Ref: 1625102

Original Listing

Company: 1625102

Salary: 36,525 - 43,624

Closing Date: Closing date: 7 Apr 2019

Location: Swindon, South West, SN2 1ET

Senior Auditor - UKRI

About the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA)

The Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) was established as an Executive Agency of HM Treasury on 1 April 2015, 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 and public sector 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 over 60 Government Departments and a wide range of diverse government bodies associated with those Departments.
Our vision is to be the primary, trusted and expert provider of consistent, high quality audit, assurance and counter fraud services across government that are valued by our customers and recognised as a catalyst for improvement. Our Service is one in which the most talented want to work and are proud to say they have worked.
More detail about the Agency can be found at
GIAA also provides assurance services to the European Commission, providing both the UK Government and the European Commission with advice and assurance on the implementation of the various programmes such as the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Currently, there are approximately 500 people in the Agency, including support staff, who work flexibly across our client base and in regional offices. Most of the client facing staff are qualified internal auditors, accountants and investigators. The agency has an exciting future and, over the next two years, will expand to include the vast majority of central government internal audit teams; currently approximately 70%.

About the Roles

If you are an auditor with experience and skills in helping customers to understand and manage their risks, along with ensuring exemplary standards of governance we would love to hear from you.
This is your opportunity to join a highly respected, forward-thinking organisation that builds and maintains strategic relationships at the most senior levels across the majority of government departments. The variety and contribution of these roles is unparalleled across government.

We are looking to recruit from a variety of backgrounds which will improve GIAA’s experience and skills base as the vacancies we have cover a diverse mix of roles across various locations and government departments, from the Ministry of Justice through to the Department of Health, including Executive Agencies and Independent bodies. The Swindon-based Senior Auditor roles will provide internal audit services to UK Research and Innovation, 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, and GIAA employees are allowed access through the station making it exceptionally easy to reach by train. There are frequent bus links to North Swindon or the bus station, facilities for those choosing to cycle to work, and GIAA is able to enjoy the benefits of the on-site bistro.

Senior Auditors in GIAA are responsible for the delivery of audit and assurance activity across a varied and interesting range of customers and topics, either working individually or leading a small team of auditors. You will be allocated a portfolio of work mainly supporting UKRI and a core cluster of customers, while also having the opportunity to broaden your experience by working on new topics or with new customers.
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.

Senior Auditors are the key day to day contacts for our customer and their ability to build good relationships with a variety of stakeholders whilst delivering efficient and robust audit work is key to the success of the Agency’s relationship with our clients. We value all our employees and will offer you support in maintaining and building your professional career through technical training, coaching and development opportunities.

In addition you are entitled to a formidable range of benefits from a generous pension provision, embracing of flexible work patterns, diversity and security.

Key accountabilities

• Be an effective team member, supporting the wider GIAA delivery by working constructively and flexibly with colleagues to deliver appropriate objectives.

• Manage your own time and resource effectively; proactively identify, foresee and take ownership of issues affecting delivery of your and the wider team’s objectives and provides solutions and options ahead of deadlines.

• Produce and deliver clear and accurate reports that meet the requirements of the customers and carry out activities to ensure that agreed management actions are completed.

• Be accountable for delivery of a portfolio of audits, working on more than one assignment at once, possibly in different clients, to budget and quality expectations, complying with GIAA methodology, using our IT audit software system.

• To scope audit assignments, including drafting terms of reference, testing strategies, fieldwork plans, reporting timetables and focus work on identified risks.

• To work with professional skill and become a trusted adviser to clients, responsible for working level relationships with key client contacts.

• Actively work with others while sharing expertise, sharing past experiences, coaching juniors and peers, and helping the Agency to develop its professional practice.

• Look to continuously improve your own development and performance and that of the wider team, participating in training and broader corporate activities as required.

• Respond positively to team and departmental changes, being an ambassador for the Agency as it develops.

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.

(A sift will take place regarding how your application matches indicator 1 below. Accordingly, you will be required to write a statement of 250 words setting out how your skills and experience meet the criteria, through giving a concrete example of when you have considered indicator 1 in the course of your work)

1. Be able to demonstrate strong understanding of governance, risk management, control and assurance issues.

2. Be a strong, analytical thinker who can solve problems and work out what needs to be done and take pride in doing it to conclusion.

3. Have strong writing skills and be able to communicate key messages clearly and succinctly to senior leaders, utilising a range of communication methods.

4. Be an independent thinker who can confidently express their views and make decisions, and be able to stand your ground when required.

5. Be an effective communicator, possessing excellent interpersonal skills which enable you to relate to people at all levels in an organisation demonstrated by experience of working collaboratively with a wide range of business and corporate stakeholders.

6. Have the ability to influence using evidence and negotiation rather than the exercise of authority.

7. Demonstrate resilience and tact in the face of challenging circumstances, dealing with conflict in a prompt, calm and constructive manner.

8. Be highly organised, with the ability to work on and manage multiple projects within tight timelines and with minimal supervision.

9. Have the ability to grasp issues quickly and arrive at considered recommendations.

10. Be a team player who is also able to coach and develop others.

11. Be able to develop proposals to improve the quality of service involving a diverse range of staff, stakeholders or delivery partners.

12. Have experience of collecting and providing accurate, unbiased, relevant and sufficient information and evidence to support conclusions and recommendations.

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.


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed and will need to have resided in the United Kingdom for 3 out of the last 5 years. The level of security needed is security check.

Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here. Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules. If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Interview Process

We envisage interviews to be conducted during mid-April 2019. The interview will consist of the following:

A presentation: candidates will be asked to attend prior to their interview (details will be provided on the interview invitation) to prepare a presentation based on a scenario that will be provided on the day.

Interview: Candidates will be asked questions in relation to the Person Specification indicators followed by a discussion related to your skills/experience that covers the Key Accountabilities detailed in the Role Profile.

Matching Process

IMPORTANT: We will progress your application in merit order. Please note that in the event of a tie, we will use the highest scores in the following order:

1. Questions at interview
2. Presentation
3. CV

If there is still a tie, we will use the sift scores.

Reserve Lists

We appoint in strict merit order, if you were deemed appointable but your score was not as high as the appointable candidates you will be put onto our reserve list for 12 months for any SEO roles that come up in Swindon.

Complaints procedure

Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of recruitment based on fair and open competition with decisions made on the basis of 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 HMT by email:
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.

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

• This post is based in Swindon.
• Given the nature of the role and the fact successful candidate will be covering a range of departments/ associated bodies, a reasonable level of regular travel will be expected.

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