Junior Associate

  • Competitive
  • London, England, United Kingdom London England GB
  • Contract, Full time
  • Randstad Sourceright
  • 19 Jul 18 2018-07-19

One of the big 4 consultancies in London are seeking a Junior Associate to join their team in London for a 3 months contract.

Junior Associate


Job type: contracting, full-time, 3 months

Location: London

Start date: ASAP

Salary: competitive




One of the big 4 consultancies in London are seeking a Junior Associate to join their team in London for a 3 months contract.


The role


We are looking for an Associate who is solutions-focussed, is skilled at building relationships, who enjoys being at the heart of change, and who wants to be part of a cohesive, vibrant and growing team.

The role requires an Associate who has a practical and methodical approach to problem solving, who is good with detail and able to cope with pressure. You must be confident in liaising with individuals at all levels throughout the firm, enjoy acquiring new knowledge and be able to deliver difficult messages on occasion.

Previous high level knowledge of the independence rules would be beneficial but is not a requirement.  Full training on these elements of the role will be provided.

Whilst prior independence knowledge is preferable, what is more important is a willingness to learn a new technical area, a client service mentality/background would be helpful, excellent coaching and communication skills and want to join a growing and dynamic team that provides critical business support to the firm in a complex and changing regulatory environment.

The opportunities that we are offering will provide the successful candidates with:

  • Breadth and insight into the activities of the firm by consulting on a xLoS basis;
  • The ability to contribute directly to the firm achieving its performance goals, especially regarding growth, leading firm and quality;
  • Ability to build a network of partners and staff across the firm and the wider network and be seen as a someone who can help them with complex issues;
  • An ability to enhance and refine your listening, influencing and communication skills;
  • The chance to be part of a solutions-focussed, cohesive, vibrant team and;
  • An opportunity to develop a solid technical base and understanding of the independence rules which underpin everything we do as a Firm.

The team

Compliance is led by three partners reporting directly to a member of the UK firm’s Management Board.

The department’s role is to support the partners and staff within the firm through the provision of policy and guidance to the firm in respect of a number of regulatory areas, including Independence, Data Protection, Anti-Money Laundering and Business Conduct and Ethics. The department also provides certain operational processes in support of those policies and is responsible for monitoring compliance with said policy and procedures.

The Independence Team is the largest single team within Compliance, consisting of 1 Director, 14 Senior Managers / Managers and approximately 16 Senior Associates and Associates. The Independence team is responsible for working with the practice to ensure that the firm meets its regulatory responsibilities as required under the company`s Global Independence policy and APB, IFAC, SEC, the new EU regulations and other territories’ rules. 

The Independence team devote time to consulting regularly with practice staff to help them understand the complex nature of the independence rules and to give them solutions-focussed guidance to help structure the services the Firm would like to provide to our clients.

In addition to this advisory mandate, the team is also responsible for the management of potential conflicts of interests / ethical walls.


  • Providing advice and guidance regarding queries submitted by the practice. This will involve both the initial interpretation of the firm’s independence rules against specific query related facts and the development of initial advice on matters under review.


  • Managing own portfolio of consultations with key stakeholders in the practice to give guidance on Independence considerations.


  • Receiving, analysing, and processing existing Business Relationship requests as part of the team’s Business Relationship Refresh process.


  • Analysing each Business Relationship request using a variation of bespoke internal and external databases as well as utilising publically available information via internet search tools.


  • Other ad-hoc projects as the department so determines from time to time. These could include activities such as the analysis of Non-Services and Business Relationships Returns or the provision of general support to other independence activities.


  • Ability to demonstrate clear understanding of commercial / client-facing issues, and empathy with the client facing practitioners who the Independence team support;
  • Intellectual capacity to make good judgements with strong analytical, organisational and project management skill;
  • Excellent communication skills, able to interact with self-confidence at all levels, as well as managing internal relationships, e.g. with key stakeholders;
  • Ability to interact with others' demands providing support and/or influencing, with the flexibility to change behaviour where necessary; and
  • A conscientious, ambitious team player, with good self-management skills and an ability to take initiative