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EY - Kristy

Kristy,
People Advisory Services,
Advisory

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EY - Zach

Zach,
Business Tax Advisory,
Tax

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EY - Peter

Peter,
Valuation & BusinessModelling,
Transaction Advisory Services

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EY - Jen

Jen,
Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services,
Assurance

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EY - Megan

Megan,
People Advisory Services,
Advisory

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EY - Nick

Nick,
Performance Improvement, Advisory

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EY - Priyal

Priyal,
IT Advisory
Advisory

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EY - KristyKristy, PAS

About me
I have been with EY for almost 5 years. I work in the immigration team as part of the People Advisory Services practice in the Wellington office. My role is to support the delivery of immigration services to clients and the growth of the immigration practice.

University

I went to the University of Otago where I completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts graduating in 2008.

My area of focus at University was International Business. I really enjoyed the idea of project management and wanted to work with global companies. I didn’t think of immigration at the time but it’s been great to work and support global companies coordinate the movement of their people and manage the compliance obligations that are associated with these moves.

My degrees gave me the foundations required to succeed in EY; not least of which was the skills learnt in writing professional arguments and conducting research to support an argument. On the job learning and EY’s continued support with my studies to obtain my licence as a New Zealand immigration adviser is where I gained the technical skills required to meet the requirements of my role.

What I do on a typical day?

Day to day I work in a team of nine licensed immigration advisers in the provision of New Zealand immigration advice to companies offshore and within New Zealand who wish to expand their operations into New Zealand, expand their local workforce and/or manage their compliance obligations within immigration legislation in New Zealand. I support the team in ensuring our advice meets EY quality and risk requirements.

Our work ranges from visa applications, supporting employers in accreditation applications, advising individuals on complex health and character matters, writing submissions to Immigration New Zealand and the Minister and conducting reviews of companies to determine their level of compliance, improvements to be made and any remedial action required.

I also manage the day to day global coordination of the provision of immigration services to one of New Zealand’s largest clients in over 17 countries. This involves daily interaction with EY offices around the world, identifying issues and addressing them in a way that allows the client to achieve its wider objectives.

Endless opportunities

I have had so many opportunities at EY. Some of the highlights have been that EY supported me in obtaining my immigration advisers licence, going on secondment to Singapore for 3 months, travelling to Malaysia for the EY immigration conference and travelling to Sydney for the New Manager programme.

More broadly, EY has provided me with the opportunity to grow myself both professionally and personally to progress within the organisation and achieve my goals. EY has also given me opportunities to expand my technical knowledge and to undertake new and challenging projects.

The people
Our team is made up of a diverse range of people from different countries and different backgrounds. The diverse nature of our team means we are able to explore various opinions and provide the client with an even better result.

We have regular social events within EY, the wider team and our own smaller team. This means there is always something fun to do and an opportunity to get to know the great people who work at EY.

Some of my closest friends are people I met at EY!

My advice to students
Take opportunities when they present themselves even if you think you may fail.

 

 

EY - ZachZach

About me
I’m Zach and I started my career at EY as an intern before coming back as a graduate. I work in Business Tax Advisory where I help clients with any income tax related needs they may have. This often involves completing their tax returns and offering advice on tax issues.

University
I studied at the University of Auckland where I completed a conjoint in law and commerce. Both of my degrees have provided an excellent foundation for working in tax. Law is relevant when engaging in consulting tasks such as advising a client on the shareholder continuity requirements to carry forward losses or whether expenditure meets the deductibility requirements as set out in the New Zealand tax legislation. Commerce helps with the numbers aspect of the work such as looking through financial statements and completing tax returns.

Why EY?
I chose EY for a number of reasons; the reputation, the list of large corporate clients I knew I would be exposed to and the training provided, but what really sold me was the culture. The culture at EY is one of inclusiveness, encouragement and kindness.

What I do on a typical day?
The work is varied but any given day might involve researching a tax issue for a client. This involves reading legislation, commentary, cases and articles. An example of research I have conducted was whether a large amount of legal fees were deductible. This involved analysing the current tests on deductibility and seeing if that legal expenditure fitted within the ambit of those tests.   I have found the ability to research and write cohesively very useful. These two skills are especially important with consulting tasks.

