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Royalty & Contract Compliance Auditor

The Firm:

HW Fisher LLP is a top 25 UK chartered accountancy firm. Founded in 1933, the practice comprises 31 partners and approximately 310 staff supplying a range of services spanning Audit, Corporate and Personal Tax, Corporate Finance and Forensic Accounting.

Unusually for a firm of our size, we operate from one office in Central London rather than a disparate set of regional offices.

Our strength is twofold. We have an incredible client base, including some of the largest companies in the world and highly successful individuals, who provide us with diverse and challenging work. Secondly, we have extremely talented people providing services to these clients, continuously striving to expand what we do and improve the way we do it.

HW Fisher Forensic:

The Forensic Department (HW Fisher Forensic) comprises 2 Partners, 4 Directors and a large and experienced team, acting for an array of vast multi-national and listed companies across the world. The two main services provided to these clients are Royalty Auditing and Contract Compliance, always utilising advanced forensic accounting techniques and approaches.

Our main competition is from the Big 4 Accountancy firms, who cannot match our depth of experience and expertise across the sectors in which we operate (including TV, Film, Pharma, Automotive, Sport, Brand Extension and Gaming). Operating effectively as a boutique practice, we can move flexibly and swiftly to meet our client’s requirements. We have grown substantially over the last 10 years and continue to grow, which is why we are looking for more people to join us.

The Role:

The role will involve carrying out a portfolio of Royalty Audits and Contract Compliance Audits across a variety of industries, helping maximise the benefits gained from the relationships our clients have with their business partners, Licensees and Suppliers.

A typical engagement will involve you:

  • Understanding the nature of the relationship between the client organisation and its partners;
  • Performing risk assessments of contract documentation;
  • Undertaking detailed and comprehensive data analysis which allows us to quantify the financial and operational compliance with the contract;
  • Covid permitting, performing on-site fieldwork and audit testing, and acting in a robust manner, with integrity to identify the facts, agreeing findings with third parties and communicating important issues in a clear, succinct manner;
  • Supporting the client and potentially the third party through discussions with relevant stakeholders;
  • Writing reports detailing the financial and operational issues highlighted during our work;
  • Providing timely and useful feedback that can enhance future relationships and activities, both at our clients and the third parties they interact with.

 Working with us involves a mixture of working in the office, client sites and visiting third parties’ premises (in non-Covid times), which provides variety and a well-rounded mix of work environments. The role can involve travel across the world, including Europe and the USA, and possibly the Far East and Central and South America.

The Candidate:

The candidate needs to have a grounding in accountancy, whether that is ACA, ACCA or similar.

The candidate needs to possess the skills to deal directly with both clients representing large multi-national conglomerates and the Suppliers and Licensees being audited. In particular, the candidate will have the ability and skills to obtain the required data from these companies to perform the work.

The candidate must be self-motivated and well organised, as much work will be carried out unsupervised, and there may be numerous live audits at a time – therefore they must be good at multi-tasking and working under deadline pressure.

The candidate must be driven to identify audit findings and perform their work to high standards, always looking to improve their techniques and skillsets.

Strong MS Excel skills and the ability to analyse and manipulate vast quantities of data are key.

The successful candidate will receive high quality on the job training from highly skilful expert auditors. Support is always available and enthusiastically given from the large, experienced team and collaboration is actively encouraged in numerous ways to ensure that new team members progress at a rapid rate.

The Benefits:

  • Salary: Competitive
  • Group Life Cover
  • 22 days holiday on commencement
  • Buying and Selling Holiday Scheme
  • Hybrid working policy – at least 2 days in the office a week, with a core hours system in place
  • PHI (Permanent Health Insurance)
  • Contributory Private Health Scheme
  • Non-Contributory Health Cash Plan
  • Season Ticket Loan (after qualifying period)
  • Discounted Gym Membership
  • Pension Scheme
  • Cycle voucher scheme

To apply for this position please contact Michael Fraser at


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