Senior Audit Manager

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Reference:0370 - SAM 

Salary:£55,000 - £62,000 

Working pattern:Permanent, Full-Time 

Location:Central belt (Edinburgh/Glasgow) 

Closing date:01 April 2019 at midnight 

Senior Audit Manager


Edinburgh or Glasgow


£55 - £62k per annum and other great benefits.


Are you an experienced qualified external auditor who thrives on making a difference and are passionate about ensuring public services are run properly for the people of Scotland? If so we can offer you the chance to lead audit teams and contribute to the leadership of Audit Scotland. You will help to create a better Scotland through our performance and Best Value auditing work and our wider engagement with public services.


The last few years have seen unprecedented change in Scotland, the UK and internationally; with more change to come and a fair amount of uncertainty, public audit has never been more important.


At Audit Scotland, we recognise our people are our biggest asset and ensure that this is a happy and enjoyable place to work. We offer a competitive package that aims to look after your health and wellbeing, work-life balance, development along with the money in your pocket.


Overall purpose of the role


You will lead multiple audit teams to make complex audit judgements over of a portfolio of large and/or complex audits. The portfolio will be drawn from central government bodies, local authorities, NHS boards, Police Scotland and further education colleges.


How you can help us


As one of our senior managers, you will play a pivotal role in leading audit teams and the strategic planning and execution of our work. You will:



  • promote the development and delivery of high-quality audits and improve our audit processes to conclude to time and meet financial and other performance targets.

  • use your experience, professional and technical expertise to challenge and support audited bodies to be accountable, to demonstrate sound governance and to achieve continuous improvement.

  • encourage and support your team to deliver a complex portfolio of high-quality financial and best value auditing work to time and budget, and to a world-class standard.

  • lead dialogue about the important issues and risks facing public sector organisations,

  • manage relationships with key stakeholders at the highest levels and build understanding to develop our forward work programme.

  • have a key role in reporting our findings to public bodies’ audit committees, the Scottish Parliament and the Accounts Commission. 


Importantly you will create the right environment, culture and ways of working that allow people to flourish. You help our people realise their sense of purpose and freedom at work.

Specific knowledge and experience


You will be a fully qualified accountant (CIPFA, ICAS, other CCAB, CIMA or equivalent) with the ability to exercise sound judgement, in an independent and impartial manner on issues which can be politically sensitive, contentious and technically complex and be of interest to the public. You will be an experienced external auditor, who has a track record of leading successful audit teams.

You are likely to have:



  • extensive experience of working at a senior level within or with the public, or third sectors.

  • in-depth knowledge of the Scottish and UK political landscape along with a good understanding of how public service performance can be effectively managed and scrutinised, and the methodologies associated with evaluating service performance and supporting continuous improvement.

  • a practical understanding of and commitment to the accounting, financial management and ethical standards expected of public bodies.

  • the ability to present balanced findings and convincing and persuasive recommendations, analyse complex problems and deliver practical, realistic and workable solutions.

  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders.

  • refined project and self-management skills.


You take responsibility for your own personal development and set an example to others around you.


Great benefits..


Your work-life balance is important to us, so we have a clear commitment to a whole range of flexible working options, including flex-time giving you freedom about where and when you start and finish work. We also have a generous holiday entitlement of 42 days a year including public holidays.


We offer a local government defined-benefit, career average pension scheme along with a package that aims to look after your professional development and the money in your pocket. You’ll find more on our full range of benefits along with more on who we are and what we do on our careers site.


We employ around 280 staff in a wide variety of roles, working from our headquarters in Edinburgh city centre and across Scotland. We’re different, modern and have an open culture. Our people have the flexibility autonomy and freedom they desire to make a difference in their work.


We were awarded 2019 One to Watch status by the Sunday Times Best Companies Survey, and listed within the 2019 Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to work for.

Application Information

Interested? Next steps

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We’ve reserved week beginning 22 April 2019 for interviews.

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