Pitcher Partners
  • Accountancy & advisory

What it does: Accounting-related services
Staff stats: 109 partners, 1200 plus staff
The good bits: Friendly, sociable colleagues
The not so good bits: Big workloads
Hiring grads with degrees in: Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration;  Law & Legal Studies

The Pitcher Partners story
When Pitcher Partners was launched in late 1991, it was the first new financial services practice to be established in Australia in two decades. At a time of get-big-or-get-out merger mania, and in the midst of a recession, 14 partners and 142 staff, largely from Hungerfords and KPMG, came together in Melbourne to create a smallish firm focused on servicing middle-market clients. (Ron Pitcher, a KPMG high-flyer, played a crucial role, hence the name.)  

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What it does: Accounting-related services
Staff stats: 109 partners, 1200 plus staff
The good bits: Friendly, sociable colleagues
The not so good bits: Big workloads
Hiring grads with degrees in: Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration;  Law & Legal Studies

The Pitcher Partners story
When Pitcher Partners was launched in late 1991, it was the first new financial services practice to be established in Australia in two decades. At a time of get-big-or-get-out merger mania, and in the midst of a recession, 14 partners and 142 staff, largely from Hungerfords and KPMG, came together in Melbourne to create a smallish firm focused on servicing middle-market clients. (Ron Pitcher, a KPMG high-flyer, played a crucial role, hence the name.)  

Despite high interest rates and tanking stock and property markets, the firm was a success from the get-go generating billings of over $14 million in its first year.

That initial success was to continue, more or less unabated, for the next quarter of a century. The business now comprises a national association made up of member firms in Adelaide, Brisbane, Newcastle, Perth and Sydney. Pitcher Partners is also a member of Baker Tilly International, a network of accountancy and business advisory firms that spans more than 150 nations.

Pitcher Partner firms now provide professional services in “audit and assurance, business advisory, business recovery and insolvency, consulting, corporate finance, investment advisory, private clients, risk services, superannuation and taxation”.

In the 2015-16 financial year, the firm had revenues of $198 million.    

The culture
One of the ‘Four Pillars’ that Pitcher Partners is built on is “to care for employees on an individual basis and provide them with great careers”. The firm tries hard to make life easier for those with responsibilities outside of work. The firm provides “postgraduate study support, time in lieu, part-time opportunities, salary packaging options, career breaks and secondment opportunities, flexible work arrangements, childcare options, parental leave, additional packaged leave and study leave”.

While Pitcher Partners doesn’t publicly trumpet it, current and former employees attest to the firm having a diverse workforce with a focus on inclusion.

Social contribution
Pitcher Partners is big on caring for its customers, its employees and the community it is part of. Staff are given a day’s paid volunteer leave each year. They are “actively encouraged” to take part in charitable events and help out with community care programs. The firm also offers pro-bono services to several of its not-for-profit clients.

The firm’s staff have been particularly active in supporting the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Breakfast Club and Nepal’s Omni House. (The latter houses and supports the education of children, as well as operating a women’s handicraft centre.)

Pitcher Partners is a network of independent firms, meaning you’ll need to apply to a specific firm (e.g. Pitcher Partners Melbourne) rather than a central HR department. Individual firms typically offer intern and vacation programs to students in their second-last year of uni. (You should consider doing one of these if you’re hoping to get into the grad program later on.)

While no degree requirements are specified, to be eligible for the 12-month grad program it appears you’ll need to have completed the type of accounting or accounting-related degree that will allow you to go on to become a CA or CPA and get Tax Institute of Australia Foundation Course accreditation.

Pitcher Partner firms look for candidates who “are passionate and committed to self-development, possess excellent interpersonal skills, can demonstrate initiative, and are keen on working with interesting small to medium enterprises”. You’ll also need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

While it may vary from firm to firm, the recruitment process will consist of an online application, which will involve uploading your resume and academic transcript. If you make the shortlist, you’ll be invited to do an online aptitude test, attend an hour-long information session and/or an assessment centre and do a 30-minute interview. If all that goes well, you’ll receive an offer.

Once again, details may vary from firm to firm but those accepted into the grad program can expect to be invited to pre-commencements events. (Think morning teas, group functions and even the office Christmas party.) They’ll then undertake a week-long induction program before getting down to business. Grads receive technical training, especially in relation to software programs. They also take part in professional development sessions in areas such as career development, communication, networking and planning. They are also supported while they get certified by external bodies and institutions. 

