Tag: Careers

Employee Stories: Zahraa Panchbhaya

Why did you choose a training opportunity/career with MHA Chiks?

 

MHA Chiks seemed like the perfect fit for me in terms of firm size/structure. The firm is big enough to provide experience on a wide variety of clients but also small enough to deliver high quality training that the larger firms would not be able to provide. When applying for the job it was very clear that a high level of support would be given, not only during my training contract but also once I’ve qualified and start progressing in my career.

 

Can you describe your job role on a day to day basis?

 

Working in audit, I spend most of my time at clients, reviewing their accounts to check for significant errors. I review their systems as well to ensure the relevant controls are in place in order to prevent fraud etc.

 

I also prepare accounts for both charities and academies.

 

Each day varies depending on the client and also depending on the sector the client is in (e.g. corporate, charity or academy). Each type requires a different set of skills and knowledge, there is always something more to learn.

 

What do you enjoy most about working at MHA Chiks?

 

MHA Chiks has a very friendly and supportive atmosphere – I have never felt intimidated or unable to ask a question; everyone is very willing to help one another. I also gain a lot of experience working on a wide variety of jobs which means I don’t get bored from constantly working on the same type of client.

 

How has MHA Chiks helped you?

 

MHA Chiks has helped me develop by encouraging me to be more confident in my abilities – I am constantly being given opportunities to progress in my career and apply the knowledge I have gained. Feedback forms are completed for each job I do, where the managers not only provide good feedback but also provide constructive comments to allow me to improve. Managers will then look for other jobs I could work on to allow me to gain more experience on that specific area and also further develop on the good feedback that has been provided.

 

What are your goals for the future?

 

My main goal is to qualify as an ACA chartered accountant. Once I have qualified, my goal is to become a manager on a mixture of clients. I also want to develop my knowledge of academies as I believe a lot of experience can be gained from this.

 

What advice would you give to somebody starting at MHA Chiks?

 

Starting a new job can be overwhelming, but everyone is friendly and accommodating; don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for help/guidance.

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Employee Stories: Thomas Wood

Why did you choose a training opportunity/career with MHA Chiks?

 

I chose to work at MHA Chiks due to its excellent reputation in the local area, which was evident in its sponsorship of events such as the local cricket competition. From the minute I walked into the building I was made to feel extremely welcome by everyone I encountered, and it felt like this was the perfect place for me to start my professional career in accountancy.

 

Can you describe your job role on a day to day basis?

 

As part of the audit and accounts department at MHA Chiks, I encounter different challenges each and every day, and as such, no two days are ever the same. My job involves tasks such as communicating with clients, solving complex problems and learning new skills. When it comes to exam season, I also benefit from being able to use my study leave to attend tuition and revision classes which is helpful and definitely reduces the stress (a little!).

 

What do you enjoy most about working at MHA Chiks?

 

The most enjoyable thing about life at MHA Chiks is the strong relationships that I have with my colleagues and clients alike. For me personally, this is the most important factor that I would look for in any future employment, and MHA Chiks certainly ticks that box. I enjoy being part of a team, and having the knowledge that there is always someone there to support me whenever I need assistance or help whether it is my student mentor, or somebody else within the team.

 

How has MHA Chiks helped you?

 

MHA Chiks has helped me to grow and flourish professionally through my ACA qualification, but also as a person. They have taught me an invaluable amount of expertise and know-how in the two years since I started working here, and I have no doubt that I will continue to learn as I am exposed to new and different situations.

 

What are your goals for the future?

 

My goals for the future are to continue to develop both professionally, and as a person, in the knowledge that this will stand me in good stead for my future endeavours in all aspects of life, no matter what they may be.

 

What advice would you give to somebody starting at MHA Chiks?

 

I would advise somebody starting at MHA Chiks to make the most of every opportunity available to them, as in turn these will open doors that previously were never thought possible.

Employee Stories: Melissa Coppin

Why did you choose a training opportunity/career with MHA Chiks?

 

I had already heard of MHA Chiks when I did my high school work experience here at the age of 14. When I finished my degree in Mathematics I knew I wanted to continue to work with numbers in some way and remembered how welcome they had made me and how much I had enjoyed my time there.

 

Can you describe your job role on a day to day basis?

 

As a Private Client Manager my role is to ensure client needs are met and to deliver a bespoke, high level service to our Private Clients. This involves communicating between different departments within the firm, as well as with the client, to arrange regular meetings and carry out any Financial Planning recommendations following the meetings. I am also available should the client have any queries or require assistance in between the meetings.

