Interview with a Partner – Elisabeth Maxwell
This blog is part of our ‘Interview with a Partner’ series, introducing you to some of Mazars’ UK partners to gain insights into their role, the direction of the firm, and how to stand out as a new graduate recruit. Watch this space for more coming soon!
- What’s your role within the firm?
I’m part of the Executive team and the Head of Innovation. I also have a client portfolio, so continue to do a lot of client work in Audit and Accounting & Outsourcing Services (AOS). In terms of client facing work, I am a relationship partner for AOS, whereas I tend to be far more involved in audit work.
- Where did you work/study before Mazars, and why did you join the firm?
I studied International Marketing in France at a French business school. I also studied accountancy and finance; looking back I really enjoyed it.
I began my career in audit because I wasn’t sure what to do, and someone suggested that you’ll see lots of different companies in audit which will give you a good idea of what to do next. But I stayed because I love accountancy, and I really enjoy building relationships with clients.
- What’s the best thing about working here?
I love the brand Mazars – for me, it means quality work. I also like the supportive and challenging culture of the firm. I feel at home with Mazars.
- In your opinion, what are the biggest opportunities and challenges for Mazars today?
The biggest challenge is also our biggest opportunity; while right now I don’t think we are well known enough in some countries, the global offering Mazars can provide is what clients really want.
- What are the most important skills / competencies you look for in graduate applicants?
I look for people with a positive outlook on life; a team player who will get on with their colleagues. Also people who want to build things, and are trying to achieve something with their career.
- What top tip would you offer a new graduate starting at Mazars?
Try to meet lots of people – so you have a full understanding of what we do as an organisation; this will help you to talk better with clients.
It is also important to listen, be open minded and focus on building a deep relationship with clients.
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