Head of Assurance

  • Location
    London, Greater London
  • Salary
    £ 400 - £ 450 / Day
  • Category
    Public Sector - Public Sector
  • Job type
  • Industry
    Public Sector
  • External Reference

Our client is ideally looking for candidate with a proven track record in a similar role to be able to settle quickly into post. The ideal candidate for the Head of Assurance role would be required to;

  • To strategically direct, lead and innovate the Audit, Fraud, Risk and Insurance service, providing an assurance function on behalf of the Section 151 Officer.
    * To direct the development and delivery of the internal assurance framework, setting the strategy and policies that deliver effective governance and support the achievement of the corporate and service objectives.
    * To provide innovative and professional leadership in co-operation with stakeholders and lead assurance services of appropriate reliability and quality.
    * To promote the brand
    * To direct, innovate and motivate a professional service

Duties of the role would include, but not exclusive to;

  • To carry out the Head of Assurance / Audit responsibilities as defined in Section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972, the Accounts and Audit Regulations and other legislation and to ensure that internal governance, risk management and financial control is maintained throughout.

* To direct, innovate and lead the internal audit, fraud, risk and insurance service, ensuring that the council receives adequate and appropriate audit coverage.
* To direct and lead the development and delivery of the Internal Audit Strategy, Terms of Reference and Charter as the Audit Executive in line with the requirements of the Accounts and Audit Regulations and Public Sector Internal Audit Standards.
* To direct, lead and develop the audit and fraud polices and strategies for approval by the Audit Board/Committee.
* To develop, direct and manage the organisation's insurance and risk management functions.
* To provide an objective and evidence based annual internal audit opinion and other reports that give assurance to the Corporate Leadership Team and others, and make recommendations for improvement.
* To ensure that internal audit is one of the cornerstones of effective governance and has responsibility for reviewing and reporting the adequacy of the organisation's control environment, including the arrangements for achieving value for money.
* To be the lead advisor and support for the Audit Boards/Committees, acting as the conduit between officers and the Audit Board/Committee as part of an escalation strategy to provide a call in mechanism for officers where agreed actions are not addressed or implemented.
* To contribute as a member of the finance management team.
* To develop and direct the officer Governance Board (or equivalent) arrangements.
* To be the custodian of the strategic and corporate risk register, ensuring appropriate actions are taken
* To advise on and support the preparation of the statutory Annual Governance Statement.
* To keep records of, and review at least annually, the arrangements for good corporate governance and internal audit effectiveness.
* To take responsibility for ensuring any matters in the public interest are appropriately investigated and reported on.
* To lead and advise on complex and sensitive investigations
* To build high profile external networks that promote the vision and brand awareness.
* To be the designated whistle blowing officer, advising on high level reputational investigations and liaising with external partners such as the Information Commissioner's Office, CIPFA, the Police and government departments.

Adecco acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and an employment business for the supply of temporary workers. The Adecco Group UK & Ireland is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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Please apply with your CV to: Stephanie Hay