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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 staff are professionally qualified internal auditors, accountants or investigators, as well as 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 strives to ensure that we have the capability and capacity to make an increasingly 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. The post holder will own the responsibility for the Internal Audit service to the Accounting Officer for the Ministry of Justice.


You will be a talented individual, with exceptional leadership skills, who has the energy to drive and lead a team of auditors.


Responsibilities


• Providing the MoJ, the Agency Accounting Officers and Audit Committees with reliable, evidence based, independent opinions on risk management, control and governance;
• Directing activity to develop and implement an Internal Audit Plan which reflects the priorities of the client;
• Managing resources to enable effective delivery;
• Securing agreement to Internal Audit’s plans, with the Permanent Secretary, Accounting Officers and client Audit Committees;
• Delivering plans to time, budget and quality standards in order to support year-end assurances and other agreed stakeholder requirements;
• Supporting senior stakeholders in the identification and management of key risks;
• Assisting the Principal Accounting Officer in management of relationships with external bodies, including the National Audit Office, HM Treasury, and the Public Accounts Committee in respect of VFM and financial audits of the client department.

 

As a senior member of the leadership team of GIAA, the post holder will also be responsible for:


• Inspiring and leading a team of professional auditors to deliver the highest quality service to one of our most significant customers;
• Collectively organising both individual and thematic reviews sufficient to provide annual assurance to individual Accounting Officers;
• Actively engaging with the agendas of client organisations, maintaining awareness of changing risk profiles and appetites, and adjusting audit programmes in response to these as appropriate;
• Working with the wider internal audit community in enhancing the service across Whitehall;
• Supporting the CEO in building the capability of internal audit function to deliver a strong, value added service to all clients, a focus on strategic risks, and develop new leaders with the capability to develop the profession in the future;

 

Key Skills


• The ability to provide leadership and management to the London and National teams.
• Be able to collectively organise thematic reviews sufficient to provide annual assurance to individual Accounting Officers;
• The ability to understand and sensitively navigate competing priorities and activity within departmental groups and bodies whilst maintaining independence and credibility with lead stakeholders;
• The ability to engage with the agendas of client organisations, maintaining awareness of changing risk profiles and appetites, and adjusting audit programmes in response to these as appropriate;
• A keen awareness of the need for external horizon-scanning and the wider risk landscape to mitigate against negative impacts and to optimise opportunity/to understand the risk profile of the customer department;
• Be able to work collaboratively with the wider internal audit community in enhancing the service across Whitehall;
• Be able to support the CEO in building the capability to the internal audit function to deliver a strong, value added service to all clients, a focus on strategic risks; and
• The experience to support the development of new leaders with the capability to develop the profession in the future.  

 

Candidates will be interviewed against the following criteria
Behaviours:
Communicating and Influencing
Leadership
Changing and improving
Seeing the big picture

 

Experience

 

Candidates invited to interview will also be required to undertake psychometric testing and attend an engagement panel, both of which form part of the overall assessment.

 

Person Specification

 

We are looking for a proven leader who is able to influence at senior levels, deploy strong professional internal audit skills to provide sound advice and respond quickly to fast moving priorities. The appropriate candidate will be able to demonstrate evidence of their success in the following areas: 

 
• Highly developed leadership skills, with proven ability to build and inspire a team, develop capability, and create an engaged and motivated workforce;
• A successful track record of influencing with a range of senior stakeholders to adopt good practice, internal controls and risk management processes in large, complex organisations;
• Experience of working at board level (or equivalent) and managing relationships between departments and their sponsored bodies (or equivalent experience);
• Outstanding ability to communicate (both oral and written), and work effectively, with a wide range of peers, partners and senior colleagues, combined with the ability to respond quickly to fast moving priorities;
• Strong analytical capability combined with the ability to be able to communicate complex positions clearly;
• Experience of developing and delivering a risk-based Internal Audit programme;
• Candidates will need to demonstrate they are a fully qualified Chartered Auditor or Accountant (i.e. CMIIA, CCAB or equivalent)

 

 

Complaints Procedure
Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment based on fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact by email: GIAARecruitment@GIAA.gov.uk
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.

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