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Assistant Manager - Audit Quality

Date: Dec 3, 2018

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID132562BR
Job TitleAssistant Manager - Audit Quality
CountryUnited Kingdom
Service LineAudit
Service Line InformationThe Department of Professional Practice (DPP) Audit Support team is a central team, within the Audit Centre of Excellence, supporting the UK audit business within KPMG. The team is focused on supporting the effective delivery of quality audit and assurance services by the audit practice. This team has an important role in driving the audit quality agenda and embedding the operational strategy in the audit business.

DPP Audit Support has primary responsibility for establishing positions on auditing issues, they have a role in directly supporting teams as they undertake their audits, undertaking consultations when necessary, and in conjunction with the quality monitoring risk management professionals, monitoring certain activities and supporting teams through external regulator reviews. This team works closely with the International Standards Group and other global groups in interpreting audit requirements as required and influencing the global agenda.

This team is also responsible for supporting the effective use of various audit tools that are used across the audit practice, including methodology application guidance and associated requirements and application guidance in respect of use of data analytics techniques on our audits.

KPMG OverviewKPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax & Pensions, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. Through the talent of over 16,000 colleagues, we bring our creativity and insight to our clients’ most critical challenges.

With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable. Our work is often complex, yet our vision is simple: to be the clear choice for our clients, for our people and for the communities we work in.

Job DescriptionWe are currently looking for talented professionals to join us at Assistant Manager level in our Watford, London or Birmingham office. Successful candidates would need to be willing to travel for team meetings and collaborative working.

The DPP Audit Support team delivers a wide range of projects supporting audit and assurance engagement teams in the UK and the delivery of our Quality Improvement Plan. As an Audit Quality Assistant Manager you will be working on priority projects relating to our audit approach and tools and guidance to support high quality and effective audit delivery.
Data & Analytics is the future of audit and the thread that runs through our future plans and the DPP Audit Support Team play a critical role in supporting the effective use of D&A solutions, methodologies and the processes that support the drive to use D&A on audits.

You will be involved in the development of application materials, practical guides and examples and communications on audit technical and quality issues. This role also includes direct support of the business and audit engagement teams and working on the Audit Helpline.

As a member of DPP Audit Support, you will be working in an environment where strong teamwork, communication and project management skills are key as is the ability to work both collaboratively and independently. You will need a strong understanding of the audit methodology, a strong working knowledge of eAudIT and have relevant experience managing / in-charging audits engagements.

This opportunity provides the right candidate with excellent development opportunities and the chance to play a key role in helping the UK Audit function consistently execute effective, high quality audits.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to:

- Build relationships and work collaboratively with other parts of the business, including other member firms and the Global Services Centre (GSC).
- Work in a friendly and quality-focused environment.
- Support teams in all aspects of the firm’s methodology for audits, and play a key part driving improvements in quality.
- Be at the forefront of the firm’s focus on tools and application guidance and templates to drive forward the effective, consistent execution, of high quality audits.
- Develop a leading-edge technical knowledge of our audit technology and solutions, including skills in emerging areas of audit methodology and D&A.

Key responsibilities

Application guidance and Methodology

- Drafting and preparing new application materials, Briefings, workpapers and examples related to various audit technical focus areas as part of the overall quality agenda and the AQTP standardisation and simplification workstreams to support consistent execution of high quality audits.
- Working with others in the team and in ACE to respond to emerging quality issues and changes in relevant laws and standards; developing appropriate practical solutions that enable teams to consistently execute their audits
- Involvement in some of the key strategic change management activities currently being undertaken at a Global and

National level

- Updating application materials as required and maintaining appropriate content
- Assisting with the annual update of KAM-UK, the associated mandatory workpapers, and updates to application materials (annual refresh and ongoing maintenance)

Learning materials

- Supporting the technical lead and working with learning professionals to develop audit technical learning material, utilising the guidance and examples developed

Project management

- Supporting Focus Area Leads in the day to-day activities of projects.
- Taking ownership of delegated core activities within projects and seeing them through to completion.
- Working within the project team to ensure all work streams/team members are updated with progress/issues on a regular basis and the impact of any planned changes can be effectively managed.

DPP Audit Helpline

- Discussing issues with audit teams and answering queries, drafting appropriate responses (having consulted with other members of the team, where necessary) and providing them with guidance to perform an effective and high quality audit.


- Working on other focus areas as required.

Required Experience and Background

We are interested in applicants with audit experience in any sector, though would particularly like to hear from those with financial services audit experience

- Recent and extensive external audit experience within a Big 4 or mid-tier firm.
- Good technical knowledge and understanding of Auditing Standards and our audit methodology
- Experience of working with eAudIT
- Experience of in-charging audits or projects, including leading teams on a day to day basis and being the first point of contact for clients (internal or external)
- Proven track record of in-charging audits or projects, involving a number of stakeholders
- Ideally, candidate should have experience in an audit technical support role.
- Experience with developing and delivering audit technical learning material
- Required Qualifications and Skills
- Fully ACCA/ACA qualified or international equivalent
- Good audit technical knowledge and understanding of the ISAs and relevant requirements
- Strong knowledge of KAM and eAudIT.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Willingness to be a positive agent of change in behaviour.
- Proven ability to work independently and as a strong team player.
- Excellent organisational and project management skills.
- Effective upward management and cross-team communication.
- Ability to function effectively in challenging situations/circumstances.
- A flexible approach and ability to multi-task, manage time effectively, adapt priorities and handle tight deadlines.
- Ability to manage own workload and set priorities with little supervision.
- Excellence in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Desire to learn new skills and challenge the status quo.
- Open to new ideas and an innovative in approach
- Proficient in Microsoft Office i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel

Our DealIf the chance to work with interesting clients and innovative technology wasn’t rewarding enough, we’ll motivate you in other ways too. At KPMG you can expect real responsibilities and opportunities to grow professionally.

‘Our Deal’ sets out all the different ways you’ll be rewarded at KPMG. Among other things you can benefit from honest conversations about your career as well as a range of other rewards. In all these ways and more, we have created an environment that can bring out the best in you.

Flexible WorkingWhile some of our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, we are supportive where possible of helping you to achieve a balance between your home and work demands.

We are happy to discuss individual requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements could be of interest. Furthermore, as part of the recruitment process, we can put you in touch with people who work flexibly so you can understand from them what our culture is like.

Applying with a DisabilityKPMG are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and we seek to attract and retain the best people from the widest possible talent pool. As a member of the Business Disability Forum we're committed to ensuring that you are treated fairly throughout our Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may require, with your recruitment contact.

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KPMG consistently features in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to work for, which has been recognised with a special achievement award to mark our 10 years in the Top 25. We are proud of the value we place on individuality; we want you to bring your full self to work and truly maximise your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results for our clients. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective - that's the KPMG difference. But, don't take our word for it, find out more about diversity at KPMG.

Returning to work after a break

At KPMG, we appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications for individuals who have been out of work for 18 months or more and who have previous relevant experience.

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