Assurance

A key part of our purpose is to build trust in society. We provide decision makers with information they can depend on and give investors confidence.

 

In an ever changing world, there's an increasing focus on the total contribution from businesses to their customers, people, suppliers, community and the wider economy. We provide decision makers with information they can trust and give investors confidence.

In Assurance, we use cutting edge, collaborative technology to provide market leading services to our clients, both in person and virtually. We get right to the heart of business. With a continued demand for better corporate governance, accountability and transparency, we work with organisations to identify and manage their risks to best position them for the future.

Assurance is so much more than numbers. From assessing the sustainability of a supply chain, to the carbon footprint of a business, to compliance with their own internal governance policies, we help our clients to better understand their organisations’ culture and performance to help to achieve their true potential.

Our role impacts everyone’s lives and it’s work that really matters. In this constantly evolving environment, Assurance offers you a diverse career working with a wide range of businesses and industries. A career in Assurance gives you opportunity and challenge – we do work longer hours in busy season, and have to be flexible to meet the needs clients - often spending time on site with them.

You’ll also learn to juggle your time to study for your professional chartered accounting qualification. However, you’ll have a lot of support, from your team, people manager and buddy to help you achieve this. It’s the variety and opportunity we offer that allows you to develop a broad range of effective business skills and enables our people to excel across the breadth of work Assurance offers and further on in their careers.

You can join us in our mainstream Assurance business where you’ll be providing market leading audit services to an unprecedented range of clients including the largest share of FTSE 100 companies of any UK audit firm. Joining our mainstream Assurance business will expose you to a variety of areas including External Audit, Risk Assurance and our Government & Public Sector clients.

Or you can choose a specialist areas within Assurance: In Technology Assurance, which is part of our risk assurance practice, specialists work with clients to help them anticipate, manage and mitigate risks to their IT systems and support them with their IT security and controls. In the Centre of Excellence where you’ll use cutting edge technology to work virtually on various audit engagements across the UK developing specialist Assurance knowledge and play a key role in improving the quality and efficiency of our audits. 

Join Assurance and you could find yourself involved in...

External audit
Is External Audit right for you?
At PwC our advancements in technology have ensured we're at the forefront of how audits are delivered to our clients, both onsite and virtually. Utilising this cutting edge technology we’ve developed and our ability to stay connected wherever we are, we’ve challenged the assumption that all members of audit need to be based in the same place and in close proximity to our clients. Therefore depending on the team you join, you may find yourself travelling to client site or in some of our specialist teams, you may find that you connect virtually with your clients from your home office.

Work with our prestigious client list and you’ll develop the business skills, knowledge and relationships you need to do well in a career that’s about so much more than numbers. You’ll go beyond the obvious and develop real insights into a client’s markets, technology, people and management, as well as its finances.

We nurture intelligence, courage and energy and embrace diversity. Our people think independently and are confident about sharing their point of view. They draw on the breadth of their experiences and relationships to provide clients with a tailored, risk-focused approach to the audit.

What you'll do
On our Assurance programme, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients and industries. Spending time in the External Audit 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, tenacious and resilient. 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.

What you'll need
You'll need to have or be on course for a 2.1 degree or above in any subject.
Government and Public Sector
What do we do
We're a specialist sector team within Assurance, and we work across a wide variety of assurance engagements.

We're the leading advisor to the Government and Public Sector. In Assurance, the Government and Public Sector teamwork across Risk Assurance and External Audit engagements. What makes us stand out is our specialist focus on Government and Public Sector clients, helping them rise to the challenge of the current economy, and make a real difference to the public services relied on by everyone. Our clients include Central Government, Local Government, Housing, Health, Charities and Education bodies.

Is Assurance Government and Public Sector right for you?
There have been major cuts to department's resource budgets and there remains huge pressure on the public purse, meanwhile economic growth is sought through major capital projects. Departments are having to do more with less and the challenge is only going to increase with implementation of the latest Spending Review.

