We’re Celebrating #BDOAuditorProud Day

26 September 2018

Today we’re celebrating #BDOAuditorProud Day – a time to recognise the value of the audit profession around the globe.

BDO is proud of our Audit teams as we continue to be among the most highly regarded in Australia, with our investment in training, infrastructure, new efficiencies and data tools delivering significant wins for the division.

While the work is challenging, the rewards are great for members of our Audit team with opportunities for career progression, international experience through secondment, and exposure to a variety of different industries and sectors.

Through our global network there are opportunities to work all over the world.

Here’s a sample of why we are #BDOAuditorProud and passionate about what we do:

Tim Kendall, National Leader, Audit & Assurance

I’ve been an auditor for 34 years and still find it exciting and rewarding working on a diverse range of clients across multiple industries. In some respects, it really is a different game compared to when I started out – in fact, it took two men to carry a decent sized portable computer to the clients’ office and a case full of paper files to complete the work! Hard to imagine now with the best-integrated technology, client portals and data analytics at our fingertips. While the fundamentals of audit remain the same, there’s never been a better time to be an auditor – clients rely on us to navigate through complex challenges, within tight timeframes and rely on our team to get them across the line. #BDOAuditorProud

 

Jane Bowen, National Leader, Audit Quality

I’m #auditorproud because it has not only provided me with the opportunity to travel and work with auditors across the world, but it has and still is providing a very exciting and varied career. I can honestly say there are no two days the same, whether it is supporting engagement teams to resolve a challenging technical question, brainstorming on how we can change and innovate the way we do audit with the use of technology to drive audit quality, or engaging with the standard setters to influence the audit agenda, every conversation is exciting and different. Most of all though, it is about the people, the teams you work in and the friends you make along the way.

 

Evan Ng, Manager, Audit & Assurance, Brisbane

My secondment to the London office was definitely a highlight in my career path and also an unforgettable experience. I was lucky enough to work in the Natural Resources sector, which has taught me so much about a mining company. Throughout my time with the London office, I was given the opportunity to lead international engagements which require dealing with clients and BDO member firms in Europe and Africa. BDO London even flew me to Tanzania in East Africa for 2.5 weeks to work with the local BDO team and that showed me truly how global BDO network is.

 

Linh Dao, Senior Manager, Audit & Assurance, Adelaide

It’s not much of a secret how much I love audit! I started over 10 years ago and have never looked back or regretted my decision to take this career path.

3 things I enjoy the most about audit are:

  • The privilege of having insight into the client’s business: There are so many stories to be told and lessons to be learned from each business, and we get to experience them first hand from the inside out. This is just incredible. (I drove a tractor for the first time ever while auditing a motor dealership many years ago, I don’t think my Dad could have been any prouder).
  • The connection with people: I enjoy going out to see my clients and chatting about ‘what’s new?’. No Client is the same, and every day going to work is different too. Having had a number of international engagements, I have had the opportunity to get in touch with our offices and people all over the world - Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Dubai, London and Moldova just to name a few. I didn’t even know that we had an office in Liechtenstein - but we do!
  • And last but not least, the team spirit: Working in audit means that though I can work independently, I will never be alone. I support a team and I have a team to support me. And this sense of belonging is one of the reasons that keep me going and aiming to become ‘better’ every day.
 

Adam Borensztajn, Auditor, Audit & Assurance, Melbourne

Each day is different in Audit. I soon found out that Audit involves a lot of client work, and it is this aspect of Audit that I really enjoy. I particularly enjoy working with not-for-profit organisations, as they're not your stereotypical business. Instead of looking at revenue, we investigate how these companies can win government grants and other funding, whilst also making sure they are using that funding correctly. I find this line of work to be different and something that really challenges me, and I love that you're not at the same desk every day. Most days you are out and visiting a variety of clients, no two days are the same.

 

Sheila Bulandran, Senior Manager, Internal Audit, Perth

I had an amazing opportunity to work in Mozambique with people from around the globe and being part of Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) Joint Venture Audit team. I learned so much about culture, processes, regulations, accounting treatment, service agreements, types of joint ventures, engineering, procurement, contracts, material management and more about the oil and gas industry. I made new friendships over the two weeks I was there. I’m so glad to be part of the BDO in Perth audit team!