Public Services Audit Internship 2021
In Audit, you will join a growing team of over 750 relationship driven, curious, problem solvers who add value to their clients daily. Our Audit Teams provide audit assurance services which are vital to our clients' business control and credibility. Our expertise ranges from servicing private, entrepreneurial companies through to UK listed companies, financial services, public sector bodies and some of the largest FT Global organizations in the world. By joining a unique integrated structure, you will benefit from working in collaborative teams and be given responsibility for delivering robust and independent audit services in a supportive environment.
In a rapidly changing business world, we also care about our industry and have long pressed for a debate on audit competition. We believe that companies and their shareholders alike deserve the benefits that increased competition can bring and are committed to playing an active role in shaping its future.
Purpose of Job
As an audit intern you will be part of a team responsible for completing about 250 limited assurance audits of small local authorities (primarily parish councils). Parish councils are required to submit an annual return of their income and expenditure and we undertake procedures set by the National Audit Office to give independent assurance on the annual return. The level of assurance is less than that for an audit (hence the term limited assurance) and the procedures are comparatively straightforward. However, we need our interns to have:
- an enquiring mind; and
- the ability to analyse information, especially financial data quickly and accurately.
You will be trained and closely supervised by an experienced Manager, with all work reviewed by the Manager and Partner. We expect you to learn quickly and work independently, taking responsibility for the work assigned to you. This work is managed remotely but you will have regular contact with parish council staff on the phone, by e-mail and by letter so you must be a strong communicator.
You will be set targets for completing work to ensure the team achieves a 30 September 2021 for completing the majority of this work. Each parish council completes a satisfaction survey so a key skill is chasing them for information and persuading them to correct errors in a friendly and professional way to ensure we continue to receive positive feedback on the way in which we undertake our work.
The outcome of your work with us contributes to providing various stakeholders with assurance over each parish council's financial and accounting records and standards of governance. Given each parish council raises most of its income via a precept added to council tax bills, there is considerable public interest in how they spend taxpayers money. In light of this the need to be alert to sensitive and/or unusual issues, whilst working at speed on set procedures, is an important aspect of this work.
Following the program, if a career in accountancy is something which you wish to pursue, you will be in a positive position to apply for one of the firm's graduate positions, which commence the following summer.
We are looking for people who bring something special to the firm and who also have some distinctive qualities. We want driven people who think creatively about their work, embrace challenges and can resolve complex problems.
- Demonstrates strong analytical and research skills;
- Takes ownership of assigned tasks and adopts a pro-active approach;
- Ability to organise and prioritise workload;
- Produces accurate and timely work;
- Participates in meetings, providing information and ideas with clarity and persuasiveness;
- Ability to build relationships;
- Respects differences in people and values diversity of ideas;
- Actively seeks to enhance own expertise and knowledge;
- Demonstrates drive and commitment to self-development;
- Professional approach to work and clients i.e. professional appearance, respect for individuals, and ethical conduct.
Strong academic performance is important so we know that you're ready to take your professional exams. However, we understand things don't always go to plan – so if you don't meet our minimum requirements, please let us know if you have any exceptional achievements or extenuating circumstances which affected your results. We also consider your achievements in the context of your socio-economic background, so encourage you to submit your contextual information.
- Predicted 2.1 or above in any degree discipline
- Minimum of 112 UCAS points. This is based on the new 2017 UCAS Tariff. You can calculate your UCAS points here.
- Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.
Please specify on your application if there were extenuating circumstances or exceptional achievements that we should take into account. We also accept equivalent international qualifications.
We have recently re-located to an office in central Newcastle and applicants should be prepared to work in the Newcastle Office. However, applicants should also be able to work from home if to comply with government guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic if the office is closed or it is not practical to accommodate interns five days a week whilst observing Government guidance. The Office Managing Partner will decide on location, taking into account the latest guidance, before the start date and will ensure that successful applicants are notified accordingly.