Senior Executive - Southampton

Competitive salary
31 Dec 2021
31 Jan 2022
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Contract type
Full time
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Ideas | People | Trust

We’re BDO. An accountancy and business advisory firm, providing the advice and solutions businesses need to navigate today’s changing world.

Our Digital, Risk and Advisory Services team is growing. Underpinned by our strategy, we are seeking to appoint talented individuals who have demonstrable skills and experience to undertake both assurance and advisory work across a variety of areas including:

  • Internal audit
  • Supply chain and supplier risk
  • Contract and commercial risk

As a Senior Executive within Digital, Risk & Advisory Services you will take responsibility for running assignments, supervising the work of more junior staff and working directly with our clients under manager supervision. You will be involved in a range of assurance and advisory projects, and will gain broad experience of delivering assignments across our commercial and not for profit client base. The complexity and size of assignments will vary significantly and your work assigned will generally be well defined.


  • Conduct assignments from planning to final reporting, using experience and judgement to apply BDO’s methodology, seeking guidance from managers as required.
  • Execute a wide variety of tests/ procedures and accurately interpret results, whilst ensuring the work is competently and efficiently performed in accordance with professional standards.
  • Proactively build client relationships, understand their business and consider how BDO can bring longer-term value beyond the immediate remit of our work.
  • Effectively analyse data and information (structured/unstructured) to drive evidence-based findings. Clearly articulate and link the implications of these findings to the clients’ broader business issues and objectives.
  • Apply internal control concepts in a wide variety of settings, develop appropriate testing approaches and assess the exposures resulting from ineffective or missing control practices.
  • Understand the financial, operational, and compliance risks which affect activities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and appropriately define those risks, and formulate recommendations which are appropriate, practical and cost-effective.
  • Prioritise work so resources are devoted to areas of highest risk in line with agreed terms of reference for the work.
  • Consistently document relevant facts and information which support the work performed and conclusions drawn, so other reviewers can follow your logic in line with the BDO methodology and risk and quality assurance requirements.
  • Effectively evaluate results, weighing the relevancy, accuracy, and perspective of conclusions against the accumulated evidence. Be effective in communicating results, both verbally and in writing (will be reviewed by senior members) so they are persuasive, placed in the appropriate context, and understood by the recipient.
  • Communicate in a proactive and professional manner with clients.
  • Be proactive in making business decisions, for example, providing solutions for any client challenges.
  • Demonstrate effective time management skills by completing assignments within time budgets and calendar schedules while handling multiple tasks.
  • Exhibit creativity and innovation in recommending risk and control improvements to client practices and processes.
  • Engage in professional development activities.
  • Supervise, coach, support and develop junior members of the team and always share expertise within the team.
  • Contribute to, and participate in the growth and development of our team i.e. marketing, networking and business development activities.
  • Be a team player – collaborating with colleagues to assist with continuous improvement in everything we do.



  • Relevant professional experience covering any one or more of the following:
    • Internal audit
    • Supply chain and supplier risk
    • Contract and commercial risk
  • A relevant professional qualification such as ACA, ACCA, CIPFA, CMIIA (CIA + 3 QIAL case studies); other relevant qualifications
  • Proficient in MS Office


  • Experience with data analytics techniques and software, however additional training will be provided
  • Experience in using flow charting software
  • Full driving licence and personal car, preferable (flexibility to travel on a regular basis locally with potential for wider travel including international assignments)
  • Fluency in multiple languages an advantage but not essential

We’re in it together

At BDO, we believe that when our people feel valued and rewarded, their potential is unlimited. We offer highly competitive starting salaries and review remuneration packages regularly to ensure that our pay always positively reflects performance. As well offering support with tuition and professional qualifications, we also provide the following benefits, as standard:

  • 25 days’ holiday;
  • access to a personal pension scheme, with matched employer contributions;
  • life assurance cover and income protection insurance.

That’s not all. We understand that everyone is different so, we offer a range of voluntary benefits to suit every lifestyle. Our flexible benefits platform, Flexcel, means our people can choose from a range of tax efficient options to design a benefit package that best suits them. Through Flexcel, they can:

  • buy up to ten days’ extra holiday;
  • add on private medical, personal accident, dental insurance or travel insurance;
  • enrol in our Bike to Work scheme;
  • enjoy discounts off cinemas, dining, and gyms;
  • receive an interest free season ticket loan or interest free graduate loan;
  • access childcare vouchers;
  • take an online health assessment and utilise our employee assistance programme.

We’re looking forward to the future

At BDO, we’re big enough to make the difference and collaborative enough to never lose sight of where we’re going. We know that it’s our people that make our success possible. Across our 17 UK locations, more than 6,000 of them work together to provide tax, audit, assurance and a range of advisory services that help our clients achieve their ambitious goals. Together, they’re fuelling Britain’s economic engine. Behind every complex client challenge and every untapped innovation, they’re there: ensuring we continue to find the right combination of global reach, integrity and expertise. That’s why we’re always looking for ways to invest in our people. That means providing them with an environment where they can grow, learn, laugh and feel respected, at all times.

Are you ready to join them?

Our Agency Policy

BDO has a commitment to building relationships directly with candidates (and agencies) in our local markets and as such, we do not accept speculative CVs from agencies. We work closely with our preferred suppliers to support us in sourcing quality candidates but we only pay agency fees where we have a signed agreement in place and an agency has been instructed by a member of the BDO Resourcing team. We do not pay agency fees where speculative and unsolicited CVs are submitted to BDO by any means other than through our recruitment portal. For any CVs which are submitted without instruction from the BDO Resourcing team, BDO reserves the right to contact and work directly with these candidates without payment of any agency fee.

For further information, and to apply, please visit our website via the “Apply” button below.

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