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Manager - Audit Quality

Date: Mar 14, 2019

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID132162BR
Job TitleManager - 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 Manager level. The role’s location is negotiable, but ideally based in our London, Watford or Birmingham office.

The role will focus on the audit quality agenda and include responsibility for developing audit technical guidance and examples in certain key areas, working closely with the senior managers in the team and the business, managing the content on the technical guidance portal and websites. Contributing technical knowledge and training knowledge to developing learning material. This role also includes direct support of the business and audit teams by 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.
This role provides the right candidate with excellent development opportunities and the chance to play a key role in helping the UK Audit function drive their quality agenda forward.

Key responsibilities

Quality agenda

- Playing an active part in workstreams within the quality agenda and the AQTP
- Working with other subject matter experts and people from the business

Development of new audit technical guidance

- Drafting of new audit technical guidance (eg Briefings/ Directives)
- Developing templates and examples to support consistent execution of quality audits
- Assisting other team members/senior managers preparing guidance and examples

Learning material

- Working with learning professionals to develop audit technical learning material, utilising the guidance and examples developed
- Preparation of questions based on auditing content to be included in learning

Maintenance of auditing guidance on portals and websites

- Updates as required and maintaining appropriate content
- Ongoing maintenance/ improvement of information structure on our internal website to aid search-ability
- Identification /drafting of Auditing FAQs and project managing the process for keeping Auditing FAQs up to date.

Targeted support for audit teams working in specific industries

- Working with the business and the wider quality agenda to identify needs for additional guidance/templates/examples in certain areas of the business
- Develop appropriate guidance/templates/examples and input to training, working with the relevant contacts in the audit practice

Direct support of teams

- In-flight reviews as necessary, discussions and coaching of audit teams

DPP Audit Helpline

- Discussing issues with audit teams and answering queries, drafting appropriate responses, having consulted with other members of the team if necessary

Required Experience and Background

- 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, and strong experience with audit reporting tools
- Experience of working with eAudIT
- Experience of managing audits or large projects, including leading teams and being the first point of contact for clients (internal or external)
- Proven track record of managing large audits or complex projects, involving multiple stakeholders
- Ideally, previous experience in an audit technical support role and 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
- Proactive individual who can effectively manage their own time; an ability to work independently and as a strong team player, effective cross team communication
- Strong project management skills, particularly managing stakeholders’ expectations and proactively communicating issues, solutions and progress
- Proven ability to lead and drive change initiatives to successful completion
- Strong multi-tasking skills with excellent judgement to work with potentially competing demands and handle tight deadlines
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and effective upward management and cross team communication.
- Develops networks; who enjoys interaction with staff from various parts of the firm and displays a flexible approach to work
- Ability to function effectively in changing circumstances
- Desire to learn new skills and challenge the status quo
- 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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