Senior Internal Audit Manager

Any location (see job description)
National: £53,646 - £66,533, London: £56,603 - £70,859
01 Nov 2017
16 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Internal Audit Manager

Salary Range

National: £53,646 - £66,533    London: £56,603 - £70,859

IMPORTANT:  Please note there are 5 posts available as follows:

  • 4 x London/Croydon
  • 1 x can be undertaken in any of the locations stated

Appointments will be made in strict merit order, according to your first location preference.  Please state your location preferences, 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

GIAA employs Senior Internal Audit Managers in broadly two types of role (these roles fall into the first category):

  • leading our work for medium and small sized customers, and supporting the Group CIA to deliver services in our larger departments. Senior Managers are expected to be involved in all aspects of audit delivery, and bring their expertise and experience to bear to deliver value to the Agency and customers.
  • specialist roles, delivering deeply technical assurance services (such as Programme & Project Management or ICT audit) across a range of customers to provide focused and value-add assurance insights and advice to mission-critical areas of the customer’s operations.

Senior Internal 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.

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.

The impact of this role is at the CEO level and it has wide-reaching and long-term impacts on governance, risk management, control and assurance arrangements. 

We currently have vacancies covering a diverse mix of roles across various locations and government departments and are, therefore, looking to recruit from a variety of backgrounds which will improve GIAA’s experience and skills base.

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 and you will be 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:

  • Develop and implement an Internal Audit Plan which reflects the priorities of Forestry Commission England, and the FEE and FR Agencies.  Secure agreement to Audit Plans with the Director, CEOs and Audit Committees.
  • Engage effectively with senior stakeholders to support the identification and management of key risks and to promote effective governance, risk management, control and assurance arrangements.
  • Deliver the Audit Plans in line with quality, time and budget requirements to support robust assurance opinions and other agreed stakeholder requirements. Lead very high risk or complex audit assignments.
  • Deliver robust, evidence-based, independent assurance opinions to clients and Audit Committees in accordance with the agreed timetables. Support the GCIA in providing an opinion on the system of internal control. Lead continuous improvement activities to improve audit practices, products and customer service.
  • Ensure the whole team are compliant with professional standards and compliance with GIAA’s new single audit methodology and audit management software

Lead people to manage, recognise and reward good performance; promote personal and professional development; nurture and manage talent.  Act promptly on feedback and issues. Promote equality and diversity.

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 have:

  1. Experience of developing and delivering a risk-based Internal Audit assurance and consultancy programme, including through others, with sound judgment in responding quickly to fast moving priorities across a number of customers;
  2. The ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with senior management and the Audit & Risk Committee (ARC), both in terms of client engagement and ensuring the service is operating to appropriate professional standards that meet client and ARC needs;
  3. Experience of establishing relationships with and taking account of the work of other assurance providers to ensure maximum value and minimum overlap in providing assurance;
  4. The ability to assess skills and resources gaps in the delivery of the audit service, and develops mechanisms to overcome this;
  5. The ability to influence a diverse senior stakeholder community to develop effective governance, risk management and internal control arrangements;
  6. Demonstrated resilience and tact in the face of challenge from senior staff, including negotiation to overcome such situations;
  7. Have significant experience of managing individual and wider team performance in line with Departmental procedures and developing continuous improvement initiatives.  Including ensuring compliance with professional standards and Departmental audit methodology;
  8. Have experience of being a champion of change – actively engage in important initiatives and projects that align to corporate priorities, promoting and implementing change within the team;
  9. Actively encouraged individual and team development;
  10. Evidence of being an excellent communicator - two-way communication through regular discussions with teams on local and organisational issues, including proactive team engagement;
  11. Demonstrated excellent leadership skills that impact on the overall success of the business; and
  12. Contributed 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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