Career opportunities in accounting with Matthews Steer
Flexible working arrangements, defined career pathways, proactive gender diversity, annual employee recognition awards, and a convenient non-CBD location; just some of the employee advantages that make Matthews Steer North West Melbourne’s pre-eminent accountants and advisors.
A rapidly growing second-tiered accounting and advisory firm established more than 30 years ago, our practice comprises six partners, two associates and 50 staff, and is the go-to for growing Melbourne entrepreneurial businesses and family businesses.
Managing partner Ken Matthews says our firm’s commitment to staff engagement has had a significant influence over our business’s growth and success. “Our team is highly talented and we continually invest in their professional development, providing them with a defined accounting career path, direct contact with our clients, and ongoing structured training to help them maximise their potential,” he says.
Matthews Steer Employee Engagement Survey
The power of Matthews Steer’s workplace culture was highlighted in our 2020 employee engagement survey, conducted by external agency, Fibre HR. The survey recorded the best results in our history – with a 4 per cent year-on-year improvement on 2019 - and higher than average results in all survey categories in comparison to professional services industry averages.
Key highlights from the survey included our employees’ pride in working for Matthews Steer, the genuine care they felt from their managers, and their appreciation of the inclusive team environment.
“At Matthews Steer, our purpose is ‘empowering our communities to live their potential’ and when we talk ‘communities’ we’re talking about our clients and our colleagues equally,” says Matthews. “We’re a family business by origin, and at heart, and when you join our team, you instantly become part of one big, and growing, happy family.“
What Employees Love About Working at Matthews Steer
Matthews Steer’s workplace culture is a product of professional excellence, clear vision, mission, purpose and values, and commitment to fostering a rewarding work environment that delivers personal job satisfaction and employee wellbeing in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
“Our partners are inspirational, aspirational, passionate leaders who are thoroughly involved with our professional development program, and challenge our team daily to improve their technical abilities, embrace innovation, and broaden the firm’s service offering,” says Matthews.
Matthews Steer Promotes Gender Diversity
Employees looking to start or build their families can continue their careers at Matthews Steer with confidence thanks to a robust paid parental leave policy implemented in July 2020. The result of extensive research and industry benchmarking, the policy reflects our focus on nurturing a diverse workplace, and according to founding partner Matthews it may be the most significant policy implemented in our 30-year history.
“This is a game-changing policy designed to help us retain and attract talented employees at all levels of the accounting profession, and it signals of our commitment to investing in our people, our business and our future,” says Matthews. “We take an holistic approach to our purpose, offering work-life balance andsupport through all facets of our employees’ lives. We want to be part of their whole journey; not just for a four or five-year period, but ideally for the duration of their professional journey.”
Accounting Career Progression and Development With Matthews Steer
Matthews Steer prioritises career advancement through a structured professional development program and clearly defined progression opportunities. On-the-job coaching is a priority, teammates are empowered to act on feedback and improvement is recognized at our annual Recognise Encourage Reward (RER) Awards.
“Our coaching program is highly prized by our team,” says Matthews. “All team members receive regular coaching sessions that provide guidance, insights and practical advice, and ensure well-rounded experience and capabilities. There is no better way to learn than from the people who have preceded you and lived your experiences, and our people have the opportunity to serve as both coachee and coach as their careers progress.”
Matthews Steer Employee Retention
In addition to team-focused working conditions and opportunities, Matthews Steer’s impressive employee engagement can also be attributed our response to the COVID19 Pandemic. “At the start of the Pandemic, my partners and I made a commitment that we wouldn’t leave any member of our team behind. We made sacrifices and cut discretionary spending, but we didn’t cut people or hours, and we continued to invest in the professional development of our people during that period,” says Matthews.
“I’m proud of our team its resilience. That commitment to keep us all together has meant that we’ve entered 2021 with a highly motivated team ready to embrace growth and evolution.”
Matthews Steer is currently recruiting to fill a number of roles in our expanding team. If our workplace culture and professional development opportunities resonate with you, you can find more information about available accounting and administration roles on our careers page.