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Audit Director (Accounting Firm)

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Audit Director (Accounting Firm)

Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya

Job Description

Our client is a leading Audit, Tax, Advisory, and Business Services & Outsourcing services firm in East Africa.

Job Purpose:

Managing the firm’s Audit clients and staff in accordance with guidelines set out by the firm and ensure that work done is in accordance with company audit methodology and business development to ensure achievement of the organizational strategic objectives.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Business Development and Revenue Growth Proactively provide advice and recommendations to clients and management which reflect thorough understanding of industry, issues, long-term strategy, people and client culture involved and impact the client’s business across a broad range of issues. Develop business development plans to ensure achievement of agreed set targets in audit business revenues per annum. Proactive preparation and presentation of high quality proposals for submission to acquire new business and cross-sell services to clients. Build reputation as trusted advisor with C-level client staff across industry verticals and market reputation of authority on audit issues. Continuously build network and contacts to develop business and market share and the grow the business, negotiate fee increases, applying fact and reason to persuade decision makers to accept recommendations and proposals. Expand value-added services to existing clients by capitalising on opportunities within and across lines of service. Establish and leverage credibility with key decision makers at appropriate levels so that input is sought, valued and respected.

Leadership and Strategy.

Planning the Firm’s Audit business in detail and to allocate staff responsibilities for the work involved in order to ensure that client deadlines are met. Act as the Firm’s Centre of Excellence in relation to Tax matters and to keep himself / herself apprised of all matters relating to Audit.Review the quality of Audit staff and make reco Rmmendations to the Senior Partner in relation to recruitment, training and performance management. Counsel and mentors staff members within the Audit department in relation to technical and work management matters.

Practice Management, Quality Control & Compliance

Ensure adherence to the Firm’s quality management guidelines and client quality expectations on all audits within the assigned Business Unit / Service Line. Ensure all assigned audit engagements are delivered within time, quality and cost parameters to client satisfaction, measured as part of client satisfaction survey / feedback. Identify clients that do not meet selectivity standards and take or suggest appropriate action. Identify ways to leverage technology to ensure effective knowledge management and efficient engagement execution. Create an environment in which the team is empowered to continuously improve client service and the audit process.

Client Relationship Management and Engagement

Formulate client service plans to maximise net revenues through a combination of services. Negotiate and resolve engagement-related problems, (e.g. deliverables, timing and fees). Gauge client satisfaction and define the changes in products and services needed to increase client satisfaction. Manage a variety of viewpoints (e.g., manage conflicts, tension, stress) effectively to create win-win solutions where possible. Generate new solutions or methods to solve complex business problems (size, scope, difficulty, perhaps a multidisciplinary solution) that set the standards as best practices.

Team leadership & Operational Support

Generate a vision, establish direction, and align people to focus effort and build in commitment towards achieving the goals of the team. Support with HR Management functions including recruitment process, appraisal process, promotions and identify staff members requiring development. Any other tasks reasonably assigned by the management from time to time and within the required skill set.

Desired Profile:

Qualified Chartered Accountant (CA, CPA or ACCA). 8 to 10 years of post-qualification experience in audit practice. Team leadership and management of varied and large portfolio of clients. Excellent communication skills – both written and oral English. Well versed with IFRS and ISA, Commercial Companies Law and other relevant regulations would be an advantage.

Required Skills

Audit, audit plan, external audit

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