PwC's Acceleration Center Assurance Solutions Team is looking to add value to Assurance engagement teams by providing standardized project management processes and deliverables, optimization of tools, and centralization of the project management efforts via integration of a Project Accelerator in order to improve engagement efficiency, effectiveness and ultimately quality for our Trust Assurance engagements.
The Project Accelerator Associate will work closely with the Project Accelerator Senior Associates and Managers, the US engagement team (ET) and the Remote Team Member (RTM) Manager and the rest of the engagement team to own project management responsibilities on the engagement, allowing more time for ET /RTM Managers to perform timely reviews, coach staff, and manage audit issues.
The Acceleration Center is the Demand-side strategy and execution partner to the Lines of Service for centralized client service work. We provide the specialization, capabilities and operations to automate and scale differentiated services with quality, enhanced productivity and profitability. The Acceleration Centers will seamlessly connect with the engagement teams and professionals in the practice to innovate, automate and digitally deliver work.
Job Requirements and Preferences:
Minimum Degree Required: Bachelor Degree Minimum Years of Experience: 0 year(s)
Preferred Fields of Study: Finance, Accounting, Management Information Systems, Management Information Systems & Accounting, Computer and Information Science, Computer and Information Science & Accounting, Information Science, Economics, Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance & Technology, Business Administration/Management, Engineering, Accounting & Technology, Technology Mathematics, Statistics, Mathematical Statistics, and/or other relevant degrees.
Preferred Certifications: Relevant professional qualifications such as PMI Certification (or similar Project Management certification)
Demonstrates thorough knowledge and/or proven record of success in the following areas:
Identifying opportunities to enhance and/or automate tools and templates, and assist with the research and evaluation of those opportunities to drive standardized delivery of service offerings and,
Addressing creatively business challenges through the use of software tools
Managing projects with effective prioritization/time management skill in order to handle multiple projects simultaneously
Using written and verbal communication skills, including problem/conflict resolution
Creating professional networks (internal and external) and building relationships at all levels of seniority and lines of the organization
Exercising appropriate judgment regarding confidential and sensitive information using judgment to see the long-term impact of issues/ideas
Keeping stakeholders informed, including initiating and maintaining positive working relationships -
Leveraging and developing relationships to become a trustworthy and reliable resource capable of influencing stakeholder decisions
Using technology to enhance, automate. and/or standardize processes to increase efficiencies
Possess knowledge of the audit process and understanding of fiscal planning, management, engagement economics, and budgeting.
Have knowledge and understanding of project management concepts, methodologies, and tools
Have experience analyzing and aggregating project and program-level metrics into executive-level dashboards and/or status reports
Have the ability to perform structured and objective analysis & develop recommendation / make decisions given incomplete and conflicting information
Have the ability to prioritize and perform work with minimum direction in a complex, diverse environment with rapidly changing priorities
Have proficient communication skills (both verbal and written) that enable clear, effective, persistent yet tactful and tailored interaction with varied audiences (upward & downward), with sensitivity to culture
Sustain attention to detail to ensure high accuracy
Self-starter ability to anticipate needs and define a path forward with minimal guidance
Self-learner, ability to use Firm resources to upskill focusing on the project management functionality of the Assurance tools (i.e., Aura, Connect, FlexForecast) and
Technically competent with software including but not limited to Google G-Suite and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Tableau, and Alteryx
Fluent English speaker
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Manage and ensure the timely delivery of projects by developing (as applicable) the project plan (with the engagement team's assistance), assessing risks throughout, driving conclusions, and reviewing / challenging the output produced by the team
Track progress of the project against the plan and reporting on status to key stakeholders
Schedule and lead, as necessary, internal taking stock or huddle US/RTM team meetings. Provide feedback on the status of the project to the team at agreed points, such as the
Monitor that required US/RTM engagement team members will be available at the right time to complete the audit work
Develop positive working relationships with audit team members (on site US team members, specialists, and Remote Team Members (RTMs)) and the client (as applicable)
Maintain record of team huddle meetings and matters discussed, including actions to be taken. Update the team's project plan and other tools (Aura, Connect, etc) to reflect changes to actions and responsibilities
Recommend, as applicable, project process improvements to improve effectiveness and quality of the project
Act as the focal point of information relating to the achievement of the (for example, the project accelerator uses information received from the team to help achieve visibility of the project status and support good knowledge sharing practices.)
Coordinate US/RTM engagement team members access to tools, client systems, Google drives, etc
Assists the engagement team, including RTMs, with any other administrative/logistics matter
Timely Escalates issues to appropriate stakeholders and proposes solutions
Own inventory of engagement templates that need to be rollforward and perform template roll forwards for these (i.e., engagement letters, representation letters, opinions)
EducationDegrees/Field of Study required:Degrees/Field of Study preferred:
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Government Clearance Required
Established in the region for 40 years, PwC has around 8,000 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 operates across the Middle East bringing international experience delivered within the context of the region and its culture. We can bring the collective knowledge and experience of more than 328,000 people across the entire global PwC network in advisory, assurance and tax to help you find the value you are looking for.