Associate Director, Transaction Services, London, UK (Big4)

Up to £85,000 + car

Our client’s Transaction Services practice comprises approximately 350 people across the UK, organised to align to our client’s market orientated structure, and is at the heart of the Firm’s agenda to increase its penetration of boardrooms and work with clients across the economic and transaction cycle.

Within this structure the TS Regions practice consists of a team of 100+ advising corporate’s, private equity houses and PLCs. Our client is driven by a passion to help their clients to execute transactions efficiently and maximise value.
Our client’s team works closely with colleagues across Deal Advisory as well as Tax, Audit and other Advisory teams; it is a multi-disciplinary and international environment that sits right at the heart of our client’s One Firm agenda.

Our client has an immediate need for an additional Associate Director (B grade) within the London Region team based in the Canada Square office, to support the growth of our regions TS business.  The nature of our client’s regions business means that staff work on a wide range of deal types and sectors including the Retail, PE and Diversified Industrials sectors.  Individuals are also expected to be flexible and to work across the regional practice from time to time according to the needs of the business.

Specific experience of financial due diligence is required and individuals must have a recognised financial qualification such as ACA (or equivalent)

Responsibilities:

Associate Director appointments are made on the basis of demonstrated track record. As engagement managers, Associate Directors are expected to play a key role in the development of all aspects of the practice.

  • Engagement management: individuals will be required to structure and lead multiple large, complex workstreams in ambiguous and rapidly changing environments
  • Business development: individuals will be required to build, commercialise and sustain relationships with management team members for the benefit of the Firm. Individuals will be required to develop propositions, focussing on specific themes and/or clients.
  • Risk management: individuals will be required to identify and manage risks, ensuring the Firm’s risk management frameworks are implemented appropriately and effectively.
  • Developing People: individuals will need to identify team member development needs and accelerate development by establishing the appropriate plans and frameworks with particular emphasis on coaching and skills transfer.  They will act as a role model with colleagues and clients by living the values of the Firm.
  • Delivering quality services:  Individuals will be required to monitor and deliver high quality service to clients (both internal and external). Individuals will be proficient at managing multiple priorities.
  • Advisory Skills: individuals will use their extensive skills and experience to provide advice as a trusted adviser.

The role will be based in the London office but may involve some travel to support the wider Regions team together with a high level of flexibility to meet the demands of working in a transaction based environment.

Requirements:

  • Strong academic background with financial qualifications such as ACA (or equivalent)
  • Extensive experience of managing advisory or transaction related engagements
  • Strong personal impact and self-awareness
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills
  • Strong analytical skills including the ability to interpret data, generate insights and construct solutions
  • Evidence of working successfully with top management teams at clients: the client base in London region is particularly diverse, including Enterprise, corporate and PE clients of different sizes, and as a result there is a particular requirement that project leaders at AD level are able to interact effectively with the most senior levels of client management.
  • The ability to lead and operate in high performing, multi-disciplinary teams

Manager, Transaction Services, Private Equity, London, UK (Big4)

£65,000 + car

Our client’s Transaction Services practice comprises approximately 350 people across the UK, organised to align to our client’s market orientated structure, and is at the heart of the Firm’s agenda to increase its penetration of boardrooms and work with clients across the economic and transaction cycle. Within this structure, the Private Equity Transaction Services Team (PE TS) team comprises c.60 professionals focused on both mid-market and LBO houses, working predominantly on financial due diligence projects across buy side, sell side, IPOs and refinancing projects.

Our client’s team works closely with colleagues across Deal Advisory as well as Tax, Audit and other Advisory teams; it is a multi-disciplinary and international environment that sits right at the heart of our client’s One Firm agenda.
Due to the increase in the number of transactions in the private equity market our client are expanding the size of their team and have a need to recruit a Manager in order support the growth of our PE TS business. Specific experience of leading financial due diligence project for private equity clients is preferred.

