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Audit Change Manager

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Job Title: Audit Change Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Edinburgh
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Contact Name: Ben Kinley
Contact Email: bkinley@lawsonchase.com
Job Published: 4 months ago

Job Description

We are seeking an experienced Change Audit Manager to join an Edinburgh based asset management firm.

 

About The Role

Group Internal Audit have a key role in supporting the firm in achieving its strategic ambitions of being a world class Savings and Investment business. The firm is uniquely positioned to support, by ensuring that work aligns to the strategic priorities and key risks facing the firm.

As a function, Group Internal Audit has set out the following six ambitions in support of the Group:

  • To be highly regarded by the Board for integrity, professionalism and insight;

  • To be sought out by the business as trusted advisors;

  • To deliver excellence in everything they do;

  • To be recognised for people development activities;

  • To bring a strategic and commercial mindset to support excellent audit skills; and

  • To be innovative, restlessly seeking out opportunities.

Your expertise and enthusiasm is required to help us achieve these ambitions. This role reports into the Head of Audit for IT and Change and will be responsible for leading and shaping the portfolio of Change audit work across the Group. You will lead a small team of Audit Managers and Senior Auditors in the delivery of the Change audit plan.

Educated to degree level and with a relevant professional qualification, they are ideally looking for a candidate with an excellent understanding of how strategic change is delivered, built on experience of having supported and delivered large change initiatives in a corporate environment. The successful candidate will need to be robust and credible in delivering insights, audit issues and guidance to senior business stakeholders in respect of strategic change management. As such, advanced communication and relationship management skills are essential, developed through interaction with stakeholders at all levels.

The Change audit team is responsible for providing insight and assurance over all aspects of strategic change across the Group.  Currently the Group is in a period of unprecedented transformational and regulatory change; this is a tremendous opportunity to support the business on its journey, as well as coaching and developing your team through the benefit of your own experience.

 

Key Responsibilities

Audit Portfolio Planning and Delivery

Through your awareness of the Group’s strategic change priorities, and risks and issues both inside and outside the firm, you will be responsible for the development and delivery of a diverse portfolio of Change audits.

  • Responsible for understanding Group Strategy and business objectives in order to set the audit plan and focus Internal Audit’s work on key risks.

  • Accountable for actively supporting the team to scope, plan and execute all audits using innovative methods to maximise impact and efficiency.

  • Identify the root cause of control issues and recommend practical solutions.

  • Responsible for ensuring all audit work performed meets methodology and quality requirements.

  • Deliver objectives with minimal guidance required from Head of Audit.

  • Audit findings communicated effectively to Senior Management and appropriate forums in a clear, concise and impactful manner.

  • Maintain independence and resilience under challenge, supporting the audit team in key stakeholder meetings.

  • Provide regular updates to the Head of Audit regarding delivery against plan and escalate as required.

 

Delivering Insight

  • Support the function’s ambition to become a Trusted Advisor to the business by developing strong, credible and partnership based relationships with senior management.

  • Build internal and external networks, and raise your individual profile to shape good practice, enhancing the reputation of the firm and Group Internal Audit.

  • Bring thought leadership to the Change audit team and stakeholders through your wider network.

  • Coach and support senior colleagues across the wider business on risk and control matters as part of audit delivery and knowledge sharing.

  • Identify the root cause of control errors and propose practical, innovative, and value-add solutions.

 

Stakeholder Management

  • Accountable for senior and Executive relationships, building credible partnership based relationships as well as developing engagements with stakeholders at all levels of the business unit including Group Audit Committee.

  • Support the wider Change audit team in developing their stakeholder relationships.

  • Manage the relationship with other assurance providers, such as Risk functions, to ensure a coordinated, consistent approach to risk management.

  • Effectively communicate complex information to a wide group of senior stakeholders against a background of continuous regulatory change.

 

People Leadership and Development

  • Lead through periods of business change while maintaining trust and support of team.

  • In conjunction with Heads of Audit, direct, develop, coach and motivate team members to enable their personal and career development and ensure they operate effectively. Feedback constructively.

  • Act as a role model leader for Group Internal Audit’s vision, culture, strategy and plan.

 

Skills & Experience

Essential

  • Educated to degree level with relevant qualifications

  • First line experience of leading and delivering large change portfolios or programmes in a complex or challenging corporate environment

  • Strong awareness of best practice strategic change management, including change delivery frameworks such as waterfall and agile.

  • Advanced communication and influencing skills, with a track record of engaging and influencing senior and executive level stakeholders.

  • People leadership experience.

  • A focus on delivering high quality outputs.

 

Desirable

  • A background in Audit or Risk conducting reviews over large Change programmes

  • Experience in a first line Change quality assurance role, for example a PMO.

  • Excellent written style

  • Demonstrable ability to adapt and deliver in a fast-moving environment.

 

Key Competencies

Thinking Strategically

Linking the long term vision of the firm to daily work.  Considering what needs to be done in the future to make the organisation fit to deliver results for the customers and stakeholders.  It is also about considering how external circumstances impact on the strategic direction of the sector and organisation.

 

Analytical skills

Use of a variety of diagnostic techniques to understand a situation/issue/problem by breaking it down and tracing the root cause/underlying implications in a methodical, step-by-step way.

 

Communication skills

Clearly and effectively communicates information, ideas, plans, requests and opinions to internal and external stakeholders through a range of channels, including written and oral. Ensures alignment with communication guidelines and policies

 

Courageous Decision Making

The ability to make decisions at pace and in ambiguous or conflicting situations.  Taking ownership of the process and outcome.  It is also focused on the pace of decision making, with a motivation to avoid unnecessary escalation or procrastination.

 

Laws, regulations and standards

Knowledge of specific regulations, legislation, governance and compliance requirements that impact a role, business area or the firm as a whole.

 

Managing risk

Identify, assess, control and monitor risks. Make the right things happen first time, identify when things have not gone right and understand why, and recover the position.

 

Impact & Influence

Influencing others to achieve a positive impact.  This includes communicating clearly, building support for ideas and having an impact on other people.  Impact and influence is linked to understanding others, as it is based on the desire to have an effect on others in order to bring about a specific course of action.

 

Stakeholder management

Interprets and influences both the external and internal environments by creating positive relationships with stakeholders through the appropriate management of their expectations and agreed objectives.

 

Project/programme management

Plans, initiates, executes, controls and closes projects/programmes/portfolios of work in a disciplined manner. Tracks and manages resources, timelines, costs, deliverables and performance.

 

Ref: | Published: 09 Apr 2018