Endless opportunities
EY has provided me with a number of opportunities from supporting me through the Professionals Legal Studies course to being exposed to many different clients, the Inland Revenue Department and people from different teams.

My EY legacy has just begun, but I want to be known for the quality of my work and client relationships.

 

 

 

 

EY - PeterPeter

About me
I’ve been with EY for over three years, originally beginning my career in the Prague office before transferring to the Auckland office last year. I work in the Valuation and Business modelling (VBM) team, part of the Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice.

Fundamentally my role is to provide clients with valuations on all types of businesses for purposes such as a potential transaction, financial or tax reporting and internal management decision making. We also build and review business models that clients use to analyse their investment decisions, for planning and reporting and for various other reasons.

University
I completed a Masters in International Financial Management graduating from Martin-Luther University in Germany.

Why EY?
During my CFA studies, I met people employed in the TAS team at EY. They spoke about how different each day was, about the wide range of challenging and interesting tasks they did and the broad range of clients that they got to work with. It appealed to me that they could also use the knowledge gained through their CFA studies in their day-to-day work.  That got me thinking about a job in consulting and the opportunities it would offer me. Once a position became available I didn’t hesitate to submit my application to EY.

The people I work with at EY are friendly and we have a really diverse team of people from all different backgrounds.  I really like that it doesn’t matter where you’re from, where you grew up or your cultural background – your contribution is really valued.

My typical day
The work in VBM is project based and varying so my week can look very different depending on the project type.

A few examples of my tasks:

  • On a business modelling assignment I spend the majority of time working in Excel, building or amending models to suit client needs.
  • For a valuation project our results are presented in the form of a narrative report, a full valuation report or a brief presentation. My work includes undertaking research into the business and the industry it operates in and analysing the businesses performance and generating the financial information needed to value it.  I usually spend several hours writing up our valuation analysis, methodologies and assumptions used, industry and macroeconomic analysis - basically describing all the tasks we performed to arrive at the results.
  • I participate on calls or in meetings with the client to discuss our queries, scope the work in detail and to get acquainted with their business operations and performance. In the later stages of the project, we discuss our interim findings or our outputs with the client.

Endless opportunities
The opportunities I’ve had at EY seem endless. I’ve been able to work at client sites and experience their work culture, travel internationally and eventually to transfer to another country.

I’ve worked on large international projects with professionals from other countries, and work with well-known external sources.

My advice to students
A job in consulting is probably the best career start for graduates with an economic / accounting background. If you work hard and stay focused, I believe you can progress much faster and learn much more than anywhere else.

 

 

 

 

EY - JenJen

About me
I started my career in EY in 2010 in the Assurance service line in Christchurch and re-joined the Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services (FIDS) team in Auckland in 2015. I’m involved in a variety of FIDS work, including investigations, dispute matters, anti-fraud work, and contract compliance matters. We are part of the Oceania FIDS team so I spend a lot of time working in Australia and other locations. I’m responsible for managing a number of jobs of varying sizes, overseeing the work of the team, liaising with the partner and other senior management, and engaging with clients.

University
I graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting, from the University of Canterbury.

I started university with an interest in accounting, but kept my options open in my first year, taking courses in economics, geography and politics. I found while I had an interest in my other subjects, accounting was an area I enjoyed and also had a pathway that would lead to a future career.

While not all of my engagements are accounting-focussed, having a strong financial background assists me every day to understand the financial and business environment that our clients operate in. My degree also developed my broader skills such as analytical thinking, project management, reading and writing skills. For more complex financial fraud and dispute matters my accounting background has been invaluable to understand transactions, systems and processes, and gives me the confidence to hold detailed discussions with the client.

Are you suited to FIDS?
There are a number of core skills that are required in FIDS, including an ability to think analytically and be flexible to different situations. While we follow a standard methodology, there is no “one way” to perform our work so our people have to think outside the box and constantly test our approach. An inquisitive mind and attention to detail are also relevant skills!

