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Specialist Auditor - Change - Edinburgh

£45,000 to £55,000 plus excellent benefits - Financial Services - Accountancy & Finance
Ref: 1870 Date Posted: Monday 18 Oct 2021
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INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

 



We’re looking for people to help ensure our client meets its regulatory, reputational and commercial requirements. As one of the UK’s largest financial services companies, their mission is to maximise sustainable, high quality returns for shareholders and customers – and build a more prosperous world.

 

As a Change Audit Specialist you’ll report to an Audit Manager as part of a small team responsible for planning and delivering audits covering major change programmes across the company. 

The business has a significant and complex change agenda focused on concluding the integration of the legacy businesses, and transforming operations to be Future Fit. In addition there a number of new growth initiatives underway; all of which rely on effective project and programme delivery. In this context, Internal Audit play a key role in helping our stakeholders to understand, assess and manage the risks associated with major change programmes.

 

Your experience will be important in helping them meet their objectives, which include:

 

  • Delivering insights and value-add opinion to colleagues who have responsibility for leading change
  • Identifying control issues and recommending corrective action to help the organisation mitigate or avoid risks
  • Assisting the Change Audit team and Head of Audit in articulating issues and providing assurance for the Group Audit Committee



KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Audit Planning, Risk Assessment & Stakeholder Management:

 

    • Support the development of the audit plan through researching appropriate universe entity, inputting your knowledge from stakeholder engagements and other insight meetings and proposing audit ideas.
    • Support Audit Manager and Vector Heads of Audits in developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders to enhance business area knowledge and to promote best audit practice across the Group. Where appropriate, this will include attending governance committees and forums.

 

  • Audit Delivery:

 

    • Responsible for detailed planning, scoping & performance of audit work to support delivery of Audit Plan. Where appropriate, the Audit Specialist should perform the audit owner role on audits.
    • Ensure issues identified are analysed to determine the root cause and findings reported on with related follow-up undertaken on a timely basis to ensure effective delivery.
    • Documentation of audit delivery work meets methodology and quality requirements. Ensure timely completion of work and escalation of issues and risks.
    • Audit findings are articulated and communicated effectively to senior business management in a clear, constructive and accurate manner (in conjunction with Audit Manager on complex audits).
    • Demonstrate willingness to work across the agile roles with support from the Audit Manager and Vector Heads of Audits.

 

  • Issue Validation:

 

    • Complete issue validation to the expected standards, in line with methodology and in a timely manner, reporting back where the business have not closed issues adequately.

 

  • Other/Ongoing Responsibilities:

 

    • Auditors directed, coached and developed to maximise performance and promote best audit practice across the department. Feedback constructively.
    • Act as a role model for GIA’s vision, culture, strategy and plan in line with organisational goals delivering difficult messages to the business when required.
    • Support delivery of strategy by focussing IA's work on the highest risk areas, providing support for less experienced colleagues to do this.
    • Support audit delivery teams by performing the scrum master role where appropriate, helping the audit to deliver on time and to the expected quality. Engage with the scrum master community and promote new ideas and ways of working. 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

 

Educated to degree level with a relevant professional qualification or experience (e.g. accounting, audit, risk)