Audit Technical Managers - Competency Centre - Bradford

14 Sep 2020
17 Sep 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
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.

Audit Technical Managers - Competency Centre - Bradford

We’ve all experienced the impact of extraordinary technological change over recent years. All of our clients are impacted by digital advancements, and so our propositions need to respond to that. We are also seeing that our clients are changing how they work â€" increasingly working remotely and across multiple locations. For PwC, this means designing an operating model where we’ll improve quality, deliver outstanding value to our clients, and create a better experience for our people.

Our Assurance Competency Centre is one of our key priorities to respond to this challenge. The centre will support our client facing teams across the UK in delivering non-judgmental aspects of an audit whilst supporting our objectives to drive efficiencies, reduce costs and improve quality.

As well as overseeing and driving improvements to quality and efficiency, through more focussed delivery, the Competency Centre will play a critical role in driving ongoing innovation in what we do and how we do it - most particularly how we further automate delivery of audit based activities. The Activity Leader will be absolutely fundamental to us achieving not just our growth strategy in terms of hours to be delivered under this model, but also in achieving full automation potential. The selected individual will be highly motivated to help drive this strategically significant change in our business.

A key objective of the Competency Centre is to support PwC's social mobility agenda and as such we are looking for someone who is able to be open minded and creative about how and who we recruit and deploy on audit work, whilst understanding key quality criteria. Therefore being part of the Competency Centre provides you with the opportunity to make a real difference by supporting PwCs social mobility agenda as well as building highly sought after and transferable skills that will help you develop and progress more widely at PwC.ResponsibilitiesIn this role, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to be at the forefront of Assurance strategy by working with the central implementation team to:
Drive high quality and timely business implementation of this new initiative, including such elements as:
  • Operating processes, working practices and supporting collateral
  • Recruitment and resourcing
  • People strategy, including career model, moderation processes, people experiences, etc.
  • Supply and demand strategy
  • Marketing new initiative to the business

Driving ongoing delivery and continuous improvement of the service, including:
  • Leading delivery of the activity from a people, client service, quality and efficiency perspective
  • Managing a large team of people, including development, coaching, mentoring, and pastoral care

Overseeing, monitoring and evaluating the quality of work performed by your Supervisor and Performer teams - including:
  • Coaching and supporting your activity supervisors to drive continuous improvement within their Performer teams
  • Driving understanding of and compliance with activity technical and other operational requirements
  • Thematic reviews of internal quality reviews, root cause identification and action plan development
  • Responding to quality review findings and technical updates

Act as an internal technical (and operational) expert for the activity, including resolving Competency Centre team member consultations and escalations

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 programs (e.g. EAT) to develop an understanding of the work performed by the Competency Centre

Working with Competency Centre Business Support Leader to support overall Competency Centre operations

Driving activity thought leadership and ongoing innovation (what we do and how we do it), including standardisation, automation, outsourcing, methodology enhancements, etc.
Skills required
CA/ ACA/ ACCA/ ICAS qualified (or international equivalent) or
equivalent work experience in Audit (international candidates who technically qualify in their home country by experience)

Experience working in a professional services environment, ideally Big 4

Excellent people skills, including motivating and coaching more junior team members

Strong leadership skills

Strong written and oral communication skills, at all levels

The ability to think creatively and innovate with new solutions

Excellent organisational / project management skills

Pro-active and self-motivated
This role is available on a flexible basis and can also be considered part-time.

Location: Bradford
Salary: Competitive
Role closing date: 14th of September, 2020

The location
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The skills we look for
Our people are curious and put quality first and foremost. They are inclusive and invest in themselves and their teams. They adapt to new challenges with flexibility, agility and intelligence. They speak up, role modelling constructive challenge whilst also being open to challenge themselves. They take pride in their profession, their work and their passion to deliver to the highest quality.
Valuing Difference. Driving Inclusion.

We work in a changing world which offers great opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We seek to attract and employ the best people from the widest talent pool because creating value through diversity is what makes us strong as a business, enabling us to solve important problems and deliver value to our clients. We encourage an inclusive culture where people can be themselves, are valued for their strengths and are empowered to be the best they can be. As an organisation with an increasingly agile workforce, we also support different ways of working offering flexible working arrangements. Learn more here about our work to support an inclusive culture.