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The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is a highly complex Executive Agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). As an accredited paying agency under EC regulations, RPA makes support payments to farmers in England and to traders throughout the UK. It employs a workforce of 2,500 people, providing a range of services in support of Defra’s objectives of encouraging a thriving farming and food sector and strong rural communities.
With an operating budget of circa £200m, the RPA paid in the region of £1.7 billion to farmers and traders under Common Agricultural Policy related schemes and distributed a further £1.2 billion to other paying agencies in the UK in 2010-11.
With a dual reporting line to both the CEO and FD, the Head of Internal Audit will lead a department of 16 people to provide independent advice, review and investigation services to the RPA. The role will work with the executive directors and the Audit and Risk Committee to improve the governance, risk management and control environment in line with the needs of the Strategic Improvement Plan.
The post will be based in Reading, but there may be the need for occasional travel to the other RPA sites in Carlisle, Exeter, Newcastle, Northallerton and Workington.
Appropriate candidates will be professionally qualified either with the Institute of Internal Auditors (CMIIA) or an appropriate CCAB qualification (eg ACA, ACAS, ACCA, ACMA, CPFA). Proven interpersonal and communication skills are required to challenge, support and influence board level discussions, whilst engaging the senior management team across the RPA and other associated Government bodies.
Previous experience of leading a team to deliver a high quality internal audit and control function within a complex organisation is essential. Whilst an understanding of public sector audit models would be useful, applicants from accounting practices and the private sector will also be considered.
Close date Tuesday 14th February 2012.
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