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Centre of Excellence CoE Senior Associates - Manchester


Centre of Excellence CoE Senior Associates - Manchester
A career in our Assurance Transformation Centre of Excellence practice, within Assurance Transformation Services, will provide you with the opportunity to be responsible for developing functions in PwC that support audit engagement teams and audit quality efforts. You’ll focus on enhancing our services related to data auditing, business analytics, visualisation and leveraging of analytic technologies to evaluating complex Enterprise Systems for audit and non audit services.
For PwC, this means designing an operating model where we’ll improve quality, deliver outstanding value to our clients, and create a better experience for our people.
PwC Assurance Centres of Excellence (CoEs) are one of our key priorities to respond to this challenge.
As part of the Assurance CoE you will utilise cutting edge technology to execute delivery of more complex and judgmental Assurance activities virtually. Working closely with PwC Assurance teams from across the country you will improve the quality, efficiency, and innovation in the more complex areas of the audit, and have exposure to a wide range of clients from FTSE 100 to owner managed businesses across a variety of industries.
The work is location agnostic with the majority of work being office based, and as such we are looking for individuals to be based in any regional UK office (with a nucleus of individuals in our Manchester and Glasgow offices).
We have a range of opportunities available in the areas of
  • Auditing of Pensions balances

  • Auditing of Share Based Payments

  • Auditing of tax

However the list of areas delivered by the CoE is expected to grow rapidly, in line with the firm’s strategy, over the next 5 years. Which will create opportunities to experience new areas of the audit, to build expertise in more than one technical area and to support the growth and development of this part of our business.
The Assurance CoE will provide initial training and ongoing coaching and support on the technical areas you are assigned to through weekly lunch and learns, professional skills courses, and coaching from managers and activity leaders. As a Senior Associate within the Assurance CoE you will
  • Execute the audit in these more complex areas, in line with technical (both accounting and auditing) requirements and operating procedures.

  • Have flexibility in when and how you work, utilising technology and best practice virtual working to coach and interact with teams of clients remotely

  • Provide coaching and support to more junior team members.

  • Liaise with clients to complete audit assignments.

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with new and established audit clients.

  • Work and liaise with other members of the audit team and colleagues in other parts of the firm as necessary to provide a high quality client service.

  • Utilise your strong business awareness and sound reporting skills to provide insights to clients.

  • Have the chance to give back to community and social welfare projects, often using your business skills.

  • Have access to internal mobility both nationally and internationally.

As part of an Assurance CoE you will make a difference by
  • Developing deep, respected specialisms in more complex areas.

  • Working with and becoming brilliant, high performing experts in their field.

  • Driving innovation and thought leadership.

  • Helping drive PwC Assurance strategy, by shaping a critical element of our delivery model.

Essential Skills
  • ACA /ACCA (or equivalent) and working towards your full ACA/ACCA (or equivalent) qualification, or equivalent work experience in Audit

  • A drive and aptitude to build deep accounting and auditing specialisms in more complex areas.

  • A willingness to drive change by;

    • helping further define the CoE model

    • embracing virtual working and other technology

    • defining and leveraging our virtual working practices of the future

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, at all levels.

  • Strong influencing skills.

  • An ability to work under their own initiative, and under pressure.

  • A willingness to build relationships with other PwC specialists to better provide a high quality, efficient and robust service.

  • A desire to challenge the status quo.

  • Demonstrable experience of working on multiple engagements at the same time and prioritising appropriately.

  • Demonstrable experience of coaching junior members of teams to develop both technical and professional skills.

  • Experience in applying professional skills in the audit of pension balances or share based payments is highly desirable, but a demonstrable experience of learning new and complex technical areas is more important.

This role offers the potential for flexible working. It is expected, at most, only very minimal travel will be required with the vast majority of interactions (with clients and core engagement teams) being virtual in nature.
Location: Manchester
Salary: Competitive
Closing Date: 27th of April 2020


The passion of our people, combined with access to the latest technology, helps us deliver the highest quality audits and build trust in society. We pride ourselves on our global reputation as a trusted place to do business, we are inclusive and work together to put the team first. We role model and empower challenge and are open challenge ourselves. We take pride in audit as a deep specialism and give our people access to the best opportunities and lots of variety through secondments and international assignments. 

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We work in a changing world which offers great opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We seek to attract and employ the best people from the widest talent pool, as well as those who reflect the diverse nature of our society. And we aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths. Creating value through diversity is what makes us strong as a business and as an organisation with an increasingly agile workforce, we're open to flexible working arrangements where appropriate.

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  • Ad ID:  14967823
  • Ad Type:  Offered
  • Posted on:  14/07/2020, 02:50
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