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Audit Centre of Excellence

Providing audit expertise to clients across the UK in a range of areas from our centralised delivery and innovation teams

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Working in our Audit Centre of Excellence as a Graduate

As part of our 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. You’ll develop specialist Audit knowledge from the very beginning and play a key role in maintaining and advancing the quality and efficiency of our audits.

By working with our latest technologies, 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. Alongside this, you’ll be studying for your Chartered Accounting qualification.

 

The Audit Centre of Excellence Experience

Our Centre of Excellence teams are specialists in some of the most complex areas of an Audit. As an Associate, you’ll begin your specialist learning pathway from the very start and will soon find yourself discussing pensions reporting and financial statements with Finance Directors of some of our biggest clients across the UK.

Your knowledge will develop at pace. You’ll learn on the job, taking responsibility early on. Our Centre of Excellence team engages with colleagues within our Audit practice and, as an Audit specialist, you’ll be the person providing advice and support as a subject matter expert, often to Management level and above.

You’ll have access to some of the most innovative and latest technologies within PwC. Embracing these technologies on your client engagements will be especially important as most of your time will be spent working centrally from your base location, advising our clients and your Audit colleagues across the UK. If you’re looking to build a career in Audit but also want to work more consistently from your base location, a role in the Centre of Excellence could be for you.

As you progress through your early career, if you choose to, you may have the opportunity to work within our wider Audit business, or you can continue to develop deeper expertise as you progress within our Centre of Excellence team. Either way, you benefit from a quality training programme and gain your Chartered Accountancy qualification.

Joining as a graduate

Your role in Audit will involve studying for the Chartered Accountant (ACA or CA) qualification.

You’ll start your professional qualification almost immediately upon joining and within the first few months you’ll take your first set of exams. Studying can be tough but we'll be right behind you with full financial support and access to first-class tuition. On our training programme you’ll benefit from a flexible learning provision to suit various learning styles - such as tutor-led sessions, self-managed learning and small group sessions. Our dedicated professional qualifications team and your career coach will offer support throughout your professional study journey.

For our Audit programmes, you'll need to have or be on course for a 2.1 degree or above in any subject. We determine whether you're on course for a 2.1 based on the grades you achieved in your last completed year of academic study.

For more information on what to expect from your professional qualification and the support you’ll receive, visit our training and development page.

Life in Centre of Excellence Audit

Our teams are based in three main key locations - Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. All are located right in the city centre, so you’ll enjoy all the perks of a great working location as well as easy access to the office.

Our Centre of Excellence teams are predominantly office based, offering a different training experience to our other Audit teams, who spend more time working on client sites. As the majority of the work we do for clients is virtual, we place a strong emphasis on putting the team first. We're inclusive, have regular social events and our key base offices meet quarterly.

As an Audit specialist team we also place a huge prominence on career coaching, encouraging those new to our team to take on opportunities outside of their comfort zone that offer stretch and challenge. Our teams will make you feel welcome from the start and create a safe space for others to challenge themselves, each other and management to deliver the highest audit quality.  

Working in the Centre of Excellence and in Audit as a profession is something we take real pride in. You'll join teams that work together with flexibility, agility and intelligence to solve important problems for our clients across the UK. Our role in the Centre of Excellence is to share our knowledge and expertise. We all take personal and collective responsibility as a team to ensure that we provide the highest quality audits. 

The future of our Audit Centre of Excellence

Operating as a national team, technology plays an integral part in communication, coaching and project management within the Centre of Excellence. We extensively use programmes such as Aura Platinum, Connect, Alteryx and Power BI dashboards to drive efficiencies and facilitate project management.

We’re a team focused on continual development, and as specialists in our field we actively encourage our people to attend virtual training and weekly Lunch and Learns, which often have a focus on upcoming technical updates.

We also work with our offshore Service Delivery Centre (SDC) in India, which provides the opportunity for our Associates to collaborate, review and manage the SDC work.

Utilising these teams and technologies creates the capacity for you to focus on the more technical areas of the audit at a much earlier stage in your career. Giving you the opportunity to develop your skills and career path from the very beginning.

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