At Ferrier Hodgson we believe our strength is our people, our people have the skills, industry expertise and experience to resolve the most complex challenges.
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Ferrier Hodgson is a leading independent provider of restructuring and business advisory services. Ferrier Hodgson has developed a reputation over 40 years for solving complex problems with commercial solutions that deliver value and results to all levels of stakeholders.
We specialise in:
- Corporate advisory
- Restructuring and turnaround
- Forensic accounting
- Forensic IT
- Management consulting
- Transaction services
Achieving results for our clients is our focus. We are well known for taking on challenging assignments that require exceptional strategic and technical capabilities.
With our specialist industry advisers, we are able to address both the operational and financial aspects of each matter to come up with the optimal solutions. Ferrier Hodgson prides itself on the specialist nature of its practice, thus we are usually free from the conflicts that affect many of our competitors.
We have offices across Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney) and Asia as well as a strong association with international firms Zolfo Cooper, KLC Kennic Lui & Co and Talbot Hughes McMillop to provide services globally.
We support our graduates to evolve from student to accounting professional. Your evolution starts with immediate exposure to real and meaningful work. At Ferrier Hodgson you will be empowered to achieve more by working with dedicated professionals, enjoying rewarding experience and receiving the opportunity to continuously learn.
At Ferrier Hodgson we are committed to your career evolution and our graduate program focuses on helping you develop in the early years of your professional career.
As a graduate, you will enjoy our comprehensive orientation program which provides opportunities to develop both technical and professional skills and supports the transition from university to work.
The highlight of orientation is our National Learning Program (NLP) where all graduates are brought to a central location to meet with graduates from across the country and participate in a comprehensive two day training program.
Your learning opportunities don't stop at the end of the NLP. You will continue to be mentored and coached by our senior accountants and partners who are keen to share their knowledge and experience to ensure you succeed. You will be surrounded by bright and experienced people, have access to excellent technical resources and be involved in interesting client work.
Our vacationer program is the talent pipeline for our future graduates. Typically, our graduate positions are offered to candidates who have successfully completed the vacationer program. On occasions, some offices will advertise graduate positions outside of the recruitment period.
Evolve your knowledge
At Ferrier Hodgson you will be provided with opportunities to continuously evolve your professional and personal growth.
Your learning at Ferrier Hodgson is about continuously enhancing your technical skills as well as evolving your business skills.
We have an extensive L&D framework that starts from week one where as a new graduate you will attend our National Learning Program. As your career progresses we will give opportunities through formal and informal channels to develop your skills to enable you to evolve into a business leader.
Our people receive full support to achieve CA qualifications as well as a range of additional post-graduate qualifications including CFA, IEP and MBA.
Coaching and mentoring are well-established forms of personal and professional development at Ferrier Hodgson and we have a number of programmes to support the many varied requirements of our people including on-the-job feedback, formal performance reviews, career development plans and a formal mentoring program.
Evolve your rewards and benefits
Ferrier Hodgson recognises that relevant reward and benefits play an important role in attracting, retaining and motivating high calibre people who are essential to the ongoing success of the firm.
We deliver a total benefits package that complements our people’s individual career, lifestyle and wellbeing requirements.
How to join the evolution
Each year we recruit our future leaders. We have a long tradition of organic growth at Ferrier Hodgson with many senior people starting their careers as graduates or cadets at the firm.
To join the Ferrier Hodgson team simply find the program that is right for you and apply during the application period.
2016 Application Periods
2017 commencement – The Brisbane office has filled all 2017 graduate positions. Melbourne and Sydney will recruit as per the above schedule. Perth and Adelaide will advertise as required.
2018 commencement – offers will be made in early 2017 to 2016/2017 summer vacationers for 2018 graduate positions.
Any additional graduate positions not filled from the vacationer program will be advertised.
Our graduates commence in February of each year.
How to Apply
Visit the careers section of our website (www.ferrierhodgson.com/au/careers/students) during the application period to apply.
Successful applicants will be required to attend a group assessment and a face to face interview.
