Matt Scotter

Matt Scotter

Audit Senior Manager


EY

Leeds, UK

Education

High School
Thomas Rotherham College
Bachelor
Accounting and Finance
University of Leeds
Certification/License
Chartered Accountant - CA
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

Career

Audit Senior Manager

I work with companies ranging from small privately owned to global public business to complete their annual audit.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Numbers
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

The day will often be based at a client's site. We meet with the client to understand their business and their current challenges. As a team we discuss our tasks for the day, week and even month, before assigning these to each team member. Colleagues are then free to work independently to complete their tasks by the deadline. I typically spend about half the day reviewing work completed by more junior colleagues, some of the day speaking to clients and the rest of the time replying to emails.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

An understanding of the business world and the numbers within it. Do you know what a balance sheet looks like? Can you calculate the companies gross and net profit? What impact does VAT have, and who do you pay it too? Keep an eye on the news. Listen to reports about business takeovers and businesses going bust. It helps to have good IT skills, particularly on excel, but you learn much of what you do through your practical experience.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Try to get some work experience. A 2-6 week secondment is offered by each of the Big 4 accountancy firms and by most investment banks and will give you a better idea of what the role involves. It also opens the door to these employers and increases your chance of a job offer.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Accounting and Finance
certification
Certification/License
Chartered Accountant - CA

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You shouldn't be an auditor, it's only for boring people."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student
Didn't go to a fee-paying private school