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In a full-service professional services firm such as Pitcher Partners Melbourne, you can experience a diverse range of career pathways when you join one of our student programs.
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Student programs enable you to experience the diverse range of career pathways that can only be found in a leading professional services firm that specialises in accounting and business advisory. From well-known international brands and family run businesses to government and not-for-profit organisations, we offer access to a wide variety of middle market businesses. Get hands-on with real projects and real clients, and benefit from regular interaction with partners and senior managers.

Want to hear from some of our graduates? You can read their stories here.

A program for every stage

2024/25 Spark Intern Program

  • For students in their penultimate year of university
  • The internships run between November to February
  • Interns work full time over the period
  • Positions are available in a wide variety of practice areas
  • This is a pathway progression to our graduate program

Co-op, WIL and IBL Programs

  • For students in their penultimate year of university for 6-12 months
  • A placement in either our Business Advisory and Assurance or Private Business and Family Advisory practice areas
  • We support co-operative, work-integrated learning and industry-based learning style placements
  • The program commences around March each year, is full time
  • On completion of the program, you may be offered an ongoing position as a second-year Graduate analyst into our Ignite Program once you complete your studies
Applications open August 2024

2025 Ignite Graduate Program

  • For students who have completed university within the last four years (graduated 2021 – 2024)
  • Permanent, full-time position at the firm
  • Two-year graduate program, with three eight-month experiences across 2-3 different practice groups
  • Tailored learning and development program across the two years
  • Financial and study support provided to complete CA / CPA
National Graduate Conference

Hear from Hannah about her Pitcher’s experience so far.

Early careers recruitment process
Standard Process
1

Submit your online application

Complete an online application covering your motivation to apply for the program, work, team and leadership experience, extra-curricular activities, academic results, eligibility to work and more. You will be asked to submit a resume and cover letter as part of your application.

2

Attend a networking evening (optional)

Before applications close, candidates are invited to our office to learn more about the firm, network with our current graduates, managers and partners and gain further insights into the Graduate Experience Program.

3

Online assessment

Complete a 50 minute online psychometric test comprising of cognitive ability and personality assessments.

4

Video interview

You will receive a link to complete a video interview, which will take around 15 – 20 minutes to complete. You will be asked some questions about yourself and your background, to help us get to know you and understand more about your motivations for applying for our program. We won’t be asking any behavioural questions in this interview, so you don’t need to practice your STAR responses just yet! We encourage you to do your research and be able to clearly articulate why you want to join Pitcher Partners and why you selected the interest areas you did.

5

Participate in an assessment centre

Held in our Docklands Office, you will participate in group activities and an individual interview with senior leaders. You will have the opportunity to hear from one of our partners, have some nibbles, meet some of our current graduates, and get a tour around the office. The interview will be behavioural based so we recommend you practice the STAR technique and come prepared with some questions for your interviewers and the other Pitcher Partners people you will meet on the day.

If you are interstate, overseas or have special requirements at the time of the assessment centre, you may be able to participate in separate assessment activities and interviews (see alternate process below).

6

Receive an offer

Successful applicants will receive a call from our early careers team to be offered a graduate role. If you accept, you’ll be sent a formal offer. Candidates who were unsuccessful will also be contacted at this time.

Alternate Process

If you are interstate, overseas or have special requirements at the time of the assessment centre, you may be able to participate in separate assessment activities and interviews.

1

Submit your online application

Complete an online application covering your motivation to apply for the program, work, team and leadership experience, extra-curricular activities, academic results, eligibility to work and more. You will be asked to submit a resume and cover letter as part of your application.

 

2

Attend a networking evening (optional)

Before applications close, candidates are invited to our office to learn more about the firm, network with our current graduates, managers and partners and gain further insights into our early careers’ programs.

3

Online assessment

Complete a 50 minute online psychometric test comprising of cognitive ability and personality assessments.

4

Video interview

You will receive a link to complete a video interview, which will take around 15 – 20 minutes to complete. You will be asked some questions about yourself and your background, to help us get to know you and understand more about your motivations for applying for our program. We won’t be asking any behavioural questions in this interview, so you don’t need to practice your STAR responses just yet! We encourage you to do your research and be able to clearly articulate why you want to join Pitcher Partners and why you selected the interest areas you did.

