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Pensions Audit Apprenticeship with BDO

This is fantastic opportunity for an ambitious individual to join an exciting and vibrant company and have the opportunity to work with experienced employees and develop your future career.

BDO - Employer

BDO is an award-winning, UK Member Firm of BDO International , the world’s fifth largest accountancy network with more than 1,000 offices in over 100 countries, including affiliates. We specialise in helping businesses to achieve their goals and adhere to strong values and a One Firm approach. Our strength in the market place is mirrored in our achievements - Accountancy Age Audit, Tax and Corporate finance team of the year, FT Best Workplaces, highest new entry in Times Top 100 Graduate Employees; to name a few of our recent accolades. Our people work within an extremely supportive and creative environment, and are equipped and empowered to deliver exceptional service. Developing strong, personal relationships with our clients is at the forefront of our service approach and you’ll find that BDO is a truly innovative and forward thinking place to work.



3 years

This position is now closed and no additional applications are being taken. If you have any questions please contact the provider who is managing the position.

Job Summary

GBP Competitive

Detailed Job Description

A Pensions Audit Assistant will be part of a team and will undertake or assist in undertaking audits of variety of pension schemes, both in the office and at clients, ensuring that all aspects of the audit are completed to a high standard, on time and within budget. The individual will be supported, developed and supervised by senior members of the pensions audit team.

Auditing Tasks

  • Involvement in the planning, execution and finalisation of the audit assignment.
  • Complete work outlined in the audit programme.
  • Record and document work undertaken and conclusions reached, using BDO’s computerised audit tool and supplemented by documentary e-files and appropriately structured work papers.
  • Liaise with third parties to ensure external confirmations of client balances are received and checked on a timely basis.
  • Identify matters arising on an audit for inclusion in notes for Partner.
  • Active engagement with client staff /administrators (face-to-face, email and telephone) in the gathering of appropriate audit evidence.
  • Identify potential areas of error or omission by the client and notify BDO colleagues.
  • Provide a high level of client service; identify and understand client needs, including sometimes providing initial solutions to client challenges, then communicating these needs and solutions to the Senior or Manager

Accounting and Systems Tasks

  • Analysis and summary of accounting data from clients’ books and records and preparation of SORP-compliant draft pension scheme accounts for some smaller pension schemes.
  • Assist in the review of draft financial statements to help identify and correct typographical or other errors.
  • Identify and document Management Letter Points to help advise clients on areas of weakness within their schemes.
  • Active adherence to budget and timetable, bringing matters to the attention of the Senior or Manager, particularly when actual time is in excess of budget.

General Duties

  • Provide onsite and offsite assistance and project management support to Audit Seniors, Managers and Partners.
  • Gain an understanding of client structures, finance team roles and sector/industry issues.
  • Ensure compliance with internal (audit methodology and risk management) and external (regulatory) requirements
  • Attend relevant internal and external client meetings.
  • Prepare and gain a working knowledge of the Firm’s software tools.
  • Archiving of electronic audit files and file set-up for new assignments
  • Act as a representative of the Firm whilst on client premises.
  • Carry out ad hoc assignments as may be reasonably required.
  • Undertake any training or development co-ordinated by your group.
  • Participate in group, stream and firm-wide activities.

Requirements and Prospects

Qualifications required

Minimum of 3 A Levels at grades A*- C, excluding General Studies and Extended Projects plus minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A*- C at GCSE including Maths & English Language

Skills required

  • Business Thinking
  • Collaborating
  • Innovation and Change

Personal Qualities

Strong communication skills, focus on developing self and others & ability to make quick decisions.

Future prospects

The role offers the potential for the successful candidate to progress within the company

Additional Information

Training provided

As an Accountancy Apprentice with BPP, you will complete the new apprenticeship standard, Professional Accountancy Taxation Apprenticeship at Level 7. Within the apprenticeship you will undertake the CFAB professional qualification which will be completed at a BPP centre or via the Online Classroom Live platform, in addition to at the workplace.

Please make sure that you have uploaded a copy of your CV to the ‘Documentation’ section of your profile. Within your CV, please give a full breakdown of all your achieved and/ or predicted qualifications (incl. subjects and grades).

BPP Professional Apprenticeships - Learning Provider

BPP is a national training provider for apprenticeships and training in business, finance and law. They work with a range of clients, ranging from small independent business to larger corporations including RSM, BT Group and Ford, to name just a few.

For more information about this vacancy please contact BPP Professional Apprenticeships on 0203 131 5165 or email: (Ref ID:80014)
BPP Professional Apprenticeships


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