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Senior Auditor

Location: SOUTHEND X, ESSEX Salary: 35444 - 41967 GBP Per Annum
Sector: Accountancy Job Type: Permanent
Shift Type: N/A Applications: N/A
Posted: 9 months ago Reference: 3078328
Southend Borough Council are looking for an experienced Auditor to undertake planned audits using a risk-based approach, lead on delivering aspects of the Audit Plan and deliver more complex audit work.
The successful candidate will be required  to provide a high quality, independent, objective internal audit service to our clients that adds value as well as helps ensure their business is managed both efficiently and cost effectively, and will be required to deliver sufficient work each year to enable the Head of Internal Audit to provide an opinion to each client on the adequacy and effectiveness of their risk management, control and governance processes.

The Council is an equal opportunities employer. They welcome applications, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Duties to include:-

Research each area to be audited and effectively interpret the information gained about how it operates.
Identify the objective and prioritise key risks (including those relating to fraud) relating to individual audits from the research carried out, according to timescales.
Produce a good quality terms of reference for each assignment.
Effectively evaluate a system or process, identify the key controls and an appropriate testing strategy for them.
Identify and use relevant sampling techniques as part of the testing strategy, interpret the results and use to direct testing / modify sample numbers as required.
Effectively analyse and evaluate testing results to form robust conclusions that address the purpose of the test.
Plan and carry out interviews effectively, using different types of questioning to maximise the amount of information obtained, relevant to the various stages of the audit.
Produce a good quality draft report for review at the conclusion of the work.

Key Responsibilities Work effectively with the client to produce SMART management actions that address any weaknesses identified in the arrangements audited.
Effectively co-ordinate, check and challenge the audit work of colleagues working with you, to ensure it is ready for review before being given to the Audit Manager.
Complete all of the above in line with the Audit Approach Manual and any relevant professional standards.
Management Skills
Deliver an agreed number of productive days per annum.
Manage your own time, prioritise tasks, plan your own workload and proactively seek work as required.
Identify others’ training needs and proactively implements solutions to aid development.
Behavioural Skills
Adopt the most appropriate negotiating techniques and communication styles to the area being audited.
Be confident dealing with clients and able to raise issues with them while undertaking an audit.
Develop and maintain effective working relationships with the team, staff, Members, external audit, key stakeholders and partners mainly around the delivery of audit reviews.

Candidates must have full and current membership of Association of Accounting Technicians.
At least part qualified with current membership of the:
• Institute of Internal Auditors
• Charted Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy
• Association of the Charted Certified Accountants
• Institute of Chartered Accountants

Candidates must have a working knowledge of the requirements of:
• UK Public Sector Internal Audit Standards
• CIPFA, Local Government Application Note for the UK Public Sector Internal Audit Standards

Candidates must be an experienced Auditor who has worked in a relevant sector.

Own transport essential, as candidate will be required to visit various locations.

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