Controls Assurance - Senior Associate

West Midlands
11 Apr 2018
21 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Who we are looking forWe've exciting opportunities within our Midlands Assurance team in our Controls Assurance team. In joining us you'll be part of a unique client proposition, helping our clients understand and challenge their risk profile and the extent to which their company’s processes, people and systems help or hinder their business strategy to generate value.

You'll need well developed skills within a wide range of disciplines including a strong background in accounting/audit combined with process and controls frameworks and an excellent understanding of risk and governance.You should be capable of applying these core skills in a variety of business situations to maximise the client value and impact over Controls Assurance engagements spanning controls, risk and governance.About the role
The Midlands Practice consists of 3 networked offices in Birmingham, the East Midlands (located next to East Midlands Airport) and Milton Keynes. The role can be based in our East Midlands, Birmingham or Milton Keynes office to suit you and will require some travel to cover the Midlands region, and potentially to support national regions.

With a rapidly growing, dynamic marketplace, more than 500 clients and some 600 partners and staff in the region, the Midlands Assurance practice is a great place to build a career. We have a wide variety of clients from entrepreneurial start-ups through to major public sector organisations, FTSE100 members and large global businesses with a number of these clients also US listed and subject to compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

We take pride in helping clients to identify, measure and manage their risk profile more effectively. Our specialists offer knowledge and expertise, which extends to clients’ internal controls (including IT systems), technology, non-financial reporting, corporate sustainability and regulatory compliance.

In addition to supporting the external financial audit, we also provide a variety of internal audit and advisory services. Our capabilities support a wide range of businesses and industry sectors, on each and every project we undertake the advice and assurance we deliver is tailored and focused on the individual needs of that client.Your role will involve the following:

Working with a range of clients managing and delivering complex engagements spanning all aspects of controls, governance and risk.

Effectively working in a project team on a range of complex engagements, including:

  • assessment or design of IT General controls across the four domains: access to programs and data, computer operations, program development and program changes.

  • provision of specialist IT audit support to financial audit team on statutory engagements and advising on impacts to financial risk

  • assessment and/or designing risk and control matrix for client as part of internal audit engagements

  • impact assessment of General controls on key financial processes (incl. procure to pay, order to cash, period end financial close, inventory management, cash management, payroll)

  • Assessment of compliance against Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) frameworks

Providing insight to clients related to the integrity of the control environment, the efficiency of processes and the insightfulness of management information, both relating to IT and business process controls

Assisting with the direction of scoping, planning and delivery of engagements, and discussing findings and assisting with reporting to our clients.

Coaching and mentoring junior staff.

On-going development of in depth industry experience and process expertise.

Essential skills and experience
We're looking for the following skills:

Essential skills:Process and controls experience including planning and delivering a diverse range of engagements and reviews

Understanding of Internal Control Frameworks e.g. COSO and end to end processes

Understanding of the Sarbanes-Oxley framework

Experience in evaluating and performing risk assessments at a task and organisation level

Understanding of accounting and ability to integrate effectively systems and controls findings to the audit approach

Strong project management, analytical skills and organisational abilities

A proactive approach to problem solving and delivering client solutions whilst demonstrating integrity and courage to challenge the status quo

Well-developed listening and questioning techniques

Strong desire for personal continuous improvement

Awareness of current/emerging market trends and issues

Following formal methodologies and applying risk and quality standards

Technically strong & numerate with a commercial focus on engagements

Excellent verbal skills and report writing capability

Good at networking and building relationships

Desirable skills:

Accounting qualification (ACA/ACCA)



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