Traits of a Successful Auditor

Elisabeth Maxwell, Mazars UK Executive Member, shares her views on traits of a successful auditor…

Be Curious…

What do I love most about being an auditor?  It’s our responsibility not to automatically believe what we’re being told!  If something doesn’t feel like it adds up, despite what the numbers are telling you – ask yourself and others why. Think of the bigger picture.  Numbers are crucial to an audit of course, but it’s often the story behind the numbers that are key to a successful audit and that’s what makes the job so interesting.  The methods to analyse numbers may change – be it via automation or emerging technologies – but being naturally curious and asking questions will always be at the core of our profession.

Be Bold…

Try not to let the fear take over! Tough messages will need to be delivered sometimes and it’s important to stand your ground, which can be hard to do especially if you’re new to audit, or if you’re faced with a scenario you haven’t encountered before. Colleagues and clients will thank you for your candour in the long run, even if some messages can be difficult to hear in the first instance. Your instinct and the facts combined are a powerful audit tool.

Be Brave…

Audit is under the spotlight and this is an opportunity to be brave and think about what our profession means to society as a whole. Our research shows that fewer than 1 in 5 people trust the current audit system and Mazars is determined to lead the turnaround, restoring trust, emphasising quality and building resilience. A strong audit sector underpins the surety of capital markets, the UK’s commercial reputation on the international stage and trust in the companies in which all of our pensions are invested.

Be Future Focussed….

As the world changes and our profession adapts accordingly, auditors will continue to play a major role in shaping the biggest conversation of our time around climate change and sustainability. Fast forward ten years and more advancements in AI, Audit technologies and automation will make the role of an auditor look very different. We’ll focus far less on figures and more on environmental and societal impact. We have a crucial role to play in helping transform businesses to operate responsibly and I’m proud to be part of that.          

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Your Years At Mazars, Years That Count

Are you seeking a meaningful role that will contribute to the development of your future?

Working at Mazars is much more than a professional experience, it’s a life experience too. Your years with us are the ones that will shape and push you forward. We’re looking for people with a mix of strengths, skills and passion, who will thrive in a fast paced, output driven environment with quality and entrepreneurship at the core.

Life at Mazars is about helping you achieve your ambitions and potential. Our development programmes have been tailored to include innovative, cutting-edge technical training and initiatives that will take place throughout your career. Our goal is to prepare you not only to succeed at Mazars, but to enhance your global employability. We embrace individual strengths to capitalise on what makes you unique.

Differentiated by the opportunities we offer our people, our approach to working with clients and our passion for responsible business.

We're proud to offer outstanding career opportunities across all levels. As well as fulfilling roles, we operate an agile approach to working. Empowering our people to work where, when and how they choose; making the right choices for their team whilst delivering the best outcome for the clients.

“Mazars definitely challenges the traditional stereotype of the stuffy accounting firm. Its staff are fun, bubbly and motivated by a common goal to drive change forward and this is why I genuinely look forward to coming to work every day.” Sophie, Edinburgh Office.

Services & Sectors

Services: audit & assurance, tax, consulting, financial planning, financial advisory services, accounting and business advisory outsourcing.

Mazars has in-depth knowledge and experience of industry specialisms. Our client base is divided into four strategic markets: Large & Listed; Financial Services; Public Services; and Entrepreneurial Businesses and Private Clients.

The Numbers

Mazars is your door to international opportunity. Operating in 89 countries and territories around the world, we draw on the expertise of 40,000 professionals to assist clients at every stage in their development. In the UK, Mazars has approximately 140 partners and over 1,700 employees, and is ranked one of the top 10 firms nationally.  Our unique international partnership is by its nature collaborative and multicultural.


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