Remuneration
As a grad, you can expect an industry competitive salary. Of course, there is the opportunity to make big money later in your career, especially if you make partner.

Unusually for a professional services firm, Pitcher Partners doesn’t expect staff to donate unpaid overtime. If you rack up the chargeable hours on a deadline, you get a commensurate amount of time in lieu. The firm also encourages staff to stay in good shape. They offer internal yoga and Pilates classes, provide healthy food and subsidise gym memberships and involvement in sporting events. Those staff interested in less healthy activities can enjoy monthly events put on by their firm’s Social Club, as well as Pitcher Partner’s lavish Annual Ball and Christmas party.    

Career prospects
Pitcher Partner firms encourage all their staff to “carve out a career path of their choosing, assisted by a flexible, supportive working environment”. 

Both during the program and after it, grads can look forward to driving their career forward through “close interaction with our partners, as well as technical training and professional development from one of the largest learning and development programs in the industry”. Generous support is provided for those undertaking postgrad study (especially the CA and CPA courses).

Through the Baker Tilly network, secondments are available to firms based in Asia, Europe, North America and the UK.   

The vibe of the place
Pitcher Partners walks the walk as well as talking the talk when it comes to treating staff well and has a bulging trophy case full of industry awards to prove it. As a grad, you can expect to work hard but you’ll get lots of exposure to different areas of the business and the opportunity to do a variety of tasks. You’ll find teamwork and collaboration are encouraged. While a clear hierarchy exists, you should find your colleagues friendly and encouraging.

Star Rating: 4.2 stars   

 

From the Employer:

"Let your career path shine

Starting a career at Pitcher Partners allows you to shine brightly. You’ll have the opportunity to experience all the career possibilities that working in a full service accounting and advisory firm offers. We’ll expose you to a wide variety of clients, from well-known international brands to family-run businesses, government and not-for-profit organisations.

As a graduate, your path will be guided by a dedicated buddy and complemented by close interactions with our partners and senior staff. You’ll also get to be involved in one of the largest learning and development programs in the industry, where we’ll offer you ongoing technical training and professional development opportunities.

We partner with our clients in their business; we don’t just offer a service, and that’s why we have a proud reputation for excellent client care. We see you as a partner in our business too, and we believe that when our people are healthy, happy and engaged they work better and smarter. This belief underpins our entire culture.

At Pitcher Partners you’ll make lifelong friends, enjoy our many social and firm activities, and have the opportunity to travel regionally, interstate and overseas within our network.

About Pitcher Partners

Pitcher Partners is a full service accounting and business advisory firm with a strong reputation for providing quality advice to privately-owned, corporate and public organisations. In Australia, Pitcher Partners has firms in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Newcastle. We collaboratively leverage from each other’s networks and draw on the skills and expertise of 1,200+ staff, in order to service our clients.

Pitcher Partners Melbourne is the leader in the middle-tier market and is the largest accounting services firm in Melbourne after the Big 4 multinational firms.

Pitcher Partners is also an independent member of Baker Tilly International, the eighth largest network in the world by fee income. Our strong relationship with other Baker Tilly International member firms, particularly in Asia Pacific, has allowed us to open many doors across borders for our clients.

Lighting up our own achievements

We are proud of our reputation and have received several awards recently celebrating our success.

  • Firm of the Year (less than $1bn in revenue), Accountants Daily Australian Accounting Awards - 2017
  • Accounting Student of the Year – Arlen Dabinett, Accountants Daily Australian Accounting Awards - 2017
  • Professional Development Program of the Year, Accountants Daily Australian Accounting Awards - 2017
  • Best Provider to Manufacturing, Retail and Wholesaling, Financial Review Client Choice Awards - 2017
  • Named in The Australians Top 100 Graduate Employers - 2017
  • Top Graduate Employers - 2017
  • Best Mid-Market Financial Advisory Firm Australia, Acquisition International M&A Awards - 2016
  • Recognised Leader in Acquisition Growth Strategy Australia, Acquisition International M&A Awards - 2016
  • Named in The Australians Top 100 Graduate Employers - 2016
  • Insurance Advisor of the Year, Australian Insurance Association Awards - 2016
  • Executive of the Year - Rob Southwell, Accountants Daily Australian Accounting Awards - 2016
  • Accountants Daily Excellence Award - Rob Southwell, Accountants Daily Australian Accounting Awards - 2016
  • Professional Development Program of the Year - Accountants Daily Australian Accounting Awards - 2016
  • New Partner of the Year - Dean Love, Accountants Daily Australian Accounting Awards – 2016

Vacation Program

Who this program is applicable for?

