Andrew Luu joined Hill Rogers as a wide-eyed graduate. Now working as Manager for Audit & Assurance, he recently celebrated a decade with the firm.
How did you come to join the team at Hill Rogers?
I actually started my career in 2007 with the firm Spencer Steer, which subsequently became part of Hill Rogers. I joined as a graduate in 2007 as part of the Audit team and completed my CA over a three-year period whilst working and studying. In the time I’ve been here, I’ve worked my way up to become a manager. Today I manage a team of between 5-10 people depending on the time of year. During the peak Audit season (July – October) we also bring in secondees from the Morison KSi UK and US networks.
What’s unique about working at Hill Rogers?
The people and the directors have been great. Also, being a mid-size firm you have your hands in everything. This gives you the opportunity to sit across the entire end-to-end process, rather than having siloed roles. We have a wide range of clients, from small to large businesses and private wealth clients, which always keeps things interesting. You also have the opportunity to be exposed to local government, the NFP sector and associations. You don’t find that kind of variety in every firm.
What do you find the most rewarding about working with Hill Rogers?
The culture and the people. As colleagues we share common interests, goals and values. It’s about working together to achieve the best result for our clients and to make meaningful connections. I really enjoy that bond.
What are you most proud of professionally?
Being able to complete my CA studies while working my way up to become a manager over seven years. Through the support of our directors and leadership team, I’ve built up extensive experience and helped to forge high client retention. It gives me great satisfaction to see some of the same clients I’ve had since day one. Equally, our clients appreciate a familiar face as our team expands too.
What is it about the firm that has made you wish to stay for 10 years?
Again, it’s the people and the social side of things. The firm rewards its staff and really supports them. We have a flexible working environment and there’s a great balance between work and personal life. Recently my wife and I had our first baby and through the support of the firm we’re all benefiting from a healthy home and work balance. Another real asset is the firm’s international reach via our partnership with Morison KSi, which encourages the exchanging of ideas. In 2012 I had the opportunity to work in our NZ affiliate firm, that was a great experience.
What’s next for you at Hill Rogers?
Continuing my career trajectory and working my way up to become a director, part of the firm’s leadership team. That’s the ambition. Come back in 10 years and let’s see!