Audrey Chin Wei Sin
Manager, Tax – Transfer Pricing
What did you do at university?
I completed economics and finance in Metropolitan College, Subang Jaya with a 3 0 twinning program with Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Why economics and finance? I honestly was not sure what my career path would be when I was still studying. However, seeing that most successful people are either bankers or in the field of business, I decided to venture into this field as well.
Why did you choose a career in your field?
I was totally clueless on what I wanted to do after I graduated. However, my cousin knew someone who was in the Transfer Pricing team in KPMG and I decided to give it a try. I did not have much accounting background (only the basics) but I knew that this was an opportunity not to be missed. Starting your career in a Big 4, what more can a fresh graduate ask for?
What do you do in your job?
Transfer pricing is a specialised area in Tax where we look into our clients inter-company transactions to ensure that it is carried out at arm’s length. As a tax consultant, I am required to understand each of the individual functions of a business and the risks it faces. Unlike other areas of tax, transfer pricing is generally based on OECD guidelines and thus, providing transfer pricing specialist, like me, a multi-jurisdictional opportunity.
What do you like most about your job?
I get to travel inter-state to meet clients all over Malaysia and expose to different kind of industries. Also, I was fortunate that KPMG gave me an opportunity of a lifetime for a one year work placement in Shanghai. Apart from work, I am also involved in the Inter-Department Games which is organised every year as well as the Inter-Accounting Firm Games. By being involved in these events, I am able to build excellent relationship with people outside of tax department (i.e. in audit, advisory and business support).
What skills do you consider to be essential for your job?
Soft skills are very important in our day-to-day responsibilities as we are expected to communicate with our clients on a daily basis. Able to manage time effectively, work under pressure and the ability to listen well are also important.
What are your future plans?
I am the kind of person who takes every day as it comes. I have no solid future plans but I am considering pursuing professional certification relevant to my line of work.
My advice to all fresh graduates out there is to be bold and take that leap in choosing your career path. There is never a perfect job out there. It is up to you to work hard for it and make it perfect. Employers are not looking for just “book smart” people, being “street smart” is important as well!