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Internal Audit Assistant Manager - Leeds/Manchester/Birmingham

Date: Sep 7, 2021

Location: Leeds, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

KPMG's Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services (IARCS) practice is an area of the firm with tremendous growth potential as proven by recent significant wins. The FS team is based nationally and covers all elements of the FS industry (Banking, Insurance and Wealth and Asset Management).

- Are you looking for an opportunity where you can play a leadership role a dynamic IA team leveraging Subject Matter Experts in order make a real value adding client impact?
- Do you want to have your voice heard at IA forums and coach individuals in the team to achieve their full potential and deliver quality services?
- Do you want to help build meaningful trusted relationships with top tier FS clients?
If so, this is a great opportunity for an individual to be involved in the team and supporting business development through building meaningful trusted relationships with clients.

Areas of Work
The Assistant Manager will play a key role in driving delivery on various Internal Audit plans for clients across the FS sector. The individual will have the opportunity to perform internal audit and governance, risk and control reviews around key operational, financial, regulatory and business risks to clients including hot topics such as ESG, Operational Resilience, Third Party Risk Management and other risks relevant to the organisation.

As an Assistant Manager working in the Financial Services team, you will be developing client relationships and supporting delivery of Internal Audit engagements as a key member of our client centric delivery teams. You will be responsible for delivery of engagements covering the spectrum of services that we provide including:
- reviewing and helping to establish internal audit functions;
- creating audit plans;
- delivery of individual and/or a programme of internal audit projects;
- partnering with clients to supply specialist SME resource;
- designing and implementing SoX compliant controls frameworks, including managing and directing juniors to conduct detailed testing of such controls;
- secondments to IA functions to help deliver audits and run those functions;
- performing external assessments of internal audit functions; and
- supporting the delivery of training to IA teams on regulatory themes, IA, thought leadership and industry hot topics.

The Role
As an Assistant Manager in FS IARCS there will be opportunities to work on a variety of engagements for FS clients and your role will involve:
- Supporting the partners/directors in the delivery of internal audit outsource/ co-source/SoX framework design and controls testing or External Quality Assessments for FS Clients.
- Supporting engagement teams in the full portfolio of engagement management activities from client acceptance, risk management and engagement financial management.
- Collaboration with a number of firm-wide subject matter experts providing assurance to clients on emerging risk areas.
- Acting as a coach to members of the team and helping with the development of the team as a whole.
- Supporting partners/directors to identify and develop new client relationships.
- Actively participating in and supporting the partners/directors in business development activity including the development of proposals and presenting to client selection panels.
- Assisting with building new client relationships through attendance at both internally hosted and external events.

The key responsibilities of this role will include:
- Developing internal audit strategies which address all internal audit, client service and project management issues, in accordance with the KPMG internal audit methodology
- Recognising where specialists are required and involving other KPMG staff, managing their input to the client
- Leading delivery on Internal Audit engagements for a portfolio of existing IA clients, taking engagement risk and profitability into consideration.
- Developing relationships with key stakeholders.
- Keeping up to date with industry specific issues and circumstances which affect your clients
- Conducting meetings with clients to explain audit findings and drafting and reviewing reports
- Reporting to partners/directors all salient points arising from assignments
- Attending key client meetings (i.e. planning and risk assessments, Audit Committee etc.) with senior auditees/stakeholders.
- Developing key client deliverables such as IA/SoX controls reports, working papers, and audit programs including managing the input from subject matter experts before final quality assurance by partners/directors.
- Monitoring engagement risks, budgets and profitability, including identifying additional revenue opportunities. Supporting engagement managers with forecasting and reporting on client engagements.
- Supporting the partners/directors to prepare for business development meetings with target clients, attending those meetings and helping to manage the opportunities pipeline.

The Person
- Individuals would have ideally achieved an accountancy qualification including but not limited to ACA, ACCA, IIA, CCAB. We will also consider other suitable Internal Audit qualifications.
- Internal Audit and/or Risk Management experience.
- SoX design, implementation and testing experience would be beneficial.
- Industry and/or professional services experience within FS clients.
- Strong presentation skills and the ability to facilitate workshops both internally and externally.
- Outstanding communication skills and experience of dealing with senior stakeholders.
- Proven ability to build strong, long lasting client relationships.
- Strong project and people management skills.

This role can be based in Leeds, Manchester or Birmingham.

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