Nicolas Brisson

Analyst

Who am I?

Having carried out most of my studies abroad, I returned to France for my higher education. After my undergraduate degree, I joined ESCP-EAP, where I undertook internships in major French energy and telecommunications groups. I joined Accuracy in May 2010.

Coming from a more general than financial background, my integration in to the company was  a natural one, despite a few shortcomings in the beginning.  This never annoyed my colleagues, in fact they were always ready to answer all my questions.  The sharing of experiences, mutual support and team spirit are the key words at Accuracy.


This is especially true for me, as I also have a high-level sports career in judo. To achieve this, Accuracy, my federation, the ministry and I, set up an agreement that enables me to balance both my professional and sport careers. I thus benefit from a schedule adapted to my needs  and it’s working out very well.

Nicolas Brisson

Analyst

Why Accuracy?

When I was first looking for jobs, my search naturally turned towards large-sized companies and multinationals, and less towards small-sized companies with an entrepreneurial vision. Through the different interviews I was able to have with the large companies and the interviews I had with Accuracy, I soon felt a real difference in the management of the candidate.

First of all, genuine dialogue takes place, the partners get involved in the process quickly, and we soon feel that we’re taking part in a creation and development project where everyone contributes.



And of course in my case, the partners were very interested in my professional and sports career.  
My reasons for choosing Accuracy can be summed up in the following few words: sharing, contribution, offering the best to its employees, an open mind and always moving forward.

Nicolas Brisson

Analyst

My work

Analyst work begins with the basis needed in our profession. First, there is the number crunching phase where we enter accounting and financial information in to Excel. Although this may seem tedious, it allows us to become familiar with the tools and the various data information used.  Then we start conducting our own analysis, still under the supervision of the more experienced consultants to guide us when needed.


Then, depending on the assignment and acquired experience, you can become more independent very quickly. Gradually, you find that the processes, mechanisms and structures of the various assignments become much clearer.
I recently worked on the balance sheet analysis and, more specifically, the determination of the normative net debt of a company in the energy sector. In such cases, we have to determine what is (and is not) specific to the company’s activity and to justify the outcome of our analyses.

Nicolas Brisson

Analyst

My favourite project

I worked on the acquisition of two cinemas for a major player in the market, for a due diligence assignment. The assignment was based at the "target" company, so we had direct access to the manager and team accountant. This assignment was the first one where I was in direct contact with management.  Thus,  after many assignments working and conducting analyses on only accounting documents and data information, I was finally able to conduct the same analyses but with the management team present to answer my questions directly. In addition, the uniqueness, and my interest in this sector has enabled me to understand how it works.


The management team was also really friendly which made this assignment even more rewarding. Finally, with one of the Accuracy partners, we were able to track the progress of our work with our client’s CFO and felt fully involved in the due diligence process.

Nicolas Brisson

Analyst

My advice to candidates

Know your subject well (Accuracy, its history, positioning ...), use common sense and have an understanding of concepts without forgetting to be yourself. Technical skills are important, but what counts at Accuracy is the way of thinking. Therefore all interviews are different, as they are done in function with each candidate’s knowledge and experience.

Nicolas Brisson

Analyst

Subject of your choice?

It’s hard to pick one when it comes to Accuracy, so I'll list a few: proximity to each Accuracien no matter what function or grade; real efforts made in meeting each employee’s expectations (professional and personal); sense of belonging due to internal projects, the Accuracy School (mainly with the international offices) and many events (monthly meetings, seminars ...) the little things everyday (fruit, biscuits, chocolate bars etc. in the staff room) ... and in my case, it is also the feeling of being supported by the entire company in my double professional and sports career.

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