International Institutions and Donor Assurance Apprenticeship (Sept 2018 intake) at BDO
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International Institutions and Donor Assurance Apprenticeship (Sept 2018 intake)
Joining as an apprentice, you’ll be a valued member of the firm from day one. You’ll be challenged in the work you do as your skills and knowledge grow. You’ll find a personal approach, coupled with encouragement and support. You’ll push yourself to become the business professional you aspire to be. In addition to a competitive salary and flexible benefits, you’ll receive full study support towards gaining your CFAB qualification. We provide the opportunities – you take them.
International Institutions and Donor Assurance (IIDA) is an exciting specialist department carrying out audits of international development aid and other publicly-funded projects all over the world. Our major clients include the United Nations and European Commission, and we work with them to provide assurance that their funds are properly used and soundly managed.
As part of the IIDA team you will provide project coordination for the full life cycle of the assignment; from the proposal process, contract management with the client, assignment planning, through to assisting with the report writing, and ultimately billing the client. The project coordinator is a vital asset to the contract team taking responsibility for specific clients working closely with the respective client Manager and Partner.
Once you have completed the CFAB apprenticeship you could have the opportunity to move onto to the role of an ACA Audit trainee in the IIDA department, where you will be undertaking audit fieldwork as part of a team reporting to a Senior or Manager, taking increasing responsibility with experience, which may include assignment planning, leading fieldwork, leading client meetings and drafting the assignment report. You would use all your communication, problem-solving and analytical skills gained from the Project Coordinator role with a clear career path into audit, offering unparalleled experience in working with major institutions all over the world.
- Coordinate the full lifecycle of the project, including the following key processes: Proposals, Contracting, Planning, Reporting & Billing
- Assist with proposal and tender writing, including preparing project budgets and schedules, ensuring that all proposals are submitted within the respective deadline and liaising with prospective staff
- Ensure that contracts are as per the issued proposals, that all terms agreed are in Moore Stephens’ best interests and support the Managers/Partners in any contract administration that may be required
- Plan the fieldwork of the project, including agreeing dates with the beneficiary (the NGO that has received the funds from the donor), liaising with internal and/or external staff to ensure they can perform the required service (financial audit, etc.) on the agreed dates and that all parties have the necessary information to ensure the project fieldwork runs smoothly
- Monitor and track project progress and handle any issues that arise, create a ‘Control Schedule’ to ensure all stakeholders are kept up to date with any project developments
- Act as the point of contact for all stakeholders (including the client, the beneficiary, internal/external teams and management)
- Assist the manager in any report-writing tasks that may be required & deliver final product to client
- Monitor internal staff working hours & expenses incurred, to ensure the budget is adhered to
- Check and process all external suppliers’ invoices, making sure all days worked and expenses incurred are within the agreed budget, liaising with finance as and when issues arise
- Assist in client billing, ensuring that all bills issued are as per the contractual terms between the firm and the client, that all costs incurred by Moore Stephens are accounted for when creating the bill, and that all bills are paid by the client in a timely manner
- Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation for future use, ensuring that all projects are properly logged and can be used in future proposals/tenders
- Any other duties appropriate to the grade and level of responsibility of this post, for which the post holder has the necessary experience and/or training
- General: translate documents, maintain filing system of documentation by client and by job, assist with training new project coordinators, archive files when necessary
- 5 GCSE's grade A*-C with a B or above in English language and maths (or international equivalent)
- Minimum of 120 UCAS points (300 UCAS points on pre-2017 tariff) or international equivalent, achieved within the same academic year
- Second language, especially French, Spanish or German
- Basic technical and analytical skills
- Good numeracy and literacy skills
- Good communication skills, both verbal and written
- Strong organisational and time management skills
- Proven planning and prioritising skills
- Able to work under pressure with accuracy and focus
- Able to demonstrate problem solving skills
- Self-motivated and able to apply relevant skills to new scenarios
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