5

Online case study activity

You will work with our early careers team to schedule a timed, one hour case study online. 

6

Individual interview

Complete an in-person or virtual behavioural-based interview with partners and managers from our practice groups.

7

Receive an offer

Successful applicants will receive a call from our early careers team to be offered a position. If you accept, you’ll be sent a formal offer. Candidates who were unsuccessful will also be contacted at this time.

Be inspired to learn and grow every day

We empower our people to specialise in the accounting and business advisory services that they find most interesting. Pitcher Partners works with many private and family-owned business across Australia. The owners of these businesses are inspired and invested in the future of their companies and people. You’ll have the opportunity to become part of the teams that help these businesses strengthen and grow every day. This opportunity is a core part of our culture and sets a clear path to leadership where you’ll be inspired and challenged to continue learning every day.

Our practice areas
Business Advisory and Assurance

Pitchers Partners enables middle market businesses to navigate the complexities of their industries and the wider market by identifying opportunities and risks and recommending solutions. By applying a risk-based audit and review methodology, a thorough understanding of the challenges facing a business is achieved, pinpointing areas where they need expert support, advice and action. 

Assurance engagements can include assisting with the preparation of monthly management accounts, year end reporting, income tax returns and activity statements. We also offer general advice to enable boards of directors, audit committees and business owners to make informed business decisions and bring clarity to day-to-day operations.

Private Business and Family Advisory

Private Business and Family Advisory team members work predominantly with privately run businesses, including family businesses, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals. Large and small businesses have the comfort of retaining control and decision-making power, knowing that all day-to-day administration and monitoring is being undertaken by a dedicated professional and experienced team.

Team members specialise in monthly and quarterly reporting assistance, annual compliance, preparation of management accounting, financial statements, income tax returns and business activity statements. Additional services are offered in forecasting, budgeting, superannuation and investment holding structuring.

Tax Advisory

Pitcher Partners team of experienced professionals manage a range of taxation issues. As legislative experts with longstanding institutional relationships with the ATO, we advocate for effective tax legislation that benefits middle market businesses and organisations. 

Our tax consultants advise on income taxes, capital gains taxes, international taxes, transaction taxes and employment taxes, all in the context of structuring transactions and organisations to legitimately minimise their taxation liability.

Corporate Finance

Corporate transactions are part of the progress towards a goal – be it growth, higher profitability, improved market share or competitive advantage. Pitcher Partners has extensive experience providing independent, well-informed advice to public and private sector clients at board level on business transactions and the valuation of business assets. 

Work in this team is focused on assisting business owners in the process of structuring a merger or acquisition transaction, carrying out the due diligence and valuation of business assets for sale by a business owner, or calculating the commercial value of shares or intangible assets.

Business Recovery and Insolvency Services

Whether a business is undergoing cessation, liquidation or bankruptcy, Pitcher Partners Business Recovery and Insolvency Services (BRIS) professionals achieve maximum recovery levels and strengthen businesses well into the future. Team members deal in a professional and sensitive manner with various stakeholders, often in an aggrieved state. 

Activities in the BRIS team can involve collecting records from the insolvent for analysis, preparing and reviewing detailed correspondence and statutory forms, liaising with legal representatives, attending court hearings, securing assets and negotiating with stakeholders.

Risk and Procurement Advisory

The Risk and Procurement team assess the activities and risks facing businesses and make recommendations for their improvement. The team aims to reveal the untapped potential of businesses and support their continuous improvement. The team also support government agencies and departments with procurement strategies to ensure probity requirements are met.

Work can include enterprise risk management, internal audit, disaster recovery and business continuity planning, procurement advice, probity audits, advanced data mining and specialised information technology security assurance. Risk Services experts also support their colleagues in Audit and Assurance through a broad range of risk management services.

Investment Services

Investors rely on insightful yet practical recommendations to make the best financial decisions and achieve their goals. Investment Services professionals provide financial advice to business owners, executives and affluent individuals and families who are looking to build, grow, protect and manage their wealth. 

