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Financial Services - Audit Quality Support Team - Senior Manager

Ernst & Young LLP (UK)
Closing date
3 Oct 2023

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Accounting - practice
Salary band
Contract type
Full Time
Where will they be working
Hybrid - mostly office

Job Details

At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all.


The opportunity

Our Audit Quality Support team (AQST) plays a vital role in supporting our Audit Quality Programme. As an AQST Senior Manager you will contribute to a growing team supporting our most complex and challenging audits through real-time coaching and reviews to promote consistent high-quality audits. We are looking for senior managers to help run UK FS AQST through a combination of leadership and development of the programme and performance of reviews.


Your key responsibilities

  • Work with the FS audit quality leader, quality leadership partners from each industry, and UKI AQST leader to run the FS AQST programme, including:
    • Performing annual risk assessment of FS PIE audit engagements in order to determine those in scope for AQST or other review support programmes
    • Allocating appropriate reviewers to selected engagements
    • Providing instructions, training, and coaching to UK Senior managers nominated to perform AQST reviews
    • Reporting status and results of reviews to both the UK Audit Quality Board and Business Unit Leaders
    • Escalating thematic issues to audit quality leadership
    • Ensuring that inspection findings are disseminated to teams in a timely manner through our coaching programmes
  • Provide direct coaching and review support to the highest-profile engagements selected for AQST review within your industry expertise
    • Perform risk-based scoping through engagement with the audit team
    • Challenge the effectiveness and articulation of the audit strategy
    • Review the execution of the audit work and identify areas for improvement
  • Source, supervise, train, and deploy a dedicated team of offshore audit quality managers trained to support UK audit quality objectives.
  • Supervise the FS UK team administrating EY’s Global Key Findings Review programme
  • Assist with deployment of other UK quality initiatives including, among others, standardisation and digital implementation.


Skills and attributes for success

  • For administering the AQST programme:
    • Proactive communicator, quick to engage with audit quality leadership
    • Innovative mindset, focussed on ways to improve delivery of AQST reviews and provide the most value to audit teams
    • Ability to lead and influence peers, and to lead teams remotely
    • Strict and organised project manager
  • For administering reviews
    • Gold standard technical audit skills and dedication to staying up to date with technical updates and inspection findings
    • Flexible working style to adapt to the different teams you will be working with
    • Courage to challenge the effectiveness and articulation of the audit strategy by audit teams
    • Attention to detail in review of the execution of audit work and identification of areas for improvement
    • Proactive communication and deadline management, both with the audit team and audit quality leadership


To qualify for the role you must have

  • ACA/ CA/ ACCA (ICAEW, ICAS, Irish Institute or equivalent international qualification
  • Strong project management and technical (auditing) skills
  • Significant experience with large public & complex audits
  • Strong focus on and passion for audit quality and coaching/reviewing teams


What we look for

We’re interested in professionals with a genuine creative vision and the confidence to make it happen. You can expect plenty of autonomy in this role, so you’ll also need the ability to take initiative and seek out opportunities to improve our current relationships and processes. If you’re serious about your career with us and ready to take on some of our clients’ most complex issues, this role is for you.

What we offer

EY is committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We strive to achieve the right balance for our people, enabling us to deliver excellent client service whilst allowing you to build your career without sacrificing your personal priorities. While our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a lifestyle balance.


We offer a competitive remuneration package. Our comprehensive Total Rewards package includes support for flexible working and career development, and with FlexEY you can select benefits that suit your needs, covering holidays, health and well-being, insurance, savings and a wide range of discounts, offers and promotions. Plus, we offer:

  • Continuous learning: You’ll develop the mindset and skills to navigate whatever comes next.
  • Success as defined by you: We’ll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way.
  • Transformative leadership: We’ll give you the insights, coaching and confidence to be the leader the world needs.
  • Diverse and inclusive culture: You’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.


If you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.

The exceptional EY experience. It’s yours to build.

Apply now.


Please note: Prior to finalizing your application, you will be asked to provide personal information across several dimensions of diversity and inclusiveness. The information you provide is kept entirely confidential and will not be used to evaluate your candidacy. We collect this data to help us analyse our recruitment process holistically and implement actions that promote diversity and inclusiveness. While optional, we encourage you to provide this information to hold us accountable towards our goal of building a better working world. We ask because it matters!


At EY, our purpose is building a better working world. The insights and services we provide help to create long-term value for clients, people and society, and to build trust in the capital markets.

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Ernst & Young LLP (UK)
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