Finance & Controls Assurance – London (a move from audit)

Keen to work on some of the largest, most successful and fast growing companies across the globe? This could be the opportunity for you!

The clients are complex, influential and exciting. You will be principally focused on enhancing external financial reporting processes and controls for this impressive portfolio of clients.

This role enables  clients to create world-class operations and have confidence in their financial reporting by assessing and providing insights on the organisation processes and controls; resulting in enhanced capabilities, efficiency, cost reduction, reduced risk and improved performance.

We are seeking experienced professionals with an audit and industry background to join our fast growing team, share in our vision, support our growth plans and make an impact that matters on our clients, our people, our business and society.

Your role

Our Finance & Controls Assurance team is a dedicated group of professionals with deep technical accounting, financial reporting and audit skills. We are a multi-disciplinary team of specialists advising on a range of topics to our Assurance clients. Our clients span different sectors: from Banking, Financial Services, Retail to Energy & Resources, to name a few. We are looking for both sector specific experience and generalists.

Focussing on external financial reporting processes and controls, you would help our clients create world class operations and finance functions, advising on finance and operations modernisation, effectiveness of control design and operation, organisation structure and process redesign and improvements.

Our services are often triggered by disruptive events such as transactions, including IPOs or trade sales, changes in accounting or regulatory environments or control failures.

The services that you will provide to clients include:

  • Assessing and evaluating the finance function including close and consolidate procedures and management information
  • Providing insights and advice to enhance the finance-operating model
  • Assisting in set up, documentation and evaluation of control frameworks
  • Providing assurance over design and implementation of controls, controls remediation and peer benchmarking
  • Supporting SOX controls testing programs and performing tests of effectiveness
  • Supporting our clients in addressing short-term capability and capacity constraints by providing qualified resources to sustain day-to-day activities or project-driven requirements

 

Responsibilities

As a Manager within the Finance & Controls team you will have responsibility for:

  • Delivery of large and complex global projects. You be responsible for leading interesting and challenging work on a day-to-day basis
  • Providing high quality advice and insights to clients on their finance organisation, processes and controls
  • Supporting clients in defining a clear vision, strategy and roadmap for their finance function
  • Assist clients in the setup, documentation and evaluation of their control frameworks
  • Identifying and developing assurance opportunities with new and existing clients of the firm based on their bespoke needs
  • Leading and managing diverse teams and developing junior team members to reach their potential

To qualify for the role you must have:

  • Audit background plus industry or client-side experience
  • Experience in driving change in finance organisation, processes and controls
  • Experience in the setup, documentation and evaluation of control frameworks
  • Knowledge of IFRS and UK GAAP
  • Strong analytical, presentation and report writing skills
  • Effective time management and commitment to work to tight deadlines
  • Excellent organisation, planning and project management abilities
  • Experience delivering high quality engagements through effective delegation and strong technical ability
  • Track record of leading teams and developing junior team members to reach their potential
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders

Assistant Manager/ Senior Associate – Birmingham

With a rapidly growing, dynamic marketplace, more than 500 clients and some 600 partners and staff in the region, our client’s Central Audit practice is a great place to build a career. They have a wide variety of clients from entrepreneurial start-ups through to major public sector organisations, FTSE100 members and large global businesses.

The Role:

You’ll work as part of a team to solve complex business issues from strategy to execution.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Using feedback and reflection to develop self awareness, personal strengths and address development areas
  • Delegating to others to provide stretch opportunities and coaching to help deliver results
  • Developing new ideas and proposing innovative solutions to problems
  • Using a broad range of tools and techniques to extract insights from current trends in the business area
  • Reviewing your work and that of others for quality, accuracy and relevance
  • Sharing relevant thought leadership
  • Using straightforward communication, in a structured way, when influencing others
  • Ability to read situations and modify behaviour to build quality, diverse relationships
  • Upholding the firm’s code of ethics and business conduct

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • CA / ACA / ACCA/ICAS qualified (or international equivalent)
    Or part Qualified and working towards your full CA / ACA / ACCA / ICAS (or equivalent) qualification
    Or have equivalent work experience in Audit (you’re an international candidate who technically qualifies in your home country by experience)
  • Experience of financial accounting and reporting
  • The ability to learn quickly
  • Strong project management skills
  • The ability to work effectively in a team, building good working relationships with both colleagues and client personnel at all levels
  • Experienced in coaching junior staff
  • Passion for quality
  • Experience of working to client deadlines
  • US GAAP and/or UK GAAP experience

Assistant Audit Manager or Manager, Cambridge

Due to the recent growth in the region, we have multiple clients in Cambridge looking for audit assistant managers and managers.

