Kimberley’s story: A global career without leaving home
Kimberley’s goal to build an international career in tax didn’t require her to move far from home in Aberdeen. As a Senior Manager in the People Advisory Services team, she’s travelled to clients in Dubai, Norway and beyond, all while based in the “UK’s specialist Oil and Gas hub”.
After starting her career at another Big Four, Kimberley joined EY in Aberdeen in 2015 due to EY’s reputation of being such a people-focused firm. “Everyone I met throughout the interview stages were so friendly and welcoming. There’s no barrier between partners and junior members of the team here in Aberdeen. I could see myself fitting in the team straight away, and they’re the reason I’m still here today”.
A regional hub with international reach
Having started as a new manager in 2015, Kimberley has since progressed to Senior Manager this year. Her current role is to advise companies and their employees on the income tax and social security implications of international assignments and cross-border travel. She credits a lot of her progression to being given the opportunity to build senior client relationships. “Regular exposure to CEOs and CFOs is fantastic experience to build your skillset. I’ve been able to work with such a diverse client range, from small start-ups to multinational companies.”
In Aberdeen, the access to UK and international clients in the Oil and Gas, offshore and wider energy sector is “excellent”. “Working closely with overseas teams across the Global EY firm has been hugely rewarding and interesting. You can easily build a large, international network, even as part of a small team. I regularly speak to colleagues across the globe, including USA, Scandinavia, Angola and Singapore.”
Sharing local and global knowledge
Working collaboratively with EY colleagues in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London is also essential. “Aberdeen is EY’s hub for specialist Oil and Gas expertise, however there are always opportunities to work across different industries. As a team, we’re really encouraged to take on opportunities to expand our knowledge and experience, for example a number of my colleagues have been on client secondments.”
Being involved in supporting and developing the team’s newest members has been one of the most rewarding parts of Kimberley’s role. “We’ve hired lots of people into their first job who have little or no experience. It’s been really rewarding to see them gain their qualifications, develop their tax technical capabilities and progress to a higher level”.
A supportive and friendly culture
The firm’s flexible working culture was very attractive to Kimberley when moving to EY. “We’re trusted to get our work done and manage our time appropriately. The company recognises and respects all employee’s work-life balance and flexible working isn’t just for parents. For those who choose Aberdeen, staff can work longer hours Monday to Thursday to finish at 1pm on a Friday!”.
“The move to a new office in Aberdeen city centre in summer 2020 is also a positive move for the team. The new space will enable our teams across different service lines to work more collaboratively and share knowledge, both locally and with global colleagues in a more effective way.”