Bringing new insights back to EY Scotland
The sign of a great workplace is when you’re keen to return. When the opportunity presented itself, Calum Black jumped at the chance to re-join EY.
“I know it might sound daft, but one of the main reasons for me returning to EY was the people,” says Tax Manager Calum Black. “Particularly when the Partners had individual meetings with me and responded honestly to my queries. That personal attention showed they really wanted me to be part of the team.”
Calum initially joined EY’s Glasgow office as a graduate in 2007. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2010, he moved to work with EY in London, followed by roles in-house and at one of the other Big Four. He joined EY Edinburgh in 2018 to work in International Tax Services, specialising in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
While his EY colleagues were a big draw for his return, the career opportunity was a good fit too. Callum says: “I was looking for an advisory-focused role that used the sector experience I had gained working in-house, while giving me variety. And I found it all.
“I’m working with clients from Edinburgh as well as Glasgow and London, in infrastructure, energy and offshore renewables, so that keeps things interesting. And I’m part of a team that’s growing, so I get to help develop the knowledge and experience of the junior members, which I really enjoy.”
A relaxed, informal culture
Having worked at other firms and also in-house for a client, he’s in a good position to compare the different working cultures.
“We work hard but the culture is more relaxed than at other places,” he says. However, the big difference for him is that “EY is much more open and accessible to Partners and Directors than other firms. There’s a lot of collaboration between business units and offices, we really act as a cohesive team. And people are always willing to help, no matter the question or seniority level.”
Calum says the future looks very positive. “We’re building a strong team that will place EY’s Scotland Tax team in an even better position in the market over the next year or two – particularly in energy and renewables. That means lots of good career progression opportunities while working on high-profile projects in Scotland.”