Belfast Telegraph

Over 30 positions up for grabs at growing Grant Thornton

By Margaret Canning

Business advisory company Grant Thornton is creating 33 new jobs in Belfast.

The firm said it was seeking candidates for positions in a new business risk department and an international audit team.

There are also opportunities in the existing tax, restructuring and corporate finance units.

Richard Gillan, managing partner at the firm's Belfast offices, said the expansion would bring job numbers to 100.

Its Dublin office already carries out large amounts of international audit and advisory work, but the additions will work in a new area for Belfast.

"It's an area that's a business opportunity for us," Mr Gillan said after the announcement.

International firms had year-ends which did not coincide with the usual year-ends in the UK and Ireland of December 31 and March 31, he added.

And he said the firm would be seeking graduates with a desire to travel for the jobs.

"The right people can gain a lot of experience, and that's very good as it differentiates them from others," he said.

He said the firm had enjoyed 45% growth in revenues over the past year and anticipated the same in 2016. "The outlook for professional services firms is very buoyant, partly because the banks are becoming a lot more active, which is allowing a lot more transactions to happen."

And he said the firm was growing market share and closing in on the Big Four in Ireland.

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