The Internal Auditor is a senior middle management position within Galway City Council reporting directly to the Chief Executive, forming a key part of the wider local authority corporate governance regime.
Internal Audit is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organisation's operations. It assists and supports an organisation to accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve risk management processes and controls and provide reasonable assurances to senior management in this regard.
Internal Audit evaluates and identifies risk exposures in an organisation's governance, operations and information systems, specifically in relation to:
- Effectiveness and efficiency of operations.
Reliability and integrity of financial and operational information.
- Safeguarding of assets.
- Compliance with laws, regulations and contracts.
The internal audit activity advises senior management and the Audit Committee on the adequacy and effectiveness of the whole system of internal controls within the organisation and provides reasonable assurances that the internal controls are effective and working as intended.
The Internal Auditor is expected to carry out their duties with an understanding of the political context of local government and in such a manner that enhances public trust and confidence and ensures impartial decision making.
The Internal Auditor will also work closely with the external Local Government Audit Service during the annual audit process.