 

What do you enjoy most about working at MHA Chiks?

 

The people. I enjoy working with a variety of people in different roles within the firm and with our clients. I learn different things from all my colleagues and enjoy using my knowledge to help meet the needs of our clients.

 

How has MHA Chiks helped you?

 

Not only has MHA Chiks supported me in achieving a diploma in financial planning, but it has also helped to build my confidence as I have developed my role and increased my client contact. I have never felt out of my depth, particularly whilst studying for my diploma in financial planning and I have always been encouraged to progress and work just enough outside my comfort zone to allow me to grow and improve as an employee.

 

What are your goals for the future?

 

To continue to learn and develop my knowledge and to improve our Financial Planning and Private Client offering within the firm.

 

What advice would you give to somebody starting at MHA Chiks?

 

There is a great wealth of experience and knowledge in this firm so learn as much as you can from the experts to help you progress in your career.

Employee Stories: Joshua Sadler

Why did you choose a training opportunity/career with MHA Chiks?

 

I applied for MHA Chiks due to the firm being a good size company with many connections all over the country. Additionally, MHA Chiks have a large and growing client base. Therefore, there was an element of security, when applying for the job, as the firm deemed to be expanding and aims to keep on doing so. MHA Chiks are members of Baker Tilly International and AISMA which allow members to network with people from different companies.

 

Can you describe your job role on a day to day basis?

 

My role in MHA Chiks is to provide assistance in preparing assignments for clients. This can range from admin tasks to preparing different sections within the accounts. I am always encouraged to get involved in different aspects of my role and learn a good range of topics each day. For example, I am able to now construct expense claims and income sections of the accounts. In addition, I have had experience in the tax department and I can now produce tax returns. I also have a good knowledge of the procedures used by admin so I can help complete administration tasks when necessary.

 

What do you enjoy most about working at MHA Chiks?

 

The best thing about working at MHA Chiks is the team I work with. The whole firm is full of bright people who made me feel welcome and made it easy for me to fit in. Not only that, but the whole morale of the firm is high and everyone encourages me to strive to be the best I can be.

 

As part of my training programme, I’m also entitled to paid study leave which allows me time off to attend college, typically once a week. The time off show that MHA Chiks is dedicated to my development and understand the importance of having time to focus on my studies.

 

 

How has MHA Chiks helped you?

 

During my time at MHA Chiks I’ve had to adjust to a new way of living moderately quickly. Going from full time education to full time work has introduced me to different pressures and responsibilities that have helped me grow as a person. I am able to manage my time a lot better in and out of work.

 

I can adapt to new environments easily and be able to confidently socialise with different people internally and externally. For example, at the AISMA conference I was able to interact with everyone and was able to do so without feeling uncomfortable. I enjoyed hearing people’s life stories and learning about their career choices.

 

What are your goals for the future?

 

In the future I want to be a fully qualified chartered accountant. I am hoping to develop my career so that I can become a partner or even run my own accountancy service.

 

What advice would you give to somebody starting at MHA Chiks?

 

Join with an open mind and be ready to develop your accountancy career.

Employee Stories: Charlotte Gardner

Why did you choose a training opportunity/career with MHA Chiks?

 

When the opportunity to take on a role as tax trainee within the Blackpool Medical Department came up, I chose to take up the role after a very positive experience working with the team on a taster afternoon. The role offered me both tax and accounts experience, all within a specialist sector.

 

Can you describe your job role on a day to day basis?

 

My job role varies daily depending on the time of year as well as the needs of clients. I start the day by checking my emails and replying to any queries from clients; this can set the precedent for the day’s work if a specific query is urgent. Depending on the time of year, I can be working out at clients preparing the year end accounts or in the office preparing tax returns. As part of my role, I deal with clients from both the Nottingham and Blackpool office which allows me to build relationships across the firm.

 

What do you enjoy most about working at MHA Chiks?

 

MHA Chiks gives me the opportunity to expand my knowledge into a specialist area which I find very interesting. With a constantly evolving healthcare service, there is always something new to research and apply to my job. The office environment is open which allows us to work well as a team and build strong working relationships creating a positive environment for everyone.

 

How has MHA Chiks helped you?

 

MHA Chiks has allowed me to build my confidence in a professional environment as well as expand my knowledge. I have gained experience of various types of entities which allows me to turn my hand to lots of different areas. MHA Chiks have allowed me to complete my ACCA qualification as well as continually look for ways that I can move forward with my career.