Responsibilities:

Key responsibilities in this role include:

• Project management: individuals will be responsible for the delivery of client facing projects, being the main day to day point of contact for senior client contacts.
• Team work: individuals will be key team members on large complex assignments and will lead work streams on smaller and medium size engagements.
• Building relationships: individuals will be required to build and sustain relationships with client management team members for the benefit of the Firm as well as acting as an ambassador and role model for the Firm.
• Business development: individuals will be required to build, commercialise and sustain relationships with top management team members for the benefit of the Firm. Individuals will be required to develop PE-TS propositions, focusing on specific themes and/or clients. The successful candidate will be expected to comfortable in talking asset opportunities to private equity clients and regularly input into horizon scanning activities.
• Developing people: individuals will need to demonstrate the ability to give clear directions, as well as positive and constructive feedback. They will coach less experienced staff and actively assist in the development of others.
• Delivering quality service and time management:  Individuals will be required to monitor and deliver high quality service to clients (both internal and external). They will need to be able to manage their own time, plan and organise work tasks, monitor progress and meet deadlines. Individuals will be proficient at managing multiple priorities.
• Advisory skills: Individuals will provide advice as a trusted adviser, using their skill, experience and understanding of transactions to the advantage of their client.
• Risk management: individuals will be required to identify and manage risks and ensure the Firm’s frameworks are implemented.

Requirements:

To succeed in this demanding role you will need to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

• Strong academic background with proven numerate ability (qualifications such as ACA or CFA are highly desirable)
• Experience of managing buy-side and sell-side financial due diligence projects
•  Experience of working with Private Equity clients is essential
• Strong analytical skills including the ability of interpret data, generate insights and construct solutions
• Excellent written and oral communication
• Strong personal impact
• Ability to perform consistently at a high level under pressure

Manager, Transaction Services, London, UK (Big4)

£65,000 + car

Our client’s Transaction Services practice comprises approximately 350 people across the UK, organised to align to our client’s market orientated structure, and is at the heart of the firm’s agenda to increase its penetration of boardrooms and work with clients across the economic and transaction cycle.

Within this structure the TS Regions practice consists of a team of 100+ advising corporate’s, private equity houses and PLCs. Our client is driven by a passion to help their clients to execute transactions efficiently and maximise value.
Our client’s team works closely with colleagues across Deal Advisory as well as Tax, Audit and other Advisory teams; it is a multi-disciplinary and international environment that sits right at the heart of our client’s One Firm agenda.

Our client has an immediate need for a Manager (C grade) within our London office, to support the growth of our regions TS business.  The nature of our client’s regions business means that staff work on a wide range of deal types and sectors including the Retail, PE and Tech sectors.  Individuals are also expected to be flexible and to work across the regional practice from time to time according to the needs of the business.

Specific experience of financial due diligence is required, but our client will consider applications from exceptional individuals with similar skills (e.g. from undertaking IBRs in Restructuring).

Responsibilities:

  • Project management: individuals will be responsible for the delivery of client facing projects, being the main day to day point of contact for senior client contacts.
  • Team work: individuals will be key team members on large complex assignments and will lead work streams on smaller and medium size engagements.
  • Building relationships – individuals will be required to build and sustain relationships with client management team members for the benefit of the Firm as well as acting as an ambassador and role model for the Firm.
  • Developing people: individuals will need to demonstrate the ability to give clear directions, as well as positive and constructive feedback. They will coach less experienced staff and actively assist in the development of others.
  • Delivering quality service and time management: Individuals will be required to monitor and deliver high quality service to clients (both internal and external). They will need to be able to manage their own time, plan and organise work tasks, monitor progress and meet deadlines. Individuals will be proficient at managing multiple priorities. Individuals will need to have excellent analytical and report writing skills.
  • Advisory skills: Individuals will provide advice as a trusted adviser, using their skill, experience and understanding of transactions to the advantage of their client.
  • Risk management: individuals will be required to identify and manage risks and ensure the Firm’s frameworks are implemented. They will need to be able to construct scopes of work and engagement letters, and be responsible for all aspects of project management through SAP.

The role will be based in the South (with frequent travel between Bristol and Reading) but may involve some travel to support the wider Regions team together with a high level of flexibility to meet the demands of working in a transaction based environment.

Requirements:

To succeed in this demanding role you will need to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

  • Strong academic and numerate background (ACA or equivalent highly desirable) Experience of financial due diligence is required, but we will consider candidates with similar skills.
  • Strong analytical skills including the ability of interpret data, generate insights and construct solutions
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Strong personal impact
  • Ability to perform consistently at a high level under pressure
  • Evidence of managing teams in a fast moving environment with changing client requirements
  • Ability to manage more than one project at a time and to report direct to partners/directors on small/mid-sized projects

Associate Director, Transaction Services, Private Equity Group, London, UK (Big4)

Up to £85,000 + car

Our client’s Transaction Services practice comprises approximately 350 people across the UK, organised to align to our client’s market orientated structure, and is at the heart of the Firm’s agenda to increase its penetration of boardrooms and work with clients across the economic and transaction cycle. Within this structure, the Private Equity Transaction Services Team (PE TS) team comprises c.60 professionals focused on both mid-market and LBO houses, working predominantly on financial due diligence projects across buy side, sell side, IPOs and refinancing projects.

