Data Activity Leader - Competency Centre Bradford

01 Sep 2019
04 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
About UsThe new PwC Competency Centre is one of our key priorities in delivering a best in class proposition as one of the world's leading professional services firms. Not only will it offer our people the opportunity to work more flexibly and with little travel required, you will be working with a breadth of nationally based clients from small SMEs to large corporations.With ever changing technology and digital advancements impacting businesses, PwC has to adapt in order to meet our clients' needs. Our clients are changing how they work - increasingly working remotely and across multiple locations. The Competency Centre will play an integral part in how we rise to the challenge - allowing us to improve quality, deliver outstanding value to our clients and create a better experience for our people.A key focus for this new proposition is supporting the PwC Social mobility agenda, and as such we are looking for people who want to make a real difference by being open minded about who we recruit and deploy on audit work. You will be making a big impact in providing professional development to a diverse range of people.What we do:
Our Competency Centre data function will be responsible for the delivery of all onshore data audit support activities. This will include, but not be limited to:
Complex, time-pressured requests that cannot be sent to our offshore Service Delivery Centre (SDC) teamsSupporting SDC teams with complex requests that can be sent offshoreBespoke General Ledger transaction flow analytics (e.g. using our internally developed 'Revenue CAATs' toolkit)Data reconciliationsReperformance and review of complex models and calculationsAudit insightsDetailed subledger testingPresenting findings & deliverables in form of written reports, presentations and Dashboards
We will work across clients, engagement teams and SDCs to ensure high quality delivery of a range of analytics on our external audits. This will expand to include work where similar capabilities are required as part of certain Risk Assurance propositions (e.g. Internal Audit). Over time, the team will be part of an evolution in our scope of activities, as we work to standardise, offshore and automate existing activities, all while exploring new activities to embrace a fully data-enabled audit approach.The Role:The Activity Leader role will be instrumental in the implementation and growth of this new team, challenging the status quo and demonstrating strong leadership, coaching and mentoring, with accountability for the overall quality of the work delivered by the data team, as well as supporting the development of the team and its capabilities. The selected individual will be highly motivated to help drive this strategically significant change in our business.
As an Activity Lead / Manager within the Competency Centre data team you will be:
Leading delivery of data work in the Competency Centre from a people, client service, quality and efficiency perspective;Managing a large team of people, including development, coaching, mentoring, and pastoral care;Taking an active role in the management of supply and demand, working closely with resourcing teams, wider Data & Analytics in Assurance (DAA) and the business to ensure that requests for work are handled appropriately, utilising available MI to make informed decisions about scheduling and prioritisation of work;Overseeing, monitoring and evaluating the quality of work performed by your Supervisor and Performer teams - including:
    Coaching and supporting your supervisors to drive continuous improvement within their Performer teamsDriving understanding of and compliance with any technical and other operational requirementsThematic reviews of internal quality reviews, root cause identification and action plan developmentResponding to quality review findings and technical updates;Acting as an internal technical expert for the activity, including resolving Competency Centre team member consultations and escalations, being involved in complex/judgemental data work, and handling challenging or sensitive queries and escalations from the front-line delivery team;Implement and maintain ongoing Competency Centre Learning and Development activities, including formal activity training curriculum, ad hoc learning and sharing, and a formal and effective coaching and mentoring structure;Contributing to Assurance-wide training and publicity to help front-line teams develop an understanding of the capabilities of the data function within the Competency Centre;Working closely with Competency Centre leadership on the operational management of the team;Working with the wider Distributed Delivery Model implementation team to support the transition of data activities into the Competency Centre, including such elements as:
      Operating processes, working practices and supporting collateralRecruitment and resourcingPeople strategy, including career model, moderation processes, people experiences, etc.Supply and demand strategyMarketing new initiative to the business ;Predominantly office-based, and while some travel may be required, you will be expected to conduct the majority of client and engagement team interactions virtually;Engage actively with our Global Data Acquisition strategy to help clients extract the right data from their systems;Build and maintain strong working relationships with both clients and front-line delivery teams, to enable high quality delivery; andDrive continuing thought leadership and innovation in what and how we deliver the audit using data capabilities, including identifying opportunities for greater standardisation, automation, offshoring/outsourcing and broader process enhancements.Essential Skills/Experience:Demonstrable technical ability and experience in working with industry-leading tools/software, for example:
        SQLAlteryxSASACLVisualisation tools such as Power BI, Qlikview or TableauUnderstanding of the audit processExcellent people skills, including motivating and coaching more junior team membersStrong leadership skillsStrong written and oral communications skills, at all levelsThe ability to think creatively and innovate with new solutionsExcellent organisational / project management skillsProactive and self-motivatedStrong "customer service" mindset
        Desirable skills/Experience:
        Experience of working with broad range of teams in diverse geographic locationsExperience with coding/scripting languages such as R, Python, VBA, C++/C#, Google Apps Scripts/Javascript/JavaCompletion of, or working towards the completion of, relevant accounting qualification (those working towards a qualification will be supported through to completion)Diversity in how we recruit is incredibly important to us - this role will be considered on a part-time basis along with flexibility on working hours.With minimal travel for this role and the offer of flexible working options, alongside a competitive salary there's never been a better reason to discover a job you love.

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