Ethics Manager - Audit Quality - Top 10 accountancy firm

London Permanent
  • Large, award-winning accountancy firm in London
  • Hybrid working. Growing team.

About Our Client

  • This top 10 accountancy firm has a growing Ethics team.
  • Independence and Ethics continues to be of increasing importance for professional services firms in terms of cultural influence and compliance.

Job Description

This role would suit a Manager who has previously worked in a role applying ethical standards or a similar regulatory framework, or a qualified accountant who has worked in audit. Previous knowledge of independence regulations and their impact on non-audit services would be beneficial.

  • In light of the continuing importance of ethics, combined with the ever increasing complexity of compliance and the firm's sustained growth across all streams, especially in the PIE and listed market, the firm is introducing new systems to identify and manage risk in the area of audit independence and conflicts of interest.
  • Support is needed within the Ethics team to help with the successful implementation and roll-out of these systems, embedding new business-as-usual processes, and realising the benefits for the wider business.

The candidate will be involved in:

  • Understanding requirements that this accountancy firm has in respect of audit independence and conflicts of interest and work closely with project teams, IT and senior stakeholders to ensure the systems are fit for purpose to fulfil these requirements.
  • Performing testing of the systems to ensure they are fit for purpose.
  • Drafting guidance and process notes to be used by the business and the Shared Services Centre.
  • Drafting and deliver training on the systems to the business and Shared Services Centre.
  • Working with Global project teams to influence the development of systems to ensure the UK firm's regulatory and firmwide requirements are incorporated.
  • Setting up and managing quality control processes to ensure the implementation and business as usual processes meets all requirements of ISQM1.
  • Advising and assisting users in the business on the new systems and how they need to interact with them to ensure the firm meets its obligations to audit independence and conflicts of interest.
  • Capturing and defining tasks and actions that involve the Ethics team and ensure they are completed in line with project deadlines.

The Successful Applicant

  • Relevant experience in a similar position applying ethical standards or a similar regulatory framework. Or qualified accountant with some experience of audit and independence.
  • An awareness of the ICAEW Code of Ethics and the Financial Reporting Council's Ethical Standard for auditors would be beneficial but is not compulsory. Understanding of regulation and how to interpret and apply rules in a practical way.
  • Strong communication skills - both written and oral.

What's on Offer

  • Excellent salary and benefits
  • Good work / life balance
  • Hybrid working
  • Flexible working

Colin Hawkins
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Phone number
+44 207 269 2249

Job summary

Job function
Audit & Advisory
Practice (Audit) & Assurance
Business Services
Contract type
Consultant name
Colin Hawkins
Consultant phone
+44 207 269 2249
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