Risk & Internal Audit Manager

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Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.

The Risk Management and Internal Audit Department has two main roles – Internal Audit delivery and Risk Management facilitation and oversight.

The Internal Audit service aims to provide management and trustees with independent and objective assurances about the identification and mitigation of business risks and if appropriate, to identify potential internal control, operational and governance improvements.

The risk management process aims to organise and facilitate the implementation of effective risk management processes across the National Church Institutions (NCIs).

In addition to the in house team, a co-source partner firm assists the department in the delivery of selected internal audit assignments.

As Risk and Internal Audit Manager, you will help to deliver the Internal Audit Strategy and Vision and provide support to the Director of Risk and Assurance.

You will take responsibility for assurance and consultancy assignments within the NCIs to provide management and trustees with independent and objective assurance over the identification and mitigation of business risks, and to identify operational and governance improvements.

You will develop a number of initiatives in relation to risk management (reporting, training, validation), in order to enhance audit delivery and enable managers to identify, assess and manage risks.

If you are passionate about the benefits that good risk management brings to organisations and have experience of enhancing existing processes and exploring new opportunities, we would like to hear from you.

The Risk Management and Internal Audit team are based at Church House, Westminster, London SW1P 3AZ. Currently employees are working remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Interviews will be held w/c 26th October 2020 remotely using Zoom.

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

The Role

  • Support the planning and delivery of the NCIs’ annual risk-based Internal Audit Plan and Strategy, taking overall responsibility for agreed areas of the plan and delivery of the strategy.
  • Manage the end to end delivery of individual audit assignments, from the initial planning stage through to the completion of the audit report. Findings should be effectively communicated with management as part of the audit delivery process.
  • Manage the audit follow up process, including the production of half yearly status reports for senior management.
  • Maintain and improve internal audit policies and procedures to ensure that they are fully aligned to IIA standards, effectively communicated to auditees. Conduct regular quality reviews of audit fieldwork to ensure departmental procedures are adhered to and that the team are delivering high quality, value adding outputs.
  • Assist in the production of internal audit and assurance progress and summary reports for Audit & Risk Committees.
  • Develop a pan-NCI controls self-assessment process, producing an annual assurance report for each of the NCIs Audit Committees with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Work with the NCIs senior management to facilitate and oversee the identification, assessment and evaluation of risks, identify appropriate mitigations and additional actions as appropriate and update the risk registers.
  • Provide challenge and advice to senior management to ensure that the risks registers and risk management activities are timely, accurate and consistent with the risk management policy and approach of the individual NCIs.
  • Support the Director of Risk and Assurance in the development of high-level risk reports, which analyse the impact of key business risks and facilitate improved decision-making.
  • Provide reports for trustee bodies, senior management groups and Audit & Risk Committees, as appropriate, summarising risk management activity, changes to risk registers and emerging issues.
  • As requested, provide consultancy advice, guidance and advocacy on internal control, risk management and governance, that is fit for purpose, provided promptly, and accepted by management.
  • Undertake special investigations or reviews, as requested.
  • Deputise for the Director of Risk and Assurance, if required, in relation to quality review of internal audit reports, attendance at Committee and management meetings, as appropriate.

The Requirements


  • Relevant professional Audit or Accounting qualifications (MIIA, ACA, ACCA etc.).
  • Able to establish constructive working relationships with senior managers and members (trustees).
  • Able to plan and deliver internal audit assignments within limited resources, meeting both customer expectations and professional standards.
  • Significant PQE experience in the delivery of risk based and compliance internal audits across a variety of processes.
  • Experience in facilitation of risk management workshops and risk register reviews with staff and management and involvement in the production and review of risk registers.
  • Professional self-presentation and interaction with customers which creates a good impression and profile for the department and team and allows challenge, where appropriate to customers and senior management.


  • The post is based in central London, but some limited travelling and overnight stays as required.



  • Relevant qualifications in risk management.


  • Ability to influence decision makers, coalitions and other intermediaries to effect change.
  • Competence in the use of IDEA or other data interrogation and analysis application, Visio, Access and OneNote.


  • Knowledge of the governance and structures of the NCIs and wider Church of England.
  • Previous experience of auditing pensions and investment funds.
  • Wider internal audit and assurance good practice and approaches.
  • Of the legislative, regulatory and accounting frameworks and operations of charities and pension schemes.
  • Of Charity Commission risk management guidance and good practice.
  • Knowledge of the use of risk indicators and risk assurance.

Personal Attributes:

  • Friendly, collaborative and good team player.

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

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As a Disability Confident Leader, we actively look to attract, recruit and retain those of you who are disabled.

As a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families.

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and to ensuring that everyone, job applicants, customers and other people with whom we deal, are treated fairly and not subject to discrimination. We will do whatever is necessary to provide genuine equality of opportunity. We continuously review our policies and processes to support our aim to create a workforce as diverse as the nation the Church of England serves..