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Risk Manager (Audit Independence)

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Job Title: Risk Manager (Audit Independence)
Contract Type: Contract
Location: London
Duration: 12 month FTC
Contact Name: Ben Kinley
Contact Email: Ben Kinley
Job Published: 12 months ago

Job Description

A leading global professional services firm is looking to Risk Manager to join their Audit Independence team, based in their London offices on a 12 month contract.


The Role

The Independence Team is responsible for ensuring the firm is in compliance with the auditor independence rules and regulations imposed by external regulatory bodies (eg FRC, SEC, IESBA, EU) in relation to the conduct of the firm’s auditing business. This also includes ensuring that new audit clients and engagements accepted by the firm do not result in an independence conflict. The Independence Team (led by the Independence Partner for UK and Ireland) forms part of the UK&I Risk Management Group (“RM”) which reports directly to senior management. There are currently over 20 members in the Independence Team (including conflicts) and a combined total of around 50 individuals within RM.

The Independence Team currently has a 12 month Fixed Term Contract (FTC) opportunity available based in London.. This is a unique and fantastic opportunity to join a wonderful team, very much central to the firm.


Key Responsibilities

The role will primarily involve assisting client facing professionals with non-audit service queries, formal Independence consultations and other Independence matters. You will be expected to advise on the Independence restrictions that apply to a given situation and the permissibility of proposed services. Over time, given training and support, you will be expected to develop into a subject matter expert.

In addition, you will be expected to support senior Management on various matters which may include:

  • Undertaking due diligence in respect of proposed firm acquisitions or alliances;

  • Training the business on Independence related matters;

  • Resolution of potential Independence breaches – liaison with GCSPs and audit Partners, as required

  • Training, mentoring and supporting more junior members of the Independence team

  • Supporting Independence Partners/Directors on other independence related initiatives/campaigns;


Skills & Experience

  • Previous experience working at a Manager level

  • Commercial awareness of the issues facing the business and the ability to deal with problems in a practical and common sense way

  • Strong project management skills and ability to prioritise key areas of responsibility, tasks and projects.

  • The ability to communicate with colleagues at all levels including delivering tough messages to senior leaders within the firm

  • Capable of working using own initiative, with excellent communication and organisational skills

  • Good analytical and interpretation skills

  • Adaptable and flexible with good team working skills and the ability to multitask.


Ideal candidates will also have the ability to:

  • Build strong working relationships with people in each of the service lines, including Tax, Audit, Transactions and Advisory, and develop an excellent understanding of their business;

  • Work to predetermined deadlines and meet objectives under pressure; and

  • Think strategically and handle complex concepts


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