My typical day
There is no typical day or week in FIDS as the nature of our engagements, and the clients we work with vary all the time. Each case has its own unique circumstances and desired outcome so the work we do is changing all the time. In an investigation or dispute this might include interviewing witnesses or suspects, reviewing emails and other documentation and analysing financial data. For anti-fraud work we will often perform assessments of a control environment and identify potential fraud risks, and assist in designing effective controls or writing policies and processes to assist in fraud management.

Endless opportunities
I have had an enormous amount of opportunities in the variety of work that I’m involved in, exposure to a number of different skillsets within the Oceania FIDS team, and the different clients I’ve worked with. I’ve had the opportunity to travel to the Philippines and Chile in the last year, alongside regular travel to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and back to my hometown of Christchurch.

My legacy
I have a strong sense of justice and would like to leave a legacy that I’ve helped right some wrongs during my time at EY, whether that’s putting a stop to fraudulent activity to protect a company’s assets and its employees, or fighting to help someone obtain what is rightfully theirs.

 

 

 

 

EY - MeganMegan

About me
I have been with EY since 2014 and I work in the People Advisory Services (PAS) team as part of the Reward practice in the Auckland office. I’m a Senior Consultant and I provide clients with reward consulting services and market commentary on trends in remuneration. Because of the variety and number of projects I have worked on to date, I feel that I have gained significant experience in a shorter amount of time which has really accelerated my career. I’m also able to network with key players in my industry.”

University
I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Communication Studies majoring in HR from Waikato University.

My degrees have helped prepared me for my job in terms of technical content and the ability to think strategically and laterally which is a daily requirement in my role.

Looking back, I absolutely loved my time at university and it definitely prepared me for the demands of working. Now EY is supporting me to grow and develop me by providing opportunities to work across teams and broaden my experience. I am achieving both technical knowledge in remuneration and broad HR industry experience.

Why EY?
The company I was working for was acquired by EY. When I arrived, I was overwhelmed by the supportive and family-like culture. I feel very lucky to rub shoulders with and learn from thought leaders on a daily basis.

EY exposes me to a broad range of clients and challenges me to push the boundaries of a traditional career for an HR practitioner. I am continually grateful for the many opportunities I am lucky enough to have for being at EY!

The People Advisory team enjoy socialising and spending time together in a relaxed setting with events held regularly such as trips to sporting events, quiz nights, networking opportunities and an annual ball.

What I do on a typical day?
My day is spent juggling client and internal communications, attending client briefings, conducting research, working with special interest groups on projects, conducting technical analysis and drafting advice to name a few!

In the morning I spend the first 30 – 60 minutes checking emails, reviewing the status of my projects and checking in with my team to make sure I action any urgent requests as soon as possible.

I may then meet with my manager for guidance on a project or brief a team member with instructions which means we are set up for the day ahead.

At EY we have a dedicated team that provide technical memos on market activity and changes to legislation which I enjoy reading over a morning coffee.

By this time it is mid-morning and I am completing a variety of projects which could include writing proposals, completing statistical analysis, researching trends or drafting reports either independently, with my team or working in a wider EY project team. This is usually my most productive time in terms of completing deliverable work.

At lunch, I enjoy using our gym. It’s a good way to give your brain a rest while achieving your daily step count.

The afternoons are usually filled with finishing the reports or analysis I have been working on that day, attending meetings to debrief on project work and finishing up any odd jobs before I head home.

Endless opportunities
I feel very lucky to have been exposed to so many great opportunities at EY. I’ve been able to work at client sites and experience their work culture, attend a conference in Singapore, travel around New Zealand, work towards a global remuneration certification, go on various training courses and volunteer my time to support charities as part of the EY Foundation.

My advice to students
Think outside the square when it comes to planning your career after university as there may be a non-traditional but equally beneficial way to launch your career. Think of the ‘career ladder’ as a jungle gym, there is more than one way of reaching your career ambition - you just have to be open to the opportunities.

 

 

 

 

EY - NickNick

About me
I’m Nick and I have been with EY for one year. I work in the Performance Improvement team as part of the Advisory team. My role differs from day to day, depending on the type of engagement I’m working on. Because of the variety of clients and work we do, I’m always learning something new and always building on my skills. Being able to apply the theory and knowledge I have developed during my studies into a practical setting has been amazing.

