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Audit Senior Managers - National Markets, Watford

Date: Jun 21, 2019

Location: Watford, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID144846BR
Job TitleAudit Senior Managers - National Markets, Watford
CountryUnited Kingdom
LocationWatford
FunctionAudit
Service LineAudit
Service Line InformationAt KPMG, our vision is to be the clear choice on the future of Audit. In today’s complex and ever-changing business world, we recognise that we need to be one step ahead for our clients - rather than reacting to emerging trends we need to anticipate them by harnessing technology. Our people are integral to this, bringing their natural curiosity, diversity of ideas and perspectives to help deliver client excellence.

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 Description
Home Counties KPMG Audit department is split between Milton Keynes and Watford offices and provides primarily corporate audit services with some audits in the financial services, pensions and public sectors. The department is led by five Partners and five Directors and is supported by other services including Corporate Tax, Indirect Tax, Corporate Finance, Transaction Services, Pensions and Restructuring. There are around 80 people in the audit department. There has been significant success over the last four years and we are now looking to further grow the team. If you are a highly motivated newly qualified accountant with experience of leading audit teams on audit engagements on a range of both IFRS and UK GAAP, then we’d like to hear from you. US GAAP and SOX experience would be preferential but not essential.

Both of our offices are modern have been recently refurbished and are close to their respective train stations with the train to London Euston taking at most 30 minutes from both offices. Watford office is a large office with a number of our central services departments located there. Both offices have canteen facilities.

The Responsibilities

As a Manager you will get to work with a wide range of audit engagements within a cross functional office. Our audit engagement base is from a wide range of business sectors, ranging in size from owner-managed businesses to multi-national organisations. Many of our audit engagements are subsidiaries of overseas companies giving our work a truly international perspective.

Manage and deliver audit engagements from planning through to completion. The role will require proficiency in IFRS and UK GAAP. You will have your own portfolio of clients with responsibility for agreeing audit timetables, briefing the audit team, including other specialists, monitoring budgets and supervising the KPMG audit process. This will include:

- To manage engagements, overseeing in-charge and audit assistants work ensuring compliance with client, statutory and KPMG requirements, appreciating relevant internal and external market factors, ensuring the effective and timely delivery of engagements
- Oversee and direct the budgeting, planning, co-ordination and control of engagements in accordance with audit engagements, statutory, KPMG and business requirements to ensure effective service delivery and maximised recoverability
- Direct, coach and mentor between 4 and 8 audit staff in a performance manager role taking responsibility for overseeing their portfolio, business and personal issues and delivering feedback throughout the year
- Nurture and seek worthwhile relationships with clients, business departments and staff, for the sharing of information and to identify and progress current and future Audit requirements
- Contributes towards the creation, implementation and delivery of the Audit Business Plan and offer support in relation to issues identified as a result of organisational or audit engagements focus change
- Assist the Director and Senior Manager (where applicable) in monitoring the effectiveness of Audit services delivered, providing feedback and reflection on the quality of service accordingly
- Preparation of reports to senior management and Audit Committees

Qualifications and Skills required


We are looking for Senior qualified accountants to join the audit practice in our Watford office.

- Time and exam Qualified Accountant - ACA, ACCA or country equivalent
- Sound working knowledge of IFRS
- IT literacy with sound knowledge and experience of Excel/Word
- Recent and significant experience as a Senior Manager in an external audit capacity within a medium to large accountancy firm
- Significant audit experience for large, mixed sector corporate audit engagements
Leadership skills and ability to act as a role model
- Drive and resilience and ability to thrive in a pressured environment whilst working as a team with support from Directors and in-charges
- Knowledge and experience of auditing and experience of systems/controls testing as well as substantive auditing - you will be able to deepen your understanding of consolidations, group audit and review of statutory accounts and disclosures
- Well-developed supervisory skills e.g. coaching and motivation
- Project management techniques; this role will test and develop your expertise in decision-making, analytical skills, time management, organisation and evaluative skills
- Strong communication and inter-personal skills, both verbal and written
- Proven research skills e.g. information seeking and knowledge sharing, understanding and interpreting information/applying knowledge
- Well-developed understanding of the wider commercial background KPMG operates in demonstrating awareness of the issues facing our audit engagements on a day to day basis

Opening Date: 10th June 2019
Closing Date: 8th July 2019
Salary: Competitive plus negotiable bonus and benefits

Our Deal

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