Senior Auditor


Salary:£42,853 - £48,982 

Working pattern:Permanent, Fully flexible - all options will be considered 

Location:Across Scotland 

Closing date:15 August 2022 at midnight 

Location : Flexible environment of home and office working as well as working from audit sites across Scotland. Our offices are based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness however we welcome applications from across the UK  

Type : Permanent role 

Salary : £42,853 - £48,982 per annum, plus competitive benefits. (2022 Pay Award yet to be agreed).

Hours : 36.25 hours per week

Are you an experienced qualified auditor who thrives on making a difference and passionate about ensuring public services are run properly for the people of Scotland? If so, we can offer you the chance to take an exciting new step in your career with the opportunity to lead financial audit work of organisations across Scotland’s public sector including the Scottish Government, NHS bodies, councils, and colleges.    

We are Audit Scotland. We're Scotland’s public sector auditor, independent of government. We employ more than 320 talented professionals who know that their work helps ensure the efficient delivery of public services in Scotland. We believe that public money should be spent wisely.   

There's plenty of change ahead, and the need for robust public audit that provides assurance about public spending and helps public services improve is more important than ever. We want to make sure Scotland makes the very best of the opportunities and that change is delivered well – transparent financial reporting and delivering value for money are key to this.   

There has never been a more interesting or important time to join us. We offer a rewarding place to work, a supportive and open culture and a wide range of professional development opportunities. Benefits include 42 days of annual leave including public holidays, personal development allowances and flexible working hours. We’ve also been named one of the top 40 workplaces in Scotland and the UK’s eighth best accountancy workplace in the 2022 Best Companies awards. 

Overall purpose of the role 

You will conduct and manage complex financial audit work. You will make audit judgements and oversee the work of the team to deliver our audits to a world-class standard. You’ll interface with clients and stakeholders providing assurance which helps support improvement and focus upon what’s important.   

How you can help us 

As one of our senior members of staff, you’ll be inspiring with your ability to:  

  • Make professional, evidence-based judgements and identify potential recommendations.   

  • Work with colleagues to decide the breadth and depth of auditing required in proportion to the circumstances, including the audit methodology.   

  • Take lead responsibility for planning and delivering audits or key audit areas, to time, cost and quality (depending on the size and risk-profile of the audit).   

  • Draft clear, authoritative, concise audit outputs.   

  • Support senior leadership in promoting our work externally.   

  • Establish and maintain relationships with officers at audited bodies and appropriate stakeholders to support the effective delivery of audit work.  

  • Coordinate the work of staff across the audit to manage peak period workloads.  

  • Undertake supportive conversations with your team and positively challenge where necessary.   

  • Support the development of Audit Scotland’s work programme by sharing intelligence whether based on local audit knowledge, monitoring key public sector issues or by developing stand-alone briefings.  

  • Contribute to the management of Audit Scotland by participating in and contributing to corporate activities.  

Specific knowledge and experience 

You will be a fully qualified accountant (CIPFA, ICAS, other CCAB, CIMA or equivalent). Preferably you will have practical experience of delivering high-quality audits, ideally in a public sector environment. Those without recent audit experience will be expected to build up their audit skills as a key part of the role. 

You’ll undertake professional and personal development to maintain technical expertise, meet CPD requirements and enhance your career prospects at Audit Scotland. 

Self-aware in your own abilities, you can plan and manage your own work. You will have well developed auditing, accountancy and analytical skills. You will have the ability to convert your analysis into clear judgements backed up by clear recommendations for improvement. You know how to work seamlessly within an audit team and help to bring out the best in your colleagues, mentoring and coaching where necessary. 

You may also have experience of: 

  • The public sector including knowledge of public finances and policy. 

  • Dealing confidently with stakeholders, including staff in audited bodies. 

 As your career develops you will: 

  • Demonstrate significant audit experience across the public sector. 

  • Possess an awareness of key on-going activities across the organisation, covering both audit and non-audit work. 

  • Be able to lead discussions with senior staff in audited bodies and stakeholder groups.  

  • Gain experience of dealing with difficult situations in a professional and effective manner 


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