Manager/Senior Manager – Corporate – SOX

Location : London, Greater London, England
Job Ref : DC372
Consultant : David Crompton
Sector : Accountancy
Salary : Competitive + Excellent Benefits


DC372 – Manager/Senior Manager – Corporate – SOX [Internal Audit / Accounting]
Location – London EC4
Salary – £Competitive + Excellent Benefits


First Military Recruitment is working in partnership with our client to recruit an ACCA, ACA or IIA/CIA qualified Internal Audit (IA) specialist to work across their range of public or corporate sector clients. They would be particularly interested in individuals who have experience of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) work in addition to IA, but most importantly are looking for ambitious qualified staff keen to progress their careers in a large multi-national accounting and advisory practice.

Our client works across a range of specialist sectors and would especially welcome candidates with experience in Central Government, Manufacturing, Construction, Real-Estate, and Healthcare.

Duties and Responsibilities [extract]:

  • Manage an IA/Controls team in conjunction with Partners/Directors to ensure timely and accurate delivery of complex technical IA audits/controls projects at clients’ sites in accordance with the Firm’s Standards.
  • Lead a profitable IA/controls team to ensure effective delivery of internal audit/SOX/controls and/or third-party controls assurance services.
  • Lead and manage agreed client portfolio of internal audit or controls assignments for the service line and regional area.
  • Perform higher level audit/controls assignments.
  • Approve and, if necessary, prepare initial draft client audit strategy and annual audit programme/controls project plans and test plans for each client, supported by a fully costed service delivery proposal, for subsequent approval by the Director/Partner.
  • Prepare/approve draft progress papers and reports for client and/or Audit Committee prior to Director/Partner sign off.
  • Represent the Firm in audit/control matters as required, including attendance at client meetings and Audit Committees, and other forums as deemed appropriate.
  • Participate in and lead on business development activities in support of the growth of the Firm and the IA/controls service within the region and nationally.
  • Assist as part of a team that prepares tenders and presents these to win work.
  • Assist in the building of the discipline and ensuring the team delivers exceptional client service.
  • Control and manage the delivery of the client programme, to ensure that the work is completed to time and budget, providing solutions on any issues as appropriate to the Director/Partner.
  • Monitor the effectiveness and quality of audit work through undertaking effective senior manager review of the work.
  • Monitor target recoveries and work with the Director/Partner in line with the approved budget to ensure that these are achieved and to assist in the maintenance of the contract monitoring system for those clients.
  • Build relationships with new clients and identify/act upon all potential additional work opportunities at new clients or new work at potential clients.
  • Support business development and growth initiatives of the practice through attendance at tender presentations, networking events and targeting within local/chosen markets.
  • The post holder will be expected to travel to the client’s sites in their own time, limited where possible to one and a half hours each way.

Skills and Experience [extract]:

  • Professionally qualified (e.g. ACA/ACCA/IA or other specialist qualification).
  • Accounting qualification (highly desirable).
  • Have gained the necessary recent and relevant experience within IA and/or SOX/controls projects. Strong technical controls documentation and evaluation experience.
  • Excellent technical knowledge on the IA process/internal controls and relevant sector issues, and ensures that team members are aware of key developments. Is developing/has developed a technical area of specialism.
  • Effective use of IT including Excel, Powerpoint, Visio, and audit/accounts packages.
  • Reviews and controls the technical content of the work of others to ensure compliance with the IA Manual and other Standard Operating Procedures along with relevant regulatory standards (e.g. Audit Standards).
  • Aware of relevant financial targets and constraints, and actively assists senior management in achieving these, keeping Partner/client informed of potential problems including actual vs budget.
  • Applies knowledge of Firm, markets and core client base, promoting and co-ordinating additional services provided to clients in portfolio

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