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Director of Risk & Assurance

  • Location: Surrey
  • Salary: £70-80,000
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Job reference: SD/171675
  • Sector: Commerce & Industry, Not for Proft
Job Description

We are currently working closely with a leading University, specifically recruiting for a Director of Risk and Assurance to provide independent, objective assurance, on behalf of the Executive Board and Audit and Assurance Committee.  The Director of Risk and Assurance will ensure that the major compliance risks affecting the achievement of the University’s objectives are adequately managed and controlled.  The Director of Risk and Assurance reports to the University Secretary and General Counsel and the University’s Audit and Assurance Committee.

Your key responsibilities as Director of Risk and Assurance will include:

  • To lead the planning and delivery of the University’s annual Internal Audit Plan and Strategy, ensuring that it meets the requirements of the Office for Students.
  • To manage a small team of risk and assurance specialists and the recently established Internal Audit and Assurance Co-sourcing provision.
  • To ensure that audit and assurance and follow up work is completed in accordance with agreed plans, is subject to appropriate quality assurance procedures, and is reported to senior management and to Audit and Assurance Committee, promptly, accurately and completely.
  • To develop and maintain the University’s Compliance Risk Register and ensure that stakeholders are properly managing these risks and monitor the University’s operational risk registers, ensuring mitigations address key risks.
  • To ensure that the Risk and Assurance function maintains up-to-date knowledge of professional and technical developments in relation to risk management, internal control and governance, the University’s objectives, risks and KPIs and current issues relating to the Higher Education sector.
  • To ensure that the Risk and Assurance function establishes and maintains effective working relationships with governors, managers and staff at all levels across the University.
  • To prepare and present to the Audit and Assurance Committee the formal Risk and Assurance Strategy , plans for implementing that strategy, in-year progress reports and an annual report which includes a formal opinion on the adequacy of the University’s risk management, internal control and governance arrangements and on the arrangements for securing value for money.

Your ideal background:

  • Professionally qualified with a relevant degree/postgraduate qualification, plus significant relevant managerial experience and leadership experience, or substantial experience and proven success in strategically important specialist area.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current risk management, internal control and corporate governance issues.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current internal audit methods and trends.
  • Significant experience of presenting review findings and conclusions orally and in writing to a wide range of audiences, including non-executive, board and senior management level.
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