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ACA Graduate, International, Institutions and Donor Assurance - September 2019

Apprenticeship at Moore Stephens

ACA Graduate, International, Institutions and Donor Assurance - September 2019

Apprenticeship at Moore Stephens

  • LocationLondon, UK
  • Position levelApprenticeship
  • Job period iconFull-time employment
  • Application deadline iconPosted on 26 Oct, 2018
  • Start date iconStart date:
  • Visa iconVisa Sponsor
  • CompetitiveCompetitive
Job description

Joining as a graduate you’ll be the future of the firm. To ensure you succeed we’ll provide the training and support you need, coupled with the responsibility and autonomy to allow you to grow. You’ll work with experienced professionals and face the kind of challenges that turn smart graduates into confident accountants. In addition to a competitive salary and flexible benefits, you’ll receive full study support towards gaining your ACA qualification. We provide the opportunities you take them.

International Institutions and Donor Assurance (IIDA) is wholly dedicated to the provision of financial management solutions to international institutions, particularly those involved in grant-making and the implementation of grant-funded programmes in the public sector.

We carry out financial audits, systems audits, expenditure reviews, grant reviews and various other assurance and advisory work for our international public sector clients, which include the EC, the UN, GIZ, the World Bank, the Global Fund and major grant giving foundations. Our vision is to be the global leader in the provision of assurance and advisory services to these organisations.

IIDA is based in London and has approximately 100 staff and ten partners, with many more staff and contractors based around the world. IIDA has grown rapidly in recent years and our team has built up an unrivalled pool of knowledge and experience in the international public sector. We are now expanding to offer our services to international institutions more generally.

Our future is full of opportunities and interesting challenges. We are always on the look-out for passionate, motivated and talented individuals to join our team.

Core responsibilities

  • Undertake audit fieldwork reporting to a Senior or Manager, taking increasing responsibility with experience, which may include assignment planning, leading fieldwork, leading client meetings and drafting the assignment report
  • Be willing to be out of the office at client sites in any part of the world. These are mostly in Europe, but can be in locations in Asia, Africa or the Americas
  • Balance the commitments of studying for exams while travelling extensively
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the objectives of an audit, particularly in a donor funding context
  • Prepare legible and comprehensive working papers, completing sections of the audit file with assistance from more senior colleagues
  • Be aware of assignment deadlines and work with the team to meet them
  • Develop a knowledge of audit issues and techniques specific to the donor-funded aid environment
  • Develop a good understanding of International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) and other applicable technical frameworks, supported by regular training
  • Understand what constitutes an assignment finding and how it should be classified and written up in the assignment report
  • Achieve utilisation of at least 70% on an annual basis
  • Develop internal contacts and demonstrate an awareness of the other services offered by Moore Stephens
  • Attend the firm’s technical training seminars and appropriate departmental seminars
  • Be aware of the firm’s risk management and practice assurance procedures and ensure compliance
  • Identify soft skills requirements in conjunction with your appraising manager/partner and communicate such requirements to the training department
  • Consistently demonstrate the Moore Stephens values; and:
  • Successfully study towards gaining the ACA via a level-seven apprenticeship

What we are looking for

  • Ability to work under pressure with accuracy and focus
  • Sound analytical skills
  • Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills
  • Diplomacy and cultural sensitivity while working collaboratively with a hugely diverse range of clients and beneficiaries
  • Resilience, adaptability and flexibility
  • A real interest in international development and associated funding structures
  • Second language, especially French, German, Spanish, Portuguese or Mandarin
  • Willing to work in international locations. The amount of travel time is likely initially to be low (less than 25%) while study courses take place, but as studies progress, travel could increase to up to 50%; and:
  • Strong planning, organisational and time management skills.

Your studies towards the ACA qualification may follow a government approved level-seven apprenticeship standard which encompasses all the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to be a qualified Accountant. This would also include an additional end point assessment. More information can be found on the Gov.UK website.


  • Minimum of 120 UCAS points (or equivalent), achieved within the same academic year
  • 2:1 degree (or equivalent), attained or expected

Accepted degree subjects

  • accounting and finance

How to apply

Please note due to high volume of applications for our roles we reserve the right to close all vacancies earlier than the advertised date without notice. To avoid disappointment please apply as soon as possible.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 11/11/2018

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Job location

150 Aldersgate St, London EC1A 4AB