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Title Senior Auditor
Ref HE/3188
Directorate Finance & Business Services
Location Bedford, Birmingham, Guildford, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol
Salary £40,188 - £44,208
Number of Positions 5
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 25 Jan 2017

About Us

Highways England is the new government owned company responsible for driving forward our motorways and major A roads. This includes; modernising and maintaining the highways, running the network and keeping traffic moving. Over recent years, investment in our highways has increased. This has led to advances in technology, such as smart motorways; enabling traffic to flow better. However, even more is yet to be done.

Certainty of funding and greater flexibility will enable us to become a better business. In our first 5 years alone, we’ll invest £11 billion in motorways and A roads – boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety. At the same time, we’ll improve how we work. That means we will be able to; plan roadworks better to minimise disruption; clear incidents more quickly; and save more than £1 billion by working more efficiently.

For further information on Highways England, please visit our website: 


Job Description

Highways England is recruiting 5 Senior Auditor roles based from any of the following Highways England offices; Bedford, Birmingham, Guildford, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol.  The roles will provide the Head of Audit and Assurance with the evidence to support the annual internal audit opinion on the adequacy and effectiveness of the company’s internal control, governance and risk arrangements. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Planning/scoping of individual assignments, delivery of the fieldwork and the reporting of findings and opinions that meet quality and professional standards
  • Delivering a portfolio of audit assignments on time and to the required quality standards
  • Providing independent, objective and practical support and advice to management / clients on risk management, internal control and governance arrangements on an ad hoc basis
  • Managing client relations and expectations with staff and managers at all levels
  • Leading small teams, when required, to deliver specific assignments or as part of the delivery of the portfolio, ensuring that professional auditing standards are adhered to and that outputs, primarily audit reports, are of high quality
  • Contributing to the development of A&A policies, practices and plans as well as the overall management of the division to ensure that the Corporate Assurance Division continues to produce high quality work that meets the needs of the Accounting Officer
  • Coaching and training team members, reviewing their audit working papers where necessary
  • Drive improvements in health and safety performance ensuring effective practice is promoted within the team and the wider customers.


  • CMIIA/CCAB accounting or equivalent professional qualifications (including civil engineering, contract management, procurement, etc.)
  • Experience of supporting the development of audit strategies and plans, and experience of leading and undertaking audits
  • Experience of grasping the realities and complexities of the business and understand the implications of applying specialist knowledge
  • Experience in assimilating and conveying sensitive, complex and challenging information to a variety of audiences including those at the highest levels
  • Demonstrate integrity in all aspects of your work
  • Knowledge of audit and risk management principles and methodologies
  • Experience in managing own workload, using own initiative, demonstrating strong planning and organisational skills
  • Excellent report writing skills

This role requires a willingness to travel (UK travel up to a week at a time).

Interviews will be held during week commencing 6 February 2017 at our Birmingham office. 

All applications must be accompanied with a current CV which will be used to assess your suitability for the role. Please ensure all the skills, experience and qualifications requested are clearly demonstrated in your CV as explained in the body of the advert.

Please note that Highways England reserve the right to close the advert before the advertised closing date should a sufficient response have been received. Therefore, please complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


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