It’s an exciting time to be in and around Cambridge as various industries grow. If you’re thinking of working for a larger firm or would like to relocate out of London please get in touch.

 

To apply you will need:

Qualifications:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and have completed Chartered Accountant qualification or equivalent. ACA, ACCA and ICAS preferred

 

Essential skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with accounting and financial frameworks such as International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and UK GAAP
  • Strong analytical, communication, project management and report writing skills

 

Employment experience:

Approximately 3+ years’ experience as an Auditor

Please message Elizabeth Tabor or Becca Moore for more details: elizabeth@williamscottassociates.com / rebecca@williamscottassociates.com

Audit Assistant Manager, Perth, Australia

Our client are offering a supportive, flexible and innovative culture with extensive career opportunities.

They are one of the most trusted and respected global professional services firms and their audit practice in Perth is a market leader in the provision of Audit and Assurance services to clients in Western Australia.

About the Perth office:

  • A very international office – very mixed backgrounds from Australia, Ireland, UK, France and South Africa
  • Good sized office – 500 people with 80 in Audit. 8 partners
  • Expanding office – winning lots of new business
  • More listed clients than any other office

As you may already know, the Western Australia/Perth economy is largely driven by the mining industry and services to that industry so our portfolio of clients is reflective of this.

Aside from the above, they do have a diverse portfolio of clients in other industries as well.

 

To apply you will need:

Qualifications

  •  Relevant tertiary qualifications and have completed Chartered Accountant qualification or equivalent.

Essential skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with accounting and financial frameworks such as International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and/or US GAAP / US GAAS.
  • Strong analytical, communication, project management and report writing skills

Employment experience

  • Approximately 4+ years’ experience as an Auditor in a comparable public practice environment

 

Please message Elizabeth Tabor for more details: elizabeth@williamscottassociates.com

Process, Risks & Controls Senior Associate, Nationwide, UK (Big4)

Our client’s Risk Assurance practice is looking for a strong Senior Associates (pre-Manager grade) to help our client develop and deliver high quality engagements to a range of clients in the Commercial/ Financial Services/ Government & Public sector. This role provides an outstanding opportunity for an individual with experience to join our client’s growing team and gain exposure to a dynamic mix of client engagements.

Whilst our client eventually encourage their team to develop a specialism within a certain industry sector, if you haven’t already specialised, one unique aspect of the role is the opportunity to work across a fantastic range of clients and industry sectors thus providing a broad range of experience that will credentialise you well for progression both within or outside of the firm. The variety of work also extends beyond the industry sector to the type of work performed. Your work will involve being part of delivery teams for a variety of process, risk and controls assurance engagements.  This includes opportunities to work on our client’s extensive portfolio of outsourced Internal Audit contracts, financial services risk and regulatory assignments, performance assurance reviews (such as sustainability or contract assurance assignments) and controls testing to support our external audits.

Responsibilities:

  • Engagement scoping and planning
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with new and established clients
  • Being a member of a team on large and small engagements – working as part of a project team on client sites and day-to-day liaison with clients
  • Identifying and documenting key risks and controls within businesses and their processes
  • Conducting work in accordance with our client’s methodologies and quality assurance standards.
  • Working within set deadlines.
  • Leading and coach junior team members.
  • Discussing findings and issues with clients and our client’s Engagement Leader.
  • Taking responsibility for drafting initial reports ahead for delivery to the client.
  • Working as part of our business development strategy team in the local marketplace and taking responsibility for developing your own personal network both internally and externally.

