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EY Independence Senior Associate - Global Independence System in Chicago, Illinois

At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all.

Independence Senior Associate – Global Independence System

Risk Management supports our people in managing the risks that arise during our daily working lives. We work closely with all parts of the organization to identify, manage and monitor risk, providing coordinated advice and assistance on independence, conflicts, compliance, regulatory, policy, security issues, as well as dealing with claims and any queries regarding ethics.

The opportunity

We are operating in an increasingly connected world which is changing how to manage risk. With fast-paced technology advancements, new innovations in emerging technologies, and an ever-challenging regulatory environment, it is business critical for our organization to identify not only the risks but the opportunities these present to us. As a Quality and Risk Management (Q&RM) Associate, you’ll make educated, thoughtful decisions on Risk Management. Our brand depends on it. It’s all part of our long-term commitment to building a better working world and in return, you can expect plenty of opportunities to take on new responsibilities and develop your career.

Job Summary:

As Quality & Risk Management (Q&RM) Senior Associate, you'll use your subject matter knowledge to act as the initial or secondary point of contact for client engagement teams. You'll provide research and analysis to supports Global Independence System including the GIS family tree structure. Providing support to GIS managers who are developing process documents and training for the new GIS system.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research to resolve conflicts, and obtain materials, in order to review business relationships, public company independence, personal financial independence or other processes

  • Work with management & RM analysts to review submissions from client teams. Evaluate the completeness, accuracy and appropriateness of proposed transaction/requests

  • Identify key issues and risks in the Q&RM function or process, by comparing facts and circumstances to current EY policies

  • Handle information and analysis requests from Q&RM consultants and client engagement teams and understand complex, non-routine questions from client teams, and coordinate appropriate responses through consultation

  • Recommend improvements, and/or develop new approaches or deliverables, by utilizing your knowledge of existing Q&RM processes, and your business experience

  • Liaise between the client teams, other members of the Q&RM team, and various functional areas within the firm (e.g., Center for Business Knowledge, Finance, and Strategic Sourcing)

  • Review and analyze reports, to identify variances or trends that should be brought to the attention of management

  • Apply judgment to consultations and/or submission reviews

  • Develop an enhanced understanding of the key independence rules and policies of EY and the regulator

  • Gain knowledge of one or more Q&RM functional areas within the firm

  • Develop a solid understanding of relevant firm business

  • Respond to escalated issues, or sensitive transactions.

  • Analyze these reports to determine whether an EY/Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)/American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) violation has occurred or is likely to occur

  • Regularly exercise independent decision-making skills within the framework of the Q&RM/Independence policies and processes. Guide client teams on issues of moderate complexity

To qualify, candidates must have:

  • Basic knowledge of project management tools and methodologies

  • Good problem solving skills

  • Flexibility to adapt to different working situations

  • Adept at keeping sensitive information confidential

  • Strong research and communications skills

  • Good working knowledge of computers and common software packages, including analytical tools

  • A minimum of 3-5 years related experience

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience

What we offer

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. In addition, our Total Rewards package includes medical and dental coverage, pension and 401(k) plans, and a wide range of paid time off options. Under our flexible vacation policy, you’ll decide how much vacation time you need based on your own personal circumstances. You’ll also be granted time off for designated EY Paid Holidays, Winter/Summer breaks, Personal/Family Care, and other leaves of absence when needed to support your physical, financial, and emotional well-being.

  • Continuous learning: You’ll develop the mindset and skills to navigate whatever comes next.

  • Success as defined by you: We’ll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way.

  • Transformative leadership: We’ll give you the insights, coaching and confidence to be the leader the world needs.

  • Diverse and inclusive culture: You’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.

If you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.

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