9th January 2013
Oliver Ross first joined Muras Baker Jones in 1997, leaving in 2001 to gain experience with two top 10 firms. He rejoined Muras Baker Jones in 2006, becoming a partner in 2007.
What do you enjoy most about your job? Is there anything you DON’T like about your job?
I most enjoy the variety of my work and being able to work so closely with clients. No two months are the same. I dislike having to fill out timesheets for chargeable time – it’s a necessary chore.
What was your first job? Where else have you worked before your present firm?
My first job was at Birmingham Midshires Building Society, where my role was to help resolves issues relating to customers’ mortgages. I then worked at Muras Baker Jones, where I trained and qualified as a chartered accountant, from 1997 to 2001. I spent time at Baker Tilly and KPMG in Birmingham, before rejoining Muras Baker Jones in 2006.
Why did you decide to become an accountant?
While working at the building society, I realised that if I wanted to get ahead and achieve something then I would need further qualifications. In that job, there was no real scope for career progression. I decided to go into accountancy as I liked the idea of working in that kind of environment and I’ve always had an interest in numbers.
Do you have a particular area of expertise? What would you say your strengths are?
My specialist area is not-for-profit organisations, in addition to my portfolio of general profit-making clients. I would say my strength is being able to remain level-headed in stressful situations.
What is your greatest professional achievement?
Working closely with a client to reorganise and restructure their finances to allow them to buy themselves out of a company voluntary arrangement, which safeguarded around 50 jobs and enabled the business to continue trading.
What do you hope to achieve in the year ahead?
I want to continue helping clients through these tough economic times.
What hobbies or interests do you have outside of work? Any favourite holiday destinations?
I’m a keen golfer but enjoy sports in general, both watching and participating. I also enjoy spending time with my family, including my two young daughters, who I am encouraging to become involved in sport. I also enjoy skiing, so my favourite holiday destination would be any ski resort in the world.
If you were not an accountant, what other job would you do?
Probably working at a ski resort somewhere.
If you could go back in time and offer advice to yourself when you were just starting out in the profession, what would you say?
I would have told myself to go straight into accountancy, rather than working at the building society first. Also, don’t turn down opportunities and look for a variety of work – if you are open to it then this job will give you a lot of different experiences, which are all part of your training.