Senior Internal Auditor

South Kensington
Up to £50,000 per annum plus benefits
31 Jul 2019
19 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Contract, Temporary
Full Time

Senior Internal Auditor

Salary:         Up to £50,000 per annum plus benefits
Contract:     Fixed Term Contract: 12 months

About Us

The Natural History Museum (NHM) is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre.  We use our unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today.  We care for more than 80 million specimens, both in our London and Tring museums, spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually.

The Waterhouse Building at our South Kensington site, often described as a cathedral to nature, is one of Britain’s most striking examples of Romanesque architecture and one of London’s most iconic landmarks.  We plan to maximise the potential of this site and our beautiful museum in Tring.

We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we seek to appoint a Senior Internal Auditor.  In the summer we will launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats.  Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world’s leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.

About the role

Internal Audit plays an important role in supporting our business by providing independent and objective feedback to the Audit Committee and Leadership team on key risks to the business and the effectiveness of mitigating controls.  It provides consulting support to project teams on design and implementation of business process controls and conducts investigations in the event of a significant control failure.

Our Internal Auditors get the opportunity to work with different teams and management across the museum, reviewing the effectiveness of business processes, challenging and supporting improvements to the control environment and adding value to the business during ongoing transformational change.

Whilst this is initially a 12-month contract, we are mindful of succession planning requirements and this role has scope to become permanent, with the possibility of leading the function in coming years.  So, we are looking for someone who has the potential and ambition to grow into a more senior role.

About you

Accounting or Audit qualification is essential (ACA/ACCA or MIIA is preferred, ideally PQE).  You may come with some in-house experience, not necessarily from the museums or public sector, but with an understanding of the governance operating environment.

Demonstrable knowledge of risk and control audit methodologies and practical experience of auditing techniques, including risk assessment, control evaluation, different testing methodologies (substantive and non-substantive) and audit report writing.

You will have first class communication skills, both verbally and in writing.  You must have exceptional written skills, be able to speak in plain English and communicate messages clearly and succinctly. Your reports must be clear and concise.

Diplomatic, tactful and discrete, you will work collaboratively with colleagues whilst retaining an independent position. A curious and sceptical mindset, at times you will need to be resilient to ensure you get to the bottom of challenging areas of potential risk.

Our values state we are connected and as such, you will possess the expertise and gravitas to work collaboratively with internal colleagues. Your excellent personal skills will help you develop strong relationships with a wide range of business contacts to gain knowledge and insight into the issues affecting the business and maintaining effective partnerships with teams across the museum.

We are looking for a self-starter, someone who can work quickly with minimal supervision.  You will relish getting things done.

You will need to have excellent IT skills e.g. Word and Excel and familiarity with accounting software.

How to apply

To apply, please click 'apply' and upload your CV with a covering letter, which clearly outlines how you meet our person specification. Please ensure your letter includes details of your latest salary and notice period.

Closing date: 9am on Monday 19 August 2019.
Interviews expected: 29 August 2019.

Please note that this role would not meet UK Visa and Immigration’s requirements for a sponsorship visa. As such we are only able to consider candidates who have the existing right to work in the UK.

The Natural History Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We particularly welcome applications from people from a BAME background or those who are disabled as they are currently under-represented in our workforce. We are a Disability Confident employer which means we guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the criteria for the role.

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