 

What are your goals for the future?

 

In the future I want to continue to build my experience of dealing with clients as well as the bespoke elements of the sector. I would like to continue with my studies to give me the best opportunity to progress.

 

What advice would you give to somebody starting at MHA Chiks?

 

Always be open to the opportunity to learn new things; it will aid you in all aspects of life!

Employee Stories: Andrew Gibson

Why did you choose a training opportunity/career with MHA Chiks?

 

I chose a training opportunity with MHA Chiks as it was an opportunity which allowed me to study for internationally recognised qualifications at the same time as I learnt and developed skills in a professional workplace environment.

 

This has enabled me to gain both theoretical and practical knowledge / experience simultaneously through my exam studies and from exposure to clients.

 

Can you describe your job role on a day to day basis?

 

My job role involves accounts preparation and audit for various types of entity, such as limited companies, charities and pension schemes; with the majority of my time spent auditing.

 

My role within the team involves:

 

  • Assisting with planning the audit;
  • Acting as in charge senior of the audit fieldwork;
  • Completing whole sections of the audit file prior to the audit manager reviewing the file.

 

This involves spending a significant amount of my working time based at client premises discussing audit matters with the client and working with colleagues to perform audit testing on the clients accounting records.

 

What do you enjoy most about working at MHA Chiks?

 

The most enjoyable element of my role is the variety of work, as I am exposed to a wide range of accounting and audit issues meaning that no two days are the same.

 

As I move from audit to audit, the type of work I am doing can vary from one day to the next and involves meeting new client staff on a regular basis.

 

Internally, the team selected to work on each audit will vary depending on the nature of the work which means I get to work with a wide range of colleagues, which I also enjoy.

 

How has MHA Chiks helped you?

 

Working for MHA Chiks has enabled me to obtain the AAT qualification and I am now studying towards becoming an ACA qualified accountant, both of these qualifications have enabled me to develop professionally.

 

The team in which I work also devote a large amount of time to work based training to develop my work based skills alongside my studies on an ongoing basis.

 

Additionally, I am now more confident about meeting new people personally as a result of meeting new client staff on a regular basis.

 

What are your goals for the future?

 

My goals for the future are to pass my remaining ACA examinations at the first attempt and become a client manager.

 

What advice would you give to somebody starting at MHA Chiks?

 

Take advantage of the opportunities to develop yourself by taking on higher level work and responsibility from more senior members of staff where possible.

Employee Stories: Nicola Mason

Why did you choose a training opportunity/career with MHA Chiks?

 

Although I didn’t train with MHA Chiks, it was the first firm I applied to when I made the decision to relocate to the Preston area. The firm had an excellent reputation both in terms of its clients and also the fact that it looked after staff.  I wanted a firm that was big enough to provide opportunities and small enough so that staff aren’t just a number.

 

Can you describe your job role on a day to day basis?

 

There isn’t a typical day as it varies constantly. I manage a portfolio of clients so may be out on site or attending meetings to plan or finalise work. I am also involved in a number of specialist areas including charities and academies, so part of my time is spent writing technical updates or blogs for these areas.

 

What do you enjoy most about working at MHA Chiks?

 

I enjoy the variety of clients that I am able to work on.  The focus on client service within the firm allows me to spend time ensuring that the service I provide to clients is appreciated by them.  The relationships that I am able to develop with clients as a result is very rewarding. I am also part of a brilliant team of like-minded individuals.

 

 

How has MHA Chiks helped you?

 

I have benefitted from an excellent work life balance whilst my children were small and was very well looked after when I was pregnant. I have gained experience in new areas and been part of growing the team and the specialist area of Academy schools. I have developed new skills in the areas of staff coaching and other areas of staff engagement which reflect the firm’s focus on ensuring staff are valued and developed.

 

What are your goals for the future?

 

I would like to take on more responsibility for specialist areas with the firm with the ultimate goal of becoming a Director. I am keen to enhance my staff management skills in order to develop staff and ensure that they are getting maximum job satisfaction. I would also like to build further relationships within the local charity sector.  As part of my progression I have been appointed as Governor at a local school which has allowed me to use some of my experience from ‘the other side’.

 

What advice would you give to somebody starting at MHA Chiks?

 

Get involved in as much as you can!

 

Employee Stories: Magdalena Kaminska-Bunn

Why did you choose a training opportunity/career with MHA Chiks?

