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Independence Team SM - 12 month FTC

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Line of service
Internal Firm Services
Grade
Senior Manager/Associate Director
Specialism
Internal Firm Services - Compliance
Industry
Across all industries
Position type
Full Time
Job ID
20424BR

Job description

We are looking for a Senior Manager who is solutions-focussed, is skilled at building relationships, who enjoys being at the heart of change, and who wants to be part of a cohesive, vibrant and growing team.

The role requires a Senior Manager who has the capacity to make decisions with strong analytical, organisational and project management skills. You must be confident in liaising with individuals at all levels throughout the firm including Partners, as well as managing internal relationships, leading yourself and others, be able to deliver difficult messages and ultimately enjoy acquiring (and sharing) new knowledge.

You need to be able to hit the ground running and therefore a degree of understanding of the regulatory environment would be beneficial - specifically FRC Ethical Standards and the EU Regulations, as well as the SEC independence rules.

Whilst prior independence knowledge is beneficial, what is more important is that you have a willingness to learn a new technical area, a client service mentality, excellent coaching and communication skills and want to join a dynamic team that provides critical business support to the firm in a complex and changing regulatory environment.

About the role
Being at the heart of PwC

PwC's ambition to grow through the development of new innovation, mandatory firm rotation, the ongoing climate of regulatory change, and the increased focus on globalisation all mean that PwC's ability to maintain Independence from our audit clients is ever more business critical for PwC. The audit of a company’s financial statements by an independent auditor is one of the foundations of confidence in the financial markets. PwC provides audit services to thousands of organisations throughout the world and it is imperative to remain independent, both in fact and appearance of that organisation. The Independence team has a vital role to play in PwC's growth agenda, whilst protecting our reputation and brand, and the team will be at the heart of change in the firm over the next few years.

The opportunities that we are offering will provide the successful candidates with:

  • Breadth and insight into the activities of the firm by consulting on a xLoS basis;

  • The ability to contribute directly to the firm achieving its performance goals, especially regarding growth, leading firm and quality;

  • Ability to build a network of partners and staff across the firm and the wider PwC network and be seen as a someone who can help them with complex issues;

  • An ability to enhance and refine your listening, influencing and communication skills;

  • The chance to be part of a solutions-focussed, cohesive, vibrant team;

  • An opportunity to mentor, coach and develop an ambitious and talented Manager and junior resource pool; and

  • An opportunity to develop a solid technical base and understanding of the independence rules which underpin everything we do as a Firm.

The team

Compliance is led by three partners reporting directly to a member of the UK firm’s Management Board.
The department’s role is to support the partners and staff within PwC through the provision of policy and guidance to the firm in respect of a number of regulatory areas, including Independence, Data Protection, Anti-Money Laundering and Business Conduct and Ethics. The department also provides certain operational processes in support of those policies and is responsible for monitoring compliance with those policies and procedures.

The Independence Team is the largest single team within Compliance, consisting of 2 Partners, 1 Director, 17 Senior Managers / Managers and approximately 16 Senior Associates and Associates. The Independence team is responsible for working with the practice to ensure that the firm meets its regulatory responsibilities as required under PwC Global Independence policy, FRC, IFAC, SEC, the new EU regulations and other territories’ rules.

The Independence team is currently expanding in order to be able to devote more time to consulting regularly with practice staff to help them understand the complex nature of the independence rules and to give them solutions-focussed guidance to help structure the services the Firm would like to provide to our clients.

Essential skills and experience

Managers within the SIR sub-team of Independence are responsible for undertaking the following tasks:

  • Providing senior level advice and guidance regarding queries submitted by the practice. This will involve both the initial interpretation of the firm’s independence rules against specific query related facts and the development of initial advice on matters under review, and also the review of junior team member’s advice.

  • Managing and coaching junior team members on various aspects of Independence (e.g. business relationships, non-audit services, new EU regulations).

  • Contribute to shaping the strategy of the Independence team, resourcing requirements, and assisting the Independence Leadership team.

  • Exhibiting role model behaviour in addition to helping Managers and junior members of the team fulfil their potential by assisting with their soft-skill learning and personal development.

  • Day to day management of core Independence processes within the business relationships and non-audit services functions, which are key to operational activities.

  • Managing own portfolio of consultations with key stakeholders in the practice to give guidance on Independence considerations.

  • Other ad-hoc projects as the department so determines from time to time. These could include activities such as reviewing junior team member’s analysis of Non-Services and Business Relationships Returns or the provision of general support to other independence activities.

The following skills are required for this role:

  • Ability to demonstrate clear understanding of commercial / client-facing issues, and empathy with the client facing practitioners who the Independence team support;

  • Intellectual capacity to make decisions with strong analytical, organisational and project management skill;

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to quickly build strong relationships and being able to interact with self-confidence at all levels (as well as managing internal relationships, e.g. with key stakeholders);

  • Ability to interact with others' demands providing support and/or influencing, with the flexibility to change behaviour where necessary;

  • A conscientious, ambitious team player, with good self-management skills and an ability to take initiative; and

  • Strong coaching & people management skills

  • Multi-directional leadership skills - able to influence the Independence Leadership team and exhibit role model behaviour for junior members of the team to follow.


Location
London


Internal firm services

In order to deliver a first-class service to our clients, we need first-class support internally. Internal firm services is a network of specialist support professionals and includes marketing, recruitment, human capital, finance, technology, learning and development, procurement, to name but a few. Each team plays a vital role in making sure we have all the right resources, services and technology across our business.

The skills we look for in future employees

All our people need to demonstrate the skills and behaviours that support us in delivering our business strategy. This is important to the work we do for our business, and our clients. These skills and behaviours make up our global leadership framework, ‘The PwC Professional’ and are made up of five core attributes; whole leadership, technical capabilities, business acumen, global acumen and relationships.

Learn more here www.pwc.com/uk/careers/experienced/apply

Diversity

We work in a changing world which offers great opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We seek to attract and employ the best people from the widest talent pool, as well as those who reflect the diverse nature of our society. And we aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths. Creating value through diversity is what makes us strong as a business and as an organisation with an increasingly agile workforce, we're open to flexible working arrangements where appropriate.

Learn more here www.pwc.com/uk/diversity

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