Hillingdon Council: Putting our Residents first.
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. We are seeking an outstanding individual for the post of Principal Internal Auditor to help lead the team through the challenging times ahead.
This post reports directly to the Internal Audit Manager where you can expect to gain exposure dealing with stakeholders at all levels of the organisation.
About the role
Main duties of the Principal Internal Auditor -
· Supporting 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
· Delivering high quality complex audits with outcomes that combine independent, objective and accurate assurance statements containing helpful and value adding recommendations, with advice and counsel to clients and other key stakeholders
· Supporting stakeholders with the implementation of Internal Audit recommendations including tracking, monitoring and reporting progress to senior stakeholders
· Overseeing 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
· Contributing 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 management related activity.
· Evaluating and providing advice to management on the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes and frameworks in place to mitigate risk.
You will have experience of undertaking complex risk-based audit, assurance and consultancy reviews in accordance with Internal Audit procedures, UK Public Sector Internal Audit Standards (PSIAS) and International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF), including preparing and issuing Internal Audit Terms of Reference by setting out the key risks that impact the achievement of service objectives.
· Collaborate and advise on organisational level change management programmes using expert knowledge of council-wide systems and processes, providing appropriate challenge and technical advice on internal controls, risk management and corporate governance.
· Support and facilitate the work of the Council's external internal audit provider, including preparation of Terms of Reference and review of draft reports. Liaison between contractor and internal auditees.
· Work with the Internal Audit Manager on maintaining the Council's Risk Management framework and risk registers, including meeting with departmental management teams and preparing reports for the Corporate Management Team and the Audit Committee.
· Contribute to the annual and periodic Internal Audit Service Delivery Planning, ensuring it is aligned to the Group/ Service Plan, and the Council's vision and strategic priorities; and is developed, agreed and communicated to team members in a timely manner.
The successful candidate will be either professionally qualified or actively working towards an Internal Audit qualification (i.e. CIA, PIIA, CMIIA, CCAB, or other relevant qualification) you will have Internal Audit experience, excellent interpersonal skills and a highly professional approach.
Please take the time to read through the attached documents "person specification" and "essential criteria" to ensure your skills and experience are compatible with the role requirements.
What we offer
Salary: £45,576 to £49,674
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 if based at the Civic Centre
· a 36-hour week for all full-time staff
· generous holiday entitlement
· career breaks
· hybrid working and 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
Please note the closing date of 25 November 2022, we reserve the right to close the application process early if we receive sufficient applications, therefore we suggest applying early so as not to miss out on this outstanding opportunity.
Interviews will be held in person at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge, dates of which are currently to be confirmed.