Assistant, Grants Audit (ACA Apprenticeship - School Leaver or Graduate) September 2021 - London

  • Employer Crowe UK LLP
  • Job type Higher Apprenticeships
  • Salary Competitive
  • Deadline Ongoing
  • Entry requirements A-levels (or equivalent)
  • Locations London (including working flexibly)
  • Qualifications gained Professional Qualification
  • Date published 14/04/2021

Do you have a passion for charities and a keen interest to work with some of the leading non-profit organisations in the sector? At Crowe, our grants audit work has grown rapidly in recent years and this has created an exciting opportunity for a Grants Audit Assistant to join our team on our school leaver or graduate programme.

You will be responsible for carrying out grant audits across a wide range of donors including USAID, EC, DfE, NORAD, SIDA, and FCDO. The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate enthusiasm and a keen interest in the sector, with a willingness to help clients meet the contractual requirements of the donor funding. You must also be able to demonstrate close attention to detail.

The grants team are part of our highly regarded Non Profit team at Crowe U.K. We are the foremost providers of professional services to the non-profit sector and our ranking as the number one charity auditor by both Caritas and Charity Finance for the last eleven years is testimony to this.

This is therefore a great opportunity for anyone that is looking to specialise and develop their knowledge and expertise within the sector. You will be working alongside experienced partners and managers with a wealth of non-profits knowledge, within a supportive and approachable environment. Our non-profits team works with a variety of prestigious clients across a diverse range of organisations, nationally and internationally, within the sector, many of whom are top 100 charities or household names. There may also be opportunities for international travel as part of the grants work with some of our international charities so a willingness to travel overseas is desirable.

Crowe U.K. is a well-established firm with a strong reputation for providing a high quality service and investment in our people. Our specialist Non Profits team is multi-disciplinary and includes accounting, tax, risk management, evaluation, governance and consultancy specialists as well as grants specialists.  We are committed to the highest standards of technical expertise and audit quality.

You will be part of our school leaver programme or graduate programme (There are two paths open to applicants) leading to a professional qualification with the ICAEW – see our website for FAQS on each pathway.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join an expanding team within a well cultured and growing firm that is able to provide training and study support for the right individual.


  • Supports the Grant Audit Manager in each stage of the audit process.
  • Selects samples as part of audit planning process.
  • Performs: audit tests, documentation of internal control systems, grant contract review.
  • Ensuring work is accurate and clearly documented to a high standard.
  • Following preliminary review of working papers, follows up with client to ensure working papers are complete for Manager review.
  • Assists with reporting stage (documentation of audit test results).
  • Drafts management letters and reports.
  • Provides regular and proactive updates to manager about progress of work.
  • Helps ensure firm-wide consistency in performing grant audits.
  • Assists the Grant Audit Manager with drafting proposals in order to win more work.
  • Acquires and maintains technical knowledge to the required standard (technical training provided).
  • Ensures completion of assigned areas of work within the time budget and deadlines to the standard set.
  • Provides assistance as required to other departments/offices within the practice.

Essential skills and competencies

  • There are two paths open for applicants:
    • Graduates – Minimum requirements:
      • An expected or achieved 2:1 or First Class degree or equivalent.
      • BBC (or 112 UCAS points) from three A Levels (or equivalent).
      • GCSE grade 5 or above in Maths and English Language.
    • School leaver – Minimum requirements:
      • BBC (or 112 UCAS points) from three A Levels (or equivalent).
      • GCSE grade 5 or above in Maths and English Language.
    • Good report writing skills.
    • Strong attention to detail.
    • Strong analytical skills and an ability to analyse complex data (e.g. detailed expenditure breakdowns from multiple sources).
    • Strong Microsoft Office skills (Excel, Word).
    • Communication.
    • Ability to work to tight deadlines.
    • Excellent time management and organisational skills – will be working on multiple assignments simultaneously and will need to demonstrate an ability to prioritise tasks.

Desired skills and competencies

  • Additional language skills may be of benefit as you will be working with organisations operating in different countries.

Why work for Crowe UK LLP?

As one of the UK’s leading firms of chartered accountants, we are looking for exceptional people. Our ethos is to promote our friendly, approachable and professional style as business partners, building strong and long-term relationships with our clients.

We offer you an opportunity to continue your career and work for a Firm that offers stability and knowledge. In addition you can work alongside experienced professionals who put the client at the heart of everything they do.

At Crowe UK LLP, you will find the expertise, the resources and, above all, the commitment to help you build a satisfying and rewarding career. In return we can offer you continued career development, highly competitive salaries and flexible benefits. Plus an opportunity to work for a Firm that truly values its people.

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