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Senior Internal Audit Officer

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)
16 Summer Lane
£53,060 - £59,468
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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We’re currently in the exciting process of creating our own internal audit function with the Combined Authority, and now have a vacancy for an Senior Internal Audit Officer to join our new team and help shape our journey.
This role is responsible for the delivery of risk based internal audits within the WMCA and in the provision of independent assessment and assurance that the organisations risk management, governance and internal control processes are operating effectively. The post holder will plan, execute, and complete internal audits and report their findings to business units, agreeing appropriate measures to address identified gaps in the control environment. 
Please note, previous applicants need not apply. 
What will you be doing?
  • Provide a range of audit, risk and assurance related services across the WMCA, and relevant partner organisations, in delivery of our risk based internal audit plan. 
  • Plan and carry out complex audit reviews across all functions of the organisation, using your experience and knowledge in order to assess, interpret and analyse detailed information on the adequacy of the risk management, governance and control frameworks in place. 
  • Determine, agree and report on a series of recommendations to senior managers, and the Audit Risk and Assurance Committee (ARAC) as required.   
  • Have a strong awareness of WMCA’s Constitution and be able to interpret organisational policies and regulatory requirements, applying these to audit assignments when analysing, making audit recommendations, and advising on new policies and procedures.
  • Ensure all work is carried out to a high professional standard in accordance with Public Sector Internal Audit Standards and within the framework of the CIPFA Code of Practice for Internal Audit in Local Government. 
  • Take responsibility for carrying out investigations and enquiries into irregularities and suspected fraudulent activity, including the interviewing of, and taking confidential witness statements from relevant parties. 
About you
  • CCAB qualified (ICAEW, ACCA, CIPFA, ICAS or Chartered Accountants Ireland) or relevant equivalent qualification (e.g. CIIA)
  • Qualification within Internal Audit IT – (ISACA) is desirable but not essential. 
  • Strong working knowledge of the CIPFA code of Practice for Internal Audit in Local Government and the Public Sector Internal Audit Standards. 
  • Extensive audit experience within local government, finance, adult education, technology, public transport, investment and programme management.
  • Ability to work as a team and alongside multiple departments in the deployment, delivery and reporting of audits.
  • Demonstrable experience in risk based auditing, investigations, risk management, consultancy and advice.
  • Strong written and verbal skills to articulate reasoning for audit findings/decisions.
How to apply. On clicking ‘apply for this job’, you will be prompted to create an account. You will have the opportunity to upload a CV, which will be used to auto-populate your profile. Please note, we do not see your CV once you have applied. Our shortlisting decisions are based on what you tell us in your profile - and so it is important to format your profile so that it really stands out. Make sure to include your employment history and include any essential education and qualifications. You will be asked to provide a supporting statement. If you already have one that you have prepared earlier, you can simply copy and paste this into the application form. 
Reasonable adjustments.If you have an accessibility need, disability, or condition that means you might require changes to the application or recruitment process (for example, you might need to submit your application in a different format), please get in touch with our Recruitment Team ( We are here to assist and accommodate your needs.
Salary and benefits.We advertise salary ranges for job roles, with new appointments typically starting at the lowest salary point. In exceptional cases, where higher skill levels or experience are applicable, the salary point may be adjusted to secure the best candidate. This approach allows for potential year-on-year salary increases, offering progression and appropriate rewards to employees.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes a Local Government Pension Scheme, 28 days of paid annual leave, Cycle to Work Scheme, and discounted shopping with over 2,000 big-name retailers. For more details, please visit the benefits page on our careers site.
Hybrid working, location and working pattern.We believe hybrid working is the best way for our organisation to fulfil our commitment to a modern, agile workplace while continuing to provide a great service to our customers. Hybrid working means having flexibility between working in the office and at home on agreed days, where a role allows. 
The location for this role is 16 Summer Lane. It is expected that you can split your time between the office and working remotely, with at least 2 days a week spent in the office. 
Creating an inclusive workplace.We are dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace that reflects the communities of the West Midlands region. We believe that building a team with varied backgrounds and experiences will benefit us as an employer and enhance our work.
WMCA holds diversity accreditations, such as the RACE Code Quality Mark, Armed Forces Covenant (Gold status) and has been recognised as one of the Inclusive Top 50 Employers and The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. We’re a Disability Confident Employer with ‘Leader’ status, committed to interviewing applicants with disabilities who meet all the essential role criteria. 
We recognise that certain groups, such as women and people of colour, may be less likely to apply for roles if they feel they do not meet all the requirements. However, we encourage individuals who are passionate about the role and want to make a difference to still apply. We value potential and encourage applicants to highlight their skills, including transferable ones, even if they don't fit the traditional "perfect candidate" mould.
We gladly consider part-time, flexible, and job share arrangements, so please don't let these factors deter you from applying. If your values align with ours and you are dedicated to working towards a future that we can all be proud of, we would love to hear from you.
Right to Work in the UKApplicants will need to evidence that they have the legal right to work in the UK.  If we make an offer of employment, we will need to check that you are eligible to work in the UK before you start work. 
Thank you for considering joining our team at WMCA. We look forward to receiving your application and the opportunity to work together towards our shared goals.

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West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) was set up in 2016. We're made up of 18 local councils and 3 local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). Our goal is to make the West Midlands a happy, healthy, place to live. We do this by:

  • making it easier and safer to travel in and around the region
  • using derelict land to build homes
  • protecting our green spaces
  • making sure young people have the education and employment opportunities to make a great start in life
  • working together to support our communities and build a fairer, healthier and more inclusive West Midlands
  • tackling climate change 

Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.

We fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us and are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us.

We’re committed to creating an accessible and diverse workplace, one that nurtures an inclusive environment where our people can be themselves. We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. 

If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.

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0121 200 2787
16 Summer Lane
West Midlands
B19 3SD
United Kingdom

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