About the role
Auditing in challenging times
In these unique and challenging times, our Internal Audit service continues to be in high demand, supporting partners and clients through unprecedented change, including advising on alterations to the control environment and developing our corporate fraud response.
We currently have two vacancies in our service and we are looking to recruit to two vacant Principal Auditor positions based at East Sussex County Council and Surrey County Council respectively.
Do I need a qualification?
Whilst a relevant audit or accounting qualification is a requirement, we will also consider candidates with extensive experience working within Internal Audit. A willingness to learn new things every day is essential, and particularly important is the requirement to be able to maintain excellent customer relationships.
Successful candidates will be self-motivated, be able to work on their own initiative and within a team. The ability to undertake work to specified timeframes and budgets is crucial.
What is Orbis Internal Audit?
Orbis Internal Audit is a key part of the Orbis Partnership, a collaboration of East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council and Surrey County Council, formed to deliver greater value for our councils, residents and customers through the sharing of people, resources and technology. Within Orbis Internal Audit there are five teams; three sovereign based teams (East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council and Surrey County Council) and two partnership teams delivering counter-fraud work and ICT audits across all of the partners.
Our service is highly respected across our partner organisations and we have a reputation for bringing a ‘national perspective’ to our work. We invest heavily in developing our own staff and working practices to ensure the service we provide to our clients continues to be exceptional.
Our Internal Audit function prides itself on providing an independent and objective view on the authorities’ internal control environments and acting as respected critical friend to our clients.
How does partnership working work?
Working across the three Orbis partner authorities (Brighton & Hove City Council, East Sussex County Council and Surrey County Council) and our clients (Horsham District Council, South Downs National Park, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and Elmbridge Borough Council) we maximise opportunities for auditors and investigators to work in other organisations, providing an efficient and effective audit service, and opportunities to develop our team.
We support anyone travelling to another partner or customer location and ensure they are met with a professional welcome whenever they are working away from their main place of employment.
What’s the remuneration?
Your contract and terms of employment will be based on those in place at your ‘sovereign’ employing authority, with different employers attracting different pay and benefits.
The salary range for the posts can be found below:
East Sussex County Council
Surrey County Council
£38,650 - £42,236
£45,734 - £51,725
Whilst we are currently working remotely and are continuing to explore remote and flexible working arrangements, over the longer term your main place of work will be Lewes for East Sussex County Council and Kingston upon Thames for Surrey County Council.
In addition to the salary, we offer excellent work/life balance and each employer offers a number of other benefits, including generous leave allocations and pension schemes, flexible working, access to staff discounts and family-friendly & lifestyle benefits.
What support will I get?
We treat professional development very seriously and we have a strong history of developing auditors from outside of the profession, offering support through buddying, mentoring & coaching and on the job training. We also seek to access all types of professional and personal development opportunities for our staff, including apprenticeship schemes.
How do I apply?
A document detailing the essential/desirable criteria for the role has been put together to support you in understanding the role on offer. Your application will need to evidence how you meet the essential criteria of the role which we will use as the basis for shortlisting.
For an informal discussion contact David John- Audit Manager (Surrey County Council) on 07768 235586 or Reem Burton, Principal Auditor (Surrey County Council) on 07866 925290.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 19/07/2020.
Everyone within our service is currently working from home and for this reason, assessments and interviews will be undertaken by Skype/MS Teams. Candidates will need to possess the flexibility to support remote induction to the team and to develop effective working relationships with colleagues and clients remotely.
Following shortlisting, there will be an assessment and a formal interview conducted over Skype/MS Teams, this is likely to be in the week commencing 20th July 2020.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
Our values are what support our vision, shape the culture and are crucial in delivering our corporate strategy.