Centre of Excellence/Competency Centre - Senior Associate

North Wales
24 Sep 2018
24 Oct 2018
Job role
Full time
With ever changing technology and digital advancements impacting businesses, PwC is embracing the opportunity to change the way we deliver our services so that we give our people and our clients an even better experience, and further enhance the quality of what we do.

PwC is doing this by driving greater digitalisation of the more manual and routine things we do, as well as by optimising our Target Operating Model to allow our people greater opportunities to work more flexibly and in areas that offer them the opportunity to specialise and grow.

Our Centre of Excellence (CoE) and Competency Centre (CC) are just two ways we are delivering on this commitment. Based in state of the art Manchester practice, the Centre utilises the latest virtual working technologies to work with clients across the breadth of our UK client base.

The Assurance CoE executes delivery in the most complex and judgmental areas of our audits (e.g. Pensions, Share Based Payments, Audit of Tax), enabling you to build your deep technical expertise in one or more of these highly complex areas.

Our CC will deliver across less complex areas (e.g. Cash, Fixed Assets), and will help you build distinctive leadership, coaching and mentoring skills by directing the population of Client Service Administrators in non-judgemental audit delivery. Automation and standardisation of processes will be at the top of your to do list, giving you the opportunity to innovate and shape the way PwC provide services to our clients.

The Role:We are offering a distinctive opportunity for you to work across both the Assurance CoE and CC, and in doing so accelerate development of both your technical and leadership skills that will set you apart from your peers.

Our preference is for individuals to be based in Bradford, however other regional UK locations can be explored with the right individual.

Key responsibilities will include:

Providing leadership to your team, including all matters relating to people, process and systems, in order to achieve high quality delivery

Leading the review and supervision of a portfolio of work

Building deep specialisms to execute technical delivery of more complex areas of our audits (CoE)

Providing coaching and mentoring to more junior team members

Building and maintaining strong relationships with new and established audit clients, as well as front line delivery teams and other internal specialists and experts, across the breadth of our UK client base

Driving continuous improvement to what we do and how we do it (including processes, use of technology, etc.)

Giving back to community and social welfare projects, often using your business skills

Having access to internal mobility both nationally and internationally

Experience requiredWe’re looking for people who have strong technical ability and the skills to lead a team of people from diverse backgrounds. You will have:

ACA, ACCA, ICAS or equivalent qualification.

Experience in audit - professional services or industry.

Proven track record in establishing client relationships.

Ability to manage multiple engagements/clients at one time.

Demonstrated experience in leading and coaching junior members of teams.

A willingness to further develop their strong leadership skills

Excellent written and oral communication skills

A strong “customer service mindset”

Strong influencing skills;

An ability to work under own initiative, and under pressure; and

A willingness to build relationships with other PwC specialists to better provide a high quality, efficient and robust service.

This role offers the potential for flexible working. It is expected, at most, only very minimal travel will be required with the vast majority of interactions (with clients and core engagement teams) being virtual in nature.


Assurance is a dynamic place to be right now, and the variety of opportunities on offer is unprecedented. It’s work that really does matter. It matters for businesses, governments and society at large. Our team provides confidence on the most complex decisions companies have to take and this provides a wealth of opportunities to everyone who joins us and works with us.

The skills we look for in future employees

All our people need to demonstrate the skills and behaviours that support us in delivering our business strategy. This is important to the work we do for our business, and our clients. These skills and behaviours make up our global leadership framework, ‘The PwC Professional’ and are made up of five core attributes; whole leadership, technical capabilities, business acumen, global acumen and relationships.

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We work in a changing world which offers great opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We seek to attract and employ the best people from the widest talent pool, as well as those who reflect the diverse nature of our society. And we aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths. Creating value through diversity is what makes us strong as a business and as an organisation with an increasingly agile workforce, we're open to flexible working arrangements where appropriate.

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