Do you know a taxpayer? Or someone who owns shares? Have you ever shared your personal details with an organisation? If you answered yes, to any of the above then you’ll understand how important trust and public confidence is in the world of business. We want to know what our taxes are being used for, how the company we own shares in is really performing and that our personal details are secure.
Take a charity like Cancer Research UK or Oxfam for example – independent assurance supports them by ensuring that donations are spent on what they were intended for, helping to measure and validate the impact which grants, programmes and the charities themselves have, and providing them with support on tax, governance, strategy and operations to help them spend their funds and run their organisations in the most effective and efficient way.
That’s what our Assurance business is all about, providing a trusted independent external view on areas from an organisations financial performance, to how it manages it’s risks and data. Much like a detective, you’d examine and inspect our clients’ data and processes to help them accurately express the financial and non-financial position of their organisation.
This isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Think about all the money coming into and out of a business like a football club or fashion label. Some of it’s easy to account for, like clothing in a warehouse or ticket sales. But how do you decide how much a brand is worth or prove how valuable a player is? And how can you accurately reflect the value of these things in the financial statements?
An accurate understanding of the health of their finances is important to our clients, whether they’re operating in the public, charity or private sector. It means they can make decisions about what to do next. But it’s also important to the staff who depend on the client for employment, investors who’ve used their hard-earned cash to buy shares in the company, and the government or regulatory organisations whose job it is to make sure companies behave in the right way.
So although Assurance means working with finance and numbers, it’s really about so much more.
You might enjoy it if…
Join Assurance straight from school or college, and you’ll join a 4 year development programme, working towards becoming a qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, supporting clients to pin down the financial position of their business and how they can express that position.
You’ll experience working on-site at our clients’ offices or in your PwC base location, building strong relationships with client and internal staff to understand how your client’s business works. You’ll be supporting a PwC team to undertake an audit and produce a report on the financial position of your client.
An analytical, investigative mind and a keen eye for detail. You must also be good at working with other people and building strong relationships.
The exams must have been sat in the same academic year and we do not consider re-sits.
Please note that if you have a degree, you may find our graduate opportunities more appropriate. Having a degree does not lead to faster progression through this programme.