Our Vacation Program is for students in their penultimate year of University, to help you gain a taste of Pitcher Partners and a professional service environment.

What will you experience in the program?

Our Vacation Program provides students with a variety of experiences including the opportunity to gain real life work experience, training, career information sessions, networking events and exposure to the Pitcher Partners culture.

Together with regular exposure to our partners and senior managers, and a strong support network via an allocated buddy, this program allows you to promote yourself.

When is our Vacation Program?

Our Vacation Program runs between November and February. Vacationers work full time over an 8 week period during the Summer University break.

How do I apply or express interest in the program?

Applications for the Melbourne Vacationer Program will open in July 2018.

Intern Program

Who this program is applicable for?

Our Intern Program is for students in their final year of University, to help them gain professional industry experience and apply their learnings in the real world.

What will you experience in the program?

Our Intern Program provides students the opportunity to gain consistent practical experience. You will be assigned roles for involvement in real projects, work and gain client exposure technical and professional training.

You will have the opportunity to attend career information sessions, networking and professional development events and exposure to the Pitcher Partners culture.

Together with regular exposure to our partners and senior managers, and a strong support network via an allocated buddy, this program allows you to promote yourself.

When is our Intern Program?

Internships run from February through to December. Interns work part time, in conjunction with their University studies.

How do I apply or express interest in the program?

Our Melbourne Internship Program is a pathway progression from our Vacationer Program. Find out more about our Vacation Program on our Website.

Graduate Program

Who this program is applicable for?

Our Graduate Program is for Graduates who have completed their University studies within the last 2 years, who are ready to join our development program and commence their ongoing career with Pitcher Partners.

What will you experience in the program?

Our Graduate Program provides Graduates the opportunity to experience the many career possibilities that working in a full service accounting and advisory firm offers, and be exposed to a wide variety of clients, from well-known international brands to family run businesses, government and not-for-profit organisations.

As a graduate your path will be guided by a dedicated buddy and complemented by close interactions with our partners and senior staff. You will also be involved in one of the largest learning and development programs in the industry and be offered ongoing technical and professional development opportunities.

We believe in partnering with our clients in their business; we don’t just offer a service, and that’s why we have a proud reputation for excellent client care.

Our Graduate Program includes:

  • Induction week where you get to meet the rest of the staff
  • The National Graduate Induction Program held in Queensland each year
  • Technical training to provide you with an understanding of the processes and software that we use in our work
  • Personal and professional development including communication skills, personal branding, resilience, leadership, planning and prioritizing, delegation, time management, career development, social media management and presentation skills
  • Internal and external Professional Networking events
  • A range of employee benefits to help you balance your life with work including Wellness@Work Program, time in lieu and social pursuits

When is our Graduate Program?

Our Graduate Program commences in March. Graduates work full time in an ongoing permanent position.

How do I apply or express interest in the program?

Applications for our Melbourne Graduate Program will open in February 28th 2018.

We have a range of divisions for students to work in, offering exposure to many different kinds of roles across a broad variety of clients.

About Our Practice Areas

Business Advisory and Assurance 

We provide practical advice and assistance to help businesses make the most of opportunities and emerging issues. Our risk-based audit and review methodology results in a thorough understanding of the decisions facing the business, allowing us to add value to clients as well as prepare their financial reports in a timely manner.

Our assurance engagements include assisting clients with preparation of monthly management accounts, year-end reporting, income tax returns, activity statements and general advice to enable them to make informed business decisions and bring clarity to day-to-day operations.

Business Recovery and Insolvency

Even the healthiest business can come into contact with insolvency. Our Business Recovery and Insolvency team deal directly with various stakeholders, often in an aggrieved state, to investigate the affairs of an entity in a state of insolvency.

This can involve collecting records from the insolvent for analysis, preparing and reviewing detailed correspondence and statutory forms, liaising with legal representatives, attending court hearings, securing assets and negotiating with various stakeholders. Work within the team is challenging and constantly evolving based on the particular needs of each appointment. We provide business recovery and insolvency services that achieve maximum recovery levels and strengthen businesses into the future.

