Deputy Director, Internal Audit

Up to £85,000 DOE + benefits
19 Apr 2021
09 May 2021
Claudia Mullins
Contract Type


Internal Audit deals with issues that are fundamental to the reputation and success of the Department. Our role is to provide independent and objective assurance to both the Chief Executive and also the Department’s Audit and Risk Committee to ensure that the Department’s risk management, governance and internal control processes are operating effectively and efficiently. We make a real difference to the Department by providing professional assurance and advice that adds value for money and improves operations. Although we are part of HMRC we are independent of the activities we audit. 

We provide Internal Audit services across HMRC and the Valuation Office Agency. Our work can touch on any area in any of these organisations.

HMRC’s Internal Audit team is located across a number of regional sites. As well as deputising for the Internal Audit Director as required, you will also be the senior leader at one of the audit regional hubs. HMRC’s internal audit team sits within HMRC, however, it maintains a close relationship with the Government Internal Audit Agency.


Job description

The post holder will be accountable for the provision of internal audit services to designated areas of HMRC, including to the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) where they will act as the Head of Internal Audit. The post holder will also lead on Internal Audits counter internal fraud work, audit planning and resourcing and will oversee the work of the finance, planning and reporting team. The exact portfolio will be determined once the post holder is appointed, taking account of the best fit of portfolios across the senior team within Internal Audit.

In terms of audit delivery, the post holder will be responsible for:

  • Providing HMRC and shared services customers with reliable, evidence based, independent opinions on risk management, control and governance.
  • Acting as Head of Internal Audit to the VOA.
  • Directing activity to develop and implement an internal audit plan which reflect the priorities of the client.
  • Securing agreement to internal audit plans with the appropriate Director Generals, CEOs and Audit Committees.
  • Establishing and monitoring Service Level Agreements for the VOA.
  • Directing resources to enable effective delivery.
  • Delivering plans to time, budget and quality standards in order to support year end assurances and other agreed stakeholder requirements.

As a senior member of HMRC’s Internal Audit team, the post holder will be responsible for:

  • Deputising for HMRC’s Director of Internal Audit as required in supporting HMRC’s Audit Committee and CEO and other senior stakeholders.
  • Assisting in the management of relationships with external bodies such as the NAO and GIAA.
  • Directing activity to develop new innovative audit products and techniques.
  • Providing timely and effective investigative services in respond to requests from the CEO and other senior stakeholders.
  • Providing leadership and management to a team of people in several of HMRC’s regional locations.
  • Overseeing the progress of the Department’s internal counter fraud plans and reporting on these to the Audit and Risk Committee


Person Specification

Applicants should be able to demonstrate their experience and capability in the following areas:

  • Substantial senior internal audit experience, including developing and delivering a risk-based Internal Audit programme within a medium to large sized and/or complex organisation. 
  • The ability to work effectively with a wide range of peers, partners and others not in their direct line of command (up to and including Board members) to create a positive impact on organisational performance and influence the adoption of good practice internal controls and risk management processes.
  • Outstanding ability to communicate (oral and written), including an ability to communicate complex positions clearly.
  • Strong analytical capability, combined with commercial and political acuity, which applies to understanding of strategic risks and challenges to the delivery of assurance services.
  • The ability to lead and manage innovation and improvements, identifying resistance, building engagement and involvement, and embedding change.
  • An ability to respond quickly to fast moving priorities.
  • Highly developed leadership skills, with proven experience of building and inspiring effective teams, developing capability and creating an engaged and motivated workforce.​

Essential Qualifications

  • A professional qualification in Internal Audit or Accountancy e.g. CMIIA or CCAB