Associate Director - Technology Risk Assurance

Leeds, Newcastle or Manchester, UK
Competitive + benefits
13 Jun 2024
13 Jul 2024
Contract Type
Full Time

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.


Are you passionate about emerging technology, cyber, change, and risk management in the financial services sector? We are.

Our world is ever more complex, interconnected, and reliant on technology and data to do business. While the digital opportunities for organisations are endless, the risks are becoming increasingly more complex to manage.

RSM's global Technology Risk Assurance (TRA) practice provides assurance, advice, and solutions to enable our clients to manage their digital risk and move forward with confidence.

Our local client portfolio in the North of England includes some of the most interesting and prestigious organisations that operate within the financial services (e.g. Fintech, insurance, building societies), corporates (e.g. technology, manufacturing and automotive) and the public sector (e.g. healthcare, social housing, education and local / central government).

Our team thrives as their responsibilities are diverse, challenging, and purposeful. We regularly work alongside other RSM teams (UK and International) including, Tax, Internal Audit, Corporate Finance, Consulting, and External Audit to help our clients address their most complex business challenges.

Overall job purpose

No career pathway in your current role? You won't stand still in TRA.

You'll work with some of the brightest minds in this field and be a valued member of a diverse and inclusive TRA team. Your role is to add value - we'll consider all flexible working arrangements too.

You'll be advising our clients on strategy and risks associated with areas such as cyber and data privacy, change programmes and transformations, third party and cloud, operational resilience, mergers and acquisitions, controls and compliance, and emerging technology (e.g. artificial intelligence, Blockchain and robotics).

You'll benefit from ongoing coaching, career mentoring, and be supported by the TRA career pathway that was launched in 2021. This provides you with an opportunity to continue to develop market leading skills across our different capabilities and advance your professional development by undertaking certifications such as CISA, CISM, CIPM, CISSP, CCSP, CHECK, CREST and AWS certification.

You'll be able to take your career in any direction by choosing to either specialise, or gain wide ranging skills by working across a range of industry sectors and TRA capabilities.


There's never been a more exciting time to join us.

As a TRA Associate Director you'll be:

  • Helping your clients develop their digital strategy by leading teams that provide specialist risk assurance and advice.
  • Staying current with the latest technology trends, leading risk management practices, and industry sector issues.
  • Responsible for leading a TRA client portfolio in conjunction with the Partners to ensure our work adds value and is delivered timely and profitably.
  • Responsible for the ongoing management of your client portfolio, including the development of plans and quality assurance of all aspects of the work and reporting.
  • Performing risk management processes and developing commercial arrangements.
  • Leading and coaching high performing teams, resource management, recruitment, and development for team members. You'll make quality time and take an interest in your team.
  • Shaping our future by leading innovation streams that build future products, services, and solutions.
  • Representing RSM in external meetings, including attendance at client workshops, audit committees, and regional networking events.
  • Leading our efforts on local Corporate Social Responsible (CSR) initiatives.
  • Building trusted relationships with senior client stakeholders, and identifying opportunities where we could assist them.
  • Developing proposals that demonstrate our capability to meet new and existing client needs.
  • Meeting agreed business development targets.

Requirements for the role

You'll make decisions and take actions that are based on our values and will deliver purposeful impact where it counts.

To be successful in this role you'll be:

  • Passionate to continue your career in technology, cyber, risk management, and partner with clients.
  • Business and commercial minded in your approach.
  • Motivated to lead with purpose, innovate, and make a genuine lasting impact.
  • Able to offer a strong and compelling view of technology and risk management.
  • Self organised and able to manage your time effectively to prioritise and achieve deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Confident with excellent written, oral communication, and presentation skills.
  • An active listener and proactive in taking action; Able to work autonomously, pro-actively, and effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Have demonstrable experience in identifying opportunities to partner with clients and successfully deliver these.

Personal and professional qualities

  • Professionally qualified and able to demonstrate expertise in a specialist field.
  • Relevant experience within a technology, cyber, audit, and/or risk management role.
  • Digitally literate and able to use tools such as Microsoft Office 365.
  • In depth understanding of technology trends and industry sector issues.

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.

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