Deloitte team and I knew they were people I wanted to work with. I joined the audit team after finishing my degree and obtained my ACA qualification with the firm. I have always been based in the Nottingham office, developing my career and taking on more and more responsibilities. After 15 years with the firm and having had 2 daughters, I am now a Director in the audit practice where I enjoy leading different teams, working with clients and partners both nationally and internationally.
What work do you get involved in on a day to day basis?
There is a real variety to the work I get involved in which keeps the job interesting. My main sectors are higher education and consumer business with a strong focus on the retail and food and beverages areas. I manage a number of audits so spend a portion of my time working on my audit clients, leading audits and reviewing audit work. There are also a lot of opportunities to get involved in non-audit and advisory work such as assisting with due diligence work on acquisitions, carrying out work on a refinance and working on transitioning businesses to new accounting standards. To win new work, I also spend a lot of time building relationships with clients and targets and therefore spend time out in the market and working on proposals. In addition I do have a key role in the management of the Nottingham office around training and staff matters on a day to day basis.
What do you like most about the office and region that you work in?
I think that the best thing is that Nottingham is a relatively small office even though all the service lines are present. This means that there is a real sense of community in the office and you are able to build good relationships across service lines and get involved in a wide variety of work across different industries with companies of different sizes.
What is your top tip for working in your industry?
A general top tip, is to communicate well. Communication is key both within the team and with clients. My retail industry related top tip, is to go shopping as much as possible to gain detailed first hand knowledge of the industry!
What social, society and corporate responsibility activities have you been involved with at Deloitte?
There are lots of social events in the office and I see these as a really important way of maintaining the community spirit in the office when people are working at clients a lot of the time. As part of my role within the office I arrange quite a few of the social events and year group evenings. As an office we support a different charity annually and I have been involved in various events for the office charity. I have also been involved with a local primary school assisting children with reading.
How has Deloitte played a role in your long term career goals?
Deloitte has given me a lot of opportunities to develop and gain experience by providing a real variety of challenging clients and projects. Being part of a big firm has allowed me to manage my career path by having input into the clients and industries that I want to be a part of. The partners have been very supportive of me during my career at Deloitte.
Being a full time working mum has its challenges but there is a lot of flexibility in the job and agile working really does make the work life balance easier to juggle. Deloitte is also very committed to women in leadership and I have seen a real change in recent years with more women with children being promoted to partners and directors of the firm.
The other key thing is the quality and amount of training available nationally which really does cover all aspects of the job and the softer management skills.
All of these things have enabled me to successfully progress my career within the firm.
What advice would you share to others considering a career in your industry?
There are a large number of businesses within the consumer business sector in the Midlands and nationally. We currently have a good presence within the industry but there is a big potential for further growth. With the firm there are many opportunities for progression within this sector.