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ESG and Controls Assurance - Senior Associate

London (Central)
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Full Time
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Hybrid - mostly office
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Quality is at the heart of what we do. Combining passionate people with leading technology, we work together to build trust in society. We put the team first and solve important problems by challenging the organisations we audit and being open to challenge ourselves. We take pride in our work and the profession, recognising audit as a deep specialism.

Hear from our UK Head of Audit about the evolution of the Audit and what opportunities PwC could have for you.

It's a really exciting time to be joining us. We’re growing our teams across all areas of our Audit practice and investing a huge amount in our people, their skills and the technology available, as we continue to radically modernise our business and the way we serve our clients.

Learn more about The Future of Audit. 


Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), is a term that covers a range of issues facing the world today. At PwC, it’s an opportunity to have a purposeful career to positively contribute to one of the most pressing problems of our time by helping to reshape the whole economy and the society in which we live.

Through speed, collaboration, and imaginative thinking we’re helping our clients to build trust in the climate transition by building credibility of non-financial and climate reporting, helping clients to transform sustainably, ensure the transition to Net Zero is fair, and ensuring our own business is ready to meet the challenge and sharing this story with our clients.

As part of The New Equation, PwC is investing $12bn globally over the next 5 years, creating over 100,000 new jobs with a particular focus on strengthening our ESG capabilities across the firm. We’re working with our world-leading Sustainability & Climate Change practice to embed ESG into our market-leading services, bringing the best of our firm together to help our clients. Together, we can build good businesses for a stronger world. Join us on this journey as we create real, transformative impact.

Essential skills and experience
  • Assurance experience, including evaluating controls over financial and operational (non-financial) processes.

  • Understanding of some key non-financial assurance reporting and assurance standards and frameworks e.g. ISAE 3000, ISAE 3410, ISAE 3402, SOC 1 and SOC 2.

  • Strong project management skills and a demonstrable experience of working on multiple engagements and managing your time effectively.

  • A key focus on delivering high quality work to tight deadlines.

  • Strong business awareness, sound reporting skills and the ability to work under your own initiative.

  • The ability to apply independent judgement during engagements and to support conclusions reached by management.

  • The ability to coach junior team members.

  • Exceptional client relationship and communication skills.

  • A willingness to learn new skills and help develop and innovate new client propositions.

About the role

In Stakeholder Assurance we help our clients to build trust and confidence in their key non-financial information and/or the internal controls environment that supports the provision of key services, whether for internal or external use.

We typically provide assurance services in these areas:

  • Non-financial processes and data, including governance, operational business management indicators, Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) indicators and price indices;

  • Third party controls reporting, covering a broad range of sectors, including IT and business process outsourcing services.

In joining us you will be part of a unique client proposition, assisting our clients build trust in their systems, processes, controls and data and providing transparency to their stakeholders (such as investors, customers, regulators, trade bodies and civil society to name a few) in the form of independent reporting and assurance.

This Senior Associate role will see you working on a variety of challenging, career-advancing non-audit assurance assignments. You’ll be constantly learning, and your ideas will be welcomed in an atmosphere of innovation, collaboration and teamwork.

You will be required to deliver complex engagements and will work with senior staff supporting them with the on-going development of PwC’s profile in the market place, along with building trusted relationships with clients. In your role you will work closely with management throughout the business, while yourself being responsible for delivering the highest quality work, working closely with our clients in providing an excellent service to them and coaching junior colleagues, often on a number of concurrent engagements.

About the team

Within PwC’s London Audit Stakeholder Assurance practice, you'll have the opportunity to work with a market leading team and across a diverse portfolio of clients, from owner managed businesses, private equity backed companies, up to large multinational and listed groups.

We work with well known clients across a broad range of industries including entertainment and media, pharmaceuticals, technology and communications, energy, utilities and mining, retail, hospitality and leisure, business services, construction and real estate.

We also work across the third sector, spanning a number of government and public sector clients and charities. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on global projects, collaborating with PwC colleagues and clients all over the world.

Who we're looking for

As a credible candidate you will have a demonstrable track record of performing high quality work, exhibiting attention to detail, critical thinking and a strong ability to work with clients who potentially span all functions within client organisations across a number of different industries. The candidate will build experience in complex non-audit assurance engagements against standards such as ISAE3000, ISAE3402, SSAE18. Prior experience with these standards is not critical but is a plus. 

Our people are expected to be capable of applying their core skills in a variety of business situations to maximise the client value and impact. Strong project management skills are essential to be able to deliver multiple projects simultaneously and the ability to coach junior team members.

Not the role for you?
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The skills we look for
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The Deal
‘The Deal’, our firmwide Employee Value Proposition’ empowers our people to be the best they can be. Learn more.

Our commitment to you
We’re committed to building a culture that empowers all of our people to thrive and feel a sense of belonging at PwC. Learn more.

Application support
If you’re a person with a disability, if you’re neurodivergent, or if you have a condition that you believe may affect your performance during our selection process, we’ll be happy to make reasonable adjustments to our processes for you. Learn more.


Our values define how we do things. And our purpose is why we exist - now more than ever - to build trust in society and solve important problems for our clients and our communities. In a world we no longer recognise, we need to rely on the strength and agility of our people to help us to navigate these uncertain times.

We're committed to ensuring that care and our people's wellbeing remains central to our culture. While we may not know what’s ahead, we can do all we can to help shape the future. As we continue to navigate this unprecedented time, it’s important that we support our people, to help them take care of themselves and to ensure the right support is available when it’s needed.

For now, we ask you to join our talent network and stay in touch with what’s happening in real time, including new possibilities as they arise. Visit our website for more information on how we’re responding to this pandemic and what changes we’re making to our recruitment process. 

Stay safe and stay connected in this rapidly changing world.


Opportunities are at the heart of a career with us.   Opportunities for you to sharpen your skills, collaborate with experts, build lasting relationships and make an impact in a place where people, quality and value mean everything.

Our offer to you...

·         Be part of the world’s leading professional services network and enjoy the benefits that come with that.

·         Meet and collaborate with highly talented people from diverse backgrounds, developing new ways of thinking, creating value for you, for PwC and for our clients.

·         Work in a challenging and stimulating environment where you’ll be inspired to reach your full potential.

·         Identify and develop your skills, build on your existing strengths and discover new ones you didn’t know you had. Watch your expertise and influence grow with us.


The PwC deal

No matter which area of the business you choose to join, all offer the same deal.  The opportunity to grow as an individual, to meet new people, and build lasting relationships that will stay with you for life.  All whilst making an impact in a place where people, quality, and value, mean everything.  Your hard work will be rewarded with a competitive salary and a personally tailored benefits package.


What you need to bring to us

Your intellect, willingness to learn, ability to build relationships, put yourself in others’ shoes, while always making a positive impact with our clients and each other.

The skills, insights and connections you develop at PwC are career defining wherever your career may take you. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. Take it.



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