Senior Auditor #802 @ British Council

London (approx. 40% overseas travel), UK
Competitive salary with benefits
16 Aug 2022
16 Sep 2022
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Qualified accountant

Senior Auditor #802

British Council

Competitive salary with benefits

London (approx. 40% overseas travel), UK


This role is responsible for leading and performing all aspects of internal audit assignments including the preparation, planning, execution, reporting of risk-based audits and action follow up in support of the annual audit opinion around the adequacy and effectiveness of governance, risk management and control processes across the organisation.

This also includes delivering audits in the corporate portfolio and/or any of the regional portfolios. The role contributes to an efficient and effective internal audit department which supports British Council in the management of risks and achievement of objectives.

The candidate is a collaborative, engaging and commercial thinking risk & assurance professional and has the ability to support, work with and influence colleagues across the organisation. The candidate is a seasoned auditor / experienced assurance professional with several years’ post qualification experience and a track record of improving risk maturity and identifying practical and pragmatic controls in collaboration with management. Ability to add value through identifying and communicating good quality insights to stakeholders is essential.

Main accountabilities

Consultancy, analysis and problem solving:

  • Responsible for leading and conducting the preparation, planning, execution, reporting of risk-based audits and action follow up. This also includes delivering audits in the corporate portfolio and/or any of the regional portfolios.
  • Delivery of high-quality work and the production of excellent working papers and summaries of information.
  • Providing both verbal and written recommendations for improvements to Country, Regional and Functional Management.
  • Analysing complex situations and issues to provide value adding insight and identify key themes to facilitate management action.
  • Preparing (draft) reports and management updates, assisting the managers and other members in the team with delivery of high-quality outputs.
  • The performance of ad hoc assignments as required (e.g. investigations, advisory engagements).

Strategy and/or planning:

  • Input into the development of the risk-based audit plan.

Relationship and stakeholder management:

  • Develop a strong regional and global network in order to identify risks, opportunities to add value and coordinate control framework improvements.
  • Liaising at all levels of the organisation including senior management.

Person specification


  • A professional accountancy or internal audit qualification
  • Strong experience of risk-based audit 
  • Track record in assurance i.e. 3 years post-qualification/solid experience as a Senior Internal Auditor or middle management Internal Audit role with exposure to a mixed portfolio of clients
  • Experience of working in international and multi-cultural organization
  • Proven skills in stakeholder relationship management at all levels of the organisation
  • Reporting and engaging effectively with senior management
  • Independently minded and willing to challenge existing business practice
  • Be an exemplar of integrity, honesty, discretion and professionalism for the organization


  • Knowledge of SAP applications
  • Knowledge of shared services operations
  • Program management qualifications e.g. MSP, PRINCE2
  • Data analytics experience
  • IT assurance qualification e.g. CISA
  • Knowledge on use of audit software or tools e.g. TeamMate
  • Knowledge of governance in a group structure (regional hubs, service clusters

Role specific skills:

  • Knowledge of Internal Audit practices (COSO, IIA etc.)
  • Knowledge of Public Sector Internal Audit Standards and the mandatory elements of The Institute of Internal Auditors’ International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF)
  • Risk assessment and analysis

Please note that the British Council are only able to consider candidates who are eligible to work in the UK.

Accounting for International Development (AfID) are advertising this role on behalf of the British Council. Any applications made through the AfID website will be forwarded on to the British Council directly.

For further information, and to apply, please visit our website via the “Apply” button below.

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