Name: Ritesh Mirchandani
Job title: Partner
Sector/business area: Accountants and business advisers
Size in country: In the top five accounting practices
Organisation details: PKF Kenya and its associates offer a wide range of services including audit assurance and advisory services; taxation; business process outsourcing including payroll processing; corporate finance and restructuring; and human capital consulting. PKF in Eastern Africa have offices in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda, which house 20 partners and directors and over 350 staff.
'We look for people that are ambitious, innovative and hungry to be the best in their field,' says Ritesh Mirchandani, partner at PKF Kenya. As one of the largest accounting practices in Kenya, PKF Kenya has clear requirements when recruiting finance professionals: 'Whilst we nurture them with focused training and develop both their technical and soft skills, we seek professionals that want to be at the forefront of the accounting and business advisory sector.'
'ACCA trainees and members make a strong contribution towards the achievement of our goals as they are trained in skills and knowledge relevant to any business,' says Ritesh. 'This is particularly useful because for over 45 years, we have served a wide client profile across diverse industries and sectors. In addition, ACCA trainees and members possess a proven reputation for quality and excellence which helps ensure that we deliver a service that is beyond the expectations of our clients.'
Having found talented finance professionals, PKF Kenya ensures exposure to all areas of accounting and finance, by enabling them to also spend time in the tax consulting and assurance functions. At least three weeks of structured training in both technical and soft skills are scheduled annually but Ritesh knows that continuing professional development can also come from other sources: 'We use the technical material that is provided through accaglobal.com to train and develop our staff.'
PKF Kenya regularly share their extensive technical knowledge by presenting at ACCA events on areas such as international financial reporting standards, tax and climate change. They also contribute by serving on specific discussion panels to drive initiatives for improvement in the accounting and finance industry. 'We like ACCA's commitment to the development of the profession within the region and the support it gives its members,' says Ritesh.
Working with ACCA brings benefits other than brand exposure. So what's in it for them? 'As a platinum level ACCA Approved Employer, we plan to extend this recognition to all of our regional offices so that we can continue to attract the best new graduates,' explains Ritesh. 'And we wish to continue being part of the regular calendar of events organised by ACCA, which gives us an opportunity to network with other professionals in the industry.'