Our client is responsible for promoting transparency and integrity in business.
They monitor the quality of listed and major public interest audits undertaken by the major UK audit firms and is a leading international audit regulator, playing a significant role internationally in the promotion and development of audit regulation.
As a member of the AQR team, successful candidates will participate in reviews of the Big 4 and other audit firms dealing with senior partners and staff at those firms.
AQR work covers both inspections of individual audits and reviews of firm-wide arrangements to support audit quality and meet ethical requirements.
AQR also periodically undertakes thematic inspections which focus on particular aspects of audit across a sample of audits and firms.
This is an exciting time to work at our client as they respond to the government-led reviews of the audit market, enhance our effectiveness and transition to a stronger regulator.
The role provides a unique insight into how the major firms operate and how they are responding to current issues in the profession and the changes in regulatory requirements. Successful candidates will have the satisfaction of being able to influence the practices and procedures of the major audit firms to enhance quality. They will be given responsibility for significant elements of projects relevant to the regulation of auditors, including:
An accounting qualification coupled with membership of ICAEW, ACCA, ICAS or ICAI (or equivalent) are required. Experience at Audit Manager ,Senior Manager or Director level in public practice is essential with experience working in a large UK audit firm preferred. The ideal candidate will have:
Strong technical auditing and accounting skills (including a good knowledge of IFRS)
Excellent analytical skills and the ability to make sound decisions about the significance of issues
Excellent oral communication skills with the confidence and the ability to engage with and, where appropriate, challenge the judgements made by senior partners and engagement teams. The ideal candidate should be able to manage the resolution of sensitive issues and potentially confrontational situations in a constructive and professional manner
Strong written skills with the ability to express issues in a clear, balanced and concise manner
Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
Effective project management skills with the ability and confidence to lead projects and to work autonomously
Experience of working in highly effective teams and recognises when it is appropriate to consult with /involve othersStrong understanding of the regulatory and audit environment
The role is based in their central London office and at the London offices of the major firms. Flexible working arrangements will be considered, including occasional working from home where practicable.