Ref: 1627136

Original Listing

Company: 1627136

Salary: 55,266 - 67,198

Closing Date: Closing date: 16 Apr 2019

Location: Swindon, South West

Senior Internal Audit Manager UKRI

Roles and Locations Information

This role is based at Polaris House in Swindon and it is expected that will be the successful candidate’s base, in the office shared with United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI). As a senior manager, the successful candidate will be part of GIAA’s management team and some travel, typically within the South West of England and South Wales, can be expected as can ad hoc meetings in London or occasionally nationwide.

About Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA)

The Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) is an Executive Agency of HM Treasury, and is the specialist provider of internal audit and counter fraud and investigation services to central government. We will also help our customers to understand and manage their risks and to ensure exemplary standards of governance.

We’re responsible for:

• reviewing the functions and activities of government organisations, and assessing their efficiencies and risks;

• making recommendations for improvement, based on our assessments;

• adding value to public services and improving how effectively organisations provide them.

The Agency currently provides services to 14 Government Departments and a wide range of diverse government bodies associated with those Departments.
Our mission is that our people provide objective insight so that central government can achieve better outcomes and value for money for the public - better insights, better outcomes.

More detail about the Agency can be found at

About the role

The successful candidate will be the Deputy Head of Internal Audit (HIA) at UKRI and will be expected to take up HIA roles for small programmes as required. They will support the Group Chief Internal Auditor (GCIA) in leading the delivery of the audit service to UKRI and will be expected to be involved in all aspects of audit delivery, and bring their expertise and experience to bear to deliver value to the Agency and customers.

Senior Internal Audit Managers are integral to the leadership of the Agency, and have a role beyond delivery of audit services to support the ongoing development of our services, staff and customer approach.

With access to high profile work, you will work alongside key decision makers, audit specialists and private sector contractors within the Agency, challenging and developing your skills as well as ensuring we meet our customer expectations. Being part of this leadership team in a relatively small agency, the successful candidate will be expected to take a flexible approach to additional ad hoc responsibilities across GIAA’s client base and there may be opportunity to work with other government clients as a part of this role.

This Swindon based role will provide internal audit services to UKRI, a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure that the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. UKRI works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. More information can be found at

The GIAA audit team is located at the UKRI Swindon head office – Polaris House, - with some travel to its other UK-based sites, and find the variety within UKRI’s programme of engagement and research interesting and inspiring to be involved in. Polaris House is directly linked to Swindon’s railway station.

We offer support in maintaining and building your professional career through technical training, coaching and development opportunities and you will be entitled to a formidable range of benefits from generous pension provision, embracing of flexible work patterns, diversity and security.

Key accountabilities

You will need to:

• Develop and implement an internal audit plan which reflects organisational priorities, secure agreement to audit plans with the Director, CEOs and Audit Committees in support of the GCIA.

• Engage effectively with senior stakeholders to support the identification and management of key risks and to promote effective governance, risk management, control and assurance arrangements.

• Deliver the audit plans in line with quality, time and budget requirements to support robust assurance opinions and other agreed stakeholder requirements. Lead audit assignments, working with a small team of audit managers to do so.

• Deliver robust, evidence-based, independent assurance opinions to clients and Audit Committees in accordance with the agreed timetables. Support the GCIA in providing an opinion on the system of internal control. Lead continuous improvement activities to improve audit practices, products and customer service.

• Ensure the whole team are compliant with professional standards and compliance with GIAA’s new single audit methodology and audit management software.

• Lead people to manage, recognise and reward good performance; promote personal and professional development; nurture and manage talent. Act promptly on feedback and issues. Promote equality and diversity.

Person Specification

Required Qualifications

Candidates will need to demonstrate full current membership of a recognised professional accountancy/audit body as detailed below:

• Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors UK & Ireland
You must hold the chartered auditor/CMIIA designation or the MIIA designation where you qualified under the previous exam route and did not apply to make this chartered. If you have passed all of the CMIIA/MIIA exams but do not hold the designation, you are not eligible to apply.

No other level of internal audit qualifications meet the requirements for this post.