You will receive appropriate training for the engagements that you will undertake and coaching on engagements.

For the right individual, the role provides an outstanding opportunity to progress, develop and be rewarded for achievement as part of a successful and growing part of our client’s business.

Requirements:

  • A passion for Governance, Risk & Control and Internal Audit/ Compliance or Performance Assurance;
  • Experience of review planning, risk and control identification and performing, reviewing and directing testing;
  • The ability to work effectively in different teams for varying periods of time building good working relationships with colleagues and clients;
  • Ability to communicate clearly with colleagues and clients at all levels;
  • Experience of identifying and effectively reporting any issues and recommendations for improvement to clients, as well as drafting the related sections of formal reports;
  • The ability to assess risk in a wide range of operations and activities and suggest pragmatic risk mitigation activities. Due to the diverse nature of the clients and industries where you will be required to apply your skills, this is essential;
  • A proactive approach to problem solving and delivering client solutions;
  • You will have experience of interacting with clients at all levels and developing/maintaining business relationships;

All our client’s people need to demonstrate the skills and behaviours that support them in delivering their business strategy. This is important to the work we do for our business, and our clients. These skills and behaviours make up our client’s global leadership framework.

Our client’s global leadership framework focuses on five core attributes; whole leadership, business acumen, technical capabilities, global acumen and relationships. They use this framework to recruit, develop and assess their people, at all grades and all areas of our business, because our client expects all of their people to be leaders.

Manager, Corporate Finance M&A, Real Estate, London, UK (Big4)

£65,000 + car

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Manager to join our client’s Real Estate corporate finance team. The successful candidate will work on the origination and execution of lead advisory mandates in the mid-market across a range of subsectors within Real Estate. Clients will include owner-managed businesses, corporates and private equity firms. This is an ideal opportunity for the candidate to join a growing and ambitious team as a sector specialist working on a broad range of UK and cross-border transactions including sell-side, buy-side and fund raising mandates.

The position within the Real Estate sector team will be primarily focused on M&A and capital raising across the sector and hence experience/interest in the sector would be advantageous alongside an enthusiasm to assist in growing a sector based business plan.

Responsibilities:

  • Actively managing client relationships, taking responsibility for the day to day project management and delivery of M&A transactions. This will include assuming responsibility for managing all phases of the transaction cycle and deal execution, reporting directly to senior team members
  • Leading and managing the delivery of marketing documentation including pitch materials and client proposals
  • Directing and managing junior colleagues, analysts and support staff on M&A transactions
  • Coaching and contributing to the development of junior team members
  • Proactively assisting business development efforts including pitching for new work
  • Building & maintaining client relationships with both corporate and financial institutions

Requirements:

  • A strong interest in the Real Estate sector
  • Strong academic background
  • Ability to identify critical & relevant data sources
  • Commitment to high quality standards & a detail oriented approach
  • Personal drive and integrity to deliver results within tight deadlines
  • Personable team player with the ability to create confidence and trust with colleagues and clients alike
  • Prior experience of working within subsectors within Built Environment and the wider real estate markets


Experience & Background

  • Must have relevant corporate finance experience in an investment bank, big 4, private equity team, M&A Boutique or corporate business development role
  • Significant transactional experience with a demonstrable track record of deal execution across all phases of the transaction cycle from origination to completion including:
  • Preparing high quality pitch materials and proposals including sector mapping, market analysis and target client positioning,
  • Drafting transaction documentation, including: valuation analysis, potential buyer research, information memoranda and management presentations
  • Financial modelling including LBO & DCF analysis
  • Managing the due diligence process including co-ordinating all stakeholders and other advisors including, for example, legal and tax

Associate Director, Corporate finance, London, UK (Big4)

Up to £85,000 + car

Our client requires an experienced M&A Advisor to work in the Consumer Goods & Retail (CG&R) Team within M&A in London. The role will allow the successful candidate to work on a broad range of domestic and international transactions for corporate, private equity and owner managed clients. The scope of the role will include both execution of transactions as well as helping with the origination of new opportunities across the CGR space, including specific sub-sectors including Food, Travel & Leisure and FMCG.

