AP-CAM-3482: Corporate Assurance (Internal Audit) Manager - Public Sector/Infrastructure
  • Stephen Pimm
  • 08 Jan 2021
  • Location:
    Midlands - Birmingham
  • Sector:
    Consulting and Business and management
  • Type:
  • Offering:
    £45K base salary + 15% flexible fund + pension
  • Start Date:
    ASAP - Post Interview
Job Description:

Two Corporate Assurance Managers with experience of running internal audit activities in large public sector infrastructure organisations are required by our major infrastructure client for permanent roles based in Birmingham.



As a Corporate Assurance Manager, you will work as part of a flexible and multi-disciplinary assurance function. Leading on and undertaking a variety of assurance and audit activities across all areas of the client’s corporate controls. Where competent and designated, also act as subject matter lead for individual assurance activity or act as a generalist assurance practitioner managing inputs from subject matter experts.

Working within a small team of auditors, specialist and assurance managers, you will report into the Senior Corporate Assurance Manager and delivery full cycle audit processes across a wide variety of corporate areas.


About the role:

  • Act as the lead auditor with responsibility for the management of individual audits with a view to identification of risks accurately and the suggestions of improvements
  • Develop individual audit/assurance plans and detailed scope to cover identified risk areas for activities to be assured
  • Work with subject matter experts and assurance providers to develop targeted audit/assurance scope that focuses on key risks and provides the appropriate level of outcome
  • Report on audit/assurance findings to the Senior Corporate Assurance Manager, agreeing corrective action with auditees and monitoring close out of findings, to support the development, implementation, maintenance and improvement of the Integrated Management System
  • Provide analysis of audit/assurance finding with the view to identification of trends to allow management to develop and prioritise improvement initiatives
  • Report audit findings, escalate major issues or inadequate responses to the Corporate Compliance Assurance Manager
  • Conduct audits/assurance activity in line with the agreed client audit/assurance programme, following client policy and procedure (and best practice)
  • Support the development of a robust, auditable and transparent assurance model which ensures that policies, processes and work instructions are developed to support the need to source, select, manage and deliver the diverse range of works, goods and services required by the organisation
  • Deliver hands-on support to corporate functions in working through the Assurance lifecycle, working with external Assurance providers, such as the Independent Assurance Panel and DfT where appropriate, to ensure that issues are captured, tracked and closed out
  • Provide input and ideas to the Continual Improvement of Policies and Procedures
  • Lead and facilitate lessons learned activities to ensure feedback is balanced and fair, and that action plans are created and acted on
  • Undertake spot-check/audits on corporate control activities (including procurement, commercial, finance and people controls) to report on compliance issues, making recommendations for improvement or escalation
  • Deliver training and knowledge sessions to enhance capability and awareness of Teams across the business in assurance activities
  • Work as part of a flexible and multi-disciplinary assurance function. Lead on and undertake a variety of assurance and audit activities across all areas of the client corporate controls. Where competent and designated, also act as subject matter lead for individual assurance activity. Or act as a generalist assurance practitioner managing inputs from subject matter experts
  • Actively promote and embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.


Essential skills and experience:

  • Demonstrable internal audit experience within a large public sector/publicly funded organisation within infrastructure, rail, construction, engineering or utility industries including their requirement and assurance needs
  • Excellent experience and ability to engage with and influence senior management, directors and executives
  • The ability to work with minimal supervision and take ownership of an audit process.
  • Commercial - knowledge of applicable EU and UK procurement legislation
  • Experience of developing or working within procurement governance & assurance structures with supporting policy and processes. CIPS diploma or above would be beneficial
  • Experience in client management of major projects and working with sponsors, regulatory bodies and other major stakeholders
  • Experience to deliver work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Experience in the use and application of assurance regimes in major projects
  • Experience in the validation of major schemes, risk management and reporting
  • Experience of working with sponsors, stakeholders, engineers and project delivery teams
  • Civil design and construction experience and the application of CDM activity
  • Experience in qualitative schedule risk assessment
  • Appropriate qualification in assurance management and/or audit
  • For Corporate Assurance Manager where a specialism is required
  • HSE - A qualification in general or construction health and safety law and practice recognised by IOSH or the British Safety Council at least NEBOSH Certificate or equivalent experience
  • Quality – a quality management qualification, in such areas as ISO 9001, ISO 45001 or CQI
  • Communications skills – including listening and presenting
  • Ability to ensure accuracy of reports
  • Numeracy skills
  • Excel, MS Project and PowerPoint skills
  • Leadership and team-working ability


These are broad roles across a wide variety of areas; a specialist area is desirable but not essential. A strong core internal assurance/audit experience is essential with hands on, end to end delivery of audit and assurance activities.


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