Audit Manager

Any location (see job description)
National: £44,122 - £56,755, London: £48,003 - £60,506
01 Nov 2017
28 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Audit Manager

Salary Range

National: £44,122 - £56,755    London: £48,003 - £60,506

IMPORTANT:  Please note there are 14 posts as follows:

  • 9 x London Croydon
  • 2 x Leeds
  • 3 x Any location

Appointments will be made in strict merit order, according to your first location preference.  Please state as many location preferences as you wish, in order of preference, in the application.

A reserve list will be retained for 12 months as we anticipate further vacancies arising in the new year.

About the Role

The roles are based across various teams within the Agency, providing independent and impartial assurance to the Government.  We are, therefore, looking to recruit from a variety of backgrounds which will improve GIAA’s experience and skills base.

You will lead a team which may vary in size over time, with responsibility for a range of audits and assignments. Work can be highly complex and high profile, with considerable stakeholder liaison.  

GIAA employs Audit Managers to lead assignments and customer liaison for our work with medium and small sized customers, and to support Senior Audit Manager and group Chief Internal Auditors to deliver services in our larger departments.  Audit managers are integral to the leadership of the Agency, and have a role beyond delivery of audit services to support the ongoing development of our services, staff and customer approach.

Our Audit Managers use their expertise and experience to deliver value to the Agency and customers.  There are clear opportunities for progression within the Agency and the wider civil service for candidates with the right skills and approach.

With access to high profile work, you will work alongside key decision makers, audit specialists and private sector contractors within the Agency, challenging and developing your skills as well as ensuring we meet our customer expectations.

This is an opportunity to join a highly respected, forward-thinking organisation that builds and maintains strategic relationships at the most senior levels across the majority of government departments. The variety and contribution of these roles is unparalleled across government.

We offer support in maintaining and building your professional career through technical training, coaching and development opportunities.

You are entitled to a formidable range of benefits from generous pension provision, embracing of flexible work patterns, diversity and security.

Key Accountabilities

You will need to:

  • Provide input into the development and implementation of audit plans for identified clients, bringing to this an understanding of the risk environment, materiality and the control framework;
  • Provide oversight of the way in which audit methodology, risk assessments, plans and working practices are delivered in line with GIAA methodology.  This will involve liaison with stakeholders, and critical appraisal of audit team output, team coaching and supervision, promoting common standards and consistency, and alignment of working practices;
  • Act as a member of the Senior Team supporting a Group Chief Internal Auditor; and play an active part in the delivery of corporate objectives and develop and grow the Agency;
  • Within own audits, be accountable for compliance with professional standards and compliance with GIAA’s new single audit methodology and audit management software;
  • Take account of key requirements and practices when planning and prioritising work, and ensure that the delivery of plans meets management and stakeholder expectations i.e. timeframes, budgets, quality; 
  • Show judgment when potential risk exposure seems significant and escalate matters through the appropriate management/customer channels – this may involve liaison with specialists within the Agency or with outside advisers;
  • Engage with suppliers using the GIAA framework and obtain the best VFM for audit work;
  • Be accountable for the performance of the team (including work delivered by private sector firms performing co-sourced audits) in meeting agreed plans, objectives and targets, as well as the resulting provision of audit assurance to the Accounting Officer and/or Partner Organisations.

Required Qualifications

Candidates will need to demonstrate full current membership of a recognised professional accountancy/audit body as detailed below:

  • Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors UK & Ireland

You must hold the chartered auditor/CMIIA designation or the MIIA designation where you qualified under the previous exam route and did not apply to make this chartered. If you have passed all of the CMIIA/MIIA exams but do not hold the designation, you are not eligible to apply.

No other level of internal audit qualifications meet the requirements for this post.

  • Other Institutes of Internal Auditors that are part of IIA Global

If you studied with the Institute of Internal Auditors in another country, you must hold the equivalent of the MIIA designation. You should verify this with the IIA UK & Ireland prior to submitting your application, by e-mailing (If invited to interview you will be asked to provide us with the IIA response and the designation certificate you hold, as your evidence of meeting the qualification criteria for this post)


  • Accountancy

Fully Qualified, current member of one of the five CCAB bodies (ICAEW, ACCA, CIPFA, ICAS and Chartered Accountants Ireland) or CIMA.

NOTE:  You will be required to provide the certificate of designation to us, to confirm eligibility. This will need to be brought to interview.

Person Specification

A sift will take place regarding how your application matches indicator 1 below.  You will be required to write a statement of 250 words setting out how your skills and experience meet this criteria. 

Please focus your statement on how you carried out the role as opposed to what duties you performed.

You will:

  • Be experienced at leading teams to deliver the audit plans.  Having the ability to delegate, review team members’ work, recognising success, challenging performance when necessary, ensuring compliance with professional standards and Departmental audit methodology and delivering a continuous improvement approach
  • Have the ability to build and maintain relationships within the organisation at all levels, including a successful track record of influencing a diverse senior stakeholder community to adopt good practice internal controls and risk management and governance processes;
  • Be a proactive, independent thinker who can confidently express their views, having the ability to look across their work and understand and apply bigger picture considerations where necessary;
  • Be able to demonstrate resilience and tact in the face of challenging circumstances using innovative and creative solutions as necessary;
  • Have significant knowledge and experience of successfully planning, managing & delivering multiple audit reviews across multiple business areas;
  • Be highly organised, actively monitoring audit deliverables to ensure a high quality service, delivered to agreed time quality and resource constraints;
  • Be an effective decision maker, with the ability to manage conflicting priorities and targeting work to key risk areas;
  • Be an excellent communicator through both written and verbal means, including coaching team members to achieve highest standard quality products;
  • Be able to lead and support change at team and organisational level;
  • Be able to demonstrate contributing to the wider corporate responsibilities of the organisation.

Please note that while an understanding of the public sector is desirable, experience of working in or for the public sector is not essential for this role.

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