Audit Risk Management Operations Manager
Leeds, GB
3d ago

Job description

Audit Risk Management is a crucial team within the Audit Practice. We provide a wide variety of support to the business, including guidance and approvals for a range of business level queries and engagement acceptance.

  • This includes : preparing and analysing risk management information to support the business in making decisions and taking action;
  • managing the audit accreditations process; as well as leading on Audit Regulatory Affairs across the spectrum of external audit regulators.

    As a Manager, you will play a pivotal role in the Audit Risk Management team, supporting a team of Senior Managers and the Head of Audit Risk Operations in driving efficiency and effectiveness of the core operational activities.

    You will respond to a wide variety of consultations and queries from audit engagement teams as well as leading a range of project initiatives.

    In your role, you will be responsible for leading teams and supervising the work of junior staff. You may also have performance management responsibilities for a small number of employees.

    Consultations & queries

    Working as part of the Audit Risk Operations team, managing risk consultations and approvals for audit engagement teams.

    This entails applying judgment and making decisions within a framework for approval and escalation in line with the Firm’s policies and procedures.

    Projects and change initiatives

    Providing support to a wide range of projects and change initiatives within and outside of Audit Risk, ranging from process improvement within Audit Risk to supporting Firm-wide change programmes.

    Performance Management

    Performance managing junior team members, ensuring that you are having rich development conversations that supports their growth and career progression.

    Technical core competencies required for the role

    Our Global Audit & Assurance Technical core competencies provide clarity and consistency of expectations to ensure the minimum audit technical requirements are being met by level to drive Audit Quality, which is fundamental to achieving our ambition to become the most trusted and trustworthy firm.

    The relevant competencies for this role are :

    Technical knowledge : Understands relevant reporting standards, regulations and accounting literature. Exhibits and stays current on appropriate industry and specialised knowledge, while leveraging appropriate firm-wide tools and methodologies.

    Technology skills : Uses firm-approved tools and innovative technology solutions to increase quality, productivity and data insights.

    Professional scepticism and issue identification : Applies professional skepticism, objectivity and independence to identify and support resolution of issues.

    Documentation : Completes documentation demonstrating an unwavering focus on quality.

    People & Culture

    Embrace and embed our culture ambition of high challenge, high support which is grounded in Our Values.

    Operate with a curious and sceptical mindset ensuring that this is embedded in your everyday work.

    Actively lead and embed a coaching culture to get the best out of others in an environment where everyone in the team feels empowered to speak up or challenge where appropriate.

    Be accountable, professional and act in the public interest, working for the benefit of shareholders of audited entities and wider society.

    Be inclusive and embrace the opportunity to work with other teams within Audit and across the firm in an integrated way.

    Have a sense of community, purpose and fun.

    Experience and Knowledge Requirements

  • Awareness of the different types of service delivered out of the Audit Capability Group and the key differences between financial statement audit and key non-audit services. (E)
  • Experience of delivering either financial statement audit or non-audit reporting engagements, with decision making around engagement acceptance at manager level or above. (E)
  • Knowledge and experience of documenting policies, processes and controls, identifying weaknesses and making and implementing recommendations. (E)
  • Awareness of the nature and effect of key clauses in professional services contracts. (E)
  • Knowledge of technical content including law, regulation, assurance standards, contracts and policy, and experience of applying this to practical scenarios. (E)
  • Experience of data analysis, including trend identification and reporting, and manipulation of large amounts of data. (E)
  • Proven track record of managing and delivering multiple projects concurrently, alongside unpredictable consultation workload. (E)
  • Experience of drafting and agreeing scope of work, liability and release of report sections in professional services contracts and hold harmless agreements. (D)
  • Experience of performing risk assessments, scoring risks and preparing risk registers. (D)
  • Experience of managing teams, coaching and mentoring junior staff. (D)
  • Behavioural Attributes and Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; able to communicate complex matters in a clear and compelling manner.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills; able to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with conflicting priorities and deadlines.
  • Highly effective stakeholder management and relationship building skills; credible and confident with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail; able to analyse and interpret complex technical information.
  • Effective problem solver; makes pragmatic and logical decisions, drawing on own and others’ technical expertise to provide high quality solutions.
  • Qualifications

    Professional qualification from a recognised accountancy body. (D)

    E Essential, D Desirable

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