Working in Assurance

What’s it like to work in Assurance?

If you join our Assurance services practice, you’ll get the chance to work as part of a highly skilled and experienced team. You’ll work with a range of local and global clients across a variety of industries.

Teamwork and technology will be central to everything you do. You’ll build strong relationships with your team members and your clients. You’ll work with our global counterparts across the PwC Assurance network.  

You’ll receive exceptional on-the-job training which will help you work towards your Chartered Accountants Ireland qualification. You’ll get continuous coaching, feedback and guidance from your colleagues as you grow into a trusted business advisor.

As you progress, you’ll become responsible for coaching junior team members, delegating responsibility and managing your audit clients. Every year your progress will be recognised and rewarded with promotions and salary increases.

You’ll soon become a leader on audit client projects. You’ll work closely with managers and partners to make a lasting impact to your clients’ business. As your industry expertise develops, you will deliver ever more innovative and valuable insights to help and support your clients.

What will your day-to-day role involve?

A typical day will see you working with your team to ensure the accuracy of your clients’ financial statements. You’ll get familiar with your clients’ books and get a grounding in their business and their industry. You’ll review the internal controls in their business and share these insights with their senior management.

You’ll always be asking questions to help you develop a comprehensive picture of your client’s business. You'll examine everything from strategic plans to invoices to get real insight into their operations. It’s fact-finding work that often involves one-to-one meetings with financial controllers and finance directors. You’ll be meeting senior stakeholders, trusted with confidential information and given responsibilities from day one.

What’s challenging and exciting about working in Assurance is that every day is different. The complexities of every client and industry you work on will be unique. That’s what makes assurance such stimulating work.

Which part of Assurance should you choose?

There are five areas within Assurance to choose from.

Asset and Wealth Management

As part of the Asset and Wealth Management team, you’ll advise global companies, fund administrators, custodians and investment funds in an industry worth trillions of dollars every year. PwC are market leaders in this space. We are the largest provider of audit services to the asset and wealth management industry in Ireland. You’ll work closely with the fund administrators who are responsible for drafting the investment funds’ financial statements. You’ll review these statements to make sure they are a true reflection of the investment fund.

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Banking, Insurance and Aviation Finance

Banking and Insurance is being transformed by increased competition, regulation and globalisation. You’ll help our clients to build trust in an industry defined by change. Our client base in banking includes global and domestic banks, IFSC banks, corporate treasuries, securitisation vehicles as well as large treasury and leasing centres. Our insurance client base includes global and domestic general, life, reinsurance and captive insurance companies, as well as broker operations and pension funds. We are the leading professional services firm for the aviation finance industry in Ireland.

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Foreign Direct Investment

The Foreign Direct Investment group advises all inbound foreign direct investment subsidiaries, these include privately owned and publicly listed entities on international stock exchanges. Working in this team means that you will get to work with a range of different industries and clients in an ever changing business climate.

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Domestic and International Outbound

This group works with public listed companies, other regulated entities, domestic Irish clients in addition to semi state entities. Our clients in this space operate across various industries including retail, traded services, food & agriculture, industrial products, pharmaceutical, entertainment & media, technology & telecommunications. As part of this team, you’ll develop industry expertise and experience as you provide assurance services to a variety of clients.

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Risk Assurance

As part of the Risk Assurance group, you will use your analytical, technical and communication skills to help our clients face threats and find opportunities. We work to strengthen our clients' processes and improve the performance and efficiency of their business operations. With the explosion of digital information businesses produce, we also help organisations improve critical decision making by harnessing the power of data analytics. You can choose to specialise in IT or data analytics or also complete your accounting qualification. If you're able to see the big picture and the small details, you'll be an invaluable member of the Risk Assurance team.

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What professional qualifications will you study for?

If you join our Assurance practice, you will study for your Association of Chartered Accountants (ACA) qualification. You can achieve this through three entry routes which are dependent on the exemptions that your college course gives you.

We also have opportunities for a number of graduates within Risk Assurance to pursue further study in areas that complement our specialisms such as data analytics and IT.

ACA qualification routes

This is the route you take if you are joining PwC directly after college. Some degrees will entitle you to exemptions from the first set of exams (CAP1) and you will start with CAP2 exams. If your degree doesn’t entitle you to any exemptions, you will sit three sets of exams.

Benefits include

  • CAP 1, CAP 2 and FAE course fees paid (first attempt only)
  • Exam fees paid (first attempt only)

For this entry route, you must have full CAP1 exemptions when you join the firm. You will start your exams at CAP2.

Benefits include

  • €7,600 towards the course fees
  • A bursary of €2,500 (taxable)
  • Laptop
  • Book allowance up to €575

If you’ve already started a masters in Accounting we will pay you a bursary of €2,500.

This is a conversion course that is mainly for students that have completed a non-accounting degree. It will give you exemptions from CAP1. You will then join the firm and start your exams at CAP2.

Benefits include

  • €7,600 towards the course fees
  • A bursary of €2,500 (taxable)
  • Book allowance up to €575

If you’ve already started a Professional diploma in Accounting we will pay you a bursary of €2,500

Benefits include

  • CAP 1, CAP 2 and FAE course fees paid (first attempt only)
  • Exam fees paid (first attempt only)

Contact us

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Recruitment team, PwC Ireland (Republic of)

Tel: +353 1 792 8550

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