External Audit, Senior Associate

PwC - Halifax, NS (30+ days ago)

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Our culture and values are something we’re proud of, and are why we’re recognized as a “Top Company” to work for in Canada. At PwC we create leaders within our organization, within our clients’ organizations and within the community. We know great leaders inspire those around them and bring perspectives together to achieve what matters most. With PwC you’ll have a network for life. When you join us, you become part of an exclusive network of current PwC partners, staff and alumni, that will help you ignite a meaningful career.

A career within External Audit services, will provide you with the opportunity to provide a range of Assurance services and business advice to a variety of clients from small, fast growing clients to large entities. Our clients are often well known brands and many have broad international reach. We focus on using the latest technology to reduce the level of manual testing ensuring you’ll focus on the most valuable areas of client service and on enhancing corporate governance and the reliability of our clients’ information.

To really stand out and make us fit for the future in a constantly changing world, each and every one of us at PwC needs to be an authentic and inclusive leader, at all grades/levels and in all lines of service. To help us achieve this we have the PwC Professional; our global leadership development framework. It gives us a single set of expectations across our lines, geographies and career paths, and provides transparency on the skills we need as individuals to be successful and progress in our careers, now and in the future.

As a Senior Associate, you'll work as part of a team of problem solvers, helping to solve complex business issues from strategy to execution. PwC Professional skills and responsibilities for this management level include but are not limited to:

Use feedback and reflection to develop self awareness, personal strengths and address development areas.
Delegate to others to provide stretch opportunities and coach to help deliver results.
Develop new ideas and propose innovative solutions to problems.
Use a broad range of tools and techniques to extract insights from from current trends in business area.
Review your work and that of others for quality, accuracy and relevance.
Share relevant thought leadership.
Use straightforward communication, in a structured way, when influencing others.
Able to read situations and modify behavior to build quality, diverse relationships.
Uphold the firm's code of ethics and business conduct.

The Audit and Assurance Group is currently seeking a Senior Associate to join the team.

Responsibilities for the role include planning the engagement:

Conducting research in order to have an in-depth understanding of a client’s industry and business
Meeting/interviewing the client to complete sections of assigned audit work
In cooperation with Management, set the audit approach to the engagement, which makes effective use of team members’ skills and is within budget for assigned component(s).

Managing the engagement:
Ensuring that all work is completed and documented in accordance with our prescribed standards
Developing the knowledge of junior team members through on the job coaching and sharing best practices on the completion of their sections
Managing interpersonal relations and building the morale of the team
Reviewing the work of junior staff
Demonstrating strong technical knowledge and having the ability to research issues, present alternatives and conclusions to client/Manager; and
Continuously communicating with the Manager and/ or Partner with respect to engagement progress – risks, issues, variances from plan in terms of time, budget, etc.

Completing the engagement:
Taking full ownership of external file completion
Analyzing engagement economics of self and field staff and explaining variances from plan;
Preparing and delivering meaningful individual performance evaluations on a timely basis to Associates;
Developing strong relationships with your clients to facilitate the completion of client work; and
Identifying potential opportunities to provide additional services to your clients.

Requirements:
An interest in upskilling for a digital world and technology trends, an openness to learning new tools and adapting how you work.

Minimum of one year of experience in a public accounting firm
CA designation or close to completing a CPA designation
Understanding of Canadian GAAP and IFRS
Understanding of Canadian or International norms
Superior communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills that allow you to thrive in a team environment
Demonstrated ability to work in a multitasked, fast-paced and changing environment
Well-developed leadership, organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
Commitment to providing excellent client service
Ability to work on multiple engagements concurrently

Why you’ll love working for PwC

We want you to love every (if not, almost every) minute of your career, having said this, we get it. Each life stage we go through comes with a new set of priorities and demands. This is why we support you through a range of financial and non-financial rewards and benefits, so regardless of your situation, there’s something for everyone.

Leading benefits for our permanent staff include:
A competitive compensation package
Sponsored investments, pensions and saving plans with matching firm contributions
Flexible working
PwC FlexBenefits, for personalised medical & dental coverage, including enhanced mental health benefit
Every day recognition and real time appreciation through our rewards and recognition program
Dress for your day with our flexible dress environment
Health, wellness and fitness perks
Family-friendly benefits, including maternity and parental leave policies and support networks to help you prepare for your successful return to work
Adoption/surrogacy benefits
Back-up child and elder care support
Career defining project work and international experience
Development opportunities including learning on the job, formal learning, learning from others and access to “Vantage” our digital learning system
Award winning programs including “Women in Leadership” and “Enhanced Pursuit Program”
A coach to help develop skills, diversify experiences and achieve career aspirations

Every day we see how people make businesses great. But it's not only about skills. If your experience is close to what we're looking for, please consider applying. We recognize that experience comes in many forms, and passionate teams reimagine the possible. Create your future at PwC.