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Our Audit & Assurance practice delivers to clients audit assurance, advisory and transaction advisory services. Our Public Sector Audit practice covers a wide range of industries and markets, for example NHS, local government organisations, higher education institutions and pension schemes.

What will you be doing?

Working within Audit & Assurance provides one of the finest and fastest forms of business education imaginable. Alongside studying for the ACA qualification, trainees will work on a succession of audits and advisory projects throughout the year, ranging typically from one to six weeks in length, in different areas of the Public Sector and in different locations. As such, trainees deal with clients who vary enormously in their operations, their controls and their size and structure thus enabling trainees to gain a wide sector knowledge.

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Public Sector Industry Group

The Public Sector audit group works across all aspects of the public sector including Local and Central Government, NHS, Higher Education and Probation.

All public sector staff work on both audit and non-audit projects at a range of clients. Typical non-audit work includes organisational development reviews, financial due diligence and board development work.

The extent and impact of changing political environment and regulation on the operations of our clients provides the opportunity for public sector staff to gain in depth valuable and relevant sector knowledge and experience alongside their audit training.

Great opportunities for self development

In the early years with the firm, the majority of Audit & Assurance trainees work on audit assurance. An audit is a statutory requirement for all public sector organisations and is essentially an examination of their financial records to ensure that the accounts they produce are ‘true and fair’. This involves understanding the clients operations, its controls, it accounting systems as well as individual transactions.

Swift career development

Since responsibility is given early on, your progression will be rapid. You’ll be part of a team when you first join Deloitte, and within a year or two you’ll have staff working for you. After two to three years you’ll be running jobs and managing the day-to-day client relationship.

Add value to client business

Since new techniques have freed Audit & Assurance staff to evaluate business-critical issues, the annual audit provides a client with a detailed summary of weaknesses in its financial systems and recommends solutions. This is a real opportunity for the firm to add value to clients’ businesses and an area where we can differentiate ourselves from our competitors. It’s also where you can build advisory expertise through close involvement with managers, partners and senior client staff.

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Read Jack's story

Jack is an Associate in our Public Sector Sector Audit & Advisory team based in Nottingham. He joined Deloitte in September 2011 and studied Latin and Linguistics at the University of Manchester.

Read Jack's story here.


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