Our client’s team works closely with colleagues across Deal Advisory as well as Tax, Audit and other Advisory teams; it is a multi-disciplinary and international environment that sits right at the heart of our client’s One Firm agenda.
Due to the increase in the number of transactions in the private equity market we are expanding the size of our team and have a need to recruit an Associate Director in order support the growth of our client’s PE TS business. Specific experience of leading financial due diligence project for private equity clients is preferred.

Responsibilities:

Director appointments are made on the basis of demonstrated track record. As engagement leaders, Associate Directors are expected to play a key role in the development of all aspects of the practice:

  • Engagement leadership: individuals will be required to structure and lead multiple large, complex workstreams in ambiguous and rapidly changing environments.
  • Business development: individuals will be required to build, commercialise and sustain relationships with top management team members for the benefit of the Firm. Individuals will be required to develop PE-TS propositions, focusing on specific themes and/or clients. The successful candidate will be expected to comfortable in talking asset opportunities to private equity clients and regularly input into horizon scanning activities.
  • Risk management: individuals will be required to identify and manage risks, ensuring the Firm’s risk management frameworks are implemented appropriately and effectively.
  • Developing People: individuals will need to identify team member development needs and accelerate development by establishing the appropriate plans and frameworks with particular emphasis on coaching and skills transfer. They will act as a role model with colleagues and clients by living the values of the Firm.
  • Delivering quality services: Individuals will be required to monitor and deliver high quality service to clients (both internal and external). Individuals will be proficient at managing multiple priorities.
  • Advisory Skills: individuals will use their extensive skills and experience to provide advice as a trusted adviser,

Requirements:

To succeed in this varied and demanding role you will need to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

  • Strong academic background with financial qualifications such as ACA or CFA
  • Extensive experience of financial due diligence preferably with a significant proportion of this experience within the Private Equity sector
  • A strong network/existing relationships within the Private Equity Sector
  • Experience of performing financial due diligence for private equity clients is preferred
  • Strong personal impact and self-awareness
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills
  • Strong analytical skills including the ability to interpret data, generate insights and construct solutions
  • Evidence of working successfully with top management teams at clients
  • The ability to lead and operate in high performing, multi-disciplinary teams

Senior audit manager, International group, Gatwick, UK (Big4)

From £65,000 + car
Our client’s International group portfolio of clients include some the largest and most successful of the businesses that the company work with in the UK. They are complex, influential and exciting. This work is for those who respond well to the challenge of understanding a clients’ business and key controls. As you progress, there will be opportunities for foreign travel and overseas secondments to key geographic global markets of the Americas, APAC and EMEA. Working in the International team will accelerate your opportunity to build your international and UK network within the firm.

Hours:

This is a permanent role. They do encourage careful consideration of agile ways of working, both formal and informal arrangements that allow for the best outcomes for our people and our clients. If this opportunity is interesting as a permanent role with a degree of flexibility please do discuss with us.

Location:

You will be based in the Gatwick office, however travel will be required for client based projects. The company work across industry specialisms – their clients are varied, and vary in location. Whilst some clients are based locally, they do spend time on site with regional clients. They specify full mobility for their audit and assurance roles but will make arrangements respectfully.

 

Responsibilities:

As a Senior Manager within the Audit and Assurance practice you will have responsibility for:

  • Managing key audit and assurance relationships across a variety of industry sectors;
  • Identifying and developing both audit and assurance opportunities with new and existing senior clients;
  • Leading audit and assurance teams and developing managers and junior team members to reach their potential;
  • Ensuring all regulatory changes are implemented and complied with both internally and on client engagements;
  • Building relationships with other departments to deliver market and client focused business solutions;
  • Having a broader perspective of potential issues encountered when managing diverse teams and the strategies to overcome them including having a clear understanding of the firm’s commitment to creating a more inclusive culture;
  • Managing diverse teams within an inclusive team culture where people are recognised for their contribution

Requirements:

To qualify for the role you must have:

  • ACA/ACCA qualification (or equivalent);
  • Thorough knowledge of UK GAAP and IFRS;
  • PCAOB experience is desirable, but not essential;
  • Strong understanding of financial reporting and controls;
  • A proven track record in establishing and maintaining excellent relationships with clients;
  • Experience of motivating and developing teams;
  • An ability to implement solutions to address changes in regulatory requirements;
  • Experiencing of working with International or Ltd company clients;
  • The ability to work under own initiative and in many different and stimulating environments;
  • Knowledge of US GAAP reporting;
  • Significant presentation and business writing experience;

For more information please contact elizabeth@williamscottassociates.com

N.B There is a similar role available in Reading.

