Risk & Audit Manager

London, Greater London, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Competitive salary
16 Oct 2021
30 Oct 2021
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Internal Audit, Risk and Business Continuity


Base location of Holborn Store Support Centre and home, with a requirement to travel to other locations as required.

Reporting to

Internal Audit operates a matrix structure. This means you will have one, line manager for your development and report to multiple audit managers for audit delivery.

In a nutshell

As part of an in-house Internal Audit team, deliver to time and quality a portfolio of internal audits across Sainsbury's Group as per the Audit plan. Own relationships with senior business stakeholders at SM and C6 level to support them real time in identifying and managing risks and assurance requirements. Support the continuous improvement activities and share external best practise and innovative thinking into our Internal Audit processes and methodologies.

What you need to do

Build and maintain strong relationships with auditees. This will involve supporting the stakeholder owners across Sainsbury's and Argos, for example updating the Auditable Divisional Risk Profile, develop audit proposal and risk maps.

Act with a good level of judgement during audit and advisory work.

Use tools available to pull data to inform audits and provide assurance and advice.

Driving a continual risk focus in the business through supporting the Audit Manager in facilitating risk workshops and meetings to help management identify, assess and manage key business risks.

Support the Audit Manager in developing an ongoing risk-based audit plan.

Manage workload to lead and deliver multiple audits in a number of divisions to meet time, cost and quality targets across all Sainsbury's sites.

Develop recommendations and actions that balance both commercial considerations and the assurance requirements of the business.

Provide real-time support, challenge and actionable insight to management when developing and implementing new processes including delivering business change projects.

Contribute to team success through contributing and implementing continuous improvement activities in the team.

What you need to know:


Previous Internal Audit experience.

Demonstrable experience or understanding of risk and control at interview.

Proven track record in developing strong stakeholder relationships at different seniority levels.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Self-starter who requires little or no day-to-day support.

Strong analytical and report writing skills.

Good understanding of technology, systems and data flows and how these relate to business operations.

Strong commercial acumen.

An understanding of the Internal Audit industry.

Strong time management and project management skills to ensure work is delivered on time, to budget and to the expected quality.

Demonstrable ability to apply sound judgement.


3-5 years Internal Audit experience with a track record of leading audits and adapting to change.


Large programme assurance experience.

Retail/operational experience.

Risk facilitation experience.

Forensic/data analytics experience.

Scrum master/ coach experience

What you need to show

We are trusting each other, working and winning as one team: Builds strong working relationships within the team and across the organisation whilst retaining independence.

We are making it simpler: Identifies opportunities of continuous improvement to make Internal Audit ways of working simpler whilst maintaining quality standards.

We are doing the right thing for our customers to grow sales: Identifying actionable insight through audit work, which drives change across Sainsbury's.

We are making it happen at pace: Flexes and adapts approach to deliver timely assurance while maintaining quality standards.

We are treating every pound as our own: Has a commercial awareness to ensure the business impact of audit findings are understood.

We are cheering on our progress: Recognises when colleagues have made great progress and actively acknowledges this.

What decisions I can make

The role requires a high degree of personal accountability to deliver audits to budget, methodology and the quality standards Internal Audit prides itself on.

Day to day, time management and resource requirements for audit work.

Resources available to me

The Internal Audit team consists of approximately 25 professionals with differing technical skills, e.g. IT, fraud, business process, and financial controls. The audit team operates a matrix reporting structure due to the varied nature of the coverage across the organisation. You will be the key Divisional contact for multiple divisions for Internal Audit to drive engagement, risk ownership and awareness.

Please note: This role profile is aimed at describing the core output that should be achieved in this role. It is not intended to include specific tasks, temporary activities or projects to recognise flexibility in a changing context.

Work-life balance is important to us, so we offer our colleagues as much flexibility as possible in line with the needs of their role. We trust them to decide how, where and when they work, combining remote and collaborative working with a flexible approach to hours, giving them plenty of time and space for life outside of work whilst delivering against our business goals.


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