Moving up to the Audit Manager role in a few days. Any words of advice as I transition into the new position?
Yeah manage your teams. Currently working with a new manager who is performing like an associate and is scared to make a decision. It is pretty f’ing frustrating.
1. Your job is to manage your people not to be their best friends. Don't be afraid to delegate down and make your expectations / deadlines known.
2. Be open to suggestions from junior team members but be careful of the mediocre performer who thinks they know more than they do and wants to rewrite all your procedures (including those on higher risk areas).
3. Watch what you say and be diligent with your administrative tasks. These things matter at the manager level and can come back to bite you if you're not careful (regardless of how good your performance is).
4. Regularly engage with your clients even when the engagement is over (too many managers are hands off in this regard). Doing so will show the client you're invested in them and ease fee discussions when they come up.
5. Make time to get / remain involved in firm initiatives. This will be key in you further moving up the ladder at the firm. The sooner you get involved the better.
Manager is a title for super senior, is what I learned
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