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External Audit Senior Manager

National Audit Office (NAO)
Newcastle or London (Hybrid)
£66,667 - £84,000 + benefits
Closing date
2 Jan 2024

Job Details

The National Audit Office (NAO) supports parliament to hold government to account and to improve public services. We focus on driving long-term sustainable improvement in public service delivery and work with government and our stakeholders to deliver better performance. In a nutshell, we help the nation spend wisely.

Senior Audit Managers play a vital role in making sure we deliver high quality external audit work to support effective accountability and scrutiny. Senior Audit Managers will manage engagement teams across a wide range of audits, covering complex financial reporting areas across our audited entities. Taking the lead for a large central government department or a range of public organisations operating in the same sector, the Senior Audit Managers will manage and motivate their financial audit teams to deliver audit work that is both high quality and delivers insight to help improve public services.

Our work auditing £1 trillion of public expenditure and income gives us great insight into how government manages its money. Our ambition is to make greater use of this insight to help improve the management of public finances and risks to delivering public services. Senior Audit Managers work with Directors to draw on the NAO’s knowledge hubs and centres of expertise to identify opportunities to add real value for the organisations in your portfolio.

Our values reflect who we are as the NAO and how we work together and with those outside the NAO to achieve our purpose and priorities. We're looking for people who believe in and exemplify our values to help the NAO be a great place to work. We act with courage and integrity – we’re honest, open and challenging of ourselves and others to achieve better outcomes. We are inclusive and respectful, treating our people and stakeholders with courtesy and understanding. We are curious and seek to learn to help ourselves and government improve how they use public money. And we strive for excellence to achieve high quality work that makes a difference.


A detailed overview of the expectations of a Senior Audit Manager can be found in our candidate information pack.

Skills required

The people we are looking for:

We are looking for individuals who can hit the ground running as Senior Audit Managers. This means individuals should:

  • Be operating at a Senior Audit Manager level or equivalent within an audit firm; Have experience of external audit

We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate expertise and significant experience of delivering external financial audit work in a regulated environment. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate their ability to build strong working relationships and influence positive change.

Educational requirements

To apply please register on our website and provide the following:

  • An up-to-date CV Covering letter setting out briefly why you are suitable for the role (word limit: 1,000 words)

The closing date for applications is 2 January 2024.

Please do not wait until the closing date to apply as initial interviews will be conducted throughout the process. Further details of the selection process will be given to shortlisted candidates.

Nationality Requirements:

  • UK nationals Nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • Nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme(EUSS)

Please note, we are not able to sponsor work visas.

Additional Details:

LOCATION: We operate in a hybrid model, guided by our ways of working principles. This means a flexible approach between our offices (in London or Newcastle), client sites and home. The expectation is that we all spend at least three days a week in our offices/client sites or more as required, unless an alternative workplace adjustment has been specifically agreed.


Newcastle based: £66,667 to £75,641

London based: £74,000 to £84,000

Civil Service Employer Pension Contribution of 27.9%

ROLE TYPE: Permanent

FULL TIME/PART TIME: We strongly encourage individuals wishing to work with us on a part-time basis to apply and take advantage of our flexible working arrangements

Educational requirements:

  • CCAB qualified (ACA, ACCA, ICAS, Chartered Accountants Ireland)


The National Audit Office (NAO) scrutinises public spending for Parliament. Our public audit perspective helps Parliament hold government to account and improve public services.

We audit the financial statements of all central government departments, agencies and other public bodies, and report the results to Parliament. Our other work comprises value for money studies, local audit, investigations, support to Parliament and international activities.


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