External Audit Associate/Senior Associate - UAE National

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Employment: Full Time

Line of Service

Not Applicable


Management Level
Senior Associate

Job Description & Summary

PwC Global Overview

With offices in 152 countries and almost 328,000 people, we are among the leading professional services networks in the world. We help organisations and individuals create the value they are looking for, by delivering quality in Assurance, Tax and Advisory services.

PwC Middle East Overview

Established in the region for 40 years, PwC has around 7,000 people in 12 countries across the region: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, the Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Our regional team with its tailored solutions, brings international experience, helping our clients meet the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the Middle East market, and beyond.

Line of Service Overview

Our Middle East Assurance practice includes over 2,300 people based in 12 countries across the region and is part of PwC's global network that is operating worldwide. PwC Middle East's Assurance practice combines the right mix of human-led and tech powered solutions to provide our clients with quality audits and other risk services that create confidence and impact in our region and across society.

Watani Programme

Watani, our award-winning Emiratisation programme, aims to empower Emirati job seekers to become the next generation of business leaders, by providing exciting growth opportunities and enabling them to transform their future.

It is steadfast in its objective to accelerate a sustainable national workforce in the professional services sector. This homegrown programme is focused on identifying and retaining top talent from the UAE. UAE Nationals who join PwC are matched with the right opportunities and offered the necessary development tools to grow.

What is expected from you?

As an External Audit Senior Associate, you will be reporting to Managers and above, working as part of a team that helps the clients building trust, solving complex challenges, and proactively assisting in the management of several engagements. Your job duties will include but will not be limited to:

• A UAE national with a family book
• Utilizing analytical skills to analyze client financial statements and ensure compliance with financial regulations
• Examining financial and accounting records, other documents, and tangible items such as inventory, or plant and equipment
• Asking a range of questions, from formal written questions to informal oral questions, to a variety of individuals at client organizations
• Testing client organization's internal controls and processes
• Building trust and credibility with clients by understanding their expectations and delivering high-quality services
• Taking accountability for researching and understanding key facts on the client's industry information before engagement begins
• Communicating with the Manager and/or Partner in a timely manner regarding engagement progress, risks, issues, and variances from plan in terms of time, budget, etc.
• Taking full ownership of external file completion
• Analyzing engagement economics of self and field staff and explaining variances from the budgets
• Reviewing work of associate levels and providing on-job training, coaching, and timely constructive feedback to help them grow in their careers
• Ensuring compliance with risk, quality, and independence matters
• Understanding business development activities to help identify and research opportunities on new/existing clients along with building and maintaining strong client relationships
• Engaging and effectively dealing with diverse teams from planning through completion phase of audit, closely following up on progress of requested tasks to ensure meeting timeline and firm's internal KPIs
• Taking part in digital initiatives and upskilling areas which align most with team's business needs
• Performing other necessary procedures to support issuance of assurance deliverables

What will you bring?
• Ambitious attitude and willingness to grow and develop
• Degree in accounting, finance, or related academic major
• Completed or pursuing professional qualification such as ACCA, CA, ACA, CPA (preferably)
• Progressive experience at Senior Associate level working with external audit clients in a Big 4 professional services firm
• Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills conducive to thriving in a team environment
• Bilingual proficiency in Arabic and English (oral and written) is a plus
• Business development and client relationship building skills
• Willingness to challenge norms and create cohesive, effective working teams
• Excellent project management skills
• Knowledge in audit technologies and experience using data analytics tools is a plus
• Commitment to valuing differences and working alongside diverse people and perspectives
• Thorough technical skills and experience regarding applicable accounting reporting and auditing standards, with demonstrated exceptional performance
• Experience in designing engagement procedures based on risk and materiality
• Previous experience in coaching and leading engagement teams
• Strong technical knowledge and ability to research issues, present alternatives, and conclusions to clients/Manager

Why you'll love working for PwC
• Competitive remuneration plan rewarding success and acknowledging value provided to the company
• Inclusive and diverse culture where people can be themselves, valued for their strengths, and empowered to be the best they can be
• Flexible workframe promoting work-life balance
• Mental health and well-being support through specialists, meditation, yoga, and other relaxation sessions
• Limitless opportunities for continuous learning and digital upskilling
• Friendly atmosphere encouraging innovative mindsets, relationship development, and assisting others in growing and working in ways that bring out their best
• Competitive schooling allowance and insurance packages as per PwC policy


At PwC Middle East, we've set out an ambitious purpose and strive to live it everyday: to solve important problems and build trust in society.

We're a community of solvers that come together in unexpected ways to build trust and create sustained outcomes. We solve important problems, support one another as we grow, develop and build fulfilling careers.

PwC provides industry-focused services for public and private clients across Assurance and Audit, Deals, Consulting, Tax and Legal. We draw on our development legacy that brings together the collective experience of over 7,000 people in our region with offices across 12 countries to solve for tomorrow.

We're striving to consistently deliver innovative work that builds trust and delivers sustained outcomes. And we're proud of the strength that comes from all our different backgrounds and experiences and we value everyone's uniqueness. We thrive in uncertainty, operate with integrity and leverage the diverse perspectives of our teams.

If you're looking for a place that fuels your ambition to make a difference, that matches your curiosity with continuous learning opportunities and reimagines ways of working to enable you to lead a more balanced life, then you're a future PwCer.

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