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Principal Auditor

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

About the team we are recruiting to

Coventry City Council’s Internal Audit Service are a small, self-motivated and adaptable Team responsible for providing independent assurance that the Council’s risk management, governance and internal control processes are operating effectively.  We report the outcomes of our work to the Council’s Audit and Procurement Committee. 

We carry out audit work across all of the Council’s services, and the remit of our work ranges from operational and corporate risks to audits of key financial systems and local authority schools. Its fair to say that our work is varied and supports the achievements of all the Council’s objectives outlined in the Council Plan, giving management insight and advice around what’s working well and highlighting areas for improvement. 

Internal Audit are also responsible for the Council’s Fraud and Corruption Strategy, leading on the Council’s participation in the National Fraud Initiative run by the Cabinet Office, undertaking corporate fraud investigations and helping services to manage the risk of fraud through the internal control framework. 

Our quality improvement programme means that we are constantly looking at ways in which we can improve both what we do and how we do it, including extending our use of data analytics and exploring ways to adopt agile auditing. 

Protecting the public purse is at the heart of everything we do to ensure Council funds are spend effectively and efficiently to deliver services to the citizens of Coventry

What is the job role?

Working across all of the Council’s activities, the Internal Audit Team at Coventry helps to ensure that the organisation is able to respond effectively to the fast-changing environment in which local government operates.  The Team has recently undergone a restructure to ensure it is well positioned to meet future challenges and we are committed to continuous improvement and adding value for our customers.  

As a pivotal part of this journey, we are looking for a proficient and enthusiastic Principal Auditor to assist in the delivery of the Council’s Internal Audit Plan.  You will play a crucial role in helping to lead and motivate the Team, undertaking quality reviews of other Auditors work, developing the skills of the Team and undertaking complex / key audits which add real value to the Council and the citizens of Coventry.  You will collaborate with colleagues across the Council and support senior management as a key resource.  You will also support the delivery of the Council’s Fraud and Corruption Strategy and Counter Fraud Framework.

Who are we looking for?

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious candidate wanting to advance their career in Internal Audit and play a key role in shaping the future of the service. You will be a Chartered Internal Auditor (or a Certified Internal Auditor who is willing to study), with excellent written and verbal communication skills and good knowledge of the Public Sector Internal Audit Standards.  You will have at least five years’ experience of undertaking risk based internal audit reviews across a varied remit, and experience in undertaking quality reviews of audit work. You will have excellent analytical skills, be able to work on your own initiative and have the ability to juggle conflicting priorities, whilst meeting deadlines.  Equally as important, you will be self-motivated to assist in the on-going development of the Internal Audit Team, advancing your own skills and that of others.

Now is a really exciting time to join Coventry, we are firmly focused on regenerating with major developments and new projects taking place across the city. The city ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK and has a flourishing national and international reputation.  We are particularly proud to have been named City of Culture 2021.  

How to apply: Please provide a personal statement to demonstrate the duties on the Job Description and Person Specification please also provide examples to demonstrate the below:

  • Your experience of working within Internal Audit and your wider experience in undertaking quality reviews of audit work and providing leadership to other team members
  • An example of where your work has led to improving a service or activity, detailing the role you played in bringing about change.
  • An example of where you have faced difficulties in completing an audit and how you overcame these

If you would like to discuss this role further please contact the Resourcing Team on 02476 975500 option 2.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

All attachments for the job can be found here

Interviews will be held week beginning July 20th 2020


Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled Coventry CC Application process.

Coventry City Council

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