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Data Assurance Senior Associate IT & Project Assurance (5734372)

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Company: PwC

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Date Posted: July 23, 2014

Source: PwC

PwC/LoS Overview:
Are you interested in the opportunity to work for an industry-leading firm that services clients that include the Fortune 500, and will give you the experience and exposure you need to build your career and personal brand? If you are, then PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (www.pwc.com/us) is the firm for you. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC US) helps clients meet the challenges and opportunities of the US marketplace in the areas of assurance, tax, and advisory. We offer the advantage of being part of a global network of firms combined with detailed knowledge of local, state and US national issues. More than 180,000 people in over 158 countries across the PwC network are committed to deliver quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. People across the PwC network share knowledge, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and deliver practical advice.

At PwC US, you will be ...
PwC/LoS Overview:
Are you interested in the opportunity to work for an industry-leading firm that services clients that include the Fortune 500, and will give you the experience and exposure you need to build your career and personal brand? If you are, then PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (www.pwc.com/us) is the firm for you. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC US) helps clients meet the challenges and opportunities of the US marketplace in the areas of assurance, tax, and advisory. We offer the advantage of being part of a global network of firms combined with detailed knowledge of local, state and US national issues. More than 180,000 people in over 158 countries across the PwC network are committed to deliver quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. People across the PwC network share knowledge, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and deliver practical advice.

At PwC US, you will be part of a learning culture, where teamwork and collaboration are encouraged, excellence is rewarded, and diversity is respected and valued. We offer a flexible career progression model that allows for a variety of challenging opportunities throughout your career. We provide unparalleled coaching, mentoring, and career development programs; global opportunities; and state of the art technology-driven methodologies to help you provide quality service to our clients.

Our Assurance practice collaborates with clients, so that the financial information they report to the investing public and other stakeholders is clear and reliable. When we fulfill our role as Assurance professionals, by standing firm on quality and integrity, we have a direct impact on how well the world's capital market system functions.

The highly trained and educated Assurance teams go inside companies, and get to know those businesses. They ask questions, test assumptions, and provide assurance that the companies are reporting information on which investors and others can rely. Every assignment is an exciting opportunity to learn, to grow and to understand how businesses operate from all levels and perspectives.

Our Assurance professionals are constantly challenged to learn more in order to provide our clients with the highest quality services. This learning takes place through interaction on the job with colleagues and clients, formal training programs, and the insights provided by mentors and coaches. PwC is all about our people, encouraging high performance and quality. Join us and we will help you implement a successful career strategy, as you explore the many career opportunities in PwC Assurance.

Job Description:
Boards of Directors and executive management recognize the ever increasing importance of effective risk management efforts in meeting their organization's strategic objectives. Globalization, evolving business models, upgraded IT systems, the changing regulatory environment and higher stakeholder expectations serve as a critical catalyst driving this heightened need to identify and address significant risks that could prevent a company from achieving its strategic objectives.

PwC understands that significant risk is rarely confined to discrete areas within an organization. Rather, most significant risks have a wide-ranging impact across the organization. As a result, PwC's Risk Assurance practice has developed a holistic approach to risk that protects businesses, facilitates strategic decision making and enhances efficiency. Our holistic approach is complimented by the extensive risk and controls technical knowledge and sector-specific experience our Risk Assurance professionals possess. The end result is a risk solution that is tailored to meet the unique needs of a company. Areas where our Risk Assurance practice can bring value to an organization include:

• Leveraging industry and technical expertise to assist management to address more effectively risks associated with their business
• Assisting management in the assessment of project risks and controls
• Enhancing internal audit functions to further align to company strategy and risk
• Reducing company costs through strategic internal audit outsourcing and co-sourcing solutions
• Increasing value and reducing costs of compliance-related activities
• Identifying opportunities for companies to effectively mitigate risk and improve business performance
• Applying the concepts of Enterprise Risk Management to help companies identify, assess, mitigate and proactively consider emerging risks

The Risk Assurance Data Assurance practice provides quantifiable assessment through data analysis for our clients. We combine our clients’ data assets with our knowledge of data analysis technology and business experience to help clients evaluate risk, identify and recommend business improvement opportunities.
Data Assurance provides services related to:
- financial and regulatory data analytics
- data focused support for current assertions or key decisions
- validation of underlying data, key reports and KPI’s
- enablement of robust tactical financial data analysis solutions
PwC's Data Assurance professionals play an integral role delivering the following Data Assurance services to clients across all major industries.

Position/Program Requirements:
Minimum Years of Experience: 3 years of data assurance, data analysis or data management experience as it relates to supporting business processes, internal auditing or external audit procedures

Minimum Degree Required: Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Management Information Systems or business related field

Knowledge Preferred:

Demonstrates thorough knowledge and understanding of:
Performing on project teams and providing deliverables involving multiphase data analysis related to the evaluation of accounting and/or financial issues.
Accounting ledger and sub-ledger applications to interpret requests and reconcile data.

Evaluating accounting, business process, operational, and, or, financial issues.
Database concepts including building relationships between tables, grouping data, and following steps to create cohesive analyses.
Data manipulation and analysis technologies inclusive of Microsoft SQL Server, SQL, ACL, ASCII, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Visual Basic, Microsoft .NET framework, HTML or XML.
Demonstrates thorough knowledge and/or a proven track record of success with operating in a professional services firm or large enterprise as a consultant, auditor or business process specialist.
Demonstrates thorough knowledge and or a proven record of success with identifying and obtaining new service opportunities and taking the opportunities through the sales cycle, including the following:
Defining resource requirements, project workflow, budgets, and billing and collection;
Identifying and addressing client needs, including developing and sustaining extensive client relationships;
Assisting with the leading of teams to generate a vision, establish direction and motivate members, create an atmosphere of trust, leverage diverse views, coach staff, and encourage improvement and innovation.

Skills Preferred:
Demonstrates thorough abilities and/or a proven record of success working seamlessly in a virtual environment to complete projects with team members based in various locations, domestically and globally.
Demonstrates thorough abilities as a team leader, which includes creating a positive environment by monitoring workloads of the team and respecting the work-life quality of team members; providing feedback in a timely manner; and keeping leadership informed of progress and issues.
Demonstrates thorough abilities to identify and address client needs, including developing and sustaining meaningful client relationships and understand the client's business.
Demonstrates thorough abilities and/ or a proven record of success for delivering professional data assurance services inclusive of accounting data analyses; Computer-Assisted Auditing Technology (CAAT) services; enablement of data base automation tools; identification of data quality issues and related cleansing; data flow process reviews; risk assessments; and spreadsheet remediation and/or simplification.
Demonstrates thorough project management skills in relation to data management projects, including developing project plans, budgets, and deliverables schedules.
Demonstrates creative thinking, individual initiative, and flexibility in prioritizing and completing tasks.
Demonstrates thorough abilities and/or a proven record of success with researching and analyzing pertinent client, industry, and technical matters.
Demonstrates thorough abilities to approach clients and team members in an organized and knowledgeable manner and to deliver clear requests for information.
Demonstrates thorough negotiation and persuasion skills used to sell potential opportunities, including a proven track record with identifying and converting potential engagement opportunities and developing market presence.
Demonstrates thorough capabilities with project leadership.
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