Innovative SMPs like CA Trust PAC are offering potential Candidates of the Singapore Qualification Programme (QP) fresh new career pathways. Are you ready to take the path less travelled?
Those new to Singapore’s accountancy sector are often surprised by its diversity of firms and talents. While the Big Four firms often take much of the limelight, following hard on their heels are the mid-tier firms. Smaller, fleeter and punching above their weight class, Small and Medium-sized Practices (SMPs) play an equally vital role: not only do they provide crucial services to a range of companies and organisations, they also serve to nurture the next generation of accountancy professionals.
Among the standout firms performing this role is CA Trust PAC. Formed in 1995, CA Trust PAC operated as several different entities before amalgamating into one firm in January 2013. The SMP currently has about 45 staff and is also a member of the global TGS Global accountancy network.
Leading the firm into its next phase of growth is its Director, Mr Paul Tan. Noting the depth of CA Trust PAC’s senior management team, Mr Tan explains how this has contributed to the firm’s success.”We endeavour to provide a comprehensive suite of professional services,” he says. “And because we come from diverse backgrounds, our management team gives very good value to our clients, both to the big MNCs as well as the smaller SME clients.”
In order to provide a high level of service excellence, all staff of CA Trust PAC undergo a regular programme of technical training and professional development. During engagements, partners and seniors are also constantly on hand to offer guidance and advice. Says Mr Chen Shih-Kuang, one of the firm’s directors: “Our reporting structure provides a more efficient way for us to impart our technical knowledge and experiences to our staff.”
Another attraction of working at an SMP is the exposure it offers. Within a relatively short period of time, staff of CA Trust PAC can expect to work with companies across many different industries. They also get exposed to multidisciplinary training as well as accounting; audit and assurance; and taxation, among other subjects.
For young professionals eager to learn the nuts and bolts of accounting practice, this can be an exceptional experience. All staff of CA Trust PAC (even relatively new hires) can also look forward to overseas engagements – a fantastic way to boost their management skills and cultural literacy.
We endeavour to provide a comprehensive suite of professional services. And because we come from diverse backgrounds, our management team gives very good value to our clients, both to the big MNCs as well as the smaller SME clients.
– Mr Paul Tan, Director, CA Trust PAC
Embodying the firm’s focus on developing homegrown talents is Ms Chua Soo Rui, another director of CA Trust PAC. Having interned with the firm as a polytechnic student, she joined it after her graduation. In recognition of her abilities and many contributions, Ms Chua was appointed a director in January 2013 – seven years after she first stepped into CA Trust PAC.
CA Trust PAC has also embraced its role as an Accredited Training Organisation of the Singapore QP by offering fresh career pathways to potential Candidates. “We want to create the environment for them to learn the various subjects they are expected to be competent at,” explains Mr Lim Lian Soon, the firm’s Training Principal: “If possible, we will assign Candidates jobs that will fulfil this requirement.”
It’s an approach that is already reaping dividends. Among the beneficiaries is Ms Carmen Lau; a graduate of SIM Global Education and former optometrist, she joined CA Trust PAC in September 2013 as its very first Singapore QP Candidate. “I’ve been here for one month and am enjoying the experience very much,” she says. “I’m glad I made the switch to accountancy and to doing the Singapore QP with CA Trust PAC!”
As the Singapore QP redraws the contours of accountancy in Singapore, progressive SMPs such as CA Trust PAC are remaking themselves for tomorrow’s challenges. By offering higher-value services, boosting their human capital policies and offering Candidates solid opportunities for learning and growth, they are leading the way towards a brighter and more exciting future for all accountancy professionals – and that’s something to be applauded.
In 2014, CA Trust PAC was renamed from its original firm name “CPA Trust PAC,” a rebranding that reflects the firm’s singular commitment to the Chartered Accountant of Singapore designation. For Mr Tan and his team, the sky’s the limit! #
To learn more about CA Trust PAC, visit the firm’s website and this dedicated page on the Singapore QP website.