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Lead Internal Auditor

Posted: 13 Jan 2021 Closes: 12 Feb 2021
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom GBP 51,156.00 - 57,551.00 per year
Permanent & Full-time -1413114666

About Network Rail

Vacancy Type: Permanent, full-time.

Location: This role can be based at either The Quadrant: MK or London Eversholt Street.

Closing date: 26th January 2021. If we receive a high volume of applications, we may need to close the advert early.

Band & Salary: 3C, £51,156 - £57,551.

We at Network Rail are dedicated to becoming one of Britain's best employers and believe this starts with placing the candidate at the heart of everything we do.

We believe that investing in our people is one of the most effective ways of improving the safety, reliability and efficiency of the railway. To learn about the benefits we offer please click here.
Brief Description

About our Internal Audit team

A watertight governance and controls framework is key to protecting the organisation's assets, reputation and value, making Network Rail Internal Audit (NRIA) an important catalyst for creating confidence amongst all of Network Rail's stakeholder communities inside and outside the organisation. Whilst we have responsibility to be the eyes and ears of the Board, we are committed to being as supportive as we are objective, aligned to the same priorities and vision as our stakeholders.

About the role

We are seeking an experienced professional to join our Internal Audit team and assist in the development and optimisation of operational audits. The ideal candidate will be inquisitive, want to be intellectually stimulated, and be driven to continuously improve and expand their knowledge and skills.

You will have a good understanding of organisational risk and control frameworks and demonstrable experience in providing independent assurance over them; You will have ideally acquired this experience through supporting delivery or independent assurance of capital infrastructure projects.

This role offers the opportunity for you to utilise your knowledge of leading practice processes and emerging risks to develop and deliver an annual plan of audits and reviews with the support of the Internal Audit Manager.

You will provide practical risk management, internal controls and process improvement solutions whilst gaining valuable experience and exposure working with a variety of senior stakeholders, with opportunities to grow your career in other parts of the business.

This role will cover the audit of railway infrastructure projects and therefore we are seeking an individual who has previously led relevant internal audits/advisory/assurance interventions in relation to capital delivery projects, preferably in the railway or wider transport industry.
About the role (External)

What will you be doing?
  • Identifying significant risks to business objectives, processes, programmes and projects.
  • Assessing the design, effectiveness and efficiency of internal controls over risks.
  • Performing appropriate audit tests over the controls identified for testing.
  • Providing senior executives with recommendations to improve the quality of their control environments.
  • Ensuring all audit work is fully documented within the Audit Management System in line with IIA Standards and the Network Rail Internal Audit Methodology.
  • Lead the audit team on each assignment and review their work and deliverables.
  • Coach, train and provide guidance to other members of the team.
  • Assist in regular reporting activities (e.g. Business assurance committee, Audit action reporting, etc).
What attributes will help you succeed in this role?
  • Able to establish personal credibility with senior stakeholders.
  • Professional in conduct and able to demonstrate expertise.
  • A track record of delivering internal audits and/or reviews that meet or exceed expectations, offer real insight into the business and add real value to business performance.
  • Strong programme management and organisational skills; detail-oriented and ability to multitask.
  • Ability to engage and collaborate effectively across different teams and multiple organisational levels.
  • Passionate about finding logical and innovative solutions to complex or unusual problems.
  • Plans and coordinates independently own workload and that of other team members.
  • Meets deadlines, quality and risk objectives, taking appropriate action to address issues as they arise.
  • Continuously builds and masters key technical, functional and professional skills.
  • Encourages collaboration and knowledge sharing that impact performance of team members.
What skills and experience are we looking for?
  • Experience in leading teams in global management consultancy or professional services firm, or large matrix organization, with an internal audit or consulting background.
  • An ability to utilise core risk and controls skills in a broad range of projects both in traditional internal audits and advisory projects aimed at assisting in the implementation of controls / improvements.
  • Experience with risk-based auditing preferably in railway or wider transport industry;
  • Ability to manage competing priorities in a dynamic and fast paced work environment, consistently delivering quality work products to agreed deadlines.
  • Genuine appreciation of the business benefits of internal controls and robust risk management.
  • Professional individual who quickly establishes personal credibility and demonstrates expertise.
We would also like, but it isn't crucial:
  • Suitable professional qualification, e.g. Qualified Accountant - ACA, CIMA or ACCA, or IIA (or intention to complete).
  • Programme Management qualifications (e.g. PRINCE 2, MSP, etc);
  • Experience and interest in the transport, infrastructure or rail industries.
How to apply (External)

We're continuing to build a more diverse and inclusive organisation which is representative of the passengers we serve. To do this, it is essential we become a more open, diverse and inclusive organisation, harnessing the skills and expertise of all our people and attracting the best talent to help us have a safe, accessible railway for everyone. To learn more about how Diversity and Inclusion is important to Network Rail please click here.

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