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Head of Internal Audit

Reporting to: Executive Director of Strategy and Risk
Team: Strategy and Risk
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: From £74,786 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Sunday 9 August 2020

Job ref: 1915

TPR grade: 4

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK, working with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement. We have an excellent office location in the heart of Brighton and have a diverse, lively and professional workforce.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work and doing all we can to support our people to reach their full potential. Join our expanding team for the chance to be a part of the biggest change to pensions in a generation.


We are looking for an experienced Head of Internal Audit to build an in-house internal audit function and from the start of 2021-22, assume responsibility for all internal audit planning and delivery together with managing the handover of the internal audit function from current external provider.


  • Through supportive and positive leadership, build and develop an internal audit function with the necessary resources, capabilities and expertise to deliver a solid annual internal audit opinion.
  • Produce well balanced plans for internal audit activity for the approval of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.
  • Deliver formal reports to the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and present findings at committee meetings.
  • Using high quality reporting and communication skills, effectively and productively engage with senior management including Senior Leadership Team, Executive Committee, Board and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.
  • Deliver independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organisation’s operations.
  • Support TPR in accomplishing its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Familiarity to the mandatory elements of the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) of the Global Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
  • Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or related field.
  • Professional qualifications (IIA/CCAB, ACA/ACCA, CIA or equivalent).
  • Proven, extensive audit expertise (5-plus years) at a senior level.
  • Strong stakeholder engagement experience at very senior levels.
  • Knowledge and understanding of financial and operational risks and controls, ability to identify weaknesses therein and to develop practical and effective solutions.
  • Experience developing a team, capabilities and embracing innovative approaches to effectively and efficiently deliver internal audit.


  • Understanding and extensive experience applying Public Sector Internal Audit Standards.
  • Experience auditing in an environment of substantial change with respect to both the core operating model and IT systems.

Person specification

  • Can do approach.
  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Negotiating skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Leadership skills.

Salary and benefits

As well as a starting salary of £74,786, we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • access to performance related pay progression
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location in Brighton

How to apply

We provide an exciting, supportive and flexible working environment, and are committed to helping our people meet their full potential.

The Pensions Regulator is an inclusive employer and offers equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. TPR welcomes applications from the BME and LGBT communities who are currently under represented at TPR.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis.

Please send your CV to along with a covering letter, quoting ref 1915 with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria and details of your notice period.

Please be aware we are currently holding interviews through Skype due to COVID-19.

If you have any enquiries with regards to this role or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email