Life at Deloitte
Senior Associate, Corporate Tax
Andrew is a Senior Associate in our Aberdeen office in the Corporate Tax Consulting team. He joined Deloitte as a graduate in September 2010, having previously been part of the Summer Vacation Scheme in 2009. Andrew studied Economics at the University of Glasgow.
What do you like most about your role?
To be clichéd, the fact that no ‘two days are the same’ rings very true. The greatest satisfaction comes when a client is appreciative of your efforts and you can see that your deliverable has added value to their business.
What didn't you know, but wish you had known when applying and joining Deloitte?
How much responsibility and ability to display skills is given to graduate joiners – had I known this at the time I would have been even more eager to apply.
What aspects of your degree do you feel support you in your role and success at Deloitte?
Analytical skills and general commercial awareness have certainly been important. However it is leadership, interaction and teamwork skills which have provided the biggest contribution towards my career at Deloitte.
What qualifications are you working towards and what support are you getting?
I am studying towards the ICAS qualification. Deloitte provides dedicated mentors for each set of exams who have recent experience of the qualification, and they are very helpful. My appraisal manager also supplies valuable support and guidance. Furthermore, there is a member of staff who communicates with ICAS on a regular basis and can raise any issues that arise in the course of studies.
What work do you get involved in on a day to day basis at Deloitte?
Each day is different; I might be involved in corporation tax compliance work, tax accounting work, tax audit work, due diligence projects or potentially a wide variety of advisory projects encompassing many business tax issues in the areas of international investment, mergers, acquisitions or asset purchases. I regularly attend industry events and seminars; I help with graduate recruitment and am part of the social committee in the office.
How do you deliver or contribute impact, leadership and innovation in your role?
I act as an informal mentor to those joining through our graduate program; passing on my experiences of how to succeed in the firm. I seek to take responsibility on the engagements I work on – coordinating them and moving them forward in a leadership role; whilst seeking to find new ways to provide a valuable service to clients.
What social, society and CSR activities have you been involved with at Deloitte?
There is a wide variety of social events throughout the year including an office ball, quiz night, bowling night, office and department Christmas parties and regular month end drinks. We have a barbecue and curling night planned for later this year. I play in our weekly five a side football game involving staff and clients. There is also regular ‘ad hoc’ socialising with colleagues. I recently participated in our annual office community investment day; which this year involved painting a local respite care centre.
How has Deloitte played a role in your long term career goals?
Deloitte has allowed me to gain exceptional experience in a client facing role, which combined with regular training has been responsible for developing and improving my technical skills. The firm is also supporting me towards achieving a globally recognised and respected qualification.