Internal Audit Apprentice

Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
£22,800 - £24,927 per annum
22 Sep 2020
13 Oct 2020
Contract Type

About Us:

The Council provides a wide range of services that support and benefit our residents. We are committed to Putting Communities First, showing Respect, Integrity and Working Together to help make every team’s work a success. We daily attract hundreds of visitors to our famous sights including our museums, Royal Albert Hall, Portobello Road and Kensington Palace.

We are passionate about delivering high quality public service to our residents including those who are most vulnerable. We aim for excellence in all our services to benefit the community we serve.

The Role:

As an Internal Audit Practitioner Apprentice you will ensure the timely and accurate delivery of internal audits in accordance with the Council’s Internal Audit Standards.  The Internal Audit Service is shared across three partner Councils, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster City Council, and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. 

The role provides the opportunity to gain wide-ranging experience in covering the full spectrum of system audits and reviews across all Council services.  The role may include involvement in project-based value for money, project reviews and other, specialist work.   The work will contribute to the completion of a comprehensive programme of audits providing coverage of the key risks and systems, to the required standard, using the agreed documentation and, at all times, complying with the Public Sector Internal Audit Standards.

You will spend 20% of your working hours gaining skills and knowledge to work towards the IIA Practitioner Level 4 apprenticeship standard.

For more information on the role, please see the Job Description

About You:

Candidates will have achieved a pass in English and Maths at Level 1 or above, GCSEs or equivalent. 

They will:

  • Be able to demonstrate our values and behaviours
  • Understand the need for a customer focus and how this is translated into practice
  • Be willing to learn and master any knowledge, skills or system required for your work
  • Build and maintain positive relationships within the team and across the organisation
  • Demonstrate ability to influence and challenge appropriately
  • Be able to obtain and analyse information, communicate well and present findings both in writing and orally to a variety of stakeholders
  • Be able to work productively independently and collaboratively with others in different kinds of teams
  • Maintain high professional standards of conduct and practice and remain objective
  • Be competent in the use of IT  

Role Requirements:

Managing, performing and controlling internal audit assignments and to assist senior officers with more complex work, in accordance with the requirements of the Internal Audit Manual:

  • Planning & Preparation: Understand the requirements of each assignment such as timing, location and work requirement.  Complete relevant background research, arrange necessary appointments with the client in advance and prepare Audit Briefs for assignments;
  • Fact-Finding: Interview operational and management staff at client sites to enable systems and controls to be identified, documented and evaluated;
  • Testing: Determine the testing strategy, including the direction of testing, sample sizes and detail required.  Undertake testing in line with the testing strategy and evaluate the significance of results, making recommendations for improvement where required;
  • Debriefing: Debrief the client on the findings of the audit, highlighting the risks and weaknesses and agree recommendations;
  • Reporting: Prepare and proof-read good quality, concise internal audit reports which can be supported by appropriate working papers;
  • Quality & Timeliness: Complete all work within agreed timescales and budgets and to the appropriate quality standard.  Ensure that any variations to the original budget are agreed with the Manager.

Further requirements:

  • Ensure that work is retained securely and in accordance with the procedures.
  • Assisting in the production of formal reports for Senior Management.
  • Participating in departmental working teams and other initiatives as directed.
  • To maintain an up to date knowledge of changes within the Councils and legislation affecting the Councils’ services.  

All staff are expected to carry out their job in compliance with the Council’s Constitution.  This means being familiar with the policies and procedures relevant to the job and asking for information and advice if you are unsure of the correct course of action.

We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.

We will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

Additional information

RBKC is currently inclusively reviewing its pay, reward and benefits framework.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.