Working in assurance

What’s it like to work in assurance?

If you join our assurance 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 and you’ll work closely with our global counterparts across the PwC assurance network.  

You’ll receive the benefit of 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 and 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 very 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 but 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 this group, you’ll advise global asset management companies, fund administrators, custodians and investment funds in an industry worth trillions of dollars annuals. PwC are market leaders in this space and 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 reviews 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 the banking market includes global and domestic banks, IFSC banks, corporate treasuries, securitisation vehicles as well as large treasury and leasing centres.We are the leading firm supplying professional services to the aviation finance industry in Ireland. Our insurance market client base includes global and domestic general, life, reinsurance and captive insurance companies, as well as broker operations and pension funds.

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International and domestic business

As part of this group, you’ll provide services to every sector of the economy outside of financial services; this includes the largest share of technology, communications, pharmaceutical, retail and consumer companies in Ireland. You’ll develop industry expertise and experience as you provide assurance services to a variety of clients including public companies, multinational corporations, semi-state bodies and indigenous Irish businesses.

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Data and IT risk assurance

The explosion of digital data in recent years has fundamentally changed the way businesses
operate. You’ll help organisations to improve their critical decision making by harnessing the power of data and data analytics. You’ll work with a variety of clients on various aspects of data including extraction, quality assessment and enhancement, governance, visualisation and data analytics. With your team, you’ll unlock meaningful insights to present to your client’s management. You can chose to specialise in IT or data analytics or also complete your accounting qualification within this area.

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Risk assurance

Use your analytical, technical and communication skills to help our clients find threats and opportunities across all of their business operations. We work with our clients to strengthen their processes and improve their performance and efficiency. 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 I 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)

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Recruitment team, PwC Ireland (Republic of)

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