Durham County Council is the largest council in the North East covering 862 sq. miles, centred around Durham City with its Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site, we have a budget of around £1.3 billion which helps us provide services for more than 513,000 people.
We have a vision and three strategic ambitions to develop County Durham over the next 15 years. We are committed to ensuring that County Durham is a place where there are more and better jobs, people live long and independent lives and our communities are well connected and supported.
To achieve those ambitions, we need people who share our passion for positive change and will commit to deliver fantastic services to the people of County Durham.
We have an incredible opportunity for a dynamic, convincing, strategic thinker who has the energy and determination to drive and deliver positive change in a large, complex organisation.
Reporting directly to the Corporate Director of Resources, you will have an extensive portfolio including Internal Audit, Fraud, Risk Management Insurance and Governance. In discharging the role of Chief Audit Executive for the County Council under the Public Sector Internal Audit Standards, you will lead on the strategic development and delivery of the service to meet the Council’s policy and planning requirements and operate as Lead Officer for the Council’s Audit Committee.
To this end, you will have proven experience of working with senior executives in a supportive and constructive manner to support our aim of making a real difference to their services. As elected and co-opted members are an equally important stakeholder group, experience of delivering assurance services within local government would be an advantage.
You will be an effective communicator with strong influencing and negotiation skills and the confidence to hold others to account, you will have experience of successfully leading, managing and motivating others to achieve through effective performance management and will operate at all times with a result driven, collaborative mindset.
We expect you to be professionally qualified with either the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors or one of the CCAB institutes, and able to demonstrate a suitable depth of knowledge and proven experience of internal audit and risk management service delivery at a senior management level. You will also have a good understanding of local government and will have the skills to manage and motivate the Internal Audit and Risk Management team to deliver consistently high levels of service.
Durham County Council is a great place to work with an extensive range of rewards and benefits, the successful candidate could expect:
• Smarter/hybrid working
• Family friendly, flexible working between the hours of 7.30am and 7pm
• 26 or 31 days annual leave, depending on Local Government Continuous Service (excluding bank holidays) with the option to purchase an additional 10 days
• Local Government Pension Scheme
• Employee Assistance
• Learning and development
This is a fantastic opportunity so if you think this could be the job for you, we’d love to hear from you. If you would like to discuss this position in more detail please contact Paul Darby, Corporate Director of Resources via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is anticipated that interviews will be held week commencing 13 December 2021.
Interviews will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams. If you are successful at shortlisting you will be notified via North East Jobs of the date and time of your interview. A separate invite will be sent via Microsoft Teams.
As a disability confident employer, we are committed to employing disabled people and people with health conditions making reasonable adjustments to support disabled applicants when required.
In line with the County Council's Recruitment and Selection Policy, please note that we are unable to accept CVs. Any information provided on CVs will not be considered for short-listing purposes.
Apply on-line via the jobs portal or for further assistance contact the Payroll and Employee Services Team on telephone no. 03000 26942 or email email@example.com.
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HM Revenue and Customs impose two controls on the amount of pension savings you can make without having to pay extra tax. These controls are known as the Annual Allowance and Lifetime Allowance. The Annual Allowance is the amount by which the value of your pension benefits may increase in any one year without you having to pay a tax charge. You are most likely to be affected by the Annual Allowance if you receive a significant pay increase, and/or you are a high earner. More information about the Annual Allowance can be found at the following link https://www.lgpsmember.org/docs/LGPS%20factsheet_AA.pdf.
The Lifetime Allowance is the total value of all pension benefits you can have without triggering an excess benefits tax charge, and is calculated by multiplying your annual pension by 20 and adding any lump sum you take from the pension scheme. If the value of your pension benefits when you draw them is more than the Lifetime Allowance, or more than any protections you may have, you will have to pay tax on the excess benefits. Since 2016/17 the Lifetime Allowance has been set at £1 million, increasing each year in line with inflation. More information about the Lifetime Allowance can be found at the following link https://lgpsmember.org/docs/LGPS%20factsheet_LTA.pdf.
If you are successful in your application for this post and wish to find out more about these controls, please contact the Pension Section at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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