Adrian King

Adrian King

Image: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

B. Commerce/LLB 2002

Adrian King is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Over his career he has accumulated a broad range of experience across assurance and consulting assignments, with both government and private sector clients. He has provided assistance to clients with control assessments, compliance management and frameworks, operational audits, performance improvement, financial management, budgeting and forecast reviews, stakeholder engagement and governance reviews. Adrian joined PwC after completing his studies in Commerce and Law at ANU.

Adrian has been instrumental in our engagement with PwC in Canberra for the continued growth of our CBE internship program.

Adrian has talked to us recently about the value of adaptability to the success of organisations in their quest for business recovery post COVID19. You can read more about our interview with Adrian here.

Adrian’s responses to questions from CBE students

As a Partner at PwC, what are the most important attributes you look for when interviewing applicants for graduate roles?

Engagement, inclusiveness, the ability to listen and to work as a team. We interview for cultural fit and values alignment.

What has been the biggest challenge you have had to overcome on the road to success, and how has it influenced your professional identity?

I think it is probably happening right now with COVID-19. We have to make some hard decisions about how we keep all of our team with PwC so that everyone is around for when the rebound occurs. I’m lucky to work with an amazing team who all want to work together and our decisions are guided by a strong set of shared values.

What is your advice for first year students interested in working with a Big 4 consulting firm after completing their degree(s)?

Have a go, try new things and don’t be impatient, because it’s a long game. Look for a firm where you feel your values most strongly align.