Life at Deloitte

Dave Taylor

Associate, Indirect Tax

Dave is an Associate in our Indirect Tax team based in Leeds. He joined Deloitte in September 2012 having studied Economics at Durham University.

What do you like most about your role?

Working with a variety of people on different projects – no day is the same.


What didn't you know, but wish you had known when applying and joining Deloitte?

If in doubt, always ask. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes. People much prefer it for you to have a go and get it wrong than continually play it safe and not take on a challenge. They also expect you to be asking questions, as a new starter you’re not supposed to be perfect and talking your problems through is often easier and quicker than mulling it over on your own.


What aspects of your degree do you feel support you in your role and success at Deloitte?

An understanding of the wider economic situation and how this impacts individual businesses is useful when trying to identify potential risks and opportunities.


What qualifications are you working towards and what support are you getting?

Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)

Deloitte offers substantial support in helping me towards my qualification. They recognise that the qualification is an important part of my development, so not only do they send me to specialist training courses, but working with individual colleagues that have gone through the same thing, are always available to offer advice and assistance on anything I may be struggling with.


What work do you get involved in on a day to day basis at Deloitte?

As I said before, no day is the same but generally I will be involved in the following:

  • Drafting emails to clients in response to a query;
  • Researching potential targets and analysing what services we can offer;
  • Drafting letters to HMRC on behalf of a client in relation to a claim/assessment;
  • Compiling claims based on information provided by a client.


How do you deliver or contribute impact, leadership and innovation in your role?

I’ve got involved with a cross-service line approach to an industry sector where Deloitte currently have little penetration. This has seen me contribute to ideas on how Deloitte as a firm can have an impact on the market, organise and liaise with colleagues from other service lines.


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

Since I started I’ve got involved with (and am now in charge of) the department football team and the lottery syndicate. The new graduates have regular nights out, and Friday drinks are a regular occurrence within the team.


How has Deloitte played a role in your long term career goals?

Monthly meetings with my appraiser mean that I always know where I stand in terms of my objectives for the year, and where I need to improve. Training logs show what areas I need more experience on, so my managers can direct different types of work towards me.

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