In her shoes | Angela Molloy | Manager in Forensic Practice at Deloitte

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Angela Molloy is a Manager in Deloitte’s Forensic practice in London. She joined Deloitte from Navigant Consulting where she was part of the UK Disputes and Investigation practice. Angela has experience in International arbitration cases, financial services and sanctions compliance investigations, contract disputes and e-discovery projects. Prior to joining Navigant Consulting, Angela worked at the UK Medical Research Council where she had responsibility for budget management and reporting along with project management. Angela is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and is also PRINCE2 qualified.

Rising Star

We ask Careers City Rising Star, Angela to answer a few questions on what it is like to live in her career shoes.

Tell us a little bit about a day in the life of a Manager

As my work is project based, each day can vary dependent upon the type of project I am working on and whether the work is a dispute or investigation based project. Typical types of work output can be along the lines of technical analysis such as accounting review, data analysis and report writing along with tasks such client liaison, staff management and project management. My role also involves a significant degree of non-project based work; including business development work and involvement with the Deloitte Forensic charity team.

What did you study or what experience did you obtain in order to get in to your current role?

I obtained a BSc (Hons) in Economics and History. This was followed by a Masters in Twentieth Century British History whilst working in the public sector. This led me to the public sector where I worked in a project management role for the UK Medical Research Council, obtaining useful project and budget management experience. I then made the switch from the public to private sector where I obtained a graduate position with Navigant Consulting where I successfully completed my ACA training to become a fully qualified accountant with the ICAEW.

What do you most enjoy about your role?

My role can be quite varied, being both challenging and interesting. Each project brings its own challenges and you need to be able to adapt quickly in order to take on new projects successfully. I have been fortunate to work with a diverse range of clients spanning both the private and public sectors; although most of my work at Deloitte has been with Financial Institutions and large Corporates.

Can you tell us a little bit about what is great about working at Deloitte?

Deloitte offers a range of opportunities, not just on the different types of projects available to work on but also on secondments; both UK and International and along different service lines. An important emphasis and staff are encouraged to become involved in non-project based work tasks for example becoming involved in business development, practice management or corporate social responsibility. Support and encouragement of new ideas is actively provided by senior management. Being a large company, there is a wealth of knowledge and experience which is a highly valuable learning bank.

Networking is a key element to my role being both internal and external networks.

Do you network either internally or externally?

Networking is a key element to my role being both internal and external networks. External networks include university alumni, previous employers and online media forums such as LinkedIn along with client contacts. Attending relevant seminars is also a useful way to keep up to date with events in a particular field and to network with fellow colleagues and clients. Internal networks at Deloitte are varied and include inter-department teams, cross-service forums based on a common interest or project and general information sharing sessions.

Tell us about your own career aspirations

Quite simply; to continue progressing upwards along my career path and to gain as much experience as possible including potential international assignments.

What advice would you give to someone wanting a career in Accountancy?

An accountancy qualification such as the ACA or ACCA is desirable for those wanting to work in the Forensic accountancy field; although not essential as the field can be quite diverse. More importantly, an inquisitive mind and the determination to persevere are needed as is the ability to adapt quickly. You should be able to challenge the information (both financial and non-financial) provided and be prepared to ask questions!

Also, do not be afraid to change career paths or do something different regardless of what others say; it is your career and at the end of the day you are only accountable to yourself for the decisions you take with your chosen career path.

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