About the role and what we’re looking for
To provide internal audit services to South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, with the aim of supporting the councils in managing an effective business and achieving their objectives. Internal audit assists the councils by evaluating the adequacy of governance, risk management, controls and use of resources through its planned and unplanned audit work, and recommending improvements where necessary.
Main duties and responsibilities:
- undertake planned audits using a risk-based audit approach.
- assess audit control environments by interviewing, challenging and verifying information obtained.
- draw conclusions, document and report findings, recommend and agree actions with management.
- provide professional and technical audit advice and guidance on financial/non-financial audit and control matters.
- review and advise on policies, procedures, guidance notes and regulations.
- undertake unplanned audits as required e.g. special investigations.
- assist the Internal Audit Manager with ad-hoc tasks to ensure delivery of the internal audit service.
- provide advice in relation to risks and controls to council staff.
- promote awareness of internal audit across the councils.
Your essential skills, knowledge and experience
- relevant audit, risk management and/or corporate governance experience.
- sound understanding of risk based internal audit techniques and methodologies.
- strong analytical skills and an ability to assess risks in financial and operational processes.
- practised in identifying control weaknesses and recommending suitable actions both verbally and in written reports.
- excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- experience of working to tight deadlines, whilst juggling multiple tasks.
- a customer and quality focussed approach.
- experience of working in a complex and/or challenging environment.
- proficient in Microsoft office software, e.g. Word and Excel.
If you have the following experience or qualifications – it’s a bonus
- holds a recognised professional audit qualification (e.g. CIA, ACA), or is actively studying towards one.
- sound knowledge of auditing principles and standards as set out in the Public Sector Internal Audit Standards (PSIAS).
- experience of working in the public sector.
- practical experience of financial management systems.
- knowledge of legislation and good practice across district council services.
Your style and behaviours
- self-motivated, determined and confident in your abilities.
- organised and disciplined working approach to meeting tight deadlines whilst producing quality work.
- excellent problem-solving skills and clear logical thinking.
- ability to juggle multiple tasks.
- meticulous attention to detail.
- ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- diplomacy, tact and honesty.
- a questioning approach.
- able to attend occasional evening meetings as required.
- committed to valuing diversity and equality, respecting colleagues in all relationships and service delivery.
- holds a full UK driving licence as it may be required to drive to other council locations at short notice.
Our vision and values are important to the councils and we expect you to support them and embed them in the way we work.
We are seen as being customer-focussed, approachable and business-like. We are honest and open and are renowned for providing high quality cost effective services.
- We act with integrity and show respect
- We are all accountable
- We are passionate about our business
- We strive for simplicity
- We love success
The benefits we offer
- A basic 24 days annual leave per annum, rising to 29 days after five years. You also have all the bank holidays to look forward to and time off between Christmas and New Year.
- Flexible working and annualised hours – a flexible approach to work that our employees love!
- Salary pay awards – most jobs give scope for a pay increase after six months or the following April (depending on your start date) and we also review salaries each April.
- A generous career average pension scheme which includes life insurance of three times your salary.
- No car park costs as there’s ample free parking
- The opportunity to purchase a bike through Cyclescheme (cheaper than directly through a store) so that you can cycle to work!
- A salary sacrifice car lease scheme – a fully inclusive driving package for a fixed monthly cost.
- Various schemes to keep you healthy (reduced gym membership, free swims, workplace exercise classes, contributory medical schemes, wellbeing appointments, free eye tests for DSE users and more)
- We give you two days per year to volunteer within the local community.
How to apply
If this job excites you please complete our online application at www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/jobs. We look forward to hearing from you.