Senior Manager, Extended Assurance - Banking, Manchester or Leeds - Risk Advisory

Leeds, England, United Kingdom
03 May 2019
02 Jun 2019
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Financial Services - Extended Assurance - Manager/Senior Manager, Banking

EY's Financial Services practice is currently undergoing exciting change. The business is rapidly growing and we are expanding our teams across the UK, in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds and Bristol. This growth offers great opportunities for learning and progression.

Our Extended Assurance team aims to provide confidence to our clients and their stakeholders through the rigorous independent assessment of process, policies and controls. This is done through the appropriate use of assurance skills, robust audit and other methodologies coupled with industry insight in the Financial Services market.
Current turbulent markets are driving significant changes to all firms' internal processes, for example through regulatory reporting or demands for better or new management information. Frequently, these new processes will differ from the processes used to prepare financial statements - and it may not be possible to reconcile the two. This disconnect leads to management concern that the output is inaccurate and that this may result in a reputational impact and a fine. Extended Assurance provides assurance around these processes.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for an assurance professional, with compliance, risk or governance experience, who has a strong background in Financial Services. Candidates should have experience of having worked within an assurance role, ideally from within the big 4.

We are looking for people with banking controls knowledge, with specific experience in FCA compliance and conduct risk.

Join us and you'll work on challenging projects and accelerate your career within an international and supportive team. You'll also be introduced to career challenges that will take you into exciting new professional territory.

Your goal will be to help clients achieve their potential - and you can expect to do the same. As part of a supportive team, you'll have every opportunity to progress and build knowledge that will make a difference to your CV - and to your entire career.

Role Profile & Skills required:

  • Degree level education ideally with a professional qualification, either in practice ACA/ CA/ ACCA / US CPA qualified (ICAEW, ICAS, Irish Institute or equivalent international qualification) or an industry qualification such as ACCA, CIMA or ICA
  • Desire to build and develop a career in assisting Banking and Capital Markets clients with controls, policy and process assessments or improvements, including the provision of either a formal (assurance) opinion or the provision of insightful findings & recommendations.
  • Practical experience of regulatory topics such as Business Standards (COBS, MCOB, BCOBS, MAR), Complaints / Disputes (DISP), the Consumer Credit Regime (CONC) and the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR).
  • Strong knowledge of the financial services sector and the three lines of defence approach to risk management and risk governance. Specifically, an understanding of conduct risk and operational risk frameworks and the way that they are implemented and embedded within business operations.
  • The ability to lead teams and deliver our solutions to meet client needs, preferably demonstrated previously in a big 4 environment.
  • The intellectual rigour and flexibility to rapidly understand complex problems or regulatory rules and guidance and to rationalise these into a pragmatic, commercially-viable and compliant workable solutions based on specific client business activities.
  • A demonstrable ability to work with and manage stakeholders and projects which potentially span multiple functions within client organisations.

Desirable Experience:

  • Experience of having worked within an assurance function, in either first, second or third line of defence, of a bank, building society, insurer or asset manager.
  • Practical experience of conducting Controls Assurance projects such as risk assessments of the design and suitability of control frameworks with an ability to provide robust challenge (potentially including reporting under ISAE 3402 or similar frameworks).
  • Experience of working on regulator-mandated projects, such as s166 (or equivalent), either on behalf of the regulator or financial institution.
  • Project management experience.


  • ACA / ACCA / CPA / CA (ICAEW, ICAS or equivalent international awarding body) - preferably first time passes
  • Degree qualified (or equivalent), ideally in a business discipline taught in English
  • Excellent technical and industry sector expertise - specifically, experience in auditing Financial Services clients, particularly in the Banking sector
  • Demonstrate successful relationship management of sizeable clients/projects (e.g. sizeable complex publically listed companies)

Who we are

EY is committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We strive to achieve the right balance for our people, enabling us to deliver excellent client service whilst allowing you to build your career without sacrificing your personal priorities. While our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a lifestyle balance.


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