PricewaterhouseCoopers - Muscat


About Us
At PwC, we measure success by our ability to create the value that our clients and our people are looking for. Our reputation lies in building lasting relationships with our clients and a focus on delivering value in all we do. We’re a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 208,000 people who are committed to delivering world-class capabilities and quality in assurance, tax and advisory services.
Established in the region for 40 years, PwC Middle East employs over 4,000 people across 12 countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Complementing our depth of industry expertise and breadth of skills is our sound knowledge of local business environments across the Middle East region. Our tailored solutions help our clients meet the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the Middle East market and beyond.
Our Middle East Assurance practice includes nearly 1,600 people based in 12 countries across the region. Our people are aligned to different industry teams, so our clients can be confident that they will receive advice which is tailored around the unique challenges and opportunities that they encounter.
Job Description
Line of Service Overview
 
Our Middle East Assurance practice includes nearly 1,600 people based in 12 countries across the region and is part of PwC’s global network of over 91,000 assurance professionals operating from 157 countries worldwide.  We’ve delivered audit and assurance services in the region for over 40 years.   Our people are aligned to different industry teams, so our clients can be confident that they will receive advice which is tailored around the unique challenges and opportunities that they encounter.
 
 
Responsibilities:
 
  • Executing and delivering the results of internal audit co-sourcing, outsourcing and / or secondment assignments for our client portfolio across various industries;
  • Assisting our clients in identifying and assessing their processes and internal controls and recommending areas for improvement and optimisation;
  • Helping design and implement internal audit strategies and plans;
  • Supervising, coaching and developing individual team members in your assignments;
  • Planning and supervision of projects and assessment of business and audit risks of clients as per the requirements of International Standards on Auditing;
  • Reviewing work performed by less experienced personnel for sign off by Manager/Senior Manager,
  • Generating and implementing ideas to maximise assignment profitability;
  • Coordinating with the clients from planning to execution stages of the projects;
  • Effectively managing the audit process with appropriate consideration of audit risk issues and accounting technical matters;
  • Producing assignment budgets and timetables, and managing delivery against them;
  • Identifying efficiency improvements and additional billings;
  • Plan and attend the opening planning meetings with the Head of the Department / Section / Function under review and obtain his / her commitment to the audit assignment;
  • Leading and management of fieldwork on clients, liaising with other departments to ensure smooth delivery of the audit process;
  • Ensure that sufficient testing is done for the internal controls identified during the planning phase. Confirm the conclusion on the internal controls design effectiveness;
  • Prepare the draft internal audit report and ensure that issues raised and documented in the working paper file are properly excluded or included in the report;
  • Prepare the rating and prioritization of the points raised;
  • Obtain and document the management comments in the report;
  • Attend the closing meeting with the Head of the Department / Section / Function under review to discuss the issues raised and recommendations suggested;
  • Prepare issuance of the final report to the Head of the Department / Section / Function under review of Internal Audit;
  • Conduct follow up assignments and report to the Head of Internal Audit the findings on the status of implementation of the recommendations raised in the final report;
 
 
 
Requirements:
 
 
  • University degree majoring in accounting or business related subjects;
  • Strong inter-personal skills and able to interact with executive levels of client and PwC management;
  • Effective time and project management, interpersonal and influencing skills are essential
  • The Senior Associate should hold CA, CPA, ACCA, CIA certification or be working towards it and this is an essential prerequisite for progression to the next level.
  • He/she needs to have strong oral and written communication skills, a commitment to exceptional client service, creative problem solving ability and a consultancy mind-set. Prior Big 4 experience (preferably within the PwC network) is desired and the person must be available to travel and work in excess of standard hours when necessary.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in the Arabic language, while not mandatory, is highly prized.