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10 months ago
Gowling WLG LLP
Location: Birmingham
Job type: Permanent
Contact: Nana Panti-Amoa
Category: Accountancy Jobs
About Gowling WLG

We have more than 1,400 legal professionals working around the world. Our offices span across 19 cities in Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East. There's strength in our global presence – we embrace our differing cultures and work together as one team. We also understand the importance of investing in relationships that build knowledge and trust, while we provide legal advice that's tailored to our clients' world.

 'Our people and distinct culture are what makes us different. We know this through client and employee feedback and this drives everything we do'' Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director.

 There are great opportunities for all our people to flourish. Through training and personal development they can grow in their role. Our people are the cornerstone of our success, across legal, business support and early talent. We care about their happiness and believe in the power of teamwork. We want them to feel empowered and recognise that by supporting, respecting and embracing everyone's different contributions we achieve more.

Working flexibly, working fairly

 

Agile working offers people more freedom and flexibility in where, when, and how they work. As technology advances and our workforce becomes more diverse – and with clients often working to a 24/7 rhythm – having extra flexibility is key to helping us balance work and other commitments sensibly and productively.

By supporting people to choose where and when they get their work done, we help them to make a full and fair contribution to their team – while maintaining that all important work-life balance.

Main purpose of the Job
 

To support the Audit Manager and Head of Assurance in partnering with the business, delivering fit-for-purpose recommendations that add value to the way the firm works. Undertaking a wide range of process, team and operational audits in addition to file audits, focusing in particular on high risk areas. 

The newly established Assurance function within the General Counsel Team is helping the firm achieve its objectives by providing assurance on its internal control arrangements and playing a key role in promoting good risk management and corporate governance.    

 
Main duties and responsibilities

·         Assisting in the end-to-end audit process including planning, fieldwork, reporting and action follow-up.

·         Delivering/assisting on a wide range of file, departmental, operational and process audits focused on key risk areas and international standards adopted by the firm.

·         Engaging with teams at all levels including Partners, General Counsel Team and Business Services to deliver audits.

·         Reporting findings to the Audit Manager as they arise.

·         Evaluating the adequacy and effectiveness of key controls and processes.

·         Making recommendations for improvements in controls and procedures around areas of identified weaknesses and validating that the necessary improvements are implemented.

·         Assisting the Audit Manager and / or Head of Assurance with other assurance projects as and when required.

·         Contributing to projects utilising Artificial or Augmented Intelligence (AI) and drawing on other innovations to enhance audit efficiency, effectiveness and quality.

·         Working with the firm's risk, compliance and wider functions, leveraging and sharing knowledge and supporting compliance with legal requirements, policies and contracts.

·         Supporting the enhancement of policy, processes and procedures in line with audit findings and other identified needs.

·         Supporting oversight of international and other standards adopted by the business including ISO9001 (quality), ISO14001 (environment), ISO50001 (energy), ISO 27001 (information security) and ISO22301 (business continuity).

·         Contributing to wider General Counsel Team and firm wide initiatives for the betterment of the firm as a whole.

 
 
Key skills and experience:

·         Newly qualified or approaching qualification in a recognised Chartered Accounting or Internal Auditing qualification.

·         Practical experience of internal audit, risk management and/or related assurance functions.

·         Understanding of how risk and assurance play a major role in good Governance.

·         Confident assurance professional with a high standard of written and verbal communication skills and ability to handle sometimes challenging situations.

·         An ability to gather, analyse and evaluate facts and to prepare concise oral and written reports.

·         An ability to establish and retain effective working relationships and to communicate clearly and effectively, both written and orally.

·         Excellent attention to detail and the ability to work methodically and with focus in a vibrant, fast paced environment.

·         A flexible, commercial and pragmatic approach.

·         Previous experience in a professional services enterprise not essential.

In return, we offer an excellent salary and benefits package in a firm that is growing its reputation for client experience, outstanding people and creative energy. This is a great opportunity to be part of an exciting forward-thinking business.

 
Qualifications
 

Key skills and experience:

·         Newly qualified or approaching qualification in a recognised Chartered Accounting or Internal Auditing qualification.

·         Practical experience of internal audit, risk management and/or related assurance functions.

·         Understanding of how risk and assurance play a major role in good Governance.

·         Confident assurance professional with a high standard of written and verbal communication skills and ability to handle sometimes challenging situations.

·         An ability to gather, analyse and evaluate facts and to prepare concise oral and written reports.

·         An ability to establish and retain effective working relationships and to communicate clearly and effectively, both written and orally.

·         Excellent attention to detail and the ability to work methodically and with focus in a vibrant, fast paced environment.

·         A flexible, commercial and pragmatic approach.

·         Previous experience in a professional services enterprise not essential. 

 

In return, we offer an excellent salary and benefits package in a firm that is growing its reputation for client experience, outstanding people and creative energy. This is a great opportunity to be part of an exciting forward-thinking business.


Equal Opportunities:

 

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment.  The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity.  This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

 

At Gowling WLG we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work.  Our aim is to fulfil everyone's potential and together to achieve personal and business goals.


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