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Audit Associate (ACA Part-Qualified) (0292)

  • Location:
  • Division:
    Business Services
  • Working Hours:
    Full Time
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Overview of Firm

PKF is the 12th largest accountancy brand and the 12th largest audit practice in the UK. We are also an active member of PKF Global, an international network of legally independent accounting firms that gives us an on the ground presence in 150 countries around the world with access to more than 20,000 people across 440 offices globally.

We provide a full range of audit, accountancy, tax and advisory services, and are experts at simplifying complexity. We are particularly well-known for working with complex clients with challenging issues in fast-moving and highly technical areas, such as the insurance industry, the global capital markets and the not for profit sector. Our aim is to understand people, the organisations they run, and what matters to them, so we can simplify complexity and help them achieve their ambitions.

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Introduction to the Division

Business Services 

‘Variety’ best describes the work of this division.  You could be involved in the audit of any organisation from a listed company to working with owner-managed businesses. Sole traders and partnerships don’t always have the accounting infrastructure of larger companies, so they rely on us for day-to-day financial advice. Our clients include natural resource companies, tech companies, professional practices and retailers.



Purpose and aim of job

  • To ensure all work undertaken is carried out in accordance with the firm’s procedures
  • To be responsible for the day-to-day operation of each audit assignment for smaller assignments
  • To provide on the job training to more junior members of the firm


Job duties and responsibilities

  • Accept responsibility for all work performed
  • Attend pre-audit discussions with partner and manager
  • Plan smaller audit assignments with the assistance of the audit partner and manager
  • Ensure an adequate briefing is held and other members of staff are briefed in detail
  • Ensure that the work undertaken on site is in accordance with the approved plan and budget
  • Review the work of more junior staff on each assignment and provide feedback to them
  • Hold daily team meetings to assess progress on smaller assignments
  • Advise the audit manager of progress on the job and any developments that may lead to a change in strategy on a daily basis
  • Suggest logical solutions to problems
  • For smaller audit assignments under withdrawn supervision, complete the audit file and pass the complete file for review to the manager subject only to key points raised for the manager’s attention, to include the following: Planning, Closing, Fixed assets, Stock, Debtors & Sales, Bank, Creditors & Purchases, Tax, VAT, Provisions, Reserves, Profit and loss, Payroll, Related parties, Trial balance
  • Under withdrawn supervision on larger audit assignments, complete the following sections: Creditors section: accruals, VAT, PAYE, HP and other; Debtors section: prepayments, accrued income and other; Provision of contingent liabilities; Capital and reserves; Related parties
  • Specialist audit assignments – gain experience at a junior level on solicitor reviews, charity audits and IFRS assignments
  • Complete appraisals in accordance with the firm’s procedures
  • Respond to client concerns in an efficient and professional manner
  • Be able to provide sound advice to clients and demonstrate knowledge of business issues


Responsibilities or involvement in management

  • To act in a mentoring capacity for more junior staff
  • Coach more junior members of staff on the job
  • To promote the firm


Communication and business relationships required

  • Effective internal communication – both oral and written – with Partners, Managers and other audit staff
  • Effective external communication with clients


Job knowledge required

  • To be progressing through training contract
  • Pass relevant professional examinations
  • Attend training courses
  • Possess IT skills in Word, Excel and audit software including Pentana Checker, Proaudit & Caseware


What you should expect from others

Assistant Manager/Manager:

  • Detailed briefing
  • Ongoing support and guidance
  • On the job training
  • Prompt response to queries
  • Daily contact 
  • On site reviews


  • On site reviews


Person Specification
  • ACA part qualified;
  • Approximately 12-18 months relevant work experience in a practice firm;
  • Accountancy audit-based training; and
  • IFRS knowledge.


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Private medical
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Enhanced Sick leave
Enhanced Annual leave
Salary sacrifice options
Enhanced pension matching contributions
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Dress down policy

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