Senior audit associate, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, UK (Big4)

£36,000 + allowance

 

As a fast growing business unit our client have many opportunities for career progression – particularly to the manager grade where they service  clients from FTSE 100 to the privately owned business and work across a variety of industries from Financial Services to Property to manufacturing to the public sector and many more. This also gives you an opportunity to work with new people day in day out, and get to know people across the office and from all lines of service.
As a Senior Associate you will have a fantastic opportunity to take ownership of your development, and particularly on smaller clients can be seen as one of the main faces of our client even to their senior client members.  You will have involvement in the audit from beginning to end – from planning, supervising the work of others, dealing with senior members of the client’s management team and significant involvement in completion/dealing with engagement leaders.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Providing audit and business advice to a variety of clients
  • Providing an on-site co-ordination role for audit clients including planning, day to day management of the audit team, liaising with clients and completing audit assignments
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with new and established audit clients
  • Working and liaising with other members of the audit team and colleagues in other parts of the firm as necessary to provide a high quality client service
  • Strong business awareness, sound reporting skills and the ability to work under your own initiative
  • Reporting directly to a partner, director, senior manager or manager
  • Having team management responsibilities
  • Responsibility for the coaching and development of more junior members of the team
  • A chance to give back to community and social welfare projects, often using your business skill
  • We fully support internal mobility both nationally and internationally

 

Requirements:

  • ACA / ACCA qualification essential
  • Significant auditing and accounting experience
  • A passion for client service
  • A keenness to further your own personal development and career goals

 

Please send CVs or requests for more information to elizabeth@williamscottassociates.com

Audit Executive, St Albans, UK

£37,500

Our client are a highly ranked Top 10 practice firm.  They have recently opened a new, dynamic business space in St Albans designed to bring business leaders together to work, connect and develop. They provide a wide range of audit and assurance services to private, public and international companies across various sectors. They audit over 8,500 firms annually, ranging from FTSE and AIM companies to Small Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) companies.

 

Responsibilities:

  • You’ll work as part of the team, in leading on site audit teams, effectively providing a hands on compliance and/or advisory role that exceeds client expectation, and engaging with clients and guests within the St Albans business space.
  • You’ll prepare and review work papers and drafts of the financial statements
  • You’ll allocate work to other members of the audit team, ensuring associates understand their responsibilities and have received excellent on-the-job coaching preparing or reviewing work papers and drafts of the financial statements
  • You’ll discuss relevant audit issues with personnel at the client’s premises in a professional and articulate manner
  • You’ll create a positive impression with the client, responding to any queries in a respectable time frame
  • You’ll effectively support and engage with managers throughout the audit process
  • You’ll interact with local businesses and take part in St Albans networking activities.

 

Qualifications:

  • ACCA, ACA, CA, CPA, or equivalent
  • Good Knowledge of IFRS and UK GAAP
  • Audit Software and Microsoft experience.
  • Strong technical abilities with a good audit grounding

Internal audit executive (newly qualified), London, UK

 

£45,000

 

The Executive plays a central role within the Business Risk Services department. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing the advice necessary to help clients manage risk and improve their business performance.