Central Government Departments are large and complicated organisations. There is a need from departments for the broad range of assurance services we provide, and we have helped some of the largest departments find solutions to some of their most complex problems. It's challenging work, receiving the highest public scrutiny, and hugely rewarding.

Local government is the sphere of government that is closest to people; we all need local services delivered by local authorities in 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.

We work with many of the local authorities and housing associations across the UK, offering a broad range of assurance services and linking up with teams from across PwC to ensure we deliver the value our clients need.

What you'll do
On our Assurance 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 use your analytical skills to get maximum value out of taxpayers’ money. We believe it makes for a terrifically rewarding career. And as our services range from risk management to value-for-money reviews, and from internal and external audit to commercial assurance, you’ll experience how varied our work is as well as our clients.

We also publish newsletters, blogs and articles, and give tailored advice and training to clients to keep them up to speed with the latest developments in accounting and corporate governance. The sheer variety is what attracts many people to Government and Public Sector Assurance.

Read our Government and Public Sector blogs.

You’ll work mainly at client locations and away from home. You could be part of a large audit team, helping to check that a client’s accounts are true and fair or reviewing the operation of key control systems. At times you might take sole responsibility for seeing a job through from planning and execution to the final written report. It’ll be challenging. But we’ll be right behind you and we’re confident you’ll find it both rewarding and career-enhancing.

What you'll need
You'll need to have or be on course for a 2.1 degree or above in any subject.
Risk Assurance
What do we do
Today's business environment is different. More complex. More connected. Companies not only face new and unknown risks, but also new and untapped opportunities. Our team is at the forefront of this change, ready to transform how you perceive - and capitalise on - risk.

While this complex environment makes it much harder to predict where new risks will come from, we believe that it represents an opportunity for businesses to transform and innovate, and discover hidden value. From our clients boardroom to their back office, we work with them to protect and strengthen every aspect of their business; from people to performance, systems to strategy and business plans to business resilience. Through our invaluable insights and independent assurance we can help our clients to discover and unlock real value.

What you'll do
On our Assurance programme, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients and industries. If you spend time in the Risk Assurance team, you’ll be on the front line, working closely with clients to help them reduce their exposure to risk.

You’ll be part of a variety of teams, taking real responsibility for the work you do, whether that’s working with multinationals or governments to define governance models; reviewing new business processes; or understanding how a control failure affects an audit strategy.

Later on, building on your new business skills, you could be offering expert guidance on sustainability issues or the best way to outsource services; explaining to clients how sound risk awareness can help them meet corporate goals; or advising on the most reliable and transparent ways to get information across to investors, customers and the public.

What you'll need
You'll need to have or be on course for a 2.1 degree or above in any subject.

Or you can join one of our specialist teams

You could also work across our Technology teams

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PwC is a great place to work, with exposure to large clients, it offers a huge amount of variety. There is the opportunity to work in teams with plenty of like minded people as well as the chance to study for the ACA qualification. You work and study alongside your graduate intake which provides a good platform for the future and friends for life.

Thomas ICAEW award winnerAssurance Milton Keynes

 

The regions are at the heart of our growth strategy and represent some of the most dynamic and resilient parts of our business.

Growth in the economy, improvements in Technology and regained trust in business has meant more activity across our network and the executive board plans to double our regional footprint over the next five years. This means unprecedented career opportunities to help our clients tackle complex business problems and social challenges across the private, government and public sectors. In fact, two thirds of our clients are served by our regional offices – that’s over 9100 clients!

Joining a regional office means an opportunity to work within centres of expertise across the country, with global household names, and businesses celebrated in their home towns. You’ll have a varied portfolio to build the breadth of your experience and you’ll develop key leadership skills as you work towards promotion. So whether you decide to work in London, or the regions, you’ll have access to some of the best opportunities and clients on offer.

To learn more about our regional footprint, do visit our regional webpages.

 

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