Name: Alex Milne
Job title: Associate Director
Joining date: August 2008
Team: Corporate Finance
Summary of role
I work in our corporate finance faculty – which at its core is all about helping transactions (acquisitions, sales, mergers) of companies happen successfully. My role is focused on due diligence (there are 5 different parts of corporate finance in total) which effectively means I help my clients to make acquisitions by going in to a business to review their financials in detail, and, of course, to make sure there are no nasty surprises our client would need to know about!
What’s been the highlight so far?
Having been doing this 10 years – there are quite a few! Examples that stand out are:
- working internationally across Europe and in the USA is one that stands out as I have always enjoyed travelling;
- the sheer variety of clients and people I get access as part of my day job. Typically the transactions we advise on are high value and key projects for companies – therefore even from day zero back in 2008 I have been in meetings with business leaders (including the CEO of a FTSE 100 listed business!); and
- in recent years I’ve had the chance to get involved with our graduate and placement recruitment schemes for the national CF faculty – so now I am really getting the chance to influence the shape of the future of our business – and finding (hopefully) the corporate finance partners of the future.
What’s been your biggest challenge so far?
I would say the learning curve in corporate finance is quite steep. Whilst one of the major benefits to grads joining our teams is that you get involved in key projects from day zero, this can sometimes be a bit daunting when people start talking about more complex accounting matters (especially when there is a lot of jargon involved!). The good news is that at RSM at lot of us have been through the same process – so the coaching and training available is extensive.
What’s surprised you most about working at RSM?
For me, it is the focus on growing teams from the bottom up – there is a genuine route available for all graduates through their exams, on to manager and then (for those that want it) onwards to director and partner.
What’s next for you at RSM?
Pursuing the last part of what I wrote above!
What’s your top tip for someone looking to apply to RSM?
My role requires me to be diligent and well researched when going into a meeting – I find it frustrating when I see graduates at interview who have not researched what they are applying for and what we do thoroughly! Once you’ve researched, remember to deliver it with enthusiasm!
Describe RSM in 3 words
Supportive, Entrepreneurial, Straight-forward.