Audit - Government & Public Sector

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About GPS

If you are looking for the opportunity to join a fast growing and high profile area at EY then Government & Public Sector (GPS) Audit is the place to be.

In just over 2 years we have created a market leading Public Sector audit business which has grown rapidly because of a great track record for winning new business in a competitive market place.

This means the firm continues to actively invest and you can be a key part of this ongoing growth as we recruit significantly more graduates than anyone else in this area.

What is Audit – Government & Public Sector (GPS)?

We are  a specialist team within Audit Assurance, dealing specifically with clients in Government and the Public Sector. Our primary clients are in Local Government and the NHS.  These include County Councils, District Councils, Police, Fire, Hospital Trusts and Clinical Commissioning groups - all of which are involved in providing frontline services to the public. Therefore everything you do or use on a daily basis is provided by the clients we support - roads, schools and education, leisure facilities, care, doctors, hospitals, refuse collection, planning applications - the list is broad. 

The GPS graduate role is structured so as well as learning and specialising in GPS, you will also experience corporate audit. Ultimately, you will gain excellent learning and development experiences that you can apply across a broad range of sectors: External Audit, Internal Audit and Advisory.

What will my day be like in GPS?

From day one you will be working out at our client sites, being part of a multi-disciplinary Audit team and really making a difference to our clients’ businesses.  In the first year, you’ll focus on obtaining a real understanding of the audit approach by auditing specific aspects of their financial statements, to ensure they correctly reflect the financial transactions that have taken place in the year. As it is the public money that is being used to provide the services, our responsibility and a key part of your role is to ensure that it is being used correctly.

Our clients vary in size and complexity and you will be given the opportunity to work across them all, gaining a greater understanding of your clients’ work processes, so that they understand their performance strengths and vulnerabilities.

What training and development will I receive in the first few years?

A key stepping stone in your first years with the firm is the Chartered Accountancy qualification where you'll work towards membership of the ICAEW.  The exams are front loaded to speed your career progression, so you'll spend a significant amount of time studying for and sitting these exams during your first year. 

You'll also complete two papers of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) in conjunction with the ICAEW qualification and become eligible for membership of both institutes.

Graduates will join after university and spend 3 years on the programme. School leavers join straight from school following completion of A Levels or Scottish Highers and spend 5 years on the programme completing a Certificate in Finance Accounting and Business (CFAB) then leading to full qualification through the ICAEW.

As well as your professional training, you'll also develop essential know-how through diverse activities.  These will include web-based learning, shadowing senior colleagues and team members, secondments and residential training course with our in-house experts.  You'll be assigned a counsellor on day one who will work closely with you to identify your strengths and help you grow in your career.

What opportunities could GPS open up?

You will be a specialist in GPS Audit and have all the skills and experience to work across the assurance sector into corporate audits.  We believe most graduates and school leavers joining our assurance services will go on to become senior managers, directors and partners – we are looking specifically for the business and market leaders of the future.

What are my options when I apply?

You can start your career in GPS Audit in our

  • Birmingham,
  • Cambridge
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • North London (Luton)
  • Reading
  • Southampton offices.

Entry requirements:

For Graduates

  • Grade B or above for GCSE in Mathematics and English (or equivalent);
  • At least 300 (24) UCAS points (excluding general studies and re-sits);
  • At least a 2.1 in any degree discipline.

For School leavers

  • Grade B or above for GCSE in Mathematics and English (or equivalent);
  • At least 300 (24) UCAS points (excluding general studies and re-sits).

Please note: Given the nature of the services we provide to clients in the area of Government and Public Sector, it is imperative that our clients have confidence in the integrity and reputation of all our staff.   In order to complete client work of a particular type, staff will need to undergo background security checks by a third party. You will be required to undertake a baseline security check to allow standard access across the client base.

In exceptional circumstances we will accept applications from candidates who do not meet our academic requirements. If this is your case, you will need to provide strong justification for why we should consider your application. You will also need to provide documentary evidence of any mitigating circumstances


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