Auditing is at the heart of business assurance. It involves obtaining an in-depth understanding of the nature and size of our clients’ operations, the industry in which they operate, and the commercial and financial risks they face in order to focus our work in the best way.
Most of our work is undertaken on-site at a client’s premises. Typically we interact with the finance team and other key personnel in the company, checking that the information provided in the financial statements is accurate and crucially makes sense based on what we know about the company and its sector.
Depending on the type of client and the number of people in the team, a job in audit provides new challenges daily. It’s the first step in gaining a thorough understanding of how a business really operates. The moment you walk through the door, you’ll be a member of a team contributing to a variety of areas on the assignment. You’ll learn new skills with every assignment and have the continuous support and guidance of senior members in the team.
Although much of our work is done at clients’ offices not far from our own, some audits could take you around the world. Our teams have travelled as far as Kazakhstan or Mali on recent assignments.
Qualifications for Audit
Trainees joining us on the School Leaver Programme will spend 2 years working in the business and during that time will study towards the CFAB qualification and the Higher National Apprenticeship in Accountancy (HNA). Following the successful completion of CFAB and the HNA scheme, you will continue on to study towards the ACA or CA over the next 3 years. You will therefore become a qualified accountant within 5 years. Both qualifications are highly respected. They are offered by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) respectively. All trainees in Scotland will study for the CA.
These popular, broad-based and in-depth training programmes will provide you with a thorough knowledge of business issues. You’ll take papers in; Financial Accounting, Financial Management, Financial Reporting, Audit and Assurance, Business Strategy and Taxation and Law.