Senior Auditor - Nottingham (SEO)

£37,329 - £44,496 + benefits
12 Aug 2019
11 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About Government Internal Audit Agency

We are an executive agency of Her Majesty’s Treasury (HM Treasury), established in April 2015 to improve the quality of internal audit provided to central government.

Most of the Agency’s people are professionally qualified internal auditors, accountants or investigators, as well as being specialists in areas including counter fraud, project management, digital and commercial audit.

We also lead the government internal audit profession and function.

Our workforce brings with it a unique depth of experience gained in a wide range of government departments and related bodies. This enables us to offer a high-quality service based on cross-government insight and a strong understanding of our customers’ business.

GIAA is a great place to work and ensure that we have the capability and capacity to make even more of a significant contribution to the Civil Service over the coming years. 

As we mature as an organisation, our shared expertise, skills and technology will enable us to become a single audit practice for the whole of central government.

About the Role

This is a significant career opportunity to join a fast paced and growing organisation, using your expertise and knowledge to influence and shape the Agency.

If you are a qualified auditor or accountant with experience and skills in helping customers to understand and manage their risks, along with ensuring exemplary standards of governance, control and assurance issues we would love to hear from you.  This is your opportunity to join a highly respected, forward-thinking organisation that builds and maintains strategic relationships at the most senior levels across the majority of government departments. The variety and contribution of these roles is unparalleled across government.

We are looking to recruit from a variety of backgrounds which will improve GIAA’s experience and skills base as the vacancies we have cover a diverse mix of roles across various locations and government departments, from the Ministry of Justice through to the Department of Health, including Executive Agencies and Independent bodies.  Senior Auditors in GIAA are responsible for the delivery of audit and assurance activity across a varied and interesting range of customers and topics, either working individually or leading a small team of auditors. You will be allocated a portfolio of work around a core cluster of customers, while also having the opportunity to broaden your experience by working on new topics or with new customers.  With access to high profile work, you will work alongside key decision makers, audit specialists and private sector contractors within the Agency, challenging and developing your skills as well as ensuring we meet our customers’ expectations.

Senior Auditors are the key day to day contacts for our clients and their ability to build good relationships with a variety of stakeholders whilst delivering efficient and robust audit work is key to the success of the Agency’s relationship with our clients.  We value all our employees and will offer you support in maintaining and building your professional career through technical training, coaching and development opportunities.   In addition, you are entitled to a formidable range of benefits from a generous pension provision, embracing of flexible work patterns, diversity and security.

The roles on offer are audit roles but candidates who hold an accountancy qualification will be considered if they have some experience in dealing with audit.


  • Be an effective team member, supporting wider GIAA delivery by working constructively and flexibly with colleagues to deliver appropriate objectives; 
  • Manage your own time and resource effectively; proactively identify, foresee and take ownership of issues affecting delivery of your and the wider team’s objectives and provides solutions and options ahead of deadlines;
  • Provide and deliver clear and accurate reports that meet the requirements of the customers and carry out activities to ensure that agreed management actions are completed; 
  • Be accountable for delivery of a portfolio of audits, working on more than one assignment at once, possibly on different clients, to budget and quality expectations, complying with GIAA methodology, using our IT audit software system;
  • To scope audit assignments, including drafting terms of reference, testing strategies, fieldwork plans, reporting timetables and focus work on identified risks; single audit methodology and audit management software;

Key Skills

  • To work with professional skill and be a trusted adviser to clients, responsible for working level relationships with key contacts
  • Actively work with others while sharing expertise and experience, coaching juniors and peers, and helping the Agency develop its professional practice;
  • Look to continuously improve your own development and performance and that of the wider team, participating in training and broader corporate activities as required;
  • Respond positively to team and departmental changes, being an ambassador for the Agency as it develops;
  • Be highly organized, actively monitoring audit deliverables to ensure high quality service, delivered to agreed time quality and resource constraints.  
  • Be a team player who is able to coach and develop others

Candidates will be interviewed against the following criteria

Communicating and Influencing
Delivering at Pace
Making Effective Decisions


Person Specification

You will need to demonstrate full current membership of a recognised professional accountancy/audit body: Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors UK & Ireland, must hold the chartered audtior/CMIIA desgination or the MIIA designation where you are qualified under the previous exam route and did not apply to make this chartered. If you have passed all of the CMIIA/MIIA exams but do not hold the designation, you are not eligble to apply.

Other Institutes of Internal Auditors that are part of IIA Global, If you studied with the Institute of Internal Audtiors in another country, you must hold the equivalent of the MIIA desgination. You should verify this with the IIA UK & Ireland prior to submitting your application. No other level of internal audit qualifications meet the requirements of this post.


Accountancy, fully qualified, current member of one of five CCAB bodies (ICAEW, ACCA, CIPFA, ICAS, Chartered Accountants Ireland or CIMA):

You will be required to write a 750 word statement setting out how your skills and experience meet the requirments of the person specification. Please attach your CV to your application form as this will be considered:

  • Be able to demonstrate strong understanding of governance, risk management, control and asssurance issues
  • Be a strong, analytical thinker who can solve problems and work out what needs to be done and take pride in bringing to conclusion
  • Have strong writing skills and be able to communicate key messages clearly and succinctly to senior leaders, utilising a range of communication methods  
  • Be an effective communicator, possessing excellent interpersonal skills which enable you to relate to people at all levels in an organisation demonstrated by experience of working collaborativley with a wide range of business and corporate stakeholders 
  • Have the ability to influence using evidence and negotiation rather than the exercise of authority 
  • Demonstrate resilience and tact in the face of challenging circumstances, dealing with conflict in a prompt, calm and constructive manner 
  • Be highly organised, with the ability to work on and manage multiple projects within tight deadlines and minimal supervision 
  • Be able to develop proposals to improve the quality of service involving a diverse range of staff, stakeholders or delivery partners 
  • Experience of collecting and providing accurate, unbiased, relevant and sufficient information to support conclusions

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