Work undertaken is varied and can include strategic wealth management advice, investment planning and strategic asset allocation, investment portfolio management, tax minimisation strategies, retirement and estate planning and personal and business succession insurance.

Digital and Data Solutions

Digital and Data professionals specialise in the delivery of evidence-based insights that help organisations improve customer experience, streamline operations, improve the effectiveness of distribution channels, reduce risks and increase profitability. They can also assist clients in conducting IT reviews and recommending tailored IT solutions.

Work in this team appeals to those who are interested in developing skills in data mining, modelling, extracting value from data, and project management. With data becoming increasingly invaluable to running a successful organisation, our client base is broad and spans a range of sectors.

Practice Management Group
The Practice Management Group is a team of highly skilled professionals who offer a range of internal services to Pitcher Partners people. The focus of this function is on ensuring all staff have the necessary infrastructure and support to operate efficiently in the delivery of services to our clients. PMG includes Client Experience, People Experience, Finance, IT Services, Risk and Compliance.
FAQs
How are an individuals three experiences assigned for the Graduate Experience Program?

Each experience will be allocated by taking into account your interests and areas you would like to explore and alignment with what you have studied, combined with the business needs.

Will I stay with the same group of people throughout the three experiences of the Graduate Experience Program?

In order to allow you to gain breadth and depth of experience, along with meeting and building relationships with your fellow Graduates and colleagues; groups will be mixed throughout the three experiences.

Do I get to choose where I am placed at the end of the Graduate Experience Program?

We want to ensure you are placed in role that aligns and nurtures your ongoing career progression. Throughout the program your dedicated Graduate Program Manager will be with you every step of the way to understand your interests and experiences.  This will be aligned with our business needs in determining where you’ll be placed at the end of the program.

Is the graduate experience program a permanent opportunity?

Yes, the program is for two years, and your employment at Pitcher Partners is ongoing at the conclusion of the program.

How long does the Summer Vacation Program go for?

The Summer Vacation Program is a seven-week program, usually with four weeks before Christmas/New Year and three weeks after Christmas/New Year. You will typically have a three week break during that time. Candidates must be available to participate in the full seven-week program to be eligible for consideration. If you would like to know the specific dates of the program for the year you are applying, please review the job advertisement (if available) or email [email protected]

I am an international student – am I eligible for any of the programs?

We accept applications for our Graduate Experience Program from students/recent graduates who do not yet have Australian permanent residency. For your application to be considered, you must:

  • Currently lawfully live in Australia
  • Currently have, or plan to secure, full working rights for the entire length of the Graduate Experience Program (2 years from the commencement of the program in February)
  • Be currently studying, or have studied, a business/commerce degree majoring in accounting
  • Demonstrate your intention and ability to independently obtain permanent residency during, or at the conclusion of, the Graduate Experience Program.

Please note, Pitcher Partners will not guarantee sponsorship for the purposes of residency. Successful candidates will be required to independently apply for and obtain permanent residency. Successful candidates may be provided with an opportunity to meet with our Immigration Lawyer to discuss your individual circumstances, following commencement of the program.

Unfortunately international students are not eligible for our internship and summer vacation programs.

Experience all our firm has to offer

During our two-year program, graduates will gain valuable experience and insight completing three distinct eight-month experiences across the firm.

Spending time in three practice groups will provide graduates with:

  • Experience in the breadth of all we offer our clients
  • Greater opportunity to grow their skills and knowledge
  • The chance to build relationships with more people across the firm
  • Exposure to all our firm has to offer
Investing in your career journey

Our graduate program is designed to provide the foundations you need for a successful career with a leading professional services firm that specialises in accounting and business advisory. Not only will you gain a breadth of experience working across different practice areas, but you’ll get an understanding of where you’d like to focus your efforts on deepening your technical expertise as your career progresses.

An experience like no other

Our industry leading program will offer graduates:

  • Tailored technical learning for each experience and firm specific programs
  • Ongoing professional and personal development to help along their experiences
  • Unique buddy and mentor support system
  • Exposure to a variety of commercial concepts and clients
  • Networking opportunities
  • Clear career progression pathways

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