Our people: Davide
Our people: Davide
Manager Forensic – Davide explains why he chose to work in Forensic and how he shares his knowledge.
Davide explains why he chose to work in Forensic.
Could you summarize your activities in KPMG’s Forensic department in a couple of sentences?
I manage engagements, which means that I am in close contact with our customers. In general, our job starts once a company’s reputation is threaten for whatever reason. Our team also gives advice in building up a company’s procedures, systems and internal control processes, thus preventing incidents from happening or building resilience to adverse events.
What do you perceive to be the biggest challenge in your job? How do you handle it?
In my position, the biggest challenge is to build a long-term relationship with our clients. In this regard, I my supervisors are great mentors and I can learn a lot just by looking at how they handle certain situations and how they manage their client relationships. The most important thing I have learned from them is that in the end, our clients are our most important and strongest ambassadors. If I had to choose between money and client trust, I would always choose client trust.
"In the end, our clients are our most important and strongest ambassadors. If I had to choose between money and client trust, I would always choose client trust."
What do you find most fascinating about your job?
I’ve been working in compliance and integrity field for six years now. What made me move to this area were cases of reputable companies losing reputation that had taken years to build up with a single or maybe a string of unfortunate incidents. I asked myself: what will be the consequences for such a company and for the people involved or the people who work at such a company? Besides the topic, the people we work with are intriguing. Because we deal with sensitive issues, we have the opportunity to talk to and work with key people of a company – entrepreneurs, owners, CEOs, department heads of global companies and so on.
You live in Lausanne and work in Zurich. How do you manage the long distance?
I see this as one of my strengths. The way we work today has changed. It is much more dynamic even from a physical point of view and trains have become “moving offices”. It happens often that I have engagements with client meetings in Bern, team meetings in Zurich and then the actual work is performed in the Suisse Romande. In engagements like this I am ideally positioned also to work effectively with our colleagues from our Forensic team in Geneva.
"I also see myself in them and how I started my career – and it shows me how I still feel the same need to grow."
How do you pass on your expertise to consultants?
Part of my role is to give consultants on-the-job training. I set great store on regular exchanges to ask them what they need to succeed, what they enjoy doing and vice-versa. I appreciate open and honest feedback and am happy to provide constructive feedback, too. I do my best to make sure they can grow, continue to learn and be satisfied with what they are doing. Somehow, I also see myself in them and how I started my career – and it shows me how I still feel the same need to grow.
And how is KPMG supporting you to grow?
KPMG offers an environment that encourages you to grow. KPMG not only talks the talk, it also walks the walk. And that’s exciting and motivating. We tell each other: If you see an opportunity, grab it by the horns. If you see room for improvement, tell us.