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Corporate Independence Senior Associate

Posted: 8 Jun 2021 Closes: 9 Jul 2021
London Competitive
Permanent & Full-time PwC_194884WD-int

A career in Risk Management, within Internal Firm Services, will provide you with the opportunity to advance and foster integrity based decision making and conduct by PwC professionals throughout our organisation. You'll focus on promoting and monitoring compliance with applicable external laws and regulations as well as internal policies and procedures to help manage PwC's regulatory, litigation, and reputational risk.Our Compliance team is responsible for oversight of all Compliance activities by our PwC professionals. As part of the team, you'll help promote and monitor compliance with applicable external and internal policies, laws and regulations and subsequently, manage PwC's regulatory, litigation and reputational risk.
To really stand out and make us fit for the future in a constantly changing world, each and every one of us at PwC needs to be a purpose-led and values-driven leader at every level. To help us achieve this we have the PwC Professional; our global leadership development framework. It gives us a single set of expectations across our lines, geographies and career paths, and provides transparency on the skills we need as individuals to be successful and progress in our careers, now and in the future.

As a Senior Associate, you'll work as part of a team of problem solvers, helping to solve complex business issues from strategy to execution. PwC Professional skills and responsibilities for this management level include but are not limited to:

  • Use feedback and reflection to develop self awareness, personal strengths and address development areas.
  • Delegate to others to provide stretch opportunities, coaching them to deliver results.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and the ability to bring order to unstructured problems.
  • Use a broad range of tools and techniques to extract insights from current industry or sector trends.
  • Review your work and that of others for quality, accuracy and relevance.
  • Know how and when to use tools available for a given situation and can explain the reasons for this choice.
  • Seek and embrace opportunities which give exposure to different situations, environments and perspectives.
  • Use straightforward communication, in a structured way, when influencing and connecting with others.
  • Able to read situations and modify behavior to build quality relationships.
  • Uphold the firm's code of ethics and business conduct.

We are looking for a Senior Associate who is solutions-focussed, skilled at building relationships, who enjoys being at the heart of change, and who wants to be part of a cohesive and vibrant specialist team.

The role requires a Senior Associate who has a practical and methodical approach to problem solving, who is good with detail and able to cope with pressure. You must be confident in liaising with individuals at all levels throughout the firm, enjoy acquiring new knowledge and be able to deliver difficult messages on occasion.

Previous high level knowledge of the independence or conflict rules would be beneficial but is not a requirement. Full training on these elements of the role will be provided.

Whilst prior independence knowledge is useful, what is more important is that you have a willingness to learn a new technical area, a client service mentality/background would be helpful, excellent coaching and communication skills and you want to join a dynamic team that provides critical business support to the firm in a complex and fast changing regulatory environment

The team

Independence is led by two partners reporting to a member of the UK firm's Management Board.

The department's role is to support the partners and staff within PwC through the provision of policy and guidance to the firm in respect of a number of regulatory areas, including Independence, Business Conduct and Ethics. The department also provides certain operational processes in support of those policies and is responsible for monitoring compliance with said policy and procedures.

The Corporate Independence Team consists of 3 Directors, 16 Senior Managers / Managers and approximately 15 Senior Associates and Associates. The team is responsible for working with the practice to ensure that the firm meets its regulatory responsibilities as required under PwC Global Independence policy and FRC, IFAC, SEC, the EU regulations and other territories' rules.

The Corporate Independence team devote time to consulting regularly with practice staff to help them understand the complex nature of the independence rules and to give them solutions-focussed guidance to help structure the services the Firm would like to provide to our clients.

In addition to this advisory mandate, the team is also responsible for the critical task of managing potential conflicts of interests / ethical walls across the whole of PwC.

Additional information

Opportunity for working from home? (Yes)

Amount of time client based (0%)

Opportunity for job sharing? (No)

Need to travel/overnight stays away from home (No)

Opportunity for flexible working (hours)? (Yes)

As a Senior Associate within the Corporate Independence team, you will be responsible for undertaking the following tasks:

  • Managing your own portfolio of independence assessments and consultations with key stakeholders in the practice to give guidance on Independence considerations.
  • Efficiently reviewing the analysis of audit relationship checks to assess the need for conducting an Independence Assessment.
  • Providing advice and guidance regarding queries submitted by the practice. This will involve both the initial interpretation of the firm's independence rules against specific query related facts and the development of initial advice on matters under review.
  • Coaching junior team members on various aspects of Independence (e.g. non-audit services). This includes exhibiting role model behaviour in addition to helping them fulfil their potential by assisting with their learning and personal development.
  • Day to day management of one of the core Independence processes within the independence assessments function, which are key to operational activities.
  • Other ad-hoc projects as the department so determines from time to time, including the provision of general support to other independence activities.
We require the following skills for this role:
  • Ability to demonstrate clear understanding of commercial / client-facing issues, and empathy with the client facing practitioners who the Independence team support;
  • Intellectual capacity to make good judgements with strong analytical, organisational, project management skills and attention to detail;
  • Excellent communication skills, able to interact with self-confidence at all levels, as well as managing internal relationships, e.g. with key stakeholders;
  • Ability to interact with others' demands providing support and/or influencing, with the flexibility to change behaviour where necessary; and
  • A conscientious, ambitious team player, with good self-management skills and an ability to take initiative.
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