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Private Equity Independence Manager - Remote



Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2023

We are the leading provider of professional services to the middle market globally, our purpose is to instill confidence in a world of change, empowering our clients and people to realize their full potential. Our exceptional people are the key to our unrivaled, inclusive culture and talent experience and our ability to be compelling to our clients. You’ll find an environment that inspires and empowers you to thrive both personally and professionally. There’s no one like you and that’s why there’s nowhere like RSM.

The PE independence Manager assists with managing risk to the Firm regarding independence requirements of regulatory bodies including the Securities Exchange Commission, Public Accounting Oversight Board and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The position is a member of the National Office of Independence team, assisting engagement teams with compliance with independence policies, including assistance with policy development, performing the initial evaluation of engagement specific independence consultations, and assisting the personal independence team with consultations. This position is a member of the centralized team providing independence monitoring support to engagement teams serving clients with complex organization structures. Relocation is not required.

Essential Duties

  • Consult with client service teams (business developers / relationship leaders) regarding current engagements and pursuits to assess immediate and future independence implications of all components of the relationship between the Firm and High Risk complex organizational structures clients.

  • Advise on independence implications of various client relationship and business decisions (such as vendor resale agreements, selecting optional SEC independence for an entire family tree, prospective services and their future impacts, etc.).

  • Manage quarterly independence search initiation, triage, and clearance and resolution processes including providing engagement teams with documentation supporting the conflicts resolution conclusions.

  • Work with LOB service teams during client and engagement acceptance to complete the conflict search from initiation through resolution in a centralized manner (aside from party searches, which will continue to be performed by the centralized conflicts team)

  • Maintain affiliate trees for private equity client relationship in the firm’s entity management system as directed by the National Office of Independence, Compliance, & Ethics. Includes gathering data and information about affiliates from structure charts and public resources.

  • Assist engagement teams and relationship leaders with managing risk for overall relationship Primary independence contact point for all engagement teams serving the High Risk CSO Primary independence contact for High Risk COS relationship leaders

  • May serve as a career advisor to and supervise others

  • Identify opportunities for process improvement

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree (required) in Accounting or related degree (preferred)


  • Proficient computer skills with Microsoft Office Products; Excel, Word, and PowerPoint are required

  • Ability to read and apply rules, regulations, policies and procedures – required

  • Ability to communicate information clearly and concisely, in writing to diverse audiences across the firm and to outside professional contacts – required

  • Awareness of SEC, PCAOB and AICPA Independence rules and ability to recognize the potential impact of changes to firm policies, processes and personnel – preferred

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion – required


  • A minimum of five to seven years of experience in public accountingrequired

    Experience with and understanding of private equity structures – preferred

  • Experience with the application of the SEC independence rules - preferred


  • Business Awareness: The demonstration of an understanding of the impact of regulatory controls on business conditions – required

  • Customer Focus: Acts to make things better by making deliberate attempts to add value. Seeks information from supervisor for guidance on customer approach

At RSM, we offer a competitive benefits and compensation package for all our people. We support and inspire you to prioritize your wellbeing by delivering personalized, holistic programming for your physical, emotional, financial and community wellbeing. RSM has a generous time off policy with at least 14 paid holidays, wellbeing days and associate and above access to self-managed time off. We offer flexibility in your schedule, empowering you to balance life’s demands, while also maintaining your ability to serve clients. Learn more about our total rewards at https://rsmus.com/careers/working-at-rsm/benefits.

RSM is proud to be an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We are proud to provide our employees with tools to assist them in being successful in achieving both personal and professional goals. We welcome and support all our employees to thrive in an environment free of discrimination and harassment. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer all applicants will receive consideration for employment as RSM does not tolerate discrimination and/or harassment based on race; color; creed; sincerely held religious beliefs, practices or observances; sex (including pregnancy or disabilities related to nursing); gender (including gender identity and/or gender expression); sexual orientation; HIV Status; national origin; ancestry; familial or marital status; age; physical or mental disability; citizenship; political affiliation; medical condition (including family and medical leave); domestic violence victim status; past, current or prospective service in the US uniformed service; pre-disposing genetic characteristics or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

RSM does not intend to hire entry level candidates who will require sponsorship now OR in the future (i.e. F-1 visa holders). However, those candidates who may be recent U.S. college / university graduates possessing 1-2 years of progressive and relevant work experience, excluding internships, in the U.S. or his/her home country would be eligible for hire as an experienced candidate and thus eligible for sponsorship.

Compensation Range: $99,500 - $199,000