 

I was offered an opportunity to work in a top 50 Accountancy firm, with Investor in People accreditation. At the interview I was told that I could make the job whatever I wanted it to be, the doors are open and it is up to me to make the most of it. And I did, progressing from personal tax to the special tax team, which had been my dream for a long time.

 

Can you describe your job role on a day to day basis?

 

Currently I am learning a new role in special tax while assisting in the completion of one off interesting projects in areas of business restructuring, investment reliefs e.g. EIS / SEIS, employee share incentive schemes e.g. EMI, due diligence and employer tax issues.

 

 

What do you enjoy most about working at MHA Chiks?

 

In one word: people. To elaborate, I appreciate the great support and vast knowledge of the colleagues I am privileged to work with. Everyone has a great sense of humour and works hard to deliver great client service. The firm is a flexible employer and has a strong focus on employee training and development.

 

Work-life balance is also something MHA Chiks are passionate about and as employees, we benefit from being part of the social club which is part-funded by the Partnership and there’s always something to get involved with!

 

 

How has MHA Chiks helped you?

 

MHA Chiks has helped me to achieve the perfect balance of a great, demanding job and family life with two little daughters enjoying their happy mum thanks to their flexible working arrangements. Everything is possible.

 

 

What are your goals for the future?

 

To be the best at what I do.

 

What advice would you give to somebody starting at MHA Chiks?

 

Enjoy!

Employee Stories: Ben Harrison

Why did you choose a training opportunity/career with MHA Chiks?

 

From the very first interview with MHA Chiks, the opportunity to learn and progress within the firm was evident. As a trainee financial planner, I wanted to be sure I had the support, time and guidance to be able to learn and develop. Having now been with MHA Chiks 7 years, on reflection, my decision to accept their offer of employment was the best thing I did.

 

Can you describe your job role on a day to day basis?

 

Not one day is the same!

 

As a financial planner, I have responsibility for establishing, maintaining and building relationships with new and existing clients of MHA Chiks.

 

Being part of a large department, working closely with other members of the team is paramount in delivering a high standard of service to our clients.

 

What do you enjoy most about working at MHA Chiks?

 

I enjoy working with a wide range of clients, who all have differing needs and requirements. It is satisfying when you can see the advice given to any particular client has enhanced their financial situation and added value to their lives.

 

I also enjoy having a good working relationship with my colleagues which is supported by the firm. They often organise team building activities which gives us a chance to learn about our own strengths and weaknesses and learn about each other.

 

How has MHA Chiks helped you?

 

Working for MHA Chiks has allowed me to develop and create a specialism in later life planning. I have been supported financially through taking exams as well as having support from senior members of the team to mentor and support me.

 

Whilst working at MHA Chiks, I have successfully attained “Chartered” financial planning status, as well specialist qualifications in later life planning.

 

What are your goals for the future?

 

Within the next few years I hope to become one of the senior financial planners at MHA Chiks. I would also like to become a mentor to new financial planning trainees and share my knowledge and experience with them.

 

What advice would you give to somebody starting at MHA Chiks?

 

Work hard, learn and don’t be afraid to ask for help and I’m sure you will have a successful and enjoyable career at MHA Chiks.

 

MHA Chiks

Tax team strengthened at MHA Chiks

Lancaster-based accountancy firm MHA Chiks has expanded its tax team with the appointment of tax manager Jenny Trunks.

 

Jenny, a specialist in dealing with SMEs, joins from Preston-based Rushtons Chartered Accountants. Her previous experience also includes roles with CLB Coopers and Grant Thornton.

 

At MHA Chiks, Jenny’s role will be to advise businesses throughout the region on tax planning and corporation tax compliance.

 

A graduate of The University of East Anglia, Jenny has also been a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation for 11 years and the Association of Taxation Technicians for 16 years.

 

MHA Chiks has a seven-strong tax team in Lancaster and over 30 tax specialists in the region.

 

Rachel Marsdin, tax partner at MHA Chiks, said: “Jenny’s appointment follows continued growth in demand for specialist tax services. With over 15 years’ experience she will bring invaluable skills and knowledge to the team.”

 

Jenny, originally from Huddersfield, added: “I have watched MHA Chiks grow over the past couple of years and it’s clear that it’s a forward-thinking firm with a passion for great client service. “

 

The Lancaster team has also promoted Clare Steel. Clare has been made tax manager after over four years at MHA Chiks.