Financial Services – Audit Pensions – April 2014

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Assurance plays a vital role in restoring and maintaining public confidence in the world’s capital markets by providing an independent and reliable voice.

EY is one of the most trusted, respected and influential organisations in the Financial Services industry.  As a Financial Services Assurance professional joining the Assurance Graduate Programme (AGP) you will  have access to world-class training and all the latest information. Your work will follow a consistent globally recognised methodology, and you’ll use leading edge support tools. 

Our Financial Services professionals have direct access to a huge variety of organisations across the financial services sectors and experience an introduction to business which is difficult to match.  The opportunity to develop as an individual within the AGP means the experience you gain is unrivalled from day one.  Whilst you will work predominately within Pensions in your first years you will also experience opportunities to work across broader industry groups such as BCM, Asset Management and Insurance.  We help our clients by providing Financial Services Assurance to key stakeholders, helping to create the confidence which enables those businesses to trade successfully.  Identifying opportunities for those businesses to improve through enhanced risk management, better processes and procedures or through operational efficiencies broadens the experience for everyone and also provides significant added value to our clients.

Our specialist pensions department works with all size of pensions schemes right up to the largest in the UK.  We help clients understand and manage key business risks, improve business processes and operating efficiency and assure the validity of vital business information.  The role is primarily pensions audit, but does include some corporate audits as well as additional assurance projects such as analytics, risk reviews and system reviews.

Your aim: to provide peace of mind to our financial services clients by using your skills and experience to give companies, investors and regulators confidence in financial statements, business critical information or processes and offer accounting solutions.

What will my day be like in Financial Services Assurance?

EY will take you further, faster, so you’ll be making a difference to our clients' businesses right from the start. In your first year, you’ll focus on obtaining a thorough grasp of our unique audit approach. You’ll work with some of our higher-risk and more complex clients in order to understand what we do and how different strands of our business work together to benefit our clients.

You’ll help to analyse the precision and safety of their financial records. By delving into our clients’ work processes, we come to know their performance strengths and vulnerabilities. As a result, we help our clients see how they can improve their business – and often, how we can assist them. So it’s not surprising that many of our longest-standing and most complex business relationships are with our audit clients.

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

A key stepping-stone in your first years with the firm is the Chartered Accountancy qualification. You'll work towards membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) or the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (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.

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 courses with our in-house experts. You’ll be assigned a counsellor on day one who’ll work closely with you to identify your strengths and help you grow in your career.

What opportunities will the Financial Services Assurance Graduate Programme open up?

Our expectations are high: we believe most graduates joining Assurance Services will become senior managers, directors and partners – we’re looking specifically for the business and market leaders of the future. We’re looking ahead, and we believe the work and training you do in your first few years is laying the groundwork for a fast moving, high-potential career with us.

So we place particular emphasis on talent for leadership and strong commercial sense. To further these, we’ve created a structure that allows people here to realise their potential at the earliest stage in their career, and take their career further, faster. A key requirement will be to demonstrate success in completing high-quality audits for our clients and winning new work for the firm. At first you’ll work on, then later lead, proposals to prospective new clients, showing a strong grasp of their business and potential in the market.

We’ll give you responsibility at the earliest possible moment – as soon as you’re ready for it. As you progress, your familiarity with – and comprehension of – clients will mean you work closely with them and other colleagues to design business solutions. We’re looking for individuals willing to exceed our high expectations, and those of our clients. You’ll receive world-class training and counselling by experienced staff at every stage of your career. And in due course, we’ll look to you to pass your knowledge on to less experienced members of your team to help them take their career further, faster.

What are my options when I apply?

You can start your Audit career in various locations throughout  the UK. You will have the opportunity to work within our clients in banking and capital markets, asset management or insurance.

Entry requirements:

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

Please note: 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.

The above entry requirements are not applicable for our Schools Programmes.


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