Our consultants cut through the choices and challenges facing businesses to tailor insightful yet practical solutions that help you take advantage of disruption.

We use agile, leading edge thinking to deliver commercially relevant strategic planning. Our consultants can help you navigate feasibility studies, viability studies, contract negotiations, financial analysis and modelling, tailored IT solutions and organisational reviews.

Private Clients

Our Private Clients team works predominantly with privately run businesses, including family businesses, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals. We provide business solutions that are tailored to each client’s specific needs. 

Our core service offering includes annual compliance, preparation of management accounting financial statements, income tax returns and business activity statements. As a trusted advisor, we may also assist our clients with arranging forecasting, budgeting, superannuation and investment holding structuring. For many clients we provide monthly and quarterly reporting assistance including acting in an outsourced financial controller role, providing expertise. 

Risk Services

Our Risk Services team assesses the activities and risks our clients face in order to improve their business practices. As the facilitator of change at an organisational and business process level, we make a real difference to our clients by identifying their untapped potential and supporting continuous improvement.

To support our audit and assurance offering, we undertake a broad range of risk management services. We’re specialists in enterprise risk management, internal audit, disaster recovery and business continuity planning, advanced data mining and specialised information technology security assurance.

Tax Consulting

Our Tax Consulting team is one of the most experienced in Australia. Our team of specialists and experienced professionals can manage any taxation issue regardless of size or complexity. We’re legislative experts with longstanding institutional relationships with the ATO, and we advocate for effective tax legislation that benefits our clients.

As a member of our Tax Consulting division, you could be advising on income taxes, capital gains taxes, international taxes, transaction taxes and employment taxes, all in the context of structuring transactions and/or organisations to legitimately minimise their taxation liability. 

How to apply and FAQ’s

How do I apply?

Once applications are open you will need to apply online via our website Current Vacancies page.

Which student program am I eligible for?

  • Vacation Program: Our Vacation Program is for students in their penultimate year of University
  • Intern Program: Our Intern Program is for students in their final year of University
  • Graduate Program: Our Graduate Program is for Graduates who have completed their University studies within the last 2 years

You must be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident of Australia to be eligible to apply for our student programs.

What do we look for?

We look for students who are passionate and committed to self-development, possess excellent interpersonal skills, can demonstrate initiative, and are keen on working with interesting small to medium enterprises.

Do I need relevant work experience to apply?

No, however if you have any work experience (relevant or not) you should include this in your resume.

What is the recruitment process at PP?

  • If successful, you will be sent an email informing you that you have been shortlisted for an interview. The email will contain instructions on how to book in for an Information/Networking session and an interview time.
  • You will be also sent an email requested you to complete an online aptitude test.  
  • You will be required to attend a personal 30-minute interview and 60 minute Information/Networking session.  
  • Application outcomes will be communicated by email and telephone.

Do I need to bring anything to the interview?

You will need to bring the original or a certified original copy of your academic transcript as well as proof of citizenship or residency (i.e. passport or birth certificate).

When do applications open?

  • Vacation Program: Applications for the Melbourne Vacationer Program will open in July 2018.
  • Intern Program: Our Melbourne Internship Program is a pathway progression from our Vacationer Program.
  • Graduate Program: Applications for our Melbourne Graduate Program will open in February 28th 2018.

Any questions, contact careers@pitcher.com.au"

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Reviews by Pitcher Partners graduate employees

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    4.2 out of 5
    GradAustralia surveyed 16 graduates working at Pitcher Partners. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 16 responses.

Graduate Stories

Tina Lau
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Tina studied Bachelor of Science and Arts & Master of Professional Accounting
Alanna Tomlinson
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Alanna studied Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance major) at Deakin University
Alex Buckley
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Alex studied Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering at Monash University

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Charlene Lavaring, Accountant - Business Services at Pitchers Partners

Charlene Lavaring ​studied ​a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting in December 2016, and is now a Accountant - Business Services at Pitchers Partners Brisbane office.

Ellena Graham, Analyst in Risk Services at Pitchers Partners

Ellena Graham studied ​a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Business Analytics) ​at Deakin University in 2016, and is now a Analyst in Risk Services at Pitcher Partners.