Beat Rüfenacht

  • Company: BDO AG
  • Position: Partner
  • Remit / main activity: Management of audit mandates for listed and non-listed companies and tasks in the area of quality and risk management
  • Highest academic qualification: state-certified auditor
  • Years of professional experience: 20
  • Place of work: Solothurn
  • No. of employees at place of work: 120

 

 

What makes my work exciting?
My professional life is varied, multifaceted and requires networked thinking - both professionally and socially.  This is accentuated by technological developments and changing client needs.  

Why did I enter the profession?
Analytical work, especially with numbers, service provision, varied and challenging activities, being able to make decisions and take responsibility.

What challenges does my work present?
Meeting different expectations, high quality requirements combined with deadline pressure, making binding decisions and taking responsibility, communication challenges.

How does my work benefit the economy?
We help strengthen confidence in companies and their financial figures among the various stakeholders involved.  

What is important to me in my client relationships?
Service orientation, trust, clear communication of our role and the associated tasks.

What is currently important for my clients in our cooperation (keyword: coronavirus)?
Availability, assistance in thinking through possible challenges and solutions.

How has the industry changed? What are the challenges for the future?
High regulatory pressure: As in many other industries, there is a high degree of regulatory pressure – self-regulation is no longer considered adequate by society. The challenge lies in meeting the various internal and external expectations and defining quality in a relevant way; in this respect, the expectations of the authorities do not necessarily conform to those of our clients.

High price pressure: Like our competitors, we are a company managed according to commercial principles. While striving to provide high-quality services, we naturally also wish to be compensated appropriately for this. The challenge is to ensure that our existing and potential clients continue to recognise the value of our services.