I began at Ferrier Hodgson in 2007 as an Accountant. With a Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness, I knew I wanted to work in an accounting environment and my career is always evolving. I have completed my CA and post-graduate insolvency program and have been fortunate to work remotely and interstate with a variety of clients. With ongoing encouragement I have developed unique technical expertise and achievements, and have progressed within the firm to a management position. The work we do varies each day and can be very challenging, but that’s what makes the firm great – it’s an interesting and exciting place to work.
Ian (Senior Manager)
I joined Ferrier Hodgson as a cadet after leaving school, having been attracted to the firm’s comprehensive Cadetship program, varied scope of files across a number of sectors, and international secondment opportunities.
Ferrier Hodgson has offered me training and support to help me through my university studies and subsequent chartered accountant qualifications. Since joining the firm, I have worked on matters in a range of industries including retail, property, energy, manufacturing and transport. Furthermore, I spent two years on secondment in London, adding international experience to my time at Ferrier Hodgson.
Ferrier Hodgson’s focus on continuous training and extensive range of opportunities have kept me challenged and motivated. I have now been with the firm for over nine years.
After a 20-year career in the Western Australian Police in a variety of roles, I needed a change. Ferrier Hodgson gave me that opportunity and I made the transition with ease, thanks to the firm’s great peer support and wealth of experience. The diversity of clients and work means that every day is different, presenting unique challenges that often require out-of-the-box thinking.
I joined Ferrier Hodgson in 2010 as a director in the corporate recovery and restructuring team. I enjoy the quality and diverse nature of work that the firm undertakes, as well as the strong emphasis on work/life balance. I have started a family and now work on a part time basis, and the firm supports me in managing the demands of my professional career and family life.
Jacob (assistant manager)
I began at Ferrier Hodgson in 2011 as a graduate in the Corporate Recovery team. From day one I was heavily involved in a range of formal and informal insolvency and advisory appointments across a wide spectrum of industries, often working directly with and learning first hand from Directors and Partners. I also completed my CA Qualification while simultaneously gaining valuable industry experience.
In late 2015 I was awarded a position with Ferrier Hodgson’s United States affiliate, Zolfo Cooper, and have commenced a two-year secondment in its New York City head office. I feel privileged to broaden my expertise with this new and unique opportunity, and look forward to returning to Ferrier Hodgson in 2018.
After spending four years at a ‘Big 4’ firm, I decided it was time for a change. I joined Ferrier Hodgson as a Senior Analyst in the Corporate Recovery division and have since enjoyed promotions to Assistant Manager and Manager in my three years with the firm. I believe the commercial experience, deep industry expertise and the autonomy given to staff at all levels differentiates Ferrier Hodgson from the rest. I particularly enjoy the diverse and challenging nature of our work: one day I might be advising a bank regarding a troubled customer, and the next day, running a national retail company.
Jacqueline (senior analyst)
I began my career at Ferrier Hodgson as a cadet and now work as a Senior Analyst in forensic accounting. Whether I am preparing an expert’s report or conducting an investigation, each day at Ferrier Hodgson is exciting and rewarding. I have been involved in numerous high profile engagements requiring the application of complex accounting concepts, and through effective training and strong peer support, Ferrier Hodgson has enabled me to rise to each challenge.
Through the Ferrier Hodgson vacation program I learned a huge amount about the world of insolvency, professional life and myself. Despite not knowing much about insolvency, I was given responsibility on day one and contributed to real jobs, with tasks that were challenging and engaging. I found the culture at Ferrier Hodgson to be extremely open, friendly and it wasn't long before I felt like part of the team. Overall, it has been my most valuable and enjoyable professional experience thus far and I would highly recommend Ferrier Hodgson to anyone wanting to get some real experience in accounting.
During the 2-week Vacation Program, I undertook a variety of work, ranging from contacting creditors to attending creditors' meetings. The responsibility handed to me was both challenging and rewarding. I found this was what differentiated Ferrier, along with their culture. Everybody was willing to go out of their way, no matter how big or small the question. I felt welcome from day one and thoroughly enjoyed my time.