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Principal Consultant

Leeds or Birmingham, UK
Competitive + benefits
Closing date
18 Jun 2024

Job Details

As one of the world's largest networks of audit, tax and consulting firms, RSM delivers big ideas and premium service to help middle-market businesses thrive. We are a fast-growing firm with big ambitions -- we have a clear goal to become the premium adviser to the middle market, globally. This vision touches everything we do, motivating and inspiring us to become better every day. If you are looking for a firm where you can build a future and make an impact, then RSM is the place for you.

Consulting brings together multiple teams across Transactions, Risk & Consulting, ABA, and Outsourcing to provide client-centric solutions for RSM’s current and future clients within the middle market.  Our Consulting team has a major role to play in driving forward the growth of the firm with over 1,700 people delivering almost £200m revenue.

At the heart of Consulting are the six solutions we offer our clients: business transformation, deal services, finance function support, risk and governance, forensic and investigation services, and restructuring. Our solutions create an enhanced tailored approach to support our clients in achieving their strategic goals and empower our people to make an impact and develop their own unique career path.

This role sits in the Financial Services Risk Assurance (FSRA) team, which is part of the wider Risk Assurance Services faculty.

The role-holder will support the Client Management Team in the day-to-day delivery of internal audit and wider risk assurance services to a portfolio of financial services clients. The management activities will require the individual to travel in the UK.

Overall job purpose 

In delivering internal audit and risk assurance services, the role-holder will be a strong ambassador for the RSM brand, promoting brand awareness and upholding high ethical standards of business that protect the brand, the UK firm, its staff and its clients.


Staff Management

  • Resource planning to ensure all client engagements are adequately resourced in a timely manner.
  • Providing bespoke training programmes for junior staff.
  • Managing staff utilisation figures.

Client Delivery

Oversee delivery of client work as part of the engagement delivery team, being a recognised RSM Manager for client engagements:

  • Agreeing engagement scopes with clients.
  • Overseeing client delivery by team members.
  • Quality assurance reviews of internal audit files and reports.
  • Effective stakeholder engagement and relationship management.


  • Manage internal audit contracts and individual reviews in line with the agreed budgets.
  • Billing, invoicing and recovery management.

Business Development

  • Assist the Partner in business development initiatives, including being involved in tender presentations and visits to target clients and networking at various events to build the RSM brand.

Contribution to wider FS faculty

Contribute to the firm wide FS faculty through:

  • Cross referral of opportunities to other service lines and disciplines.
  • Playing full role in FS sector groups and initiatives.
  • Joint targeting with other service lines.


Extensive practical experience of working in an equivalent position in a professional services firm or large in-house function within industry.  Technically proficient in executing and leading audits in accordance with IIA standards and the standards on effective audit in financial services across several of the following areas, such as:

  • Regulatory reporting (COREP/FINREP)
  • Client Money and Assets (CASS)
  • CRD IV
  • Recovery & Resolution Planning (RRP)
  • ICAAP and Pillar 3 reporting Senior Managers & Certification Regime
  • FCA Systems and Controls – especially in relation to Compliance and Risk Management Frameworks
  • Governance
  • Conduct Risk Management

The role holder will have extensive experience of working in different financial services sectors, such as:

  • Insurance
  • Banking
  • Alternative Finance / Lending
  • FX Trading
  • Investment Management and funds
  • Asset Management
  • Broker/dealers and Prop traders
  • Investment banking and stockbroking

Diversity and Inclusion at RSM

At RSM, we want to create a strong sense of belonging so that people of all identities, backgrounds, and cultures feel they can bring their true self to work. Our clients come from all walks of life. We aim to achieve that same diversity of background, experience and perspective in our own teams, so that we can genuinely understand our client's needs. Diverse teams bring a broader range of ideas and insights to work. That's why we're working together to ensure our firm's principles and processes support a firm culture that embraces difference and strengthens inclusion.

At RSM we work hard to create an environment where our people can make a difference - to themselves, their career, their teams, and to the success of our firm and clients. We support all our people to work flexibly, to manage their family and other responsibilities alongside their work commitments; we believe this is key to achieving an inspiring and fulfilling working environment.


RSM UK is a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services to the middle market with a strong UK presence of nearly 5,000 people in 30 locations. As the sixth largest network of audit, tax and consulting firms globally, we’re connected with over 64,000 experts across more than 120 countries.

Our impressive client list includes some of the world's most dynamic companies. Our work cuts across more than 40 service areas and a broad range of sectors – from big name consumer brands and leading charities to FTSE 300 companies and major multinationals.

 At RSM, we take a digital first approach to everything we do. We’re purpose-driven, mission-led and guided by our values. You’ll have access to tailored training and development programmes, opportunities to expand your network, and pathways for progression. You’ll do this in an environment where creativity and diversity of thought are fully embraced, as much as process and efficiency are valued.

There’s never been a more exciting time to join us. We empower diverse, talented people to grow with confidence and build a successful career with us. So be a part of our future, where you can make an impact that counts.

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