Gary initially trained as an Auditor in another consultancy firm before deciding to make a move. Gary joined KPMG because he felt it would be a good cultural fit and values the fact that we offer a good work life balance and a culture that’s truly collaborative.
“I’m based in Transaction Services. So what that means is that I help our clients to buy and sell businesses, make investments, raise finance or anything else they need to do to thrive. I do that in our London Regions team, and I primarily deal with smaller and mid-tier businesses.
What I’ve always enjoyed about Transaction Services is the variety. In audit, you can largely plan things about six months in advance, but I enjoy the fact that I don’t know what I’ll be doing or where I’ll be working from week to week. I’ve worked in 28 different countries.
“There's an acceptance that I'll do my work and make an impact but that doesn’t necessarily need to be between the hours of 9am and 5:30pm. So that means a lot to me, that flexibility.”
And something I really like about life at KPMG is that I can collaborate with lots of other intelligent people at lots of levels and there’s always something to learn from them.
I chose to move to KPMG primarily for the culture. I felt it would fit better with the way I like to work – especially because of the firm’s focus on work/life balance.
At KPMG, you also have licence to go and do what you want to do. Yes, there are constraints – a bit of a safety net and a strong support environment around you. But I get so much more freedom than where I was previously.
You need to be able to get on with a wide variety of people who have different working styles, backgrounds and cultures. Whatever we do as a business involves working as part of a team. It makes this a very inspiring place to be.”