IT Audit Specialist

London, United Kingdom
22 Nov 2022
22 Dec 2022
Job Function
Risk Management
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
What the Hiring Manager says

This is an opportunity to join a high performing, diverse and well-regarded Group Internal Audit (GIA) function where the Chief Internal Auditor and all staff are committed to working in an inclusive, innovative, and caring way that supports the continuous improvement of both the function and its personnel. In a recent independent External Quality Assessment in 2021, GIA was recognised as being a strong, well-respected, and valued function and benchmarked as a 'leading' function. In joining the function, you will have the opportunity to contribute to GIA's ongoing development and innovation as well as be supported in the development of your own career within Internal Audit.

Head of Audit

About the Role

Level: 4

Department: Internal Audit

Location: Southampton, United Kingdom or London, United Kingdom

Contract type: Fixed Term Contract

Contract Duration: 9 months

This role will contribute to the effective delivery of IT and business audits across Quilter's Internal Audit Plan, to help the Board, Executive Management and the Audit and Risk Committees of Quilter protect the assets, reputation, and sustainability of the organisation. The role does this by:
  • Assessing whethern all significant risks are identified and appropriately reported by Management and the Risk function to the Board, Executive Management and the Audit and Risk Committees of Quilter.
  • Assessing whether risks are adequately controlled; and
  • Finding ways to improve the effectiveness of governance, risk management and the system of internal controls.

The role will cover both IT and business audits, including dedicated IT audit reviews and integrated audits reviewing business-specific technology to provide a cohesive assessment of a business area and its supporting IT operations. IT audits will be executed with the aim of providing assurance on the risk and control environment for IT infrastructure, general controls, applications, information/ data security and third-party outsourcing.

As a GIA Audit Specialist, you will develop a thorough understanding of Quilter's business processes in scope for assigned audits. You will be responsible for working on multiple audit assignments, delivering to deadlines and budgets and in accordance with GIA methodology and agreed quality standards.

You will execute audits with involvement at all stages of the audit process including planning, fieldwork, and reporting. This will involve engaging with business unit process owners to understand processes and identify key risks, performing audit testing that is focused on key risks and makes use of techniques such as data analytics, demonstrating application of root cause analysis to drive value add audit findings which reflect the evolving risk and control environment and proposing clear, practical and value add actions to address control weaknesses identified. During the audit you will ensure key stakeholders are kept abreast of Internal Audit observations and continue to develop Internal Audit's relationship with stakeholders beyond the audit.

Additionally, you will manage and perform Issue Assurance activities on a quarterly basis and support continuous risk monitoring and annual audit planning activities within the team to influence the audit plan. This may include participation in regular stakeholder catch-up meetings, review of business MI/activity (financial results, incidents MI, complaints MI etc.).

You will also have the opportunity to contribute to department initiatives, including supporting in GIA's continuous improvement programme, considering innovative approaches including for example applying data analytics and agile auditing principles.

While GIA leverage digital tools to communicate with colleagues across our various office locations, there may be a small and limited amount of flexible travel required, depending on the audit engagement.

About You

Applications from people with diverse backgrounds enables our inclusive organisation to thrive. If you feel you don't match our job description exactly, why not take a chance on yourself and apply? You could be exactly what this role needs.

To succeed in this role, you will have experience performing a risk and controls focused role, e.g. Internal or External Audit, Risk or Compliance. You will have a good understanding of IT and business risk and controls in the Financial Services environment and knowledge of the Financial Services regulatory environment. Specifically, you will have an understanding of fundamental ITGCs including logical access, change management and IT operations at a minimum, as well as the ability to articulate audit issues in a business context. Ideally you will have a relevant specialised qualification, for example ACA, ACCA, CISA, IMC, CFA or other Internal Audit or Risk Management certification.

The following attributes will support applications; an understanding of third party management, business continuity practices, end user computing, information and cyber security and supporting processes; experience of auditing standard and emerging technologies such as client/ server applications, networking, IT security, IT disaster recovery, mobile computing and cloud; a basic understanding of key industry operating system and database software; and experience using data analytics in audit test programmes.

You will be comfortable questioning convention and staying curious, persevering to get the right outcomes whilst pragmatically balancing control environment and commerciality concerns, acting with objectivity and independence and demonstrating strong personal integrity. You will be able to effectively prioritise, listen to include new perspectives and be able to produce high quality outputs (for example audit workpapers, draft issues, summary reporting).

You will also be someone who acts as a role model for the Quilter values - Pioneering, Dependable and Stronger Together. Someone who works collaboratively, is committed to learning and personal development and embraces change and initiates new and better ways of working to deliver positive customer outcomes.

Our purpose is to help the generations today and tomorrow to prosper. That means we must guide people through the complexity of planning for their future, with the right financial advice and investment solutions, so that they can have more secure financial futures.

In this ever-changing world, we see that our role in society has never been more meaningful, and we are committed to using our expertise and care to guide our customers through these challenging and unprecedented times.

Our impressive talents and capabilities set us apart, but our unwavering commitment to our customers is what defines us. We truly believe that we have all the ingredients to be the very best in our industry, and we want great people with the care and creativity that we need, to help us get there.

We are passionate about building an inclusive culture where everyone's contribution is valued, and our people can thrive. No matter what your role is or where you sit, your voice will matter. We hope you like what you hear and are interested in learning more about joining us.

Core Benefits
  • Holiday: 26 days
  • Quilter Incentive Scheme: All employees are eligible to participate in our incentive scheme, based on the company's performance and their contribution to it
  • Pension Scheme: 10% non-contributory company pension scheme that can be boosted through personal contributions
  • Benefit Allowance: A cash benefit allowance is payable in lieu of some of our core benefits.

In addition to our core benefits we offer a range of flexible benefits that you can choose from and pay for conveniently via a salary deduction.