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Internal Auditor - Risk and Assurance

Reporting to: Head of Internal Audit
Team: Strategy and Risk
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: £46,093 to £61,187 per annum dependent on skills and experience, with access to performance related pay, bonus and civil service pension scheme
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Sunday 14 February 2021

Job ref: 60770

TPR grade: 7

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK. We work with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement.

We have a fantastic office located in the heart of Brighton that is a short distance from the train station, shops and the sea.

We put our 700+ employees first by supporting flexible working and offering a diverse, lively and inclusive environment. This includes LGBT+ Network (PROUD), Women’s Network, BAME Network (ME) and a Disability Network, which offer supportive spaces to connect with like-minded individuals.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work. We do all we can to support our people reach their full potential with training, secondment and development opportunities.


We’re looking for an experienced internal audit manager to support the Head of Internal Audit to build an inhouse internal audit function and manage the handover of the Internal Audit function from current external provider, to begin April 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful candidate will support the Head of Internal Audit in delivering the internal audit programme for 2021-22 and be responsible for leading and conducting audit assignments as per the annual internal audit programme, completing end-to-end auditing including pre-audit scoping meetings, development of risk-based scopes of review, audit fieldwork, closing meetings and delivery of internal audit reports.


  • 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.
  • Deliver quality audits and opinions in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that the implementation of Internal Audit recommendations is monitored and reported to the Executive Committee and the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.
  • Work effectively alongside and compliment the assurance functions in the first and second line of defense.
  • Promote and act as an ambassador for the internal audit function across TPR.

Essential and desirable criteria


  • Proven internal audit expertise / experience, ideally in the public sector.
  • Strong stakeholder engagement experience at all levels and ability to adapt to audience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of financial and operational risks and controls, ability to identify weaknesses therein and to develop practical and effective solutions.
  • Strong understanding and experience of internal auditing standards and techniques.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to translate technical complexity to a strategic/ Board-level audience.
  • Strong organisational skills; handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to develop and maintain peer relationships, possess strong interpersonal skills.
  • Professional qualifications (IIA/CCAB, ACA/ACCA, CIA or equivalent).


  • Understanding and experience of 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.
  • Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or related field.

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Negotiating skills.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Personable and a team player.

Salary and benefits

As well as a salary between £46,093 and £61,187 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

Please send your CV and a written statement to quoting ref 60770. The statement should be no longer than 500 words, describe why you would be a suitable candidate and how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria.

We are an inclusive employer and offer 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.

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

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