FAQs​

For Graduates

What does William Buck seek in its employees?

Being successful in becoming a member of the William Buck team is not based on academic results alone. We seek highly motivated, well rounded individuals who possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, along with an ability to display a preference to work and learn in a strong team environment.

What is William Buck’s expectation of graduates?

We expect that you will be motivated and keen to be part of the William Buck team. You will work hard to learn and to develop and improve your skills. You will be surrounded by people who can answer your questions and we will expect you to use your initiative to seek out information and resolve problems.  

Do I need to have experience as an accountant?

We do not expect that our graduates will have any prior experience. You will have a degree, which provides you with the theory. It’s our job to help you learn the practical application of that theory in the real world.

What opportunities are available to graduates at William Buck?

William Buck offers roles for graduates from universities in Australia and New Zealand. The recruitment for these roles is conducted between March and June every year for roles to commence in January/February of the following year.

Mid-year (June/July) intakes may also occur.

Depending on the office, opportunities for cadet, vacation or co-op roles may also be offered.

What does each division do and what would I be doing as a graduate?

Our graduate recruitment brochure provides a brief outline of what you can expect to be doing within each division at William Buck.

More detailed information on our services can be found on the services section of our website.

What happens once I have made my application, will I hear back from you?

Absolutely. Everyone who applies to William Buck for any role will receive a response.  If you are successful, you will be invited to attend an interview.

What training is provided to graduates?

Your professional development starts on your very first day. Your induction program will provide you with all the necessary information for you to make a start in your new role.

We provide regular in-house training in specific areas, such as tax. As a graduate, you will attend these regular training sessions.

You will also be expected to undertake the Chartered Accountants Program. As a general rule, our graduates commence the program as soon as possible. We offer generous support for the program including course fees, in-house training, and study and exam leave.

 

For General Recruitment

What are the working hours at William Buck?

Working hours vary from office to office. The hours will be 8.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m., 8.30 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. or 9.00 a.m. until 5.30 p.m. Monday to Friday. These are the core hours you are expected to be present at work, however, flexibility is key. There will be peak periods when you will need to put in a little extra.

Conversely, we understand that there will be times when you need a longer lunch, or to leave early to attend a personal appointment and offer flexibility around this.

How would you describe the culture at William Buck?

William Buck offers a young, dynamic, fun, environment. Our people work hard and enjoy spending social time together.

We place a great deal of emphasis on ensuring we employ people who “fit”. This means that everyone enjoys each other’s company and the team works in a supportive manner. Team members inevitably develop close friendships with their colleagues, which is demonstrated by employees choosing to socialise together outside of work hours.

What would my team look like?

This will depend on the division you become part of. Business advisory teams usually have six to eight members, comprising one or two managers, one or two seniors, one or two intermediates and a graduate.

The specialist areas of assurance, tax, business recovery, corporate advisory and wealth advisory tend to be smaller teams so the team works closely together on their assignments.

What is the work / life balance like at William Buck?

We believe in “work hard / play hard”. If you work consistently during the core business hours and achieve the things you need to during the day, you should go home and enjoy your life outside work.

Naturally, there will always be deadlines and peak times which will require a little extra effort, but this will be balanced out by periods when you are less busy and can manage your workload within core hours.

How is my performance reviewed?

We conduct formal performance reviews every six months, during which your performance is assessed in line with the William Buck competency framework. However, your work is constantly being reviewed and you will receive feedback on a day to day basis.

What training and development programs are offered?

Training is an integral part of what we do to ensure all our people are performing to the best of their ability, so we offer in-house training across a range of areas.

We support the Chartered Accountants Program. We offer generous support for the program including course fees, study and exam leave.

Our post graduate study policy also encourages people to undertake further study once they have completed the CA Program.

What social activities and wellbeing initiatives do you provide?

Each office holds end of month drinks which in some offices is combined with a monthly staff meeting. This provides an opportunity to keep abreast of happenings around the firm as well as an opportunity to relax and enjoy some downtime with your teammates.

William Buck offices have very active social clubs. Social club events are held on a regular basis and activities range from going out for dinner together, days at the races, barefoot bowls and, attending and participating in sporting events ... there’s something for everyone!

How is William Buck involved in the community?

Each office is involved in fundraising for a number of local charities and causes. We aim to support causes which in some way have touched members of our firms. Details of some of the charities we are involved with can be found on our website.

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