Flexible Talent Network - Centre of Excellence (CoE) Manager

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    Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, National

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    12 months ago

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This role is open specifically for people who are looking to work Flexibly.
Everyone’s lives are different. Maybe you have a start-up business that only takes up some of your time, or perhaps you volunteer and want to get paid work around volunteering? Or you could be a parent or carer taking time-out to support your family? Or are you semi-retired but still want to supplement your income? Maybe you’ve taken a career break and are looking to get back into work?
There are all sorts of reasons why a traditional working pattern may not be quite right for you and why working more flexibly with us could be just what you were looking for.
The types of flexible working arrangements we can offer are:

  • Working for part of the year (if you’d like to work term-time only because of childcare commitments, or if you’d prefer to have the summer off to pursue a hobby, for example)
  • Working a set number of days a year with the flexibility to agree when that is.
  • Part time hours throughout the year.

Within our Centre of Excellence we deploy cutting-edge technology to allow you to work effectively without the need for regular travel away from your base office. So if commitments outside of work mean that you prefer not to travel to clients frequently then the Centre of Excellence could be the place for you.

A career in our Assurance Transformation Centre of Excellence practice, within Assurance Transformation Services, will provide you with the opportunity to be responsible for developing functions in PwC that support audit engagement teams and audit quality efforts. You’ll focus on enhancing our services related to data auditing, business analytics, visualisation and leveraging of analytic technologies to evaluating complex Enterprise Systems for audit and non audit services.

As part of our team, you’ll work with a broad and diverse range of clients, providing you with exposure to businesses of varying sizes, industries and complexity. You’ll use cutting edge technology working virtually on various audit engagements. You’ll develop specialist Assurance knowledge and play a key role in improving the quality and efficiency of our audits and lead innovation in a range of areas, with an initial focus on pensions assets and liabilities, share based payments, and the audit of Tax.

We’ve all experienced the impact of extraordinary technological change over recent years. All of our clients are impacted by digital advancements, and so our propositions need to respond to that. We’re also seeing that our clients are changing how they work; increasingly working remotely and across multiple locations. For PwC, this means designing an operating model where we’ll improve quality, deliver outstanding value to our clients, and create a better experience for our people.

PwC Assurance Centres of Excellence (CoEs) are one of our key priorities to respond to this challenge.

As part of the Assurance CoE you will utilise cutting edge technology to execute delivery of more complex and judgmental Assurance activities virtually. Working closely with PwC Assurance teams from across the country you will improve the quality, efficiency, and innovation in the more complex areas of the audit, and have exposure to a wide range of clients from FTSE 100 to owner managed businesses across a variety of industries. The work is location agnostic with the majority of work being office based, and as such we are looking for individuals to be based in any regional UK office (with a nucleus of individuals in our Manchester and Glasgow offices).

We currently have a range of opportunities available in the areas of:

  • Auditing of Pensions balances; and / or

  • Auditing of Share Based Payments; and/or

  • Audit of Tax

The list of areas delivered by the CoE is expected to grow rapidly, in line with the firm’s strategy, over the next 5 years. Which will create opportunities to experience new areas of the audit, to build expertise in more than one technical area and to support the growth and development of this part of our business. The Assurance CoE will provide initial training and ongoing coaching and support on the technical areas you are assigned to through weekly lunch and learns, professional skills courses, and activity leaders who act as coaches for the team.


In this position you will have a key management role on Assurance assignments where you will utilise and further develop your knowledge and skills. As a Manager within the Assurance CoE you will:

  • Have flexibility in when and how you work, utilising technology and best practice virtual working to coach and interact with teams of clients remotely

  • Develop strong relationships with audit clients and internal contacts for an assigned portfolio

  • Play a critical role in ensuring the quality of delivery of these more complex areas, in line with technical (both accounting and auditing) requirements and operating procedures

  • Be responsible for a team of individuals, providing coaching and ongoing support to ensure high quality delivery

  • Provide audit and business advice to a variety of clients

  • Work and liaise with other members of the audit team and colleagues in other parts of the firm as necessary to provide a high quality client service

  • Utilise your strong business awareness and sound reporting skills to provide valuable insights to clients

  • Have the chance to give back to community and social welfare projects, often using your business skills

  • Have access to internal mobility both nationally and internationally

As part of an Assurance CoE you will make a difference by
  • Developing deep, respected specialisms in more complex areas, enabling you to perform roles earlier in your career than is typically possible

  • Working with (and becoming) brilliant, high performing experts in their field

  • Driving innovation and thought leadership

  • Helping drive PwC Assurance strategy, by shaping a critical element of our delivery model

Successful candidates will have
  • Qualified accountant status (ACA or ACCA)

  • A drive and aptitude to build deep accounting and auditing specialisms in more complex areas.

  • A willingness to drive change by:

    • helping further define the CoE model

    • embracing virtual working and other technology

    • defining and leveraging our virtual working practices of the future

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, at all levels.

  • Strong influencing skills.

  • An ability to work under own initiative, and under pressure.

  • A willingness to build relationships with other PwC specialists to better provide a high quality, efficient and robust service

  • A desire to challenge the status quo

  • Demonstrable experience of managing multiple engagements

  • Demonstrable experience of coaching junior members of teams to develop both technical and professional skills

  • Experience in applying professional skills in the audit of pension balances or share based payments is highly desirable, but a demonstrable experience of learning new and complex technical areas is more important

This role offers the potential for flexible working. It is expected, at most, only very minimal travel will be required with the vast majority of interactions (with clients and core engagement teams) being virtual in nature.


The passion of our people, combined with access to the latest technology, helps us deliver the highest quality audits and build trust in society. We pride ourselves on our global reputation as a trusted place to do business, we are inclusive and work together to put the team first. We role model and empower challenge and are open challenge ourselves. We take pride in audit as a deep specialism and give our people access to the best opportunities and lots of variety through secondments and international assignments. 

Not the role for you?

Did you know PwC offer flexible contract arrangements as well as contingent work ( ie temporary or day rate contracting)?

The skills we look for in future employees

All our people need to demonstrate the skills and behaviours that support us in delivering our business strategy. This is important to the work we do for our business, and our clients. These skills and behaviours make up our global leadership framework, ‘The PwC Professional’ and are made up of five core attributes; whole leadership, technical capabilities, business acumen, global acumen and relationships.

Learn more here www.pwc.com/uk/careers/experienced/apply


We work in a changing world which offers great opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We seek to attract and employ the best people from the widest talent pool, as well as those who reflect the diverse nature of our society. And we aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths. Creating value through diversity is what makes us strong as a business and as an organisation with an increasingly agile workforce, we're open to flexible working arrangements where appropriate.

Learn more here www.pwc.com/uk/diversity