Risk Management - Independence Senior Associate (Audit Pursuits) - London
London, GB
1d ago

UK Independence Team Risk Management Independence Senior Associate (Audit pursuits)

Within the professional services environment, appropriate risk management is fundamental to the successful delivery of our client services and promotion and protection of our brand.

Within EY, the Risk Management (RM) group (which covers audit Independence, anti-bribery, anti-money laundering, data protection, enterprise and business risk, and other risk and regulatory areas), is responsible for the promotion, protection and support of risk management within the business.

The group aims to uphold our business standards, maintain and enhance the value of the brand, and ensure that the firm complies with the rules and regulations imposed on it in relation to the conduct of its business.

The UK Independence Team forms part of the UK&I Risk Management Group ( RM ) which reports directly to senior management

The Opportunity :

Due to significant planned growth in the business, EY Risk Management is looking to significantly expand its UK Independence Team.

A vacancy now exists for an Independence Senior Associate within the Audit Pursuit area of the team.

The Independence Audit Pursuit team is responsible for evaluating independence and identifying any independence threats resulting from relationships with or services provided by EY to a prospective or existing audit client, including its affiliates, officers and directors.

This is a permanent, full time position based in London and prior Independence experience is a significant advantage for applicants to this position, but not essential.

Your key responsibilities :

  • Providing advice and guidance to EY partners and professionals in respect of independence aspects related to acceptance of new audit clients
  • Performing first level review / analysis of audit independence assessments, including assessing permissibility of non-audit services, as well existing business, financial and employment relationships the firm has with potential new audit clients
  • Performing first level review / analysis of UK non-audit services provided to the entities that are subject to audit tenders globally and following up with foreign countries as necessary.
  • Assisting Managers and Senior Managers in our audit pursuit team with managing a portfolio of potential audit clients
  • Answering general independence queries from the business relating to non-audit services, business relationships, independence processes and other matters
  • Providing general, ad hoc project and other support to other members of the Independence team
  • Coaching junior team members and ensuring smooth onboarding of new joiners.
  • Provide training / support to offshore colleagues in EY overseas shared services centres’ in respect of outsourced independence activities
  • Skills and attributes for success :

  • Ability to work to pre-determined deadlines and meet objectives under pressure
  • Ability to think strategically and handle complex concepts
  • To qualify for the role you must have :

  • Strong analytical and interpretation skills with excellent attention to detail
  • Adaptability and flexibility with good team working skills and the ability to multi-task
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with service lines and develop an excellent understanding of their business
  • Ideally, you’ll also have :

  • Proactive approach and capability of working using own initiative
  • What we look for : Desired


  • Independence professionals with significant experience at Associate level looking for the next step in their career.
  • Alternatively, Risk Management / Compliance professionals currently working at a Senior Associate level.
  • Considered

  • Individuals with audit / assurance or other relevant professional qualifications with experience in quality / risk management / independence procedures
  • What we offer

    We offer a competitive remuneration package where you’ll be rewarded for your individual and team performance. Our comprehensive Total Rewards package includes support for flexible working and career development, and with FlexEY you can select benefits that suit your needs, covering holidays, health and well-being, insurance, savings and a wide range of discounts, offers and promotions. Plus, we offer :

  • Continuous learning : You’ll develop the mindset and skills to navigate whatever comes next.
  • Success as defined by you : We’ll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way.
  • Transformative leadership : We’ll give you the insights, coaching and confidence to be the leader the world needs.
  • Diverse and inclusive culture : You’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.
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