Head of Internal Audit

Grade L SP 1-4 £40,113 - £46,446 per annum

Please note:  It is our policy to recruit at SP1 for all appointments.   Incremental increases are applicable in most cases on an annual basis.

Based in Leeds City Centre

Closing date – 01 May 2019


Are you a dynamic audit professional?  Then we’re looking for you to lead our Internal Audit function here at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

At West Yorkshire Combined Authority we work in partnership with local councils and businesses to ensure that everyone in our region benefits from a strong, successful economy and a modern, accessible transport network.  We are an exciting place to work, with our Directorates leading on major projects which impact across the Leeds City Region and beyond.  Our Teams are innovative and successful. Our success is reliant on effective and efficient systems of governance, risk and control, and an internal audit service to match. 

As our Head of Internal Audit you will be working in partnership with the Governance & Audit Committee and Senior Leadership Team and you will shape and develop assurance on the internal control, risk management and corporate governance arrangements to support the achievement of corporate objectives. You will lead and manage a small team carrying out audit assignments across the range of Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) activities, producing high quality information and reports to a range of stakeholders that will help to drive higher standards of governance, transparency and accountability.

As the Chief Audit Executive for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority you will apply your knowledge of the strategic drivers and risks of the organisation to develop and deliver an annual audit plan, with a focus on providing both assurance and value for money work.  You will develop the internal audit function to enable it to provide objective, high quality assurance, advice and opinion that improves internal control, risk management, corporate governance and counter-fraud arrangements.   

You will report to the Director, Corporate Services and will also be accountable to the Governance and Audit Committee.  You will have strong analytical, evaluation and communication skills and be a qualified CCAB accountant or CMIIA with significant practical experience. Extensive understanding of Public Sector Internal Auditing Standards and their application is required.

As an employee you will be offered a flexible and encouraging environment to allow you to achieve the best work/life balance and career goals.  You will also have access to a wide range of benefits including a local government career average pension scheme and a fully funded travel MCard (zone 1-5) which allows free bus and rail travel throughout West Yorkshire. At the Combined Authority we are committed to enabling working parents to progress their careers and will consider requests for flexible working patterns and job share arrangements

For more information about the work of West Yorkshire Combined Authority please visit www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk

If you would like an informal conversation about the role please contact Angela Taylor, Director, Corporate Services on 0113 251 7376.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s aim is to attract people from diverse backgrounds building an inclusive culture, we welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, race, gender, religion or beliefs, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.


Applications to be submitted by 01 May 2019

Interviews will be held week commencing 06 May 2019


Given the high volumes of applications we receive we are unable to respond to all applicants, therefore if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date please assume that on this occasion you have not been successful.

Candidate information will be retained by West Yorkshire Combined Authority for 6 months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.




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