Barclay Simpson has been recruiting internal auditors and IT auditors since 1989. This means we have an extensive network of audit professionals covering the UK, Europe, and the Middle East and can guide you in finding the right skills and knowledge base for your unique audit needs. We tailor our recruitment approach to your requirements, working on either a retained or contingent basis. We can provide you with targeted shortlists quickly and effectively, so you can save time and effort.Submit a vacancy
As the internal audit profession has evolved into a forward-looking business function, so has the need to find auditors with the right blend of technical skills, soft competencies and commercial insight to deliver a value-adding internal audit service. Our vast experience and resources across all sectors allows us to rapidly secure the talent you need.
IT Auditors have long been in short supply and the growth in cyber and information risks has increased the demand for audit professionals with up-to-date IT skills. Our deep experience in this area enables us to source the right skills and help you position your opportunity to increase the chances of a successful recruitment process.
Internal Financial and IT Controls are at the heart of well-managed businesses. Accounting scandals, fraud and critical IT disruption are damaging occurrences that can be mitigated with robust controls. We recruit dedicated internal controls & SOx specialists, helping businesses establish new SOx, ICFR or UK SOx readiness teams as well as recruiting for controls transformation, financial governance and other BAU SOx or non-SOx controls roles.
What does ‘Good’ look like for an internal audit function? ‘Good’ is ensuring the processes, practices and methodologies followed by the audit team are consistent and of high quality. We understand the importance of quality and can supply the standard bearers to ensure the best-practice, efficiency, capability, and ongoing improvements you seek are delivered.
All businesses embark on Change Projects to improve what they are doing. Change or Project Auditing is a formal review of these often-major initiatives. We have the experience to understand the skills and experience needed and the resources to enable us to rapidly source and deliver the right people to meet your needs.
We can source the right market risk professionals across traded market risk, sell side for Banks and other financial institutions, buy side for Hedge Funds and Asset Managers and non-traded market risk including interest rate risk on the banking book (IRRBB).
With over 30 years of recruitment experience to draw upon, we have a few recruitment stories to tell. The case studies here are designed to illustrate the range and type of work we undertake for our clients as we partner with them to resolve their internal and IT audit recruitment challenges.
I’ve worked with Barclay Simpson for many years, both as a candidate and as a client building my team. When I was starting out, Barclay Simpson found me 3 excellent career opportunities over a ten-year period that enabled me to make significant progress in my career with some excellent companies. Since then, when hiring they have successfully found me numerous internal and IT auditors, both permanent and contractors, with the specialist skills and experience I needed to deliver our audit programme. The service I have received over these many years has always been characterised by patience and good listening, straightforward honesty, an exceptionally detailed level of knowledge of companies, departments and people in internal audit and a general sense of decency. I’ve always found the people of Barclay Simpson great to work with and I look forward to doing so for years to come.
As a long-term internal audit contractor, I have worked with Barclay Simpson for many years. There are three things that stand out about their service, first the people. I find it quite incredible how long I have worked with Barclay Simpson but how few people I have had to deal with. This builds trust that they understand me and what I can offer clients and what I am looking for from assignments. Secondly, the quality of their client base. They have been around a long time, and I don’t think anyone has the depth of market coverage they have. As a result, I have never had to wait long for an assignment, even when the markets have been tough. Third, the people are great to deal with – lots of care, attention and insight backed-up with great administration, nothing is too much trouble.
We engaged Barclay Simpson to find us a new Head of Internal Audit to cover our EMEA operations. The brief was quite demanding as we and needed a highly-confidential approach to be taken. We selected Barclay Simpson as they seemed to be embedded in the internal audit market and had the depth of experience and skills to manage such a sensitive mandate. The results were outstanding – a high quality longlist was provided very rapidly which was then used to form a five-person shortlist for full assessment. The whole recruitment exercise was completed within two months to very high levels of service. We have since engaged Barclay Simpson on further permanent and contract requirements with similarly impressive results and have extended our use of their services beyond internal audit
We do a lot of recruitment via direct sourcing, but I have always engaged Barclay Simpson to support us with our IT audit needs. This is not an easy area for us to recruit in and I have always valued Barclay Simpson’s expertise in this area, they really are very knowledgeable and have the ability to source high quality IT auditors at a wide range of levels. Their abilities go beyond sourcing for and managing recruitment processes though and I am currently working with them to increase the number of female IT auditors we employ – not easy but they have helped us develop our sourcing strategy and we are making progress.
I was approached by Barclay Simpson for a Head of Internal Audit role. I wasn’t looking at the time, but the initial call was enough to get me interested and I decided to engage with the rest of the process after I was provided with a written brief and had a follow up call to answer my questions and undertake initial screening. I then attended Barclay Simpson for an interview which was very thorough but conducted professionally and with a degree of humour. I felt like they were making a real effort to get to know me as person, rather than just checking facts on a CV. I was selected for the shortlist and thereafter was supported by Barclay Simpson throughout the rest of the process, which required a lot of input from them as the recruitment process had a number of stakeholders in different locations and communication and coordination was an issue. We got there in the end; I was offered the role and was again supported by Barclay Simpson throughout the negotiations to a successful conclusion. The whole process was calmly managed with a lot of time spent by Barclay Simpson on making sure that everyone knew what was going on and that the process kept on moving forward. All very well done.
The thing that stood out for me was how incredibly thorough Barclay Simpson were in their approach to this requirement – we were highly impressed by the number of candidates supplied and by the breadth and skill level of the candidates they were able to present to us within the agreed timescales. We hired someone who we know is going to build out a best-in-class sanctions function. The business is delighted.
We received excellent service. Barclay Simpson not only really understood the blend of experience, skills and attitude we were looking for in a candidate but were also in control of the recruitment process throughout which made everything so much easier!
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