Our client is the leading mid-market M&A advisor in UK, Europe and globally and is looking to recruit M&A Associates keen to contribute to the ongoing success of the business.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead projects (with support from Director/ Partner) including being one of the senior points of contact with clients on M&A projects
  • Actively managing client interfaces, taking responsibility for the day to day project management and delivery of M&A transactions. This will include assuming responsibility for managing all phases of the transaction cycle and deal execution
  • Leading and managing the delivery of transaction documentation including pitch materials and client proposals
  • Directing and managing colleagues, wider support staff and other external advisers
  • Supervising and reviewing financial analysis complex modelling carried out by team members
  • Build and develop strong relationships in the market
  • Take responsibility for agreed areas of origination and business development
  • Set, monitor and control M&A project budgets, billing and other reporting requirements.

Requirements:

  • Strong academic background (ACA, CFA, MBA or equivalent)
  • Significant experience within M&A advisory
  • Proven execution ability and developing origination skills
  • Strong numerical, analytical and strategic thinking skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Personal drive to deliver results and ambition to make an impact in a growing sector
  • Demonstrated experience of Financial modelling including LBO & DCF analysis
  • Commitment to high quality standards, attention to detail and motivation to deliver results within tight deadlines
  • Personable approach, possessing the ability to create confidence and trust with colleagues and clients alike
  • Sector specific M&A experience and strong Transactional experience with a demonstrable record of deal execution across all phases of the transaction cycle from origination to completion

Associate Director: M&A, Healthcare, London, UK (Big4)

Up to £85,000 + car

Our client requires an experienced B grade M&A advisor (C grade candidates will be considered) to join the Healthcare team within M&A in London.  The role will allow the successful candidate to work on a broad range of domestic and international transactions for corporate, private equity and owner managed clients. The scope of the role will include both execution of transactions as well as origination of new opportunities.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead projects (with support from Director/ Partner) including being one of the senior points of contact with clients on M&A projects
  • Actively managing client interfaces, taking responsibility for the day to day project management and delivery of M&A transactions. This will include assuming responsibility for managing all phases of the transaction cycle and deal execution
  • Leading and managing the delivery of transaction documentation including pitch materials and client proposals
  • Directing and managing colleagues, wider support staff and other external advisers
  • Supervising and reviewing financial analysis complex modelling carried out by team members
  • Build and develop strong relationships in the market
  • Take responsibility for agreed areas of origination and business development
  • Set, monitor and control M&A project budgets, billing and other reporting requirements

Requirements:

  • Strong academic background
  • Significant experience within M&A advisory
  • Particular experience of the UK (International will be consider) Healthcare market
  • Proven execution ability and developing origination skills
  • Strong numerical, analytical and strategic thinking skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to high quality standards & detail oriented
  • Personal drive to deliver results and ambition to make an impact in a growing sector

M&A Manager, London, UK (Big4)

£65,000 + car

Our client is the leading mid-market M&A advisor in UK, Europe and Globally.  Everything they do is aimed at adding value for their clients whether they are buying, selling or re-financing their business, through objective, unbiased advice supported by:

  • Genuine integrity and independence
  • Deep sector knowledge
  • Global execution capability
  • Connectivity with the financial markets

Opportunities exist to join our client’s London M&A team supporting and leading deal origination and execution, with a particular focus on public company M&A. The role will allow the successful candidate to be involved in opportunities where our client acts for the board of public companies, and potential acquirers of public companies, on offers for public companies regulated under the UK Takeover Code.

The role will allow the successful candidate to work on a broad range of domestic and international transactions for public and private entities. The scope of the role will include both execution of transactions as well as origination of new opportunities.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage M&A projects (with support from Director/ Partner) including being the day to day point of contact for clients.
  • Actively managing client interfaces taking responsibility for managing all phases of the transaction cycle and deal execution.
  • Leading and managing the delivery of transaction documentation including pitch materials and client documents.
  • Leading and managing the process of input to and review of key public offer documentation (including offer announcements and offer documents).
  • Leading and managing the process associated with providing formal advice to the board of a public company in relation to the terms of an offer.
  • Directing and managing colleagues, wider support staff and other external advisers.
  • Supervising and reviewing materials prepared by other team members.
  • Set, monitor and control M&A project budgets, billing and other reporting requirements.
  • Build and develop strong relationships in the market.
  • Take responsibility for agreed areas of origination and business development.

