Internal Audit Semi Senior / Senior

Recruiter
Mazars
Location
Birmingham
Posted
06 Apr 2019
Closes
14 May 2019
Sector
Accountancy
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
As a senior or semi senior in the Risk Assurance team, you will be responsible for delivering risk based internal audit work to a range of clients, including public services, financial services and industry & commerce in London but also across the UK.

Client satisfaction is of paramount importance to us and the successful candidates will need to have excellent communication and written skills, and an ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.

Job Role

• Performance of internal audit fieldwork including closing meetings with management;

• Preparation of draft internal audit reports;

• Maintaining good relationships with clients;

• Assistance on other special assignments (e.g. fraud investigations, effectiveness reviews) as and when required;

• Providing on the job advice and training to junior auditors and supervision of junior staff when required;

• Controlling audit assignments from planning through to preparation of draft reports in line with agreed timescales;

• Build strong working relationships with the client, ensuring any problems or requests are dealt with promptly;

• Maintain control and stability under pressure whilst recognising the deadline or urgency to be dealt with;

• Respond to the needs of the client and staff;

• Ability to make confident and clear presentations of service features and benefits to clients;

• Ensure that the services provided are genuinely appropriate for the client; and

• Identify opportunities and prospects for new work.

Planning

• Responsibility for all aspects of planning including resourcing, coordinating manager and partner activities, budgets, client meetings and visits;

• Draft engagement terms to a standard which can be sent directly to the client;

• Perform a review of the audit universe, including an assessment of the systems and controls, identifying key audit risks as a result of this review;

• Produce the Terms of Reference (ToR) to detail the strategy to the client. Be involved in the delivery of the ToR to the client; and

• Organise and prepare the agenda for and chair team meetings and communicate the strategy to the other members of the team.

Controlling the assignment/fieldwork

• Complete the more complex areas of the assignments.

• Delegate appropriately and provide on-the-job training to assistants and seniors.

• Review the work of assistants and seniors and provide informal feedback throughout the fieldwork stage. Encourage other seniors to provide feedback to assistants.

• Capture audit findings as they are identified.

• Review actual to budgeted time and inform manager of any issues immediately.

• Build strong working relationships with the client, ensuring any problems or requests are dealt with promptly.

• Communicate with other departments (e.g. Tax) and pass on all relevant information.

• Be aware of developments concerning client’s affairs and any opportunities to provide additional services.

Completion

• Closedown of audit files.

• Ensure standards and procedures are maintained by the whole team and complete audit work with review points cleared.

• Draft audit report summary for the Manager and Partner, draft audit report, and any other reports including audit committee papers.

• Attendance at audit close meeting.

Administration

• Keep technically up to date;

• Ensure awareness of firm’s specialist services and publications;

• Assist with Graduate recruitment, training and marketing activities as required;

• Maintain time records and appraisal records;

• Complete assignment reviews within two weeks of the end of the engagement and obtain partner sign off (for both own appraisals and for those of other members of the team); and

• Take full responsibility for the assignment.

Person Specification

• Qualified ACA/ACCA,IIA,CII or equivalent Experience of delivering internal audits;

• Have a good understanding of technical issues in the risk assurance sector

• As this position involves client contact, the person must be able to present a professional image to the firm’s clients;

• Excellent written and verbal presentation skills required;

• Desire to help grow and develop the department;

• Ability to think creatively, generate innovative ideas, challenge the status quo and deliver work effectively;

• Ability to express ideas with authority and conviction throughout verbal and written communication; and

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