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FS Audit Manager (Bristol/Cardiff)

Date: Aug 2, 2019

Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

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The Team:

KPMG is looking to consolidate its leading position within the Financial Services Audit sector by appointing talented and enthusiastic auditors into newly-created manager roles. This is a fast growing practise which is expected to grow further significantly in the next 3 to 5 years based on recent audit tender results. The department is made up of a large group of client facing staff delivering a range of audit and advisory engagements across a broad spectrum of clients.

Our Financial Services department in the South West Region delivers a range of audit and advisory engagements across a broad spectrum of clients. These clients include banks, building societies and insurance, leasing & investment management companies. The Department is spread across Bristol and Cardiff therefore, the successful candidates can be based in either location.

Our Bristol office is situated in Queen Square on a short walking distance from Temple Meads Station and is well placed for commuting by car or bicycle. Our staff work over 3 floors and the office has a lively cross-functional social scene. The office has the mix of working with big organisations whilst also maintaining that close-knit office environment. All offices have canteen facilities.

Our Cardiff office is next to the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff Bay and has glorious views across the bay with parking facilities available for the use of staff. As a smaller office, it mixes the benefits of working for a Global Organisation with a small office feel, with staff working closely with each other across all departments.

The Role:

As part of a high performing team you will be offered extensive professional development and support. You will be allocated a senior member of staff to assist with your career development and performance management to help you in meeting your professional goals. Our top performers are often encouraged to pursue internal secondments and international assignments to broaden their skills set. You may also have the opportunity to be involved in project based work across the firm.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to be working on some of the largest opportunities in the marketplace and will be exposed to excellent career development within a fast-growing, multi-disciplinary team. Working alongside directors and partners, you will be in a client facing role, forging strong relationships with top tier FS clients.

Responsibilities

As an Audit Manager, you’ll be involved in all aspects of leading and delivering audit engagements, from planning through to completion on a broad spectrum of Insurance clients. The role will include executive level client interaction and exposure to multiple clients on an annual basis, as well as daily tasks such as:

- Leading a field work team including supervising and coaching more junior members of staff to help them reach their full potential
- Reporting to audit Partners and Directors on all salient points arising from audits
- Acting as the initial point of contact throughout the year for your clients; managing timetables, anticipating costs, raise fees and agree dates for cash collection. Planning and execution of audit fieldwork and statutory reporting across a portfolio of clients
- Project management of all aspects of audit including agreeing audit timelines, team briefings, and supervision and delivery of audit work .
-Budgeting and monitoring the financial performance of projects, focusing on optimising profitability
- Identifying, researching and helping to resolve complex audit issues.
- Preparing client deliverables, building relationships with the client staff and acting as an ambassador for the firm.
- You may also have the opportunity to work on specific audit related projects across the audit function.
- Coaching trainee accountants

The Person:

Qualifications & Skills:

- Must possess professional qualification; ACA, ACCA or international equivalent.
- Must demonstrate gravitas and impact to earn trust and respect amongst senior leadership and the team.
- Established strong leadership skills and proven ability to provide clear directions and constructive feedback

Knowledge & Experience:

- Significant financial statement audit experience, ideally within professional services.
- Extensive external audit experience.
- Demonstrated practical knowledge of FRS, IFRS.
- Experience in US GAAP, Solvency II and CASS rules preferable, though not essential.
- Proven ability to identify and pursue business opportunities whilst maintaining a solution mind-set.
- Knowledge of developments within the financial sector and proven ability to proactively build strategic partnerships and influence senior leaders.
- Drive and resilience to deliver in a pressured environment.
- Commitment to building the reputation of KPMG through the quality of work, knowledge and experience relevant to the industry


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