Senior Internal Audit Manager

Posted 14 days agoExpires in 3 hours
Hybrid- remote working and London

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.

To undertake technically complex internal audit assurance and consultancy assignments and to lead the operational delivery of all internal audit work across the NCIs. To provide management and trustees with independent and objective assurance over the identification, assessment and mitigation of business risks, and to identify operational and governance improvements

The main responsibilities for this role are:

  • Lead the planning and delivery of the NCIs’ annual risk-based Internal Audit Plan, taking overall responsibility for conducting an Annual Audit Needs Analysis and producing the Audit Universe.
  • Support the Director of Risk & Assurance in the development and delivery of the internal audit strategy.
  • Manage the end to end delivery of all individual internal audit assignments, from the initial planning stage through to the completion of the final report. Ensure all findings are effectively communicated with management as part of the audit delivery process.
  • Manage the contract for the co-sourced internal audit provider including ensuring all internal audit work is delivered on time, within budget and to the right quality standards.
  • 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. THE NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND MANAGING EMPLOYER: CHURCH OF ENGLAND CENTRAL SERVICES RISK & ASSURANCE DEPARTMENT JOB PROFILE
  • Develop a pan-NCI controls self-assessment process, producing an annual assurance report for each of the NCIs Audit & Risk Committees with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Work with the NCIs senior management to facilitate and oversee the identification, assessment and evaluation of internal controls, identify appropriate mitigations and additional actions as appropriate and update the audit universe.
  • Assist the Director of Risk & Assurance to oversee the work of the Risk Manager to help 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.
  • Ensure all internal audit work is carried out in line with legislation and using best practice in audit techniques, including supervising the work of other staff where required.
  • Identify and introduce computer aided audit tools and techniques for the improvement and innovation of internal controls.
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to extract and analyse technically complex electronic and other data, and clearly present internal controls assurance to a broad range of key stakeholders.
  • Lead the implementation of audit software and the full automation of the internal audit function across the NCIs.
  • Oversee the automation of the internal audit follow up process, including the production of regular status reports for senior management and Audit & Risk Committees.
  • Lead the production and presentation of high quality internal audit progress reports for senior management, trustees and the Audit & Risk Committees on a regular basis.
  • As requested, provide consultancy advice, guidance and advocacy on internal controls, that is fit for purpose, provided promptly, and is accepted by management.
  • Undertake complex (civil and criminal) special investigations/ counter fraud reviews, as required.
  • Deputise for the Director of Risk and Assurance, as required, in relation to quality review of internal audit reports to senior management and Audit and Risk Committees, attendance and presenting to Committees and management meetings, as required.
  • Carrying out any other duties as required.

The ideal candidate must have:


  • Relevant professional Internal Audit, Counter Fraud or Accounting qualification i.e. IIA, ACFS, ACA, ACCA, etc.
  • Able to establish constructive working relationships with chief officers, senior managers and members (trustees).
  • Able to plan and deliver internal audit assignments within limited resources, meeting both customer expectations and professional standards.
  • Significant post qualification experience in the delivery of technically complex risk based internal audit reviews across a variety of processes.
  • Experience in leading the facilitation of internal audit workshops and reviews with staff and management and involvement in the production and review of the internal audit plan.
  • Professional self-presentation and interaction with customers which creates a good impression and profile for the department and team and allows challenge, where appropriate.


  • The post is based in central London with remote/flexible working arrangements, but some limited travelling and overnight stays, as required.
  • The post is full-time but part-time candidates will be considered.

Desirable Education:

  • Relevant qualification in internal audit, counter fraud or finance i.e. IIA, ACFS or ACCA. Skills/Aptitudes:
  • 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.
  • Legislative, regulatory and accounting frameworks and operations of charities and pension schemes.
  • 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

In the National Church Institutions (NCIs), we support the mission and ministries of the Church of England. We work with parishes, dioceses, schools, chaplaincies and other ministries, and with national and international partners including mission agencies, and other denominations and faith groups.-.

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  • We collaborate
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  • We show compassion
  • We respect others

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