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It’s an exciting time to join us. The passion of our people, combined with access to the latest technology, helps us deliver the highest quality audits and build trust in society. We pride ourselves on our global reputation as a trusted place to do business, whilst giving our people access to the best opportunities and lots of variety through your home team, internal secondments and international assignments. 

Audit is about so much more than number crunching. You’ll get the opportunity to work with clients in a range of different industries; projects can range from calculating the value of a football player through to checking how much stock a fashion company has in their warehouse. We help clients make sure they’re sustainable and environmentally friendly, provide business advice to help them achieve their goals, and focus on the total contribution of organisations to their customers, people, suppliers, community and the wider economy. There’s never been a more exciting time to join the profession. 

When you work in our Audit practice, you will discover that we have a range of different teams, including some of the following:


External Audit
Our External Audit teams work with a variety of clients and industries. In this team, you'll be hands-on straight away, working at client sites or virtually from one of our PwC offices. You’ll need to be a people person, determined and enjoy problem solving. You’ll interview key contacts such as financial controllers or finance directors, check that data is accurate and highlight and question any differences. It's investigative work where you’ll regularly speak with clients, using in-person meetings or leading-edge collaborative technology.

As finance is at the centre of every organisation, you’ll learn about how businesses operate. You could be looking through records or putting together reports on everything from suppliers to bank records and from company cars to personnel. Above all your work is client focused, which can mean travelling to client sites and will involve working to deadlines, which often requires working longer hours to meet the needs of the client. It’s hard work but rewarding. You'll also be studying towards your Chartered Accountancy qualification, in addition to benefiting from a training programme created by our learning and development specialists. What you get out of it is the opportunity to build the skills and experience that can open many doors to you, taking your career in whatever direction you choose.
Government and Public Sector
On our External Audit programme, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients and industries. If you spend time in the Public Sector team, you’ll be part of a forward-thinking team, helping our clients rise to the challenge of the current economy, and make a real difference to the public services that affect our daily lives. They support all of us to varying degrees on an ongoing basis, for example they make sure we're educated, provide ongoing health and social care support, provide housing and benefits to those in need, collect our waste, control development in our local areas and make sure we all have access to parks, open spaces and leisure facilities. Nowhere else is there such a diverse range of activities delivered by a single organisation. And given the pressure on local authority budgets, they are looking not just for methods of reducing costs, but for ways to transform the way they provide basic services to the public.

Our clients include Central Government, Local Government, Housing, Health, Charities and Education bodies, and many of these are large and complicated organisations Often they benefit from the broad range of audit services we provide. We have helped some of the largest government departments find solutions to some of their most complex problems. It's challenging work, receiving the highest public scrutiny, and hugely rewarding.
External Audit, Centre of Excellence
We’ve all experienced the impact of extraordinary technological change over recent years. Our clients are impacted by these digital advancements and therefore our propositions need to reflect that.

Our External Audit Centre of Excellence team is based in our Manchester office and located right in the city centre, in the Spinningfields district so you’ll enjoy all the perks of a great working location as well as easy access to the office however you commute in. You’ll be part of a large team of over 900 employees and will feel at home with opportunities to join social activities and local initiatives.

You’ll use cutting edge technology to work virtually on various audit engagements across the UK developing specialist knowledge and play a key role in improving the quality and efficiency of our audits.

What you'll do
As part of our External Audit Centre of Excellence team you’ll work with a broad and diverse range of clients, providing you with exposure to businesses of varying sizes, industries and complexity. By working with our latest technology, you’ll lead on innovation in a range of areas, with an initial focus on Pensions Assets and Liabilities, Share Based Payments, and the Audit of Tax.

As you progress through your early career, if you choose to, you may have the opportunity to work within our wider External Audit business, or you can continue to develop deeper expertise within our External Audit Centre of Excellence.

What you'll need
  • An analytical, investigative mind and a keen eye for detail
  • You must also be good at working with other people and building strong relationships
  • Minimum requirements are 112 UCAS tariff from up to 3 full A-Levels (or equivalent qualifications), and a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent).
  • Exams must have been taken in the same sitting and resits are accepted only where modules or papers have been retaken in the same academic year. If you have any extenuating circumstances related to your exam marks or the sequencing of your exams, please declare this on your application and this will be considered as we review your application.
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    Gilly Lord, External Audit Leader explains how we’re using technology to do better audits and development a much better level of insight.


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    The future of audit

    By joining us you’ll work in an environment that inspires you and gives you an active role in designing and shaping the future of Audit. We drive change through innovation, imagination and creativity. We embrace diversity both in our people and the work you’ll do. You’ll have an exceptional career experience working with and learning from the best. You’ll have the opportunity to deliver the very highest quality audits to the world's leading companies and leverage our global network.

    Join us straight from school or college, and you’ll start your journey towards gaining a nationally recognised professional qualification with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) or Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI). You’ll enjoy on-the-job training and coaching, alongside time out to study for your exams. You’ll have access to the same progression opportunities whether you join straight from school or as a graduate.

    Learn more about the future of Audit


    “Audit plays a really important role in the modern economy with high quality audits key to building trust in business. I’ve been an auditor all my career and I'm really excited about the investments we’re making in our people, technology and training to help us improve quality further”

    Hermione HudsonHead of Audit, PwC UK

    We’ve realigned our business to help us deliver high quality audits for our clients.

    You’ll have an exceptional career experience working with and learning from the best colleagues and coaches.

    You’ll also learn to juggle your time to study for your professional chartered accounting qualification.

    In Audit, you’ll be providing market leading audit services to a wide range of clients.

    Our PwC regional offices are at the heart of our growth strategy.

    Our people are curious. They use professional scepticism to support them in the way they approach their work.

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