Senior Auditor
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Corporate Headquarters
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Payband: 8 Location: London Contract type: Indefinite contract Business Unit: Internal Audit Department: Chief Operating Officer Closing date: 8th December 2019 at 23:59 UK Time. Candidates must have the right to work in the UK to be considered for the role.

Please note that in December 2020, the British Council will relocate its new global headquarters to: International Quarter, Stratford, London E20. 

About us:


The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK a nd the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.



The opportunity:



The internal audit department is a globally diverse team with teams in London, Singapore and Nairobi (total of 12 FTE). The team is led by the Director of Internal Audit & Risk who reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer with a strong ‘dotted’ reporting line to the Chair of the Audit & Finance Committee. The department follows a risk-based approach to audit and conducts both country audits and audits of specific risk areas (Program Assurance, Technology/IS, thematic audits etc.)



The Internal Audit department delivers a comprehensive, independent and objective audit service to the organisation, whilst ensuring this is achieved in a customer-orientated manner which is in accordance with the British Council values.


British Council’s Corporate Plan sets out ambitious growth targets for both the number of people we will work with and the income that we will generate. Turnover for 2017/18 is expected to exceed £1 billion despite a lower UK Government grant and we will be more profitable, reinforcing financial sustainability. The British Council will achieve this by being more entrepreneurial in its approach whilst maintaining its public service ethos and charitable purpose. It will create a lower cost structure and use more efficient and simpler processes, with control and compliance focused on where risk is the greatest. In this context of change it will be even more important to have an effective ‘3rd line of defence’ in the form of Internal Audit, upon whom the organisation can rely in terms of its evaluation of management’s exposure to risk,  level of control and insight into themes and root causes.

Main duties will include:     

  • Responsible for leading and conducting the preparation, planning, execution and reporting of risk-based audits (incl. country audits).
  • Input into the development of the risk-based audit plan.
  • Providing both verbal and written recommendations for improvements to Country, Regional and Functional Management.
  • Delivery of high quality work and the production of excellent working papers and summaries of information.
  • 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.
  • The performance of ad hoc assignments as required (e.g. investigations, advisory engagements).
  • Liaising at all levels of the organisation including senior management.





What we require of the successful candidate:


  •  A professional accountancy or internal audit qualification is required.
  •  Internal Audit practices (COSO, IIA etc.)
  •  Experience in operating in an international and multi-cultural matrix organisation.
  •  Proven track record in Assurance
  •  Operating in international and multi-cultural organisation
  •  Building relationships 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



If you would like to understand more about this post then please see the documents below:

British Council Behaviours.pdf
Core skills.doc

 Role Profile.doc
Closing date: 27th of January, 23:59 GMT


Outstanding Civil Service Pension Scheme

32 Days Holiday

Annual Travel Season Ticket Loan

Annual Performance related bonus


Our Equality Commitment:



The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.