Audit & Assurance Senior


We are seeking an Audit & Assurance Senior in either our Long Beach or Irvine office.

General:

As a Senior, an employee’s focus is on supervising and training less experienced staff, assigning tasks and running jobs, planning and coordinating engagements, performing detailed reviews of staff work, and presenting completed engagements through “Block 3” to a Manager or Partner.  Ideally, as a Senior progresses, they should be able to run multiple engagements and take on more complex issues.  Each engagement is different, however, and the level of work performed by a Senior is dependent on the complexity of the engagement, the level of responsibility delegated by a Manager and/or Partner, and the number, experience and availability of staff.

The expectation for a new Staff joining the firm, out of college, would be that they progress to Manager after six years of experience.  Therefore, the expectation for a Senior would be that they progress to Manager after three years.  As with all expectations, it is possible for Seniors to progress at a different pace.

The application of the following performance expectations may vary greatly during a Staff’s first several years.  For example, an above-average performance on an engagement by a new Senior might, at best, be below-average for an experienced Senior.  Professional performance expectations are very similar and may stay constant between levels, but what changes is how they are applied, or the complexity of the engagements, or the problems being solved.

Client Service:

  • Effectively and confidently communicate with all levels of engagement and client management.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the client’s financial information systems and their applications.
  • Recognize business issues and identify issues that the client perceives to add value.
  • Identify management letter comments.
  • Manage day-to-day client relationship, making an effort to become the go-to person, rather than the manager or partner.
  • Maintain communications with client personnel during non-engagement periods.

Engagement Responsibilities:

  • Take responsibility for overall engagement planning and job administration, which may include the following:
  • Coordinate, with the engagement team, the scheduling and staffing of the engagement.
  • Consider, early in the planning process, having a planning meeting with the client.
  • Perform/supervise the planning requirements for the engagement, including:
  • Review prior year file to determine if the level of work needs to be adjusted and discuss with Partner/Manager.
  • Prepare/review a budget for the current year.
  • Prepare the engagement letter, confirmations and PBC list.
  • Coordinate set-up of files.
  • Perform any other assignment planning required, including coordination of inventory observations, etc.
  • Maintain contact with the client to ensure they will be ready for the engagement.
  • Coordinate the performance of fieldwork on all sections.
  • Demonstrate a balance of healthy curiosity and professional skepticism.
  • Supervise and train less experienced staff.
  • Responsible for the completion of all areas of the engagement.
  • Monitor status of work performed and communicate status to manager and/or partner on a timely basis.
  • Perform detailed review of work prepared by Staff and financial statements, as directed by the Manager/Partner.
  • Review files for completeness and follow-up to ensure all open items are resolved and that all review notes are cleared.
  • Coordinate and review the preparation of the tax return by the staff.

Technical Skills:

  • Effectively utilize Windes personnel and reference materials in the resolution of issues.
  • Research accounting and auditing issues and propose solutions.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of a client’s business transactions with a view towards both audit and tax implications.
  • Develop a working knowledge of technology and promote its use; is proficient in the use of both the firm’s software and other commonly used packages.
  • Seek opportunities to improve technical and management skills through continuing education, seminars, etc.

Administrative Skills:

  • Develop ability to prioritize and manage competing demands and tasks.
  • Develop ability to run multiple engagements, as well as, large and complex engagements and bring them to a timely completion within their established scope and budget.
  • Complete engagement fieldwork on a timely basis, efficiently monitoring and controlling your own and the staff’s time spent on engagements – budget to actual.
  • Keep office aware of your location on a daily basis.
  • Complete timesheets and expense reports on a timely basis.
  • Keep Manager and Partner informed of engagement timing and performance against budget.
  • Develop billing skills and assist Managers and Partners with billing analyses and preparation.
  • Develop and train Staff.
  • Respect the personal lives of engagement team members and consider alternatives in order to support team members in balancing multiple commitments, while still meeting client deadlines.
  • Understand the need to delegate responsibility to Staff to enhance their professional development, encouraging them to grow and to accept more challenging duties.
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude and commitment to the Firm and profession that is an example to the engagement team and client personnel.
  • Instill a sense of team spirit, partnership, enthusiasm, and good morale among the staff, and act as a leader and role model to others.
  • Prepare job performance reviews of Staff, when appropriate.

Practice and Personal Development:

  • Continue to develop relationships and a contact network with clients and referral sources.
  • Have working knowledge about the range of services offered by the Firm.
  • Begin to engage in practice development activities such as participating in industry seminars, making presentations, or publishing articles.
  • Participate in recruiting activities, as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.
  • Accept responsibility for personal development.

To Apply:
Email your résumé to Eileen Harris at eharris@windes.com with the position you are applying for in the subject line.

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