NATG Technical Senior
Tilney Smith & Williamson’s personal wealth management services include financial planning, investment management and advice, online execution-only investing and personal tax advice. For businesses, its range of services include assurance and accounting, business tax advice, employee benefits, forensic advice, fund administration, recovery and restructuring, as well as corporate finance and transaction services.
Our London office, based in the City, provides leading edge advice to private clients, professional practices, mid to large corporates and non-profit organisations.
From the London office we provide the full range of our services: audit, financial due diligence, valuations, business advisory services, corporate finance, corporate recovery, corporate tax, forensic services and litigation support, investment management, pensions and financial planning and advice on personal tax and trusts.
Assurance & Business Services (ABS)
We provide a range of services including external and internal audit, finance due diligence, valuations, management accounts and payroll services to a diverse client base ranging from small businesses and startups to substantial international groups. Our client portfolio includes businesses from a variety of different industry sectors, across both private and AIM listed companies.
National Assurance Technical Group (NATG)
We play a key role in managing the firm’s regulatory and reputational risk in an increasingly challenging environment. We’re embedded in the ABS departments in London, Bristol, Southampton and Dublin, proud to work closely with audit partners and staff to provide accounting and auditing advice that’s relevant, timely and practical, not just compliant. We provide engaging training on emerging issues in a variety of formats to clients and internal teams. We manage our own bespoke audit methodology to ensure the high audit quality expected of a top 10 firm. We lead the firm’s relationships with FRC and ICAEW, sitting on a number of committees to ensure our views are heard.
Purpose of role:
To provide audit, UK GAAP and IFRS technical support to the audit and business services departments (and other departments where necessary) across the Smith & Williamson Group.
To assist with developing the audit methodology of Smith & Williamson and assisting in the research of technical issues.
Audit process and procedures
- Maintenance and development of the S&W audit methodology and platform in conjunction with other members of NATG.
- Ensuring procedures comply with current regulation and best practice.
- Reviewing and updating effectiveness and efficiency of processes.
- To provide assistance to the ABS department in respect of auditing compliance matters in conjunction with other members of NATG.
Financial reporting compliance
- To provide guidance on compliance with UK GAAP and IFRS through the operation of a technical enquiries service in conjunction with other members of NATG
- When required, support with producing material for internal courses on audit and financial reporting related matters.
Quality control procedures
- To assist in the co-ordination and performance of regular reviews of specific compliance areas as required.
- Technical expertise: an essential part of the role; however, this needs to be based not just on “the rule book” but an ability to think of practical issues. A second opinion on technical issues will always be needed however.
- Problem solving: many of the questions and enquiries do not have straightforward answers and there is a need both to think through the issues and also consider the wider ramifications of any response before a second opinion is sought (also links to commercial awareness).
- Judgement: the extent to which a matter is material if a particular approach is adopted as against another (see also risk awareness, below).
- Written communication: technical material is, by its nature, difficult to express in writing and it is essential to offer staff clear and concise instructions on the application of new standards. This should be reflected in the draft documents and responses you prepare.
- Planning and organising: the role encompasses a number of areas and the workload has to be balanced and reassessed regularly.
- Persuading and influencing: yyou need to be prepared to invest time in explaining why a certain approach needs to be adopted, as it may not always be what the client wishes to do.
- Risk awareness: the extent to which a particular situation or issue potentially exposes the firm to a wider risk. This should be referred to the Head of NATG where necessary.
- Verbal communication: ability to be able to express yourself clearly to a wide range of people with different levels of experience.
Qualified accountant (ACA, CA, ACCA).
- Good knowledge of Auditing Standards, UK GAAP and IFRS.
- Project management skills and experience of getting things implemented in practice