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Financial Accounting and Advisory Services

FAAS blog - Niall Martin

My time with the firm has seen me progress from a senior in the audit team in 2005, to Associate Director within the Financial Accounting and Advisory Services (FAAS) team today. In my 10 years with the firm, seven of these have been spent offsite and my career within Grant Thornton has seen me develop from a raw and inexperienced senior to a rounded business professional with a broad range of experience.

From the early days on assignment, Grant Thornton management instilled in us the importance of working together while onsite and sharing questions queries and concerns so that no one individual within the group was left isolated on a project.

On many difficult and challenging projects this collaborative energy enabled us to deliver the assignment successfully. In many ways this was a key differentiator between us and other professional services firms in that we operated as teams and not just individuals. I personally pride myself on ensuring we develop tight-knit teams on all my assignments to ensure we cover each other and that projects get delivered.

I have worked on various projects from the review and improvement of statutory accounting preparation, to acting as the Finance Manager of a company with turnover of €35million, to the offshore transition of finance functions for a large multinational operating in the technology sphere.

The technical support and training which the firm has provided me, have been key drivers in my professional development. During my time with the firm I have completed a wide range of courses including a certificate on Lean Six Sigma, a course on FRS 102 adoption and implementation along with the completion of a Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards.

One of the key aspects which has been ever present in the FAAS team as it has grown is the focus and commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This year I led our team in initiating, planning and delivering our CSR day in Barretstown, which is a residential camp offering support to children living with cancer and other serious illnesses.

To summarise, I believe in FAAS and Grant Thornton, because I personally get so much more out of it. Not only do I get really good client experience with exposure to a wide array of projects and management styles. I also get involved in staff development, I run our CSR initiative and get access to progressive training on an ongoing basis.