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Grant Thornton LLP Risk Management & Independence Manager in Boston, Massachusetts

Grant Thornton is seeking a Risk Management & Independence Manager to join the team. Approved office locations can be found below.

ICS - Risk Management & Independence Manager

To enhance our international capabilities and to continue to serve our clients that have international operations, Grant Thornton LLP (GT) is seeking a manager in the Independence Group to liaise with its partners and professionals throughout the Grant Thornton International (GTI) member firm network. The Independence Consulting Manager will play a significant role in assisting our partners, principals, managing directors (PPMDs) and professionals in evaluating new opportunities (audit or other) or existing relationships for a client (or prospect) or an affiliate of one that is subject to independence requirements, including firm monitored private equity firms and portfolio companies. The manager will also play a role in GT’s adoption and development of global independence quality control requirements adopted by GTI, including independence related policies or processes established by GT.

Collectively, the US Independence Group is responsible for monitoring the activities of the various independence standard setters and regulatory bodies, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Securities Exchange Commission, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, International Federation of Accountants, Government Accountability Office, and Department of Labor.

This role will apply need to apply a broad knowledge of professional standards to assist engagement teams in evaluating or monitoring independence and assisting others in the Independence with the development of GT independence policies and quality control processes. The manager should be comfortable working in a team environment within Independence or other GT groups (e.g., Private Equity, etc.) and to also be able to work independently. The manager must manage competing priorities in a rapidly growing, fast-paced, interactive, results-based team environment.

The Independence Group is responsible for liaising with quality control representatives from client serving lines and with independence or risk management representatives from other GTI member firms to discuss the ramifications of professional services, business relationships and other matters on our firm’s independence and ethical responsibilities. The manager will play a significant role in assisting our PPMDs and professionals in advising or performing relationship checks (audit or non-audit) by using the Relationship Checking System (RCS) and assist with processing independence confirmation requests throughout the GTI network.

Furthermore, the Independence Group is responsible for publication of independence policies and processes throughout the firm as well as development of training courses and independence related resources to enhance our professionals understanding of applicable new requirements due to changes made by regulators or firm policy. This manger will assist in developing and maintaining independence related publications, and involvement in developing and presenting independence related training. The manager will also be involved in internal consultations to assist engagement teams with their independence related questions as it relates to nonaudit services or business relationships (or other areas), therefore, the manager will need to understand and apply the more restrictive of the independence rules to a particular fact situation to enable firm PPMDs and professionals to make appropriate business decisions.

The successful candidate must have strong interpersonal skills and able to effectively communicate to the firm’s broad practitioners in diverse disciplines, such as assurance, tax, advisory services, litigation support services, risk and recovery, and other practices.

Job Responsibilities

  • Consult with PPMDs and professionals on the application of independence standards to a particular fact situation (e.g., scope of services, business relationships, employment).

  • Perform various Relationship Checking activities (e.g., processing relationship checks at various stages assisting teams with evaluating relationships reported, etc.) by using RCS.

  • Assist in monitoring independence for larger private equity firms for which the firm is maintaining SEC independence.

  • Assist in training independence team in INDUS on the application of AICPA independence standards relating to nonaudit services or business relationship for existing and prospective private audit clients to assist engagement teams in clearing private audit client checks, including monitoring and supervising the INDUS team related to this initiative.

  • Assist in developing firm independence policies and quality control requirements which will involve documentation and regular updates.

  • Develop and present technical content for professional training programs or for other firm purposes.

  • Assist in maintaining and develop independence related resources or publications (e.g., nonaudit services matrices, etc.).

  • Liaise with representatives of Grant Thornton International and the member firms on potential independence matters, potential conflicts of interest and independence confirmations/representations.

  • Attend professional development and training sessions on a regular basis.

  • Perform other job-related duties or assist with special projects, as necessary.


  • 5 or more years of experience related to the accounting profession, with experience in a national office or independence office a strong plus

  • CPA is required

  • Excellent analytical, technical, and professional skills including understanding of international accounting and consulting firms’ businesses.

  • Strong ability to acquire, synthesize, and present technical information.

  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal, and presentation skills

  • Strong Microsoft Word skills required and experience with other Microsoft Office products (e.g., PowerPoint, Excel, etc.).

  • Strong project planning skills.

  • Experience managing projects, with an ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously while meeting tight deadlines.

  • Ability to work on highly technical material, with strong attention to detail.

  • Ability to work additional hours as needed and limited travel.

The base salary range for this position in the firm’s Melville, NY and New York City(Manhattan) offices only is between $101,300 and $168,800 per year.

About Us

At Grant Thornton, we believe in making business more personal and building trust into every result – for our clients and you. Here, we go beyond your expectations of a career in professional services by offering a career path with more: more opportunity, more flexibility, and more support. It’s what makes us different, and we think being different makes us better.

About the Team

The team you’re about to join is ready to help you thrive. Here’s how:

• Whether it’s your work location, weekly schedule or unlimited flex time off, we empower you with the options to work in the way that best serves your clients and your life.

• Here, you are supported to prioritize your overall well-being through work-life integration options that work best for your and those in your household.

• We understand that your needs, responsibilities and experiences are different — and we think that’s a good thing. That’s why we support you with personalized and comprehensive benefits that recognize and empower all the identities, roles and aspirations that make you, well, you. See how at

• When it comes to inclusion, we are committed to doing more than checking boxes. Explore all the ways we’re taking action for diversity, equity & inclusion at

Here’s what you can expect next:

If you apply and are selected to interview, a Grant Thornton team member will reach out to you to schedule a time to connect. We encourage you to also check out other roles that may be a good fit for you or get to know us a little bit better at


We understand that your needs, responsibilities and experiences are different, and we think that’s a good thing. That’s why we support you with personalized and comprehensive benefits that recognize and empower all the identities, roles and aspirations that make you, well, you. For an overview of our benefit offerings, please visit:

  • Benefits for internship positions: Grant Thornton interns are eligible to participate in the firm’s medical, dental and vision insurance programs and the firm’s employee assistance program. Interns also receive a minimum of 72 hours of paid sick leave, and are paid for firm holidays that fall within their internship period.

  • Benefits for seasonal employee positions: Grant Thornton seasonal employees are eligible to participate in the firm’s medical, dental and vision insurance programs and the firm’s employee assistance program. Seasonal employees may also be eligible to participate in the firm’s 401(k) savings plan and employee retirement plan in accordance with applicable plan terms and eligibility requirements. Seasonal employees receive a minimum of 72 hours of paid sick leave.

    Grant Thornton employees may be eligible for a discretionary, annual bonus based on individual and firm performance, subject to the terms, conditions and eligibility criteria of the applicable bonus plan or program. Interns and seasonal employees are not eligible for bonus compensation.

    Additional Details:

    It is the policy of Grant Thornton to promote equal employment opportunities. All personnel decisions (including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, working conditions, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, evaluations, and termination) are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital or civil union status, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, handicap, genetic predisposition or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

    Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and applicable state and local laws, it is the policy of Grant Thornton LLP to provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of employment, including the application process. To make an accommodation request, please contact

    For Los Angeles Applicants only: We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.