Requirements:

  • Strong academic background.
  • Experience within M&A advisory with proven execution ability.
  • Experience of Takeover Code transactions and / or working in the plc regulated environment.
  • Strong numerical, analytical and strategic thinking skills.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Independent thinker with the ability to identify problems and contribute to the development of solutions.
  • Comfortable discussing financially related commercial issues.
  • Ability to work on a range of projects simultaneously to demanding timetables.
  • Highly motivated, ambitious self-starter willing to take advantages of the opportunities this position offers, but also a team player.
  • Experience of working in and managing small teams.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to high quality standards & detail oriented.
  • Personal drive to deliver results.
  • Experience & Background
  • Have a sound knowledge of M&A through investment banking, advisory firms, private equity, M&A Boutique or corporate business development.

Corporate Finance Senior Manager, Cambridge, UK (Big4)

£80,000 + car

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Manager to join our client’s Corporate Finance team, based in their Cambridge office.

Our client is the leading mid-market M&A adviser in the UK, Europe and Globally. Everything our client does is aimed at adding value for their clients whether they are buying, selling or re-financing their business. They pride ourselves on providing clients with objective, unbiased advice supported by:
genuine integrity and independence; deep sector knowledge; global execution capability; and
connectivity with the financial markets.

The position within the Cambridge M&A team will be primarily focused on supporting and leading deal origination and execution across a host of sectors and businesses in Cambridge and the wider East Anglia region, covering the Built Environment, Consumer Goods & Retail, Diversified Industrials, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Support Services, and TMT sectors, among others.

Cambridge, and the wider East Anglia region, is a key strategic growth area for our client. This is a fantastic opportunity for the candidate to join a growing and ambitious team working on a broad range of domestic and international transactions for corporate, private equity and owner-managed clients.
The position will be primarily focused on providing M&A and corporate finance advice to businesses across the region, hence a strong local network would be advantageous, alongside an enthusiasm to contribute to the development and delivery of a regional business plan.

Responsibilities:

Actively manage M&A projects (with support from Director/Partner) including being the day-to-day point of contact for clients.

  • Actively managing client interfaces, taking responsibility for managing all phases of the transaction cycle and deal execution.
  • Leading and managing the delivery of transaction documentation, including pitch materials and client proposals.
  • Directing and managing colleagues, wider support staff and other external advisers.
  • Supervising and reviewing financial analysis carried out by team members.
  • Set, monitor and control M&A project budgets, billing and other reporting requirements.
  • Build and develop strong relationships in the market.
  • Take responsibility for agreed areas of origination and business development.

Requirements:

  • Strong academic background.
  • Strong numerical, analytical and strategic thinking skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Independent thinker with the ability to identify problems and contribute to the development of solutions.
  • Comfortable discussing financially related commercial issues.
  • Ability to work on a range of projects simultaneously to demanding timetables.
  • Highly motivated, ambitious self-starter willing to take advantages of the opportunities this position offers, but also a team player.
  • Experience of working in and managing small teams.
  • Commitment to high quality standards and detail oriented.
  • Personal drive to deliver results.
  • Must have relevant corporate finance experience in an investment bank, Big 4, private equity team, M&A Boutique or corporate business development role.
  • Significant transactional experience with a demonstrable track record of deal execution across all phases of the transaction cycle from origination to completion including:
  • Preparing high quality pitch materials and proposals including sector mapping, market analysis and target client positioning;
  • Drafting transaction documentation, including: valuation analysis, potential buyer research, information memoranda and management presentations;
  • Financial modelling including LBO and DCF analysis;
  • Managing the due diligence process including co-ordinating all stakeholders and other advisers including, for example, legal and tax
  • Sector specific experience not a requirement but may be beneficial.