Life as a Tax Associate Manager

Posted: Jan 27, 2021
Kate Olivier

Find out what our employees across our firm do on a day-to-day basis, what they like most about working for HURST and their top tips for future success. We thought we’d give you an idea of what life is like as part of the team, we asked one of them about their journey.

We spoke to Tax Associate Manager Kate Olivier about her role. From transactions, remuneration planning to R&D tax credits, Kate has experience working with a variety of clients from different business sectors across the North West, providing advice which genuinely makes a difference. 

How did your HURST journey begin?

I joined straight after university as a trainee into the Business Services team where I got to visit loads of different clients doing different things. I knew being a qualified accountant would help me no matter where my career would take me. I qualified as a chartered accountant in September 2017. 

Since then, I worked in a secondment role for a Prime Global firm in America where I got the opportunity to meet new people and gain valuable experience. I was then promoted to Associate Manager within the Business Services team before moving to the tax team at the end of 2019. 

How were you supported when you started your new role?

Throughout my time at HURST, I have always been supported by my colleagues. They make the difference, go the extra mile, and feel more like friends than colleagues.

When I transitioned to the tax team this support was so valuable especially when doing things which were new to me and I had not encountered before, it always felt comfortable asking questions which helps you learn quicker. 

What’s a day in the life of a HURST team member like?

My role at HURST is so varied each day, I can go from working on research and development tax credit to personal tax issues.

It can be challenging juggling difference projects and working for different partners, but it makes it rewarding when you can genuinely make a difference to a client with a tangible outcome of saving them tax. 

Day to day can involve client meetings, research, and number crunching, so it is far from boring! 

What do you enjoy the most about your role?

Working with owner-managed business to give advice which makes a difference. At HURST you feel more than just a cog in a wheel and a valued member of the team all working together to provide the best outcome for our clients. 

What 3 qualities do you think someone needs to have if they are to be successful at HURST?

  • Attitude to give anything a go and give it your best shot. A good attitude goes a long way and willingness to go the extra mile goes a long way at HURST and with their clients. 
  • Teamwork – I think the strongest qualities we have at HURST is to work together to get the job done. Constant communication and support are what makes us one of the top advisors in the North West. 
  • Adaptability – whether it be working new audit clients or preparing a tax return. You must be adaptable to new situations and obstacles. No two clients are ever the same and, in a world, where things are always changing, we must be adaptable and pragmatic to new situations. 

Do you have any advice for those interested in applying to join the team?

If you want to learn lots of different skills and work with interesting clients, then give it a shot. You will work with some great people and is a fantastic opportunity for any stage of your career. 

The work we do is Big 4 quality without the Big 4 impersonality and that comes across in the people we want to work with. 

We are always keen to hear from professionals looking for new opportunities, find out more by visiting our careers page.