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Staff stories

In these staff stories we hear from team members across the firm on their experience of life at Buzzacott. Read their stories below to get a snapshot of what it's like to be part of the Buzzacott team. 

Alec James, Audit Associate, Charity and Not for Profit team

I joined Buzzacott’s Charity and not for profit team wanting to bring together my interest in charity work with learning business skills.

 

I wanted to gain more practical skills, so it was a lightbulb moment when I learnt that there were accountants specialising in charity accounts. I have a Geography degree from the University of Exeter so not coming from a financial background, I was concerned about being a fish out of water, but since being at Buzzacott I’ve felt part of a community of trainees who are all in the same boat. There is a great working atmosphere here with lots of social events to get involved with as well.

 

A standout experience is definitely attending the One Young World conference for young leaders recently. We heard speakers like Sir Richard Branson, Sir Bob Geldof and JK Rowling talking about the role of business in tackling big issues like global warming.

 

Just a year into my role, I’m running my own audits and building relationships with clients. Looking back at when I started at Buzzacott I did not think I’d be doing this so early on!

Manohar Jassi, Tax Consultant, Expatriate Tax team

Before joining Buzzacott I had just come out of university having completed a computer science with management degree at Kings College London. Looking for grad roles, I came across Buzzacott’s UK/US tax specialism which seemed a unique and interesting area to work in.

I’ve been at Buzzacott a year now, and since joining I’ve found that Buzzacott’s lived up to the reputation - everyone has been welcoming and open, even throughout the interview process. My mentor checks up on me regularly and is always happy to help, encouraging me to be inquisitive and ask questions.

On the Buzzacott Expatriate Tax team we’re in three sub-teams and are very team oriented. We have great socials within our sub-teams but also as a whole team.

Being client facing so early on has definitely been a standout part of my role. Meeting with clients makes your contribution more tangible and I work alongside managers and partners on client advice and tax returns regularly. Partners are approachable as they’re always on the office floor which also makes it easy to collaborate with them.

 

Megan Wilson, Tax Consultant, Private Client team

Having done a module on tax in my Accounting and Finance degree at the University of Liverpool, I knew I wanted a role in tax. I had been in corporate tax previously and knew I wanted to go into personal tax to be client facing and subsequently found my current role at Buzzacott in the Private Client team.

I quickly got involved with advisory work, report writing, article writing – my day is mixed which broadens my experience. I work directly with managers and partners on each project meaning you feel comfortable to approach team members from all levels.

There’re lots of both team and firmwide social events, meaning you get to know people across the company at all levels which is really useful in a work environment. I got involved with these straight away and there have actually been a number of circumstances where knowing people across teams has been useful in directing queries between different specialisms.

One thing I really like about Buzzacott is that each of our personal goals are heard.  For instance a member of the audit team completed a secondment to our team after expressing an interest. Different people have different career progression goals and this is reflected in how we operate.

Will Spires, Consultant, Financial Planning team

I did a summer internship with the Financial Planning team at Buzzacott during my final year of uni, where I was studying Geography and Economics. It’s been a change from uni life but I’ve adapted quickly and the internship meant I knew the majority of the team so it’s been a smooth transition. 

Working within the Financial Planning team gives me a wide exposure to many areas of finance and many financial products, as we assess a client’s situation and help them put a financial plan in place to achieve their life objectives. The work I am involved with includes investment management projects, as well as researching and writing a vast array of client reports including cash flow planning and investment recommendations.

The firm puts a big impetus on graduates and training and my role is quite varied, so I get to see the progression of work for each client and feel like I contribute to the whole process which is rewarding. I also get to work with everyone in my team who are relatively young and sociable, meaning there is always lots going on.

As a trainee, balancing work and study is key and the rewards and consistent support keep me motivated. I feel appreciated and the support we receive places lots of emphasis on helping us develop. There is a clear pathway set by the grads before you, meaning that I know the type of work I have ahead of me, and the qualifications that are possible. It is clearly communicated to us what the hard work we’re putting in is going to help us achieve.

 

Ellie Worster, Senior Manager, Corporate and Business Services team

Ellie joined Buzzacott in 2014 and is a Senior Manager in our Corporate and Business Services team. In this podcast with Success in Finance, she talks about what led her to a career in finance, her professional journey so far, and her experience of Buzzacott.

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