National Audit Technical Services - Senior Manager

Bristol; Edinburgh; Glasgow; Leeds; Liverpool; London; Manchester; Milton Keynes; Newcastle
Competitive salary + benefits
24 Mar 2023
24 Apr 2023
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Locations: Bristol; Edinburgh; Glasgow; Leeds; Liverpool; London; Manchester; Milton Keynes; Newcastle; Reading; Birmingham.

As one of the world’s largest networks of audit, tax and consulting firms, RSM delivers big ideas and premium service to help middle-market businesses thrive. We are a fast-growing firm with big ambitions – we have a clear goal to become the premium adviser to the middle market, globally. This vision touches everything we do, motivating and inspiring us to become better every day. If you are looking for a firm where you can build a future and make an impact, then RSM is the place for you.

National Audit Technical Services (NATS) is responsible for maintaining the technical quality of the audit firm's operational procedures and guidance. It does this by producing the Audit Manual, maintaining the firm’s computerised audit software, as well as monitoring the technical quality of technical training courses and assisting in the provision of such courses on an ad hoc basis. Technical content for marketing material is also reviewed and when requested, developed.

NATS also provides technical support to partners and staff in the form of advice and opinions in response to queries, as well as providing engagement quality control reviews, 2nd opinion and efficiency reviews. NATS is also responsible for producing the firm’s responses to exposure drafts, consultation documents and discussion papers from bodies such as the FRC, IAASB, IASB and EFRAG, and internal technical communications which advertise changes to published standards, legislation and internal guidance.


The role will require you to communicate with a wide range of individuals within NATS, the audit business and other departments such as Accounting and Financial Reporting, Learning & Development, Valuations and Risk & Advisory Services and Ethics Team.

Your primary role will be a point of contact for technical queries from client-facing partners and staff, in your local region but also supporting other offices nationwide.

Other aspects of your role may include, amongst other things:

  • Carrying out second opinion/engagement quality control reviews
  • Carrying out efficiency reviews
  • Assisting NATS RIs on engagement quality control reviews of listed clients
  • Drafting and reviewing internal technical communications
  • Reviewing internal / external model accounts
  • Updating key internal documents for changes to accounting standards
  • Developing responses to consultation documents and discussion papers

You will also be involved with ongoing projects across NATS such as, but not limited to:

  • The development of standard audit documentation
  • Revisions to the Audit Manual
  • Testing and input into the ongoing development of the firm's audit software
  • Development / review of technical material for training purposes
  • Input to responses to consultation documents

Personal and professional qualities

  • ACA/ACCA qualified - or equivalent
  • Experience of working within Audit within professional services
  • Experience of working as a Manager or Senior Manager within a similar position
  • Specialist sector knowledge would be beneficial but not a requirement

Requirements for the role

  • Auditing and financial reporting knowledge and skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • The ability to manage risk in a commercial environment
  • Lead projects and drive a quality and timely output
  • Responding proactively to legislative changes, consider the impact on the firm and its resources and providing commercial, risk managed solutions
  • Influencing the decisions of more senior personnel
  • Experience of working independently as well as part of a team
  • Coaching and mentoring more junior members of the team
  • Researching technical material and ultimately draw conclusions
  • Manage time effectively and achieve deadlines consistently
  • Bring and share new ideas and challenge current working methods in an appropriate manner
  • Experience of spotting problems and recommend / implement solution

Diversity and Inclusion at RSM

At RSM, we want to create a strong sense of belonging so that people of all identities, backgrounds, and cultures feel they can bring their true self to work. Our clients come from all walks of life. We aim to achieve that same diversity of background, experience and perspective in our own teams, so that we can genuinely understand our client’s needs. Diverse teams bring a broader range of ideas and insights to work. That’s why we’re working together to ensure our firm’s principles and processes support a firm culture that embraces difference and strengthens inclusion.

At RSM we work hard to create an environment where our people can make a difference - to themselves, their career, their teams, and to the success of our firm and clients. We support all our people to work flexibly, to manage their family and other responsibilities alongside their work commitments; we believe this is key to achieving an inspiring and fulfilling working environment.

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