Hillingdon Council: Putting our Residents first.
About the role
This is an excellent opportunity to progress your career in the dynamic profession of internal audit, working for the second largest local authority in London. Hillingdon prides itself in having a high level of resident satisfaction underpinned by strong financial health, achieved by providing excellent value for money services.
The Internal Audit team at Hillingdon is committed to continuous improvement, including providing the opportunity for all members of the team to fulfil their potential within our forward-thinking Internal Audit service. The Internal Audit team at Hillingdon is seeking an outstanding individual to make a difference and help lead the team through the challenging times ahead. This post reports directly to the Internal Audit Manager and can expect to gain exposure dealing with stakeholders at all levels of the organisation.
The successful candidate will be professionally qualified (i.e. CIA, CMIIA, CCAB, or other relevant qualification) with excellent interpersonal skills and a highly professional approach. The Internal Audit service is committed to continuous improvement and professional development, including providing the opportunity for all members of the team to fulfil their potential.
The starting salary of this position will depend on the successful applicant's qualification and experience.
The main duties of the Principal Internal Auditor will be to:
- Ensuring team plans and performance targets are monitored, delivered and that a culture of putting our residents first and continuous service improvement is maintained;
- Support the Internal Audit Management Team with the delivery of the Council's Internal Audit Strategy and Annual Internal Audit Plan and provide a professional Internal Audit Service to the London Borough of Hillingdon;
- Responsible for delivering high quality complex audits with outcomes that combine independent, objective and accurate assurance statements containing helpful and value adding recommendations, advice and counsel to clients and other key stakeholders;
- Conduct and oversee the delivery of timely, client focused, audit engagements across all aspects of the Council's business. Through planning, conducting and reporting on risk based Internal Audit reviews to a high quality standard and within agreed timescales;
- Support stakeholders with the implementation of Internal Audit recommendations including tracking, monitoring and reporting progress to senior stakeholders;
- Contribute to the development of the Council's risk management framework through the delivery and quality assurance of the team's work, as well as specific risk related activity; and
- Evaluate and provide advice to management on the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes and frameworks in place to mitigate risk.
During these challenging times of change within the public sector, you should be a self-starter with a positive, flexible, professional approach and a strong motivation to contribute in developing our brand and enhancing the reputation of Internal Audit. A good understanding and working knowledge of risk management, corporate governance and internal controls is essential.
Whilst you will be reporting to the Internal Audit Manager, this specific role will possess a high degree of autonomy, and you will be expected to deliver complex internal audit work with minimal supervision. Working both as part of the team and on your own, the successful candidate must be able to demonstrate initiative, a commitment to high quality, good time management and an excellent standard of customer service.
You should be ambitious and looking for the next step to enhance your career within Internal Audit. This is a high profile role that requires someone who is comfortable operating at a senior level and has dynamic interpersonal, communication and relationship management skills, alongside the gravitas which this post demands. Above all, you must be enthusiastic about playing a leading role in developing the quality and range of services offered by the Internal Audit service at Hillingdon.
What we offer
We offer a range of Company benefits. These vary according to the business area and role but may include:
- local government average salary pension scheme
- free parking (4 days a week) if based at the Civic Centre
- a 36-hour week for all full-time staff
- generous holiday entitlement: a minimum 25 days a year (plus bank holidays), rising to 28 days after five years' service. For more senior positions holiday entitlements can rise to a maximum of 36 days
- career breaks
- flexible working hours
- season ticket loan
- access to a Credit Union
- access to a wide range of training and courses
- discount on a variety of Adult Education courses run by the Council
- payment of professional fees where these are required
- discounts at council-owned leisure centres and swimming pools at Hillingdon (Uxbridge), Queensmead (South Ruislip), Highgrove (Ruislip) and Botwell Green (Hayes)
- cycle purchase scheme
- car sharing scheme
- 30% discount on green fees at council-owned golf courses
If you would like to have an informal discussion about the post please email Sarah Hydrie, Head of Internal Audit & Risk Assurance on .