Being a CPA at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is never boring. Our firm offers you countless ways to make your career evolve.
Depending on their preferences, Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) may choose to work successively in different areas of expertise, specialize in a particular field or type of clientele, or advance in managerial positions.
Élisabeth Petit, Manager, Talent & Culture, at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, explains how CPAs can pursue a career in line with their ambitions within the firm and presents the skills required to succeed.
Beyond professional qualifications, what essential qualities do you look for in a CPA?
One of the most important ones is that this person focus on human relations and customer service. Life skills are essential.
We are looking for passionate, hardworking and meticulous CPAs who like to have fun at work, creative people who propose innovative solutions to our clients that best meet their needs.
CPAs must have a global vision of an organization. They must understand and even anticipate what the client needs to stand out in today’s and tomorrow’s economy. They must be able to collaborate with colleagues from different disciplines.
For example, in entrepreneurial succession cases, various aspects of a company are affected. CPAs and other experts will help develop a succession plan, assess the value of a business, find the right entrepreneur profile for the succession and prepare for a smooth transition. Tax, financial and human aspects are discussed.
So, it’s important to have good team spirit and leadership skills?
Absolutely. But leadership, it’s not necessarily about wanting to lead others. Leadership can also be proposing different ideas to help clients, without actually coordinating the work.
Can you give us some examples of career development opportunities for CPAs at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton?
There are many possibilities. For example, CPAs may choose to pursue a career in tax, specializing in international tax or commodity taxes, or prefer business valuation.
In assurance, they can opt for risk management or quality management, or even act as a cryptocurrency auditor or get involved in digital transformation projects. CPAs can also manage a team and progress to management positions.
Most of these specialties can be practiced in the hundred or so cities where we have offices in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick. And since we are part of the international Grant Thornton group, some of them have the opportunity to work abroad.
Is the CPA’s daily work varied?
Whatever their specialty, our CPAs work with clients in various industries. The CPA’s expertise is therefore continually sought in a variety of ways. However, they may choose to specialize in a specific type of clientele.
How do you help CPAs evolve within the organization?
We have individual development plans. Once a year, we have one-on-one discussions with employees about their ambitions and ways to develop skills in one area or take on other responsibilities in the organization.
I can cite the recent example of a CPA who wanted to move from the assurance service to the M&A service. We supported her decision and contributed to her business valuation training.
There is room for all types of CPAs in our firm, and everyone has the opportunity to develop their talents as they wish.