University
I studied a Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems and Human Resource Management from the University of Canterbury and I’m currently completing my Honours in Information Systems. My degree really prepared me for my job as I use analytical thinking and my knowledge on business processes on a daily basis.

I had taken a few Information Systems papers and really enjoyed them as I found it interesting learning about the changing environment of the IT world. I enjoyed interacting with people on a daily basis and had a lot to do with student societies and clubs while I was studying, so being a part of a team working together towards a common goal was what I wanted to be.

Why Advisory and EY?
At first I was thinking about going down the IT path and looking at more technical jobs, but what I realised I really wanted was a job where I would be always on the go, learning new things, and where the work was different each day. At EY I’m working with some really knowledgeable people with exciting stories to share.

When I was interviewed during the recruitment process, my decision to choose EY was really cemented when the people couldn’t talk high enough about the culture and social side of the organisation. I’m a social person and love interacting with people, getting involved in events, so it really spoke to me.

Career highlight
One of my career highlights to date was being involved in assessing the client’s HR, payroll and procurement processes to ensure there is no fraudulent activity happening behind the scenes, and to ensure that their controls and risk mitigation activities are designed and operating effectively.

My advice to students
The main piece of advice that I can give someone studying Information Systems or an IT-related degree is to think outside the box. You don’t have to be a programmer, a business analyst or a database administrator if that’s not what excites you. Think about how the knowledge you have acquired during your studies can be applied into different situations, and also how your thought process can be applied to different areas. “Build up your toolkit, find ways to differentiate yourself from the pack” is one great piece of advice a Senior Manager gave me

One of the skills that I have found most useful is being able to talk and communicate with people from a variety of different backgrounds and walks of life. Whether it is a fellow graduate, or the Chief Operating Officer of an organisation, you have to be able to tailor how you talk and present yourself for a large amount of different social settings.

Building a better working world to me means looking at ways that we can help organisations be the best that they can be. Whether this is in the form of more efficient processes, adapting to the changing digital world, or improving customer relations, we are also helping the wider community one step at a time.

 

 

 

 

EY - PriyalPriyal

About me
I’m Priyal and I joined EY as a graduate last year. I work within Advisory as part of the IT Advisory team and my role is to help with assessing businesses and their IT systems to identify how they can make their business more efficient. We work with lots of different clients in different sectors.

University
I graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelors of Technology (Honours) in Information Technology. My degree gave me a wide range of skills in areas of Information Systems and Programming. In my last year at university I worked on a project with a health business to work on automating their reporting system. This gave me technical knowledge that I use in my business intelligence projects at EY. I realised the business intelligence and business transformation of my degree were more attraction compared to programming for me. However, one thing that I knew was that I wanted was to be in a role that integrates my passion for IT with the ability to interact with clients to help them on their road to success.

Why EY?
One of the Advisory Managers was speaking at a presentation about how different each day is, the range of projects EY was working on within business intelligence and business transformation and also the broad range of clients that they got to work with. It really clicked with me and  I thought EY would give me an opportunity to work on a range of projects in areas which I was interested in and I would also be able to combine my IT skills and my interpersonal skills.

Career highlight
One of my recent projects involved attended various meetings with key individuals from a client to understand their business. For example, how they recover their systems in an event of a disaster like the policies and contracts they have in place, security, IT Architecture, their Disaster Recovery Plan. During the week, I was also going through documents to identity issues and I discussed these with my manager and came up with recommendations to the client.

Endless opportunities
I was fortunate to work in the Sydney office for two months working on different IT clients. During my time there I was able to volunteer for the EY Care Day where we were split into teams that went to different schools to help them make their school a better place for the kids. We did a lot of gardening and later celebrated with a BBQ and ice blocks! I really enjoyed the day so I am now looking forward to volunteering in Auckland as well.

When I was working in Sydney I didn’t know what to expect but everything flew out the window on my first day. I realised that the people I work with at EY are friendly and we have a really diverse team of people from all different backgrounds. People respect and value others at EY.

My advice to students
Don’t be afraid if you haven’t decided what you want to do yet, take every opportunity that you come across. This is how you will figure out what you like and don’t and help you choose your career path. Most importantly, work hard no matter what you’re doing.