Auditor / Audit Officer

Audit Scotland
17 Dec 2018
22 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Make a difference at Audit Scotland delivering our audits

We’re Scotland’s public-sector auditor, responsible for ensuring that the Scottish Government and public-sector bodies are held to account for the proper, efficient and effective use of public money. We employ around 280 professionals from different backgrounds who believe that public money should be spent wisely. We know our important work makes a real difference to the lives of Scotland’s people and you’ll play a key role leading our audit teams, managing complex and high-profile audit work.

The last two years have seen unprecedented change in Scotland, the UK and internationally, and continuing pressures on public services. With more change to come and a fair amount of uncertainty public audit has never been more important. New and increasing audit responsibilities mean we need to grow, making sure we have the capacity to deliver exceptional work. It also means we are changing the ways in which we work with lots of opportunities for staff to develop new skills and get involved in new areas of work.

We are excited to be recruiting a number of permanent Audit Officers/Auditors to conduct a range of performance and Best Value audit work.

How you can help us …

We are looking for talented, experienced professionals who thrive on making a difference and are passionate about ensuring public services are run properly for the people of Scotland. We have career opportunities for audit officers/experienced auditors that will offer you the chance to be a valued member of the team helping to create a better Scotland through our performance and Best Value auditing work.

As an Audit Officer/Auditor you will research, analyse and audit financial and non-financial data and other evidence, ensuring our findings and conclusions are robust. This may involve audits of individual public bodies or specific issues facing public services in critical areas; such as health and social care, education, housing, economic development or the delivery of big infrastructure or IT projects. This is challenging and high-profile work.

You will use your professional skills and experience to help shape and undertake the audit work needed, and to make audit judgements in the areas you are responsible for. You will work closely with other members of the audit team. You will also manage relationships with your contacts within public bodies.

These roles are within our Performance Audit and Best Value business group. You can be based in one of our well-located offices in Edinburgh or Glasgow. Both offices are within 10 minutes of a main train station.

More about you …

Our audit teams are increasingly drawn together from staff with a range of backgrounds and experiences. This makes sure that we can combine the very best expertise across a range of disciplines. We also place a real emphasis on effective people management, enabling and engaging individuals and teams to make a great contribution. We want to hear from experienced professionals with one or more of these backgrounds:

  • relevant professional qualifications, including qualified accountants and those from other research, managerial, financial or public administration disciplines.
  • professional, academic or research expertise and experience in areas applicable to the management and delivery of public services
  • experience of working at a professional level within or with the public sector (such as consultancy).

Of course, good hands-on experience of financial or performance auditing will be particularly valuable. But not everyone who joins us needs to have this before they arrive. We offer excellent opportunities for learning and development once you are here, if you can show us you have what it takes to be part of our audit team.

You can plan and manage your own work with the minimum of supervision. You are able to prioritise effectively, and deliver multiple pieces of work to time, cost and quality. Naturally inquisitive, you can think laterally and creatively to research and analyse complex problems and have experience of using data analysis tools

Individuals who demonstrate a high level of expertise will undertake work of greater complexity and risk. People able to show they can work effectively at this higher level will be able to access the upper part of the pay scale. In addition to the above, you will also have experience of leading on specific areas of work, including identifying suitable data sources and analytical tools and techniques. You can work on your own, with the appropriate level of support, analysing evidence to form judgements in more complex areas.

Continuing your career here brings fantastic benefits …

Working for Scotland’s public spending watchdog will be challenging. But it’s also extremely rewarding, and we have put in place a very competitive and attractive package. Don’t just take our word for it, we were awarded 2018 One to Watch status by the Sunday Time Best Companies Survey.

We offer a salary range of £25,780 - £33,788 for our Audit Officers/Auditors. We’ll be happy to have a conversation about your salary placing and progression as you proceed with your application. This will include our assessment of whether you have shown you are able to work effectively on arrival at the higher level of this role. If you are interested in part-time working or other flexible working patterns, we’d very much like to speak with you about that too.

Interested? Next steps …

We are keeping this nice and simple – click the apply button and ensure that you fully complete the application form and say which role you want to apply for.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 6 January 2019.

If you want to be part of how Audit Scotland makes a difference and we think you might have what we need we’ll get together to talk about it. We’ve time over the week commencing 21 January 2019 for interviews. If successful, we’ll agree a package and start our journey together as we deliver on our vision to be a world class audit organisation that improves the use of public money.

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