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Finance Manager - London Audit

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22 Sep 2021

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About the Team

PwC's internal finance team provides a centralised range of finance services across our business to drive sustainable profitable growth. They play a vital role contributing to; budget-setting, stewardship of the firm's assets, managing financial risks, driving profitability and business development. Our Finance team keeps a close eye on revenue generation, providing insightful management information to the business - while managing important supplier relationships and educating all our staff on the effective use of internal financial systems.

Our London Audit business unit generates annual revenues of c.£150m and employs around 750 people. It provides statutory audit, stakeholder assurance and other audit related services to a ranged of multinational, blue chip listed and private companies operating in all industries other than Financial Services, as well as to a range of public sector organisations. It a dynamic business, based in our Embankment Place office, supported by a finance team of four.

About the Role

The Finance Manager will work in close partnership with the Finance Leader and the junior member of the Finance Team and Business Unit Leadership in providing commercial business unit decision support. The Finance Manager will have the opportunity to develop the skill-set required for future progression, if desired.

As a Finance Manager for our London Audit team your role will involves:
  • Business and strategy planning, including having an input into the preparation of the financial aspect of the business plan.
  • Provide input into the preparation of the financial aspects of both the current and longer term business plan. Helps identify, develop and prioritise delivery of the firm's strategic and operational financial objectives within the business unit.
  • Preparation of the business unit annual budget and forecasts in line with centrally defined guidelines, liaising with and gathering input from all appropriate sources across the business unit, applying market, industry and firm knowledge for Finance Leader review.
  • Drafting the interpretation of the monthly financial results and provision of insightful commentary to the Finance Leader.
  • Identifying underlying business issues from financial data and trends. Proposes and discusses actions with the Finance Leader and supports implementation to address areas of poor performance.
  • Responsible for understanding and monitoring working capital position and influencing the business to improve.
  • Supporting the Finance Leader in analysing key metrics and seeking profit/margin improvement opportunities.
  • Supporting the Finance Leader in the implementation of One Firm or LoS specific financial performance improvement initiatives.
  • Offering pricing support to non priority client proposals / local business unit engagements.
  • Providing input to financial awareness training to client facing staff.
  • Dealing with queries from internal and external audit teams.
  • Works in close partnership with the Financial Control centre of excellence to encourage a culture of strong financial discipline and adoption of One Firm financial policies and procedures within the business unit.
  • Reviews completion of controls work performed by Financial Control/Finance Executive and follows up any exceptions accordingly, identifying and escalating any significant issues.
  • Ensuring local financial risk knowledge is shared with the Financial Control centre of excellence.
  • Analysis and understanding of directly controllable business unit costs

In addition to the above the Finance Manager will actively contribute to the development of OneFinance and pro-actively develops OneFinance core skills. You will be committed to developing mutually supportive relationships with the wider Finance team and able to effectively utilise the expertise available.

Essential Skills and Experience
  • Qualified Accountant - ACCA/ACA/CIMA
  • Commercially minded with a deep business understanding
  • Proactive and takes personal responsibility for delivering tasks from start to finish in a timely manner
  • Action orientated, with a focus on continuous improvement in all areas of their work.
  • A strong relationship builder with a reputation for integrity and evoking trust and openness in Partners, colleagues and team members alike.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrates high energy and productivity, and is able to deliver quality results with a challenging but positive and influencing style.

Not the role for you?

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The skills we look for in future employees

All our people need to demonstrate the skills and behaviours that support us in delivering our business strategy. This is important to the work we do for our business, and our clients. These skills and behaviours make up our global leadership framework, 'The PwC Professional' and are made up of five core attributes; whole leadership, technical capabilities, business acumen, global acumen and relationships.


Valuing Difference. Driving Inclusion.

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 because creating value through diversity is what makes us strong as a business, enabling us to solve important problems and deliver value to our clients. We encourage an inclusive culture where people can be themselves, are valued for their strengths and are empowered to be the best they can be. As an organisation with an increasingly agile workforce, we also support different ways of working offering flexible working arrangements. Learn more here about our work to support an inclusive culture.
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