Big Four jobs abroad
The Big Four accountancy firms are not only well-represented around the world, but they are also actually booming in Australia and two of the four saw their strongest regional growth in Asia.
Deloitte, EY, KPMG, and PwC have prospering offshore practices, offering amazing opportunities for Chartered Accountants who are ready to make some incredible changes in their careers.
Your qualification is a passport to the world: we can show you how to use it.
Types of jobs available
The jobs that are currently available with the Big Four can be grouped into these categories:
- Financial Services Audit- with expertise in funds, banks, and insurance
- Advisory- including Compliance, Enterprise Risk Management
- Internal Audit and IT Audit
- Accounting Services and Secondments
- Insolvency and Restructuring
We can assist with careers in all of the above areas, however, for the newly qualified who have recently completed their training contract, Financial Services Audit is the most popular.
Opportunities to progress
Its standard practice to sign an initial contract with one of the Big Four for 2 years, yet at the same time, it is generally assumed that you will enjoy working offshore so much that you will stay on to progress into a management role. With the Big Four firms, these opportunities frequently arise because of the flexible and international nature of the specialized talent pool.
The Big Four are continuously looking out for potential leaders, recruiting newly qualified leaders who have progressed to partner level. This is something that is available to you too.
It is also worth bearing in mind that having just 24 months of experience in international finance means you will also have greatly improved your position for a career in other incredible financial hubs around the world such as London, Zurich, and New York.
Appreciating the corporate culture
Working in the financial industry offshore isn’t the same as the home experience. The culture is stimulating and vibrant. You will get to meet accountants from all of the world who are open-minded and ready for new experiences. As everyone is in the same boat and you will enjoy a friendly atmosphere where nobody judges you on your past. You are all offered the same professional opportunities, earnings, and education.
One of the main requisites for a position for one of the Big Four is a qualification as a Chartered Accountant (ACA, CA) or a similar designation (ACCA, CPA). On top of this, you will need three or more years of experience working in the sector that you are applying for.
There are still plenty of jobs available for those who are newly qualified and taking on an international position that offers world-class training in the financial sector is a great kick-start to your career, so don’t feel that a lack of familiarity with financial services is a drawback.