Nicolas Paillot de Montabert

Partner

Who am I?

A graduate of the ESSEC, I have eight years’ experience in financial consulting, three years with Andersen and E&Y (Transaction Support) and 1 year with PwC in Corporate Finance in the real estate department. I joined Accuracy in June 2006. Since then, I have chiefly carried out transaction support assignments for industrial clients (including Suez Environnement, Vinci and Altarea, etc.) and investment funds.

Nicolas Paillot de Montabert

Partner

Why Accuracy?

For three main reasons:

  • A wish to continue my career in the financial consulting field, which is an extremely exciting area to be in, both from a technical and human viewpoint;
  • My ambition to join an entrepreneurial project and consequently to be able to contribute (in my own small way) to the success of this project.
  • I already knew a number of Accuracy’s founding associates, which is a key factor in a business field in which personal contact continues to be of great importance.

Nicolas Paillot de Montabert

Partner

My work

After eight years’ experience, my job today includes three main responsibilities:

  • The management of a team of varying sizes (ranging from one to six people) in order to ensure that (i) the finished deliverable meets our clients’ expectations and is ready within the required deadline, and (ii) that each of the members of this team derive real self-fulfilment from the tasks assigned to them.
  • Manage clients and their expectations/questions, working with the associate assigned to the project. This involves forging a relationship based on trust in order to build something positive over the long term with this client.
  • In-house tasks (such as the Works Council, training, the website, etc) that enable us to gradually build "our" Accuracy.

Nicolas Paillot de Montabert

Partner

My favourite project

I don't really have a favourite project. What is so wonderful in this business is the fact that we change assignments regularly. Each project presents its own advantages (and difficulties) in terms of team management, tasks to be performed, and timing. An assignment brings its own satisfaction (particularly the feeling that you have done something really useful to help your client), but also leads us to identify areas for improvement for the next project.

Nicolas Paillot de Montabert

Partner

My advice to candidates

 

The main questions we ask ourselves during the interview are "Would I like to have this applicant in my team? Will we succeed in integrating him or her? Is he or she compatible with Accuracy and its distinctive company culture?" It is very important that the applicants ask themselves the same questions, and that they have made an effort to obtain the information they need to be able to answer these questions at the end of the recruitment process.

Another valuable tip: always be yourself. Stay natural, without trying to "oversell" yourself.

Nicolas Paillot de Montabert

Partner

Anything to add?

I should point out one specific characteristic of our work: our forward-looking visibility is around one month, and missions are distributed on a random basis. It is therefore quite possible to learn at the end of the week that you will be in a team to be dispatched abroad or to another part of France on the following Monday morning. This low level of forward visibility is one of things that makes our work so fascinating from my viewpoint. However, it does involve constraints when it comes to managing your personal agenda, and this is something you would need to be aware of when you join us.

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