Head of Internal Audit

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    Brighton, East Sussex

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    Experis UK

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    3 months ago

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Head of Internal Audit

Our client is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK, working with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement. They have an excellent office location in Brighton and have a diverse, lively and professional workforce.

If you are not based in the local area, that is not a problem as our client promotes a strong work life balance and they're open to the conversation around what will work for the successful candidate long-term regarding travel to the office.

The organisation is committed to making their environment a great place to work and are doing all they can to support people to reach their full potential. Join the expanding team for the chance to be a part of the biggest change to pensions in a generation.

The Role

We are looking for an experienced Head of Internal Audit to build an in-house internal audit function and from the commencement of 2021/22. Reporting into the Executive Director of Strategy & Risk, you'll be responsible for all internal audit planning and delivery together with managing the handover of the Internal Audit function from current external provider


  • Through supportive and positive leadership, build and develop an internal audit function with the necessary resources, capabilities and expertise to deliver a solid annual internal audit opinion
  • Produce well balanced plans for Internal Audit activity for the approval of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.
  • Deliver formal reports to the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and present findings at committee meetings.
  • Using high quality reporting and communication skills, effectively and productively engage with senior management including Senior Leadership Team, Executive Committee, Board and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.
  • Deliver independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organisation's operations.
  • Support the organisation in accomplishing its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.

Essential and Desirable Criteria


  • Familiarity to the mandatory elements of the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) of the Global Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
  • Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or related field.
  • Professional qualifications (IIA/CCAB, ACA/ACCA, CIA or equivalent)
  • Proven, extensive audit expertise (5+ years) at a senior level
  • Strong stakeholder engagement experience at very senior levels
  • Knowledge and understanding of financial and operational risks and controls, ability to identify weaknesses therein and to develop practical and effective solutions.
  • Experience developing a team, capabilities and embracing innovative approaches to effectively and efficiently deliver internal audit.


  • Understanding and extensive experience applying Public Sector Internal Audit Standards
  • Experience auditing in an environment of substantial change with respect to both the core operating model and IT systems

Person Specification

  • Can do approach
  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative
  • Negotiating skills
  • Communication skills at all levels
  • Leadership skills


  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pension's world
  • Discretionary bonus arrangements
  • Access to performance related pay progression
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • Flexible / remote working arrangements
  • Development opportunities
  • Enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • A free employee assistance programme