 

Responsibilities:

  • prepares draft terms of reference/audit planning document prior to meeting the client ensuring any revisions are processed
  • prepare fieldwork as applicable to review
  • produces close out documentation and contributes to close-out meetings with the client
  • responsible for building and maintaining good working relationships with all clients and colleagues

 

Requirements:

  • Delivery of internal audit service including devising strategic and annual internal audit plans on a risk based approach.
  • Field management responsibilities including completing file reviews and preparing reports for review by engagement manager.
  • Planning and supervision of audits assigned to auditors, including leading planning and exit meetings.
  • Completing high level internal audits including corporate governance, clinical governance and risk management arrangements.
  • Reporting to Audit Committees on progress and key performance indicators against plan.
  • Establishing effective working relationship with external auditors to provide reliance on internal audit work.
  • Financial Management including billing and income collection, compilation of profitability budgets and management of financial review process to achieve target internal profit measures.
  • Executing internal audit assignments independently to the required scope in compliance with risk based internal audit methodology including: Treasury Management, General Ledger, Payroll, Capital Budgeting and Monitoring, Human Resources, Corporate Governance and Project & Change Management.
  • Working with counter fraud to ensure control weaknesses are accounted for within internal audit delivery.
  • Participating in proactive and reactive fraud assignments to identify potential instances of fraud.
  • Performance Management of auditors and acting as a Development Officer mentoring auditors.
  • professional qualification (ACA, CA, ACCA,MIIA)
  • Experience of using Microsoft packages, internet, email
  • Experience of internal and auditing and risk management
  • Experience of preparing and delivering presentations

 

For further information, please contact William Scott Associates on +44 (0)203 818 8600 or email elizabeth@williamscottassociates.com 

Assistant Manager, Corporate Audit, International Group, Gatwick, UK (Big4)

£42,500

 

The office’s foreign owned portfolio of clients include some the largest and most successful of the businesses that the firm work with in the UK. They are complex, influential and exciting.  This work is for those who respond to the intellectual challenge of understanding a clients’ business and key controls. Work on controls based auditing allows you to develop relationships with the client far beyond the main finance team, making for a more interesting and rewarding experience

Their clients genuinely value the insights we bring over their financial controls as it goes to the heart of how they run their business. As you progress, there will be opportunities for foreign travel and overseas secondments to key geographic global markets of the Americas, APAC and EMEA. Working in the International team will accelerate your opportunity to build your international network as well as a UK network within the firm.

 

Responsibilities:

You will have responsibility for:

  • Audit planning and the delivery of the audit plan to the client;
  • Day to day management of field teams, including reviewing work of staff members;
  • Liaison with key client staff providing timely reporting and management information;
  • Management of reporting requirements, including attendance at meetings;
  • Lead teams on challenging engagements, including transaction and project work;
  • Develop and mentor more junior members of staff;
  • Involvement in tendering for new clients.

Requirements:

To qualify for the role you must have:

  • A professional accounting qualification (ACA or equivalent);
  • Previous experience of working with IFRS and UK GAAP reporting standards;
  • Experience in auditing clients in accordance with PCAOB regulations;
  • Highly proficient oral and written communication skills;
  • Highly motivated and committed;
  • Positive and ambitious attitude;
  • Ability to develop strong client relationships;
  • Project management capabilities;

For further information, please contact William Scott Associates on +44 (0)203 818 8600 or email elizabeth@williamscottassociates.com

Assistant Manager, Corporate Audit, Private Markets Group, Gatwick, UK (Big4)

£42, 250

The firm’s clients range from Private Equity owned businesses and the UK’s largest privately owned businesses to high growth, dynamic entrepreneurial companies. Working directly with owners throughout the business life-cycle to deliver high value add propositions, with significant capital markets opportunities. The Private Markets business is a multi-million audit and advisory market and they have already demonstrated great success, and high growth, over the past 2 years.

There is a mix of audit and non-audit work, and closeness to the business owner, means you will develop a broader, far more commercial skill set, positioning you as the ‘trusted advisor’. There will be a significant focus on building relationships from an early stage.

 

Responsibilities:

You will have responsibility for:

  • Audit planning and the delivery of the audit plan to the client;
  • Day to day management of field teams, including reviewing work of staff members;
  • Liaison with key client staff providing timely reporting and management information;
  • Management of reporting requirements, including attendance at meetings;
  • Lead teams on challenging engagements, including transaction and project work;
  • Develop and mentor more junior members of staff;
  • Involvement in tendering for new clients.

 

Requirements:

To qualify for the role you must have:

  • A professional accounting qualification (ACA or equivalent);
  • Previous experience of working with IFRS and UK GAAP reporting standards;
  • Experience in auditing clients in accordance with PCAOB regulations;
  • Highly proficient oral and written communication skills;
  • Highly motivated and committed;
  • Positive and ambitious attitude;
  • Ability to develop strong client relationships;
  • Project management capabilities;

 

For further information, please contact William Scott Associates on +44 (0)203 818 8600 or email tony.berry@williamscottassociates.com