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Meet Alan Murdoch
What is your role at MorganFranklin, and what do you do?
I am a Senior Manager at MorganFranklin focusing on Accounting & Transaction Services. I work with our commercial clients, assisting them in addressing challenges related to technical accounting matters and related internal controls, as well as providing them with support as they interact with their external auditors.
On my current project, I am working with a global aerospace and defense client assisting management with their control processes related to the implementation of the new revenue recognition standard.
Before working at MorganFranklin, what was the most unusual or interesting job you had?
During my summer breaks from University in the UK, I worked as a sailing instructor. It was a really fun summer job. I got to meet a lot of people, and I had the opportunity to work in some really great places, including the West Coast of Scotland, the Outer Banks in North Carolina, and an island called Lemnos in Greece.
Please tell us about your professional background and what led you to pursue a career at MorganFranklin.
I started my career at Deloitte in London, where I worked in the Financial Services audit group and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. After four years, I decided to accept an offer from PwC to relocate to New York. I spent 12 years at PwC, working primarily on the audits of global investment banks and broker-dealers.
I greatly enjoyed the dynamic nature of working in a client-facing advisory role, but having spent many years as an external auditor, I was ready for a new challenge. I decided to take a career break, which I spent traveling the world for six months. On my return to New York, I discovered that MorganFranklin was looking to develop its New York presence. I saw it as a terrific opportunity to continue my career in a role that would enable me to continue to leverage my technical skills in an advisory capacity and be involved in the establishment of a New York based team.
How have you taken ownership of your career at MorganFranklin working remotely?
I have been fortunate to work on one of the firm’s largest clients, which has enabled me to build my internal network at MorganFranklin by working with colleagues from each of our solutions. Additionally, I have frequent touchpoints with the Managing Directors at the MorganFranklin headquarters in McLean, VA, which enables me to discuss my career development.
How do you ensure you stay close with your peers and clients while working from NY?
I try to be engaged in as many of MorganFranklin’s internal initiatives as possible, which ensures I am in frequent contact with my peers in McLean. Also, our New York team has frequent touchpoint meetings. From the client side, I have been working primarily with a client in Connecticut, where I am traveling most weeks to work on-site.
How would you describe MorganFranklin’s culture?
I would describe the MorganFranklin culture as collaborative and open. While we have various solutions, I do not really see any silos. I get to work with great people from all service lines. Being relatively new to the firm, I have also really appreciated that my colleagues are all very friendly and approachable.
What three things do you need to be successful in your role at MorganFranklin?
Apart from having core technical expertise, three things that I believe are key to success are an ability to adapt quickly to change, to be a good communicator, and to be self-motivated.
What is one area you want to learn more about (and become active with) at MorganFranklin, and why?
One area I would like to get more involved in is the social responsibility aspect of what MorganFranklin does. For the size of our firm, we are involved in a large number of community events. As we continue to build the New York office, I would like to help expand this in the New York area.
What advice would you give to someone hoping to pursue a career at MorganFranklin?
One thing I remember from my interview experience at MorganFranklin was that the recruiting team really differentiated themselves by being very engaged. For instance, they provided me with the LinkedIn profiles of my interviewers ahead of time. Make sure you do your research on your interviewers and the firm, and come prepared to share your experiences in various challenging work situations.
Where was the most interesting place you traveled to (domestic or international), and why?
A few years ago, I took a trip through the deserts and mountains between Bolivia and Chile. It was real adventure, travelling by 4×4 through some very remote areas and surreal landscapes that varied from salt plains to volcanic geysers to flamingo filled lakes. The variety and otherworldly nature of these landscapes really amazed me, and I would love to have the opportunity to go back at some stage of my life.
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, real or fictional, who would you choose, and why?
I guess I would go with Bono, as I am a big U2 fan. I have been to quite a few of their concerts over the years, but never got to meet the band. Bono does not seem to shy away from expressing his view of the world, and I think he would be very interesting to have dinner with.