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London, United Kingdom; Glasgow, United Kingdom; Birmingham, United Kingdom; Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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17 May 2024

Private Equity Enablement Senior Manager - Ethics

Ideas | People | Trust

We’re BDO. An accountancy and business advisory firm, providing the advice and solutions entrepreneurial organisations need to navigate today’s changing world.

We work with the companies that are Britain’s economic engine – ambitious, entrepreneurially-spirited and high‑growth businesses that fuel the economy – and directly advise the owners and management teams leading them.

We’ll broaden your horizons

In FY23 income from Private Equity houses and PE-backed businesses reached £181m (25% higher than prior year).  The firm’s plans see this growth accelerating, with investment supporting growth in all Streams.

Ethics continues to be of increasing importance for ‘audit firms’ and their networks, in terms of fulfilling regulatory requirements and meeting public interest independence responsibilities.

It is a key focus for a wide range of stakeholders, including investors (both Public and Private), government, regulators & the media; not only in the UK but also internationally. It is of particular significance as BDO member firms drive international relationships through global MSAs and we fulfil our obligations to understand complex family trees, our clients’ and audited entities’ ownership structures. 

The Ethics team directly support the firm’s Strategic Framework commitment to High Quality, Independence & Ethics and is overseeing the implementation of new systems to identify and manage risks to independence and conflicts of interest. These systems are to be transformative to how BDO addresses audit independence and conflicts of interest and impact on all BDO Streams and the successful implementation of these systems are ‘Top 10 Programmes’ for the BDO Leadership team. 

Alongside the developments in the Ethics team, this individual will be dedicated to supporting the firm’s growth plans in the Private Equity space, for the houses themselves or the businesses in which they invest.  They will be the subject matter expert for PE, raising the profile of the correct processes for targeting/understanding affiliates and meeting our obligations under global MSAs.

We’ll help you succeed

The work we do is underpinned by quality. We deliver audits which are trusted and transparent which can be relied upon by companies and their stakeholders.

You’ll be someone who is comfortable working pro-actively and, managing your own tasks, as well as confident collaborating with others and communicating regularly with Senior Managers, Directors, and BDO’s Partners. You’ll help deliver accurate and transparent reporting to all relevant stakeholders as you provide long term value. 


You will be involved in:

  • Supporting the cross-disciplinary Private Equity Leadership team’s stewardship of firmwide PE activities
  • Working with both the Ethics and Learning & Development teams to upskill practitioners in all Streams in identifying and navigating opportunities and possible conflicts
  • Working with other BDO international member firms in managing
    • MSA obligations
    • Globally restricted list such as Brookfield and Blackstone
  • Supporting the KAMA programme from a family tree/independence perspective
  • The PE Designation committee, as its record keeper
  • Guiding PE practitioners in all Streams (as subject matter expert for PE) in raising the profile of the correct process for targeting/understanding affiliates and hospitality/entertainment in that context
  • Working with BDO Global project teams to influence the development of systems to ensure the UK firm’s regulatory and firmwide requirements are incorporated.

You will be someone with:

  • Relevant experience in a similar role interpreting/applying ethical standards or a similar regulatory framework
  • An awareness of the UK and international codes of ethics
  • Experience of interpreting regulation and how to apply rules in a practical way
  • An understanding of risk management and conflict of interest principles and how to apply these in practice
  • Strong communication skills – both written and oral – with the ability to communicate and present confidently and professionally with people at all levels
  • The ability to quickly build trusted working relationships with senior practitioners
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively to solve complex problems and drive tasks through to completion.
  • Strong organisational and project management skills with experience of working on complex projects.

You’ll be able to be yourself; we’ll recognise and value you for who you are and celebrate and reward your contributions to our business. We’re committed to agile working, and we offer everyone the opportunity to work in ways that suit them, their teams, and the task at hand.

At BDO, we’ll help you achieve your personal goals and career ambitions, and we have programmes, resources, and frameworks that provide clarity and structure around career development.

We’re in it together

Mutual support and respect is one of BDO’s core values and we’re proud of our distinctive, people-centred culture.  From informal success conversations to formal mentoring and coaching, we’ll support you at every stage in your career, whatever your personal and professional needs.

Our agile working framework helps us stay connected, bringing teams together where and when it counts so they can share ideas and help one another.  At BDO, you’ll always have access to the people and resources you need to do your best work.

We know that collaboration is the key to creating value and satisfying experiences at work, so we’ve invested in state-of-the-art collaboration spaces in our offices.  BDO’s people represent a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and we’ll encourage you to build your network, work alongside others, and share your skills and experiences.  With a range of multidisciplinary events and dedicated resources, you’ll never stop learning at BDO.

We’re looking forward to the future

At BDO, we help entrepreneurial businesses to succeed, fuelling the UK economy.

Our success is powered by our people, which is why we’re always finding new ways to invest in you. Across the UK thousands of unique minds continue to come together to help companies we work with to achieve their ambitions.

We’ve got a clear purpose, and we’re confident in our future, because we’re adapting and evolving to build on our strengths, ensuring we continue to find the right combination of global reach, integrity and expertise. We shape the future together with openness and clarity, because we believe in empowering people to think creatively about how we can do things better.

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Success Profile

What makes a successful Private Equity Enablement Senior Manager - Ethics? Check out the traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right skill level.

  • Business thinking
  • Communicating
  • Decision making
  • Developing self & others
  • Collaborating
  • Innovation & Change

Our culture at BDO

We’re a thriving business that is respectful and client-focused while remaining firmly anchored in our core purpose – helping you succeed. Our Unifying Culture encourages us to be ourselves, to be inspired, challenged, collaborative and ultimately successful.

Career Path

Your career is what you make of it at BDO. Whether you want to move into a leadership position within Audit or grow your portfolio of skills and become an expert in your field, we’ll support you all the way.


Move Up

We’ll give you access to team recognition, financial benefits and career progression opportunities that align with your interests and ambitions.


Explore new areas

You can test some possibilities before committing to a permanent change. Knowing your alternatives gives you more control over your career.


Grow in place

Master new skills and build productive relationships, deepening your knowledge, experience and specialism.



Redesign work to fit your changing personal needs including reducing your responsibilities or workload in order to better balance your lifestyle.


Move across

Identify other positions or areas of the business that better fit your skills, values or interests.



Investigate suitable roles available in other BDO offices, both in the UK and internationally.


Dee’s story is an inspiring one – here he talks about his experience at BDO after spending the first part of his career at another firm, and why the move to BDO has been a great one.

Rewards & Benefits

We offer a wide range of core and voluntary benefits, with a few examples below.


Health and Wellness Programmes

We promote a positive working environment where our people can thrive.


Pension Plan

A Group Personal Pension Plan, with matched employer contributions.


Private Medical

Access to private medical treatment for you and your family.


Income Protection Plan

Provides a proportion of your basic salary if you suffer a loss of earnings because of illness or injury.



Our holiday benefit enables you to purchase up to 10 days of additional leave.


Bike to work scheme

A convenient, environmentally friendly and tax-effective way to acquire a bike for travelling to and from work.