Firm & Personal Independence Associate in London, London Region UK, United Kingdom



Job description

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. Youll focus on promoting and monitoring compliance with applicable external laws and regulations as well as internal policies and procedures to help manage PwCs 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, youll help promote and monitor compliance with applicable external and internal policies, laws and regulations and subsequently, manage PwCs regulatory, litigation and reputational risk.


Responsibilities


As an Associate, youll work as part of a team of problem solvers with extensive consulting and industry experience, helping our clients solve their complex business issues from strategy to execution. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to

  • Proactively assist the team in various aspects of the project

  • Prepare deliverables

  • Contribute to the development of your own and teams technical acumen

  • Keep up to date with local and national business and economic issues

  • Ensure you are adhering to compliance matters

  • Work on developing internal relationships and your PwC brand


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

The role requires an 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 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 growing and dynamic team that provides critical business support to the firm in a complex and changing regulatory environment.



Being at the heart of PwC


PwC's ambition to grow through acquisitions and development of new innovative ways to serve clients, mandatory firm rotation, the ongoing climate of regulatory change, and the increased focus on globalisation all mean that PwC's ability to maintain Independence from our audit clients is ever more business critical for PwC. The Independence team has a vital role to play in enabling PwC's growth, whilst protecting our reputation and brand, and the team will be at the heart of change in the firm over the next few years.



The opportunities that we are offering will provide you with

  • Breadth and insight into the activities of the firm by consulting on a xLoS basis;

  • The ability to contribute directly to the firm achieving its performance goals, especially regarding growth, leading firm and quality

  • Ability to build a network of partners and staff across the firm and the wider PwC network and be seen as someone who can help them with complex issues;

  • An ability to enhance and refine your listening, influencing and communication skills;

  • The chance to be part of a solutions-focused, cohesive, vibrant team; and

  • An opportunity to develop a solid technical base and understanding of the independence rules which underpin everything we do as a Firm.



The team

Independence is led by two partners reporting directly to the One Firm Risk Management Leader.

The departments role is to support the partners and staff within PwC through the provision of policy and guidance to the firm in respect of Independence. The department also provides certain operational processes in support of those policies and is responsible for monitoring compliance with said policy and procedures.

The Independence Team consists of 3 Directors, 12 Senior Managers, 10 Managers and approximately 20 Senior Associates and Associates.

The Independence team is responsible for working with the practice to ensure that the firm meets its regulatory responsibilities.

The Independence team provides guidance and support to client facing teams on scope of services matters and business relationships, and is also responsible for the management of potential conflicts of interests / ethical walls, personal independence compliance testing programmes, annual personal independence confirmations, and annual independence training.



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 an Associate within the Firm and Personal Independence team, you will be responsible for undertaking the following tasks

  • Responding to independence queries from the practice.

  • Assisting process managers and project managers with the coordination and delivery of personal independence activities.

  • Liaising with the Service Delivery Centre in Katowice, who undertake a number of personal independence activities.

  • Involvement in other ad-hoc projects and supporting other independence activities.



We require the following skills for this role

  • Ability to demonstrate a 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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