• Other Institutes of Internal Auditors that are part of IIA Global
If you studied with the Institute of Internal Auditors in another country, you must hold the equivalent of the MIIA designation. You should verify this with the IIA UK & Ireland prior to submitting your application, by e-mailing

(If invited to interview you will be asked to provide us with the IIA response and the designation certificate you hold, as your evidence of meeting the qualification criteria for this post)


• Accountancy
Fully Qualified, current member of one of the five CCAB bodies (ICAEW, ACCA, CIPFA, ICAS and Chartered Accountants Ireland) or CIMA.

NOTE: You will be required to provide the certificate of designation to us, to confirm eligibility. This will need to be brought to interview.

Person Specification

Please provide a 750 word statement outlining how your experience meets the person specification of the role.

Please focus your statement on how you carried out the role as opposed to what duties you performed.

You will have:
1. Experience of developing and delivering a risk-based Internal Audit assurance and consultancy programme, including through others, with sound judgment in responding quickly to fast moving priorities across a number of customers;

2. The ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with senior management and the Audit & Risk Committee (ARC), both in terms of client engagement and ensuring the service is operating to appropriate professional standards that meet client and ARC needs;

3. Experience of establishing relationships with and taking account of the work of other assurance providers to ensure maximum value and minimum overlap in providing assurance;

4. The ability to assess skills and resources gaps in the delivery of the audit service, and develops mechanisms to overcome this;

5. The ability to influence a diverse senior stakeholder community to develop effective governance, risk management and internal control arrangements;

6. Demonstrated resilience and tact in the face of challenge from senior staff, including negotiation to overcome such situations;

7. Have significant experience of managing individual and wider team performance in line with Departmental procedures and developing continuous improvement initiatives. Including ensuring compliance with professional standards and Departmental audit methodology;

8. Have experience of being a champion of change – actively engage in important initiatives and projects that align to corporate priorities, promoting and implementing change within the team;

9. Actively encouraged individual and team development;

10. Evidence of being an excellent communicator - two-way communication through regular discussions with teams on local and organisational issues, including proactive team engagement;

11. Demonstrated excellent leadership skills that impact on the overall success of the business; and

12. Contributed to the wider corporate responsibilities of the organisation.

Please note that while an understanding of the public sector is desirable, experience of working in or for the public sector is not essential for this role.

Initial Sift process

All sifting is carried out anonymously. This means your personal details will be removed from the application for this stage of the process and only your personal statement will be reviewed.

Sifting will take place on indicator 1 of the Person Specification indicators.

A 5 point scoring matrix is used as follows:
1. Little or no evidence presented
2. Some evidence presented
3. Good evidence presented
4. Strong evidence presented
5. Very strong evidence presented

If you do not score a three or more against any one indicator, your application will not progress to the next stage. In the event of a large number of applications, GIAA reserve the right to raise the minimum pass level.

Interview Process

We envisage interviews to be conducted during late April/early May in Swindon.

The interview will consist of the following:

A presentation: Candidates will be asked give a 10 minute presentation (including time for panel questions). The scenario will be provided prior to interview.

Interview: Candidates will be asked questions in relation to the Person Specification indicators followed by a discussion relating to how the skills and experience contained in your CV cover the Key Accountabilities detailed in the Role Profile.

Additional Salary information

New Entrants to the Civil Service:
Although new entrants to the Civil Service are expected to join at the minimum of the salary range, we have limited discretion to agree a higher starting point dependent on skills and experience.
Annual pay awards are made in line with current Civil Service directives.

Existing Civil Servants
If you are successful and this is not a promotion, you will remain on your current salary and allowances will be considered on a case by case basis. If you are below the minimum you will be moved up to the minimum of the band. Normal Civil service pay rules apply.

If you are applying on promotion, your allowances will be considered on a case by case basis.

Working arrangements

• The main base for this role is Polaris House, Swindon.

• Some travel to support GIAA activities at other locations in the South West of England and South Wales can be expected, as can occasional nationwide travel to other UKRI sites.

• Senior managers are expected to support GIAA corporately and in other client teams on an ad hoc basis, this is likely to include occasional ad hoc travel to London and may require occasional overnight stays.

Hours of Work
• The working hours of this post are 42 per week (including meal breaks of 1 hour a day).

• This post is available on a full-time basis, and flexible working hours will be considered.

Complaints Procedure

The law requires that selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's Recruitment Principles.
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact in the first instance.
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission.