Technical Consultant

In this role you will be responsible for performing high quality independent and objective file reviews to evaluate accountancy practices' compliance with regulatory standards. Undertaking those reviews in the medium and location as has been determined to best suit the client and achieve Mercia's strategic direction.

We want you because you want to deal with people not regulation and you are looking for a more varied, rewarding Audit role where you can really utilise your technical audit expertise to support a variety of external customer and help them to get it right and do the right thing.  

You're a true technical audit expert with ACA / ACCA who has been a senior auditor or similar in practice and you enjoy helping other to understand and implement changes in line with the technical audit requirements of ISAs and accounting standards (UK GAAP and/or IFRS).

 

A bit about us:

Mercia Group is one of the leading providers of training and support services to the UK accountancy profession, working with over 8000 firms nationwide.

It is a key part of Wilmington plc, an FTSE listed business that owns a unique and powerful combination of compliance solutions across Information & Data and Training & Education. The core purpose of all of Wilmington’s brands is to help our customers to the right business in the right way.

We know how critical our employees are to us achieving success, so we make sure we recruit great people to help us to maintain the trust of our customers and develop new, innovative products.

 

Main Purpose of Role

In this role you will be responsible for performing high quality independent and objective file reviews to evaluate accountancy practices' compliance with regulatory standards. Undertaking those reviews in the medium and location as has been determined to best suit the client and achieve Mercia's strategic direction.

You will work closely with and support our Product team. This includes contributing to the technical, client and competitor intelligence used to make Product decisions and liaising with the Product Director and Managers when updating or creating a product to ensure that client needs are met and product solutions can be iterated to our Sales and Marketing teams.

As a brand advocate for Mercia, you will support our Sales and Marketing team as required by representing your technical field in client meetings with account managers if requested. Bring the account managers in or cross-refer to them where clients you are working with are potentially interested in additional Mercia products and services. Supply clear and compelling technical materials for marketing and website purposes.

You will work closely with our Client Success and Operations team to ensure that you are clear on any specific client requirements and how client success can be achieved. Build a relationship with your diary manager(s) and ensure that any available time in your diary is shown as such to maximise utilisation rates and company profitability.

If this sounds like the kind of role you'd like to get your teeth into, why not apply.

 

Skills and Experience Required

We always support colleagues to develop their skills but to be successful in this job you really do need to already be able to tick most of these boxes...

We know it’s not a skill, but the successful candidate must have permission to work in the role’s location by the start of their employment.

 

Skills needed for the role:

  • Excellent technical knowledge in the field of audit and accounts and compliance regulation, and ability to grasp changes and have the required skill to translate knowledge into written and verbal practical guidance to meet the needs of accountancy practitioners.
  • The ability to undertake a high degree of research to stay abreast of the changing regulations.
  • Excellent commercial awareness of the UK accounting profession.
  • Professionally qualified to ACA standard or equivalent with sufficient post qualified experience.
  • Ability to apply technical knowledge clearly and practically to a range of client firms and situations. 
  • Experience of reviewing audit files or compliance work in practice.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and above-average competency with the English Language to take on complex writing assignments. Must be able to effectively liaise with clients, staff and external parties.
  • A high degree of organisational and project management skills.

Skills that are desirable:

  • Technical and practical knowledge of non-audit regulations that impact on firms in practice. For example, DPB, Practice Assurance, Probate, AML and Clients’ Money.