Senior Internal Auditor (Maternity Cover)

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  • Category: Accountancy
  • Location: Scotland Edinburgh
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  • Date: 5 hours ago

Senior Internal Auditor (Maternity Cover) Vacancy Ref: : 052133Closing Date : 05-Jun-2020 Contact Person : Shanita PadaruthContact Number : Contact Email :

Job Title: Senior Internal Auditor (Maternity Cover)
Department Name: Internal Audit

The University is looking for a senior internal auditor working within Internal Audit to cover a period of maternity leave. The successful applicant will support the Internal Audit team, based at Old College in providing an independent, objective assessment of the University’s control environment and the overall risk management and governance processes.

This is a full time, fixed term post, available for 12 months from 29 June 2020
Salary Range: Grade UE08 (£41,526 - £49,553)
Closing date: 5.00pm on 5th June 2020

Job Purpose

To provide an independent, objective assessment of the University’s control environment and the overall risk management and governance processes.

Main Responsibilities

Determine the scope and objectives and prepare a detailed plan for individual assignments, in order to optimise the use of time allocated. 5 Apply professional knowledge and judgement to assess and appraise:
• The effectiveness of governance, risk management and internal control;
• The extent of compliance with statutory requirements, policies, procedures and good practice;
• The extent to which the University’s, and other client’s, assets and interests are safeguarded and accounted for; and
• The efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
In order to provide assurance, advice and make recommendations over the above and provide an annual statement of assurance to the Audit & Risk Committee. 40 Document and maintain sufficient information to support conclusions reached and any recommendations made. 5 Discuss findings with relevant senior managers to establish a fuller understanding of the business risks, systems and processes in order to establish agreement to, and secure commitment to implement recommendations made. 10 Report findings and conclusions from audit work to the auditee and senior management by presenting a convincing case to support conclusions and recommendations. 15 Working with colleagues to define and deliver the strategic aims of the internal audit function. 15 Carry out any other duties commensurate with the grade of this post as delegated by the Chief Internal Auditor. 10

Planning & Organising

• Determine the detailed scope and objectives for allocated assignments within an outline assignment specification and timetable, to be approved by the Chief Internal Auditor.
• Carry out assignments from the approved Audit Plan within the time allocated and covering the agreed scope and objectives.

Problem Solving

• Use professional judgement to evaluate current practices and procedures against recognised best practice. Identify solutions to address internal control weaknesses, or improve process effectiveness.
• Make recommendations and seek commitment from senior management to implement them. This would normally be carried out independently with support and advice available from team colleagues as required.

Decision Making

• Decide how to manage competing priorities in order to meet strict deadlines.
• Decide how to allocate time optimally for each audit assignment.
• Decide the approach required and the extent and nature of testing needed to achieve the objectives of each assignment.
• Prioritise findings and present to the Chief Internal Auditor.
• Conclude on the effectiveness of the control environment.
• Determine recommendations that may be required and agree them jointly with the Chief Internal Auditor and negotiate the means of implementation, and timing, with senior management.

Key Contacts/Relationships

You will be required to communicate with staff at all levels throughout the University through discussion, report writing and presentations.
The main relationships are with senior managers in the academic and administrative community as well as senior managers of outside clients. The purpose of the communication will be to convey findings from work done and secure commitment to implement any recommendations made.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

The knowledge, skills and experience needed to carry out the job to a fully satisfactory level would include:
• Professionally qualified (ICAS, CIPFA, IIA);
• Strong communication skills;
• Well-developed interpersonal skills;
• Able to manage competing priorities in order to achieve deadlines;
• IT competencies;
• Ability to identify solutions to complex problems;
• Independent, investigative and analytical mind;
• Knowledge of business processes;
• Able to work without direction and within a team;
• Self-motivated, hard-working and committed to excellent client service.


The Internal Audit team consists of 4 FTE plus additional staff employed on a contract basis. It currently conducts around 25 reviews a year.
Internal Audit covers all the University's operations, resources, staff, services, subsidiary or associated companies, students' union, joint ventures with third parties and responsibilities to other bodies.

Job Context & Other Relevant Information

Work can occasionally involve travel out with the Edinburgh area and occasionally outside normal hours.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

The closing date is 5pm on Friday 5 June 2020.

Right to Work

In accordance with UK legislation the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on right to work please visit our right to work website

In the circumstances where the vacancy does not meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) criteria for sponsorship the successful applicant must have the existing right to work in the UK or individual circumstances which enable permission to work to be obtained.

For further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes please visit the GOV.UK website

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme
This role is grade UE08 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.


The role is grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of £41,526 - £49,553 for 35 hours, each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

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