A mid-size company may only have a small team of accountants who work individually with internal executive teams or outside clients, auditors and vendors. In these companies, an accountant may be assigned a variety of tasks and – with the exception of tax season – will likely feel less pressure to work extra hours or on weekends.
A growth hacking accountant in a mid-size firm should be:
Personable: You’ll work with owners, managers and executives of small to mid-sized companies, auditors, vendors, and internal teams. An ability to communicate effectively, listen and have a rapport with your clients will be important and highly valued.
Responsible: Don’t expect to punch a clock. You’ll be expected to know what is on your schedule and get the work done. It’s likely that your supervisor will have their own workload and rely upon you to manage your schedule. The ability to prioritize and focus will be essential.
Team-oriented: Close knit, small teams are typical at mid-sized firms. Your peers will likely specialize in different areas of tax law, fiscal accountability and reporting, and you’ll be expected to share your knowledge and experience in these small team environments. If you don’t know something, it’s pretty likely that your supervisor or peer will be able to share their insight.
Adaptable: As accountant Chris Catalano observed, “being an accountant in a mid-sized firm is like a ‘choose your own adventure’ story – there are always opportunities to take on interesting projects and build knowledge and experience in specific areas of accounting and finance. It’s never dull.”
Engaged: You’ll be helping your clients to grow and strengthen their business, so you will need to understand their industry, competitors, access to capital, reporting standards and more. Each client will rely upon you to care about their business and to act as a trusted advisor.
In a mid-size accounting firm, you may work with up to 100 accountants and have more opportunities for promotion than in small companies. Training in mid-size firms is typically done by supervisors or within small teams, and the availability of training may depend upon the workload of supervisors and peers.