How do I become a partner at the Big 4? The definitive guide
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How do I become a partner at the Big 4? The definitive guide

I know if I had stayed at E&Y and made it to partner, I would have been a very rich man. Someone in my network said this to me recently and I agreed. Becoming a Big 4 partner is often seen as the pinnacle of achievement for any accountant or consultant and for good reason….

What does it really mean to make partner? You may be surprised!
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What does it really mean to make partner? You may be surprised!

Ask any fresh-faced graduate in a professional services firm, (all the way up to Big 4) whether they want to make partner.  Almost all of them will say yes, unequivocally. Who doesn’t want the status, glory and rewards of partnership? However, do they really know what it means?  Do you? Let’s have a look at…

What I wish every talented professional knew about personal branding
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What I wish every talented professional knew about personal branding

I regularly speak to audiences of lawyers, accountants and consultants about the challenges of making partner. In my talks I often share the ten lessons that my clients have learnt along their journeys to make partner. In this blog post I am going to share the fourth lesson, create a strong, personal brand. It can…

9 secrets of Directors who successfully made it to Partner in a Big 4 firm – part 2
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9 secrets of Directors who successfully made it to Partner in a Big 4 firm – part 2

How to make partner in a Big 4 accounting firm (EY, Deloitte, KPMG and PwC) To make partner in a big 4 accounting firm (EY, Deloitte, KPMG and PwC) is often seen as the pinnacle of achievement for an Accountant or Consultant. However, many talented professionals fail to make it to partner at a Big…

9 secrets of Directors who successfully made it to Partner in a Big 4 firm – part 1
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9 secrets of Directors who successfully made it to Partner in a Big 4 firm – part 1

How to make partner at a Big 4 firm (EY, Deloitte, KPMG and PwC) Making partner at a Big 4 accounting or consulting firm (EY, Deloitte, KPMG and PwC) is often seen as the pinnacle of achievement for an Accountant or Consultant. However, many talented professionals fail to make it to partner at a Big…

Your business case for partnership: Don’t get over fixated on your technical ability
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Your business case for partnership: Don’t get over fixated on your technical ability

Most partnerships require their potential partners to write a business case for admittance to partnership. (See what do you need to put in your personal and business case for partnership) When I interviewed Darryn Hedges, Global Finance Director for Marks and Clerks,  recently, he explained the most common mistake that potential partners make with their…

How to make partner at a Big 4 firm? (part 2)
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How to make partner at a Big 4 firm? (part 2)

Why do professionals want know how to make partner at a Big 4 firm? How to make partner at a Big 4 firm? This is often seen as the pinnacle of achievement for any accountant or consultant. In the last part of this two part article series, I dig into exactly how to make partner…

How much do I need to buy-in as partner at the Big 4? (It’s not as much as you think.)
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How much do I need to buy-in as partner at the Big 4? (It’s not as much as you think.)

In this blog post I answer the question, “how much do I need to buy-in at a Big 4 firm. From the Big 4 (KPMG, PWC, E&Y, Deloitte) down to the smallest firms, acceptance as an equity partner means you will need to resign as an employee, become self-employed, and invest some capital into your firm. This…

What size of client portfolio will I need to build as a partner in the Big 4?
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What size of client portfolio will I need to build as a partner in the Big 4?

It is now extremely rare for a partnership to make someone up to partner who does not have the potential to be a work winner for the practice. After all, no partnership wants to dilute it’s profits by promoting people to partner who are technical specialists and can’t win work. Therefore, regardless of whether you…

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