When did you join the company?
I joined the firm almost five years ago.
I was given a scholarship from my Spanish University to do an internship at Hughes Blake (now Baker Tilly Ireland) for three months. After the conclusion of my internship, the firm decided to offer me a trainee contract. I have very good memories of that time.
Summary of Role.
My work has changed since I joined the firm. I started doing simple tasks such as general administration work in practice and then becoming more accountable and taking ownership of projects such as Creditors Voluntary Liquidations or Members Voluntary Liquidation etc.
I am also involved in examinership cases which involves keeping track of cashflows and the creditors statements. I also contact a lot of the creditors and answer queries they might have.
What has been the most exciting project you have worked on?
I really enjoy the examinership cases, particularly at the point in time an investment has been secured for a company and a large amount of paperwork needs to be sent to creditors; I call it “The Scheme day.”
I remember one examinership assignment which had c.500 creditors and the whole department rallied together to get the letters and schemes out on time. Being a team player and managing pressure were a must that day.
The most exciting part of this case was the fantastic outcome which was achieved where all the creditors were paid in full and all jobs were saved; this was a win – win situation for all parties.
What’s been your biggest challenge so far?
I worked on a liquidation of a hardware company which supplied a variety of items.
There was a lot of work to do, which mainly involved dealing with creditors as they had retention of titles clauses and they were entitled to receive their goods back.
As a result, I was required to stay on the company’s premises for two weeks to liaise with the directors and creditors. This experience gave me fantastic exposure and I was able develop my professional and planning skills.
What advice would you give those who are interested in pursuing a career in Baker Tilly?
Be hard working, humble and patient. These are key elements to success in the Corporate Recovery department.
Give us a brief insight into what life is like at Baker Tilly.
Baker Tilly is a fast-paced environment which is very diverse as there are people from different countries and different parts of Ireland. At the last Christmas party many of us were singing Christmas songs in different languages. It does not matter where you come from.
When the pressure is on, everyone rallies together which is a testament to staff.
What have you achieved at the firm that you’re most proud of?
I am Spanish myself and English is not my first language. I had difficulties communicating in a work environment but have developed my skills over the years.
I am proud of how my Business English has improved and the fact that I have passed nine of my ACCA accountancy exams. Hopefully, next year I will be a qualified accountant.
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