Senior Associate, Grant Audit - London

Highly competitive salary and flexible benefits
18 Oct 2021
18 Nov 2021
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Job role
Accountant, Audit
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Qualified accountant
Senior Associate, Grant Audit - London

About Crowe

Crowe is a leading national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm with global reach and local expertise. We are an independent member of Crowe Global, one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world, with access to more than 38,000 people in more than 145 countries and across 700+ offices globally.

We pride ourselves on looking after our people, whether you’re working in corporate tax, statutory audit or you’re a marketing or HR specialist, at Crowe we invest in our people to help them be the best they can be.

We understand that it is often the culture and values of a firm that are most important when looking for a new workplace, that’s why at Crowe our people-focused culture means we value new ideas and innovation, and welcome people who are committed to making a different by delivering excellent services to our people, clients and communities.

Purpose of the role:

Do you have a passion for charities and a keen interest to work with some of the leading non-profit organisations in the sector? At Crowe, our grants audit work has grown rapidly in recent years and this has created an exciting opportunity for a Grants Audit Senior Associate to join our team. You will be responsible for carrying out grant audits across a wide range of donors including USAID, EC, DfE, NORAD, SIDA, and FCDO. The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate enthusiasm and a keen interest in the sector, with a willingness to help clients meet the contractual requirements of the donor funding. You must also be able to demonstrate close attention to detail.

The grants team are part of our highly regarded Social Purpose and Non-Profit team at Crowe UK. We are the foremost providers of professional services to the non-profit sector and our ranking as the number one charity auditor by both Caritas and Charity Finance for the last eleven years is testimony to this. This is therefore a great opportunity for anyone that is looking to specialise and develop their knowledge and expertise within the sector. You will be working alongside experienced partners and managers with a wealth of non-profits knowledge, within a supportive and approachable environment. Our non-profits team works with a variety of prestigious clients across a diverse range of organisations within the sector, many of whom are top 100 charities or household names. There may also be opportunities for international travel as part of the grants work with some of our international charities so a willingness to travel overseas is desirable.

Crowe UK is a well-established firm with a strong reputation for providing a high-quality service and investment in our people. Our specialist Social Purpose and Non Profits team is multi-disciplinary and includes accounting, tax, risk management, evaluation, governance and consultancy specialists as well as grants specialists. We are committed to the highest standards of technical expertise and audit quality.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join an expanding team within a well cultured and growing firm that is able to provide training and study support for the right individual.


  • Supports the Grant Audit Manager in each stage of the audit process:
    • Selects samples as part of audit planning process.
    • Performs: audit tests, documentation of internal control systems, grant contract review.
    • Ensuring work is accurate and clearly documented to a high standard.
    • Following preliminary review of working papers, follows up with client to ensure working papers are complete for Manager review.
    • Assists with reporting stage (documentation of audit test results).
    • Drafts management letters and reports.
    • Leading audit teams carrying out audits and supervising more junior members of the team.
  • Provides regular and proactive updates to manager about progress of work.
  • Helps ensure firm-wide consistency in performing grant audits.
  • Assists the Grant Audit Manager with drafting proposals in order to win more work.
  • Acquires and maintains technical knowledge to the required standard (technical training provided).
  • Ensures completion of assigned areas of work within the time budget and deadlines to the standard set.

Essential skills and competencies

  • Minimum qualified ACA/ACCA.
  • Good report writing skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical skills and an ability to analyse complex data (e.g. detailed expenditure breakdowns from multiple sources).
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (Excel, Word).
  • Communication – ability to translate complex contractual requirements into plain English.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Experience working with INGOs and Charities.
  • Experience carrying out audits.
  • Experience carrying out grant audits with knowledge of donor requirements.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills – will be working on multiple assignments simultaneously and will need to demonstrate an ability to prioritise tasks.

Desired skills and competencies

  • Additional language skills may be of benefit as you will be working with organisations operating in different countries.

Why choose Crowe?

Crowe is where talented people can realise their potential, are successful and enjoy what they do by making a positive difference to our clients, communities and each other.

Our vision is to be recognised as essential to the future success of our clients by helping them to answer tomorrow’s questions, and make smart decisions that have lasting value through the highest quality audit, tax, advisory and risk services.

We offer you an opportunity to continue your career and work for a firm that offers stability and knowledge. In addition, you can work alongside experienced professionals who put the client at the heart of everything they do.

At Crowe, you will find the expertise, the resources and, above all, the commitment to help you build a satisfying and rewarding career. In return we can offer you continued career development, highly competitive salaries and flexible benefits. Plus, an opportunity to work for a firm that truly values its people.

Crowe is committed to equal opportunity and diversity in recruitment and employment. We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings to our organisation and believe that diversity and inclusivity are key drivers of effectiveness and in providing our clients with a quality service.

Entry and progression within the firm is determined solely by the application of objective criteria, personal performance and merit.

We want to create the best environment for our staff to thrive. We recognise the importance of offering a flexible approach to our working environment and we would be happy to discuss with you further.

Closing Date: 15 October 2021

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

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