Senior Auditor

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Contract Type Temporary
Duration Commencing 1 June 2021, initially 12 weeks covering secondment
Location Cambridgeshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date 01/06/2021
Hours per week 37
Rate From £18.52 to £20.67 per hour

About the job:

As a Senior Auditor through Opus Cambridgeshire, you will provide an independent assurance function designed to give an objective opinion to the Council on the control environment, comprising risk management, internal control and governance.  Add value to the Council by improving its operations and contributing to the proper, economic, efficient and effective use of resources.

The Group Auditor will allocate Individual assignments to review fundamental systems, corporate activities, partnership and contractual arrangements, education establishment reviews; certification of government grants and their associated initiatives, or undertaking corporate fraud investigations.

Working remotely during Covid-19, with a possible return to the office, flexibility will be required to travel throughout Cambridgeshire

  •  Plan, in consultation with Senior Managers the detailed strategy to be adopted in carrying out assigned audits within the framework of the sections agreed audit work. This will include developing an audit brief through to a suitable testing programme.
  •  Accurately, analyse and interpret complex information from a multitude of different systems to solve problems and develop appropriate solutions. Leading to being able to review and assess audit findings during and at completion of audit.
  • Appraise and report on the application of management controls employed within the organisation to include risk management, internal control and governance. Draft and agree, with the Group Auditor, the audit report for submission to senior management.
  •  Undertake a range of activities using audit techniques, including but not restricted to risk and system based reviews, value for money studies, lean processes exercises and compliance monitoring, along with the use of internal audit software packages.
  • Develop good working arrangements with clients, whether Line Manager through to Senior Management, to assist in audit recommendations being accepted and implemented.
  • Conduct all audits in accordance with agreed internal processes, audit best practice and Public Sector Internal Audit Standards.
  • Consult, develop and implement improved audit working methods within the audit team as appropriate.
  • Undertake, as required, investigations into cases of suspected financial irregularity.
  • Liaise with client departments and assist them in the development of robust systems of risk, control and review.
  • Undertake any other tasks commensurate with the grading of the post with the Council, or as part of the service level agreements with partner organisations as appropriate.
  • Responsible for managing personal time for each audit in accordance with the teams’ performance indicator requirements and similarly to comply with corporate policies.
  • Responsible for identifying personal training in conjunction with the Group Auditor. To undertake available training opportunities and show a commitment to continuous development, to maximise potential and ensure the efficient and effective delivery of Council services.

The successful candidate will hold or be studying towards a professional qualification in Audit ie Membership of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors or recognised CCAB Institute and have substantial professional internal audit experience, preferably in the public sector, in one or more disciplines such as contracts, partnerships, projects, ICT security, financial or information governance auditing.

Experience of personally investigating and advising on control weaknesses resulting from corporate fraud as well as undertaking fraud and irregularity investigations is required, together with experience of the use of a variety of financial software packages, such as databases or financial systems

  • Holiday entitlement
  •  Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered from commencement
  •  Pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  • Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  • Gain experience to support permanent applications

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We get sight of all temporary and interim vacancies for Suffolk County Council and Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils first. By working through Opus, you will be notified of the job opportunities before any other recruitment agencies are even aware.


We have a wealth of knowledge and experience within the public sector, with many of our employees having previously worked for and with both Suffolk County Council and Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils for several years.


In the last month alone, we filled 95% of jobs using our own pool of registered candidates. The remainder went out to our trusted supply chain.


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