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

Senior Lawyer – Bristol

Senior Associate

Bristol

A leading international law firm which provides clients with commercially aware legal advice, whenever and wherever they need it is seeking a senior associate to join their insurance and construction team. They have over 1,600 people situated in key business and financial centres across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

The Insurance and Construction team advises insurers and professional firms on a range of professional risk and construction issues globally. With expertise across an international network, we achieve efficient results that achieve our client’s business objectives.

Their reputation is built on defending professionals in claims, receiving instructions from both insurers and the insured firms themselves, who are recognised leaders in their profession. They also act in relation to pure construction disputes, in particular international arbitrations.

The Role:

They are seeking to recruit a Senior Associate to join the Bristol Insurance & Construction team to focus predominantly on defending claims against construction professionals (including architects, engineers, project managers and quantity surveyors) and coverage disputes.  There will be opportunities to work on other broader non-construction insurance related claims.

Your caseload will routinely involve mediations and litigation (generally in the Technology and Construction Court) and you will gain arbitration and adjudication experience.

Day to day, you will have the opportunity to work closely with a partner who is a specialist in this area. You will also work with other partners and associates in London, and across other offices, as part of a collegiate and supportive international group.

Person specification:

  • Applicants should ideally have between 3-6+ years’ post qualified experience in professional indemnity work in relation to the construction industry.
  • We would expect applicants to have worked for a leading law firm for insurance and/or construction work.
  • Excellent academics and commercially driven.
  • Strong client focus with an ability and willingness to get actively involved in marketing and business development in Bristol and London.
  • Able to work effectively as part of a diverse and inclusive team.
  • Flexibility and a willingness to work additional hours on occasion as required.
  • An enthusiastic and team-oriented approach is essential.

Please message Leo Ketchin on leo@williamscottassociates.com or call him on 07789556586 for more details.

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Senior UK Legal Counsel

£125,000pa + 30% bonus + £7,500 Car.

Our client is a global technology business with annual revenue of circa €12 billion.  Due to ongoing growth the UK business requires a Legal Counsel.

Reporting the Group General Counsel you will be responsible for the following:

  • Drafting, negotiation and advising on a wide variety of IT contracts
  • Qualified solicitor or barrister with 6+ years PQE gained in a commercial law firm and/or large in-house legal department
  • Must be experienced in the negotiation and drafting of very large commercial contracts, ideally in the IT and financial services market place.
  • Corporate and regulatory/compliance experience would be an advantage.

This is a critical role offers a great opportunity to be introduced into a dynamic and expanding global business.

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

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.

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