Interview with a Partner – Toby Stanbrook
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 am the service line leader for Accounting and Outsourcing Services, which means outsourced accounting and management reporting, compliance services, VAT, payroll, and company secretarial. My role consists of leading the strategic direction and ensuring we have the right team and approach to delight our clients. I also have a portfolio of clients who I support working closely with the AOS team.
Where did you work/study before Mazars, and why did you join the firm?
I did a BBA with French at Lancaster University which included a work placement year in Paris. I wasn’t actually sure that I wanted to be an accountant, but I met some of the Mazars team during the milkround at Lancaster, and the rest is history. I joined the firm because it’s international; I thought it was large enough to provide a diverse training environment and have interesting clients, but still had a culture where you could contribute and make a difference.
I’ve also had a couple of spells away from Mazars, one of which working as a Group Financial Controller for an international retail and property business – it was great to see things from the client perspective.
What’s the best thing about working here?
The people. As an international organisation with a wide range of services, Mazars attracts a real breadth of talent. People at Mazars have lots of different ideas and are open to working together and collaboration. This means there’s always something going on as we look to improve our services and the experience of our clients.
In your opinion, what are the biggest opportunities and challenges for Mazars today?
I think the greatest opportunity is sharing the really positive things about Mazars with our clients, prospects and the wider market. There is still a sense that we don’t make enough noise in the marketplace about our people, our solutions and the work we do with our communities. There is a real market opportunity to build on our reputation.
The greatest challenge we have is realising the potential of our international integrated partnership. Mazars works in 79 countries across the globe and we must be able to deliver seamlessly to clients both in the UK and across the world.
What are the most important skills / competencies you look for in graduate applicants?
Enthusiasm – both for what you want to do, and why you want to join Mazars.
Inquisitiveness – not being afraid to ask questions and keep on learning.
What top tip would you offer a new graduate starting at Mazars?
Get involved and learn as much as you can. There’ll be opportunities that come your way and I would advise people to say ‘yes’ first, even if it’s outside your comfort zone, and worry about it later – because that’s where you learn the most.
- Interview with a Partner