Audit Director - Top 10 firm - Shipping & Transport sector

This is a rare opportunity where a top 10 firm will recruit at the Director level externally from the business. This team works with some of the firm's largest international clients and regularly competes with the Big 4 for work in this area.

Vacancy Description

- To manage a large/complex portfolio of cases and provide clients with practical and efficient advice whilst developing strong working relationships

- To assist the partners in business development and marketing initiatives and leveraging opportunities to maximise fee income

- To coach and mentor members within the team


- Responsible for a portfolio of clients, managing the day to day caseload and resolving client queries without direct supervision from the partners

- Contribute to the strategic direction of the department and take responsibility for project implementation

- Knowledge and understanding of all ongoing cases within the department in order to deal professionally with all enquiries

- Provide support to Senior Managers and Associate Directors to ensure they maximise their teams potential

- Responsible for financial billing targets, reviewing billing targets, utilisation rates, recovery rates, chargeable hours etc.

- Agree/negotiate clients fees per engagement as appropriate

- Maintain a thorough and up-to-date knowledge of UK GAAP and / or IFRS

- Provide input for policy setting, as well as implement systems and controls for the department

- Responsible for junior and senior members of staff, on clients matters regarding, all internal/external communications, including written work to ensure they meet the firms professional standards

- Plan and manage the allocation of staff within your team maximising overall recovery rates and minimising risk

- Ensure that all members of the team fully understand their roles and any developments that affect them

- Deal confidently with confrontational situations and support team members when they face such situations

- Be involved in the interview process for staff in accordance with the firm's guidelines

- Specialise in marketing a particular area(s) of expertise, developing niche markets/ growing and developing the client portfolio

- Develop internal and external contacts in order to maximise cross selling opportunities, building strong client rapport

- Take an active involvement in marketing initiatives

- Produce six monthly reports, confirming business development initiatives / activities

Personal and professional qualities


- Candidates must be ACA or ACCA qualified (or equivalent)

- Proven experience in client handling

- Proven Assurance experience in producing high quality audits

- Excellent knowledge of UK GAAP and IFRS


- Assurance experience from a practice background would be a distinct advantage

- Assurance experience of Shipping or Transportation clients would be advantageous

- Experience of analytical review approach desirable

- Business development experience and interest would be a distinct advantage