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Job Summary for Auditor

Directorate: Finance, ICT and Procurement, Audit Services, Council House, Dudley 
Salary: 14,787 - 20,235 (3/4/5) 
Job Summary: (37 hours weekly) - Required to undertake a range of audits under the overall direction of more senior staff. Ability to use a computer is essential and previous experience of internal audit and/or local government is desirable. A minimum of 5 GCSE’s Grade A to C (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics is essential, AAT or other relevant higher level qualifications would be an advantage.

Travel within and sometimes outside Dudley is necessary for this post, so the use of a vehicle would be desirable.

This post is subject to the C.R.B checking process. 
Closing Date: 16/10/2007 
Vacancy ID: n/a 
For an informal discussion please contact: Les Bradshaw on 01384 814853 or les.bradshaw@dudley.gov.uk 
Additional Information:  
Application Form: If you do not wish to apply online please use the below contact details to request an application form in the post.

Directorate of Finance, ICT & Procurement Corporate Finance Council House Dudley West Midlands DY1 1HF
01384 814804

Job Description for Auditor

Reports to: Head of Internal Audit; Audit Manager; Principal Auditor; Senior Auditor; Senior Audit Assistant 
Responsible for:  
Main Purpose: The postholder is a member of Audit Services responsible for undertaking identified audit assignments in order to verify the accuracy of accounts and supporting records, to detect malpractice and to report on internal control systems and provide assurance to the Council, for any section within the Authority. To provide a quality audit service to the various Directorates of the Authority in line with the CIPFA Code of Practice for Internal Audit and relevant Audit standards. 
Main Activities: KEY CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITIES
1. To actively promote the Equality and Diversity Policy and observe the standard of conduct which prevents discrimination taking place.
2. To ensure the Heath, Safety and welfare of employees and the public by complying with the appropriate Health and Safety policies, organisations and arrangements and by the employment of safe working practices and risk assessments and management.
3. To actively participate in the Council’s and Services Customer Care and Quality policies and procedures.
4. To work with colleagues to achieve service plan objectives/targets.
5. To participate in the Personal Development and Review (PRD) Scheme/Appraisals and contribute to the identification of your own and team development needs.
6. Ensure compliance in all respects with the Council’s Financial Code of Practice, Policy Statements and Regulations and all other Council rules of operation.
7. Comply with the provisions of all Data Protection and Computer Misuse legislation, the Council’s Computer Security Statement and have regard to Computer Software Copyright requirements.

MAIN DUTIES
In accordance with Professional Standards:
1. To assist or lead in a wide range of unique audits, in accordance with the audit plan which may involve any service area within the authority.
2. Schedule announced and unannounced site audits, in association with the Senior Auditor, Principal Auditor or Audit Manager in accordance with the annual audit plan. Where necessary update associated programmes and test requirements.
3. To carry out research necessary to determine the audit scope and programme for agreement with Audit Management and the Client.
4. To carry out pre-audit visits to determine the range of activities and scope of proposed audits.
5. To undertake and assist in established and specialist audits, as allocated by more senior staff from the Division’s annual audit plan. This may include the design of audit programs and testing procedures where necessary.
6. To work largely unsupervised in carrying out audit work, although in some cases to work under the overall direction of a more senior Auditor. Exercise time management to ensure plan allocations are met.
7. To travel to and work at the location of the audit wherever necessary within the Borough.
8. To document, analyse and evaluate effective controls within both computerised and manual systems.
9. To identify and advise on any problems encountered concerning the controls or interpretation and application of council policies and regulations.
10. To use initiative to ask further questions and probe when on site to obtain reasonable explanations and collect evidence to support findings.
11. To be able to communicate effectively with staff out on site to extract information in a polite, professional and diplomatic manner in order to obtain reasonable explanations in support of audit findings. This may involve dealing with individuals of a difficult or obstructive nature.
12. To deal with service area staff with delegated financial responsibility and a variety of professions and skills.
13. To carry out audit work, using audit software and computer aided audit techniques (CAATS) where required to identify random samples and cases for further investigation.
14. To identify risks and give advice on expected system controls including any new systems.
15. To meet with management at all levels to discuss work proposed, the results of audits and improvements proposed.
16. To write reports containing audit findings and recommendations for review and approval by a Senior Auditor / Principal Auditor / Audit Manager.
17. To write reports, which may make suggestions to service areas on how to improve their procedures in line with the regulations laid down by the Council, Government legislation and best practice.
18. To assist with fraud and other special investigations, under the overall direction of more senior staff.
19. To attend and make contributions at team and divisional groups to develop the profile of audit and contribute to any projects. Eg: production of the guide to the audit of schools; revising Financial Regulations, Quality Management, Investors in People etc.
20. To contribute to methods group meetings to improve the divisional systems and procedures.
21. To provide administrative support to ensure the smooth running of the Division.
22. To provide guidance and support to all Council personnel in relation to Council Regulations and best practice.
23. To assist auditees in the development of new systems and procedures.
24. To undertake any training required fulfilling the duties of the post.
25. To provide training for other members of staff, in the use of audit software, corporate systems and the theory and practice of audit techniques.
26. To develop the use of IT based products to support the work of audit, including:-
- Galileo
- IDEA
- Outlook/Word/Excel
27. Responsible for the use and security of IT equipment when out of the office environment in accordance with Council policy and the freedom of information act.
28. On occasions the post holder may be required to work outside normal office hours on work of an unconventional nature for example: Surveillance, attendance at Governors meetings and Council meetings.
29. At the discretion of the Head of Service, such other activities as may from time to time be agreed consistent with the nature of the job described above.

Appointment will be conditional upon a satisfactory clearance from the Criminal Records Bureau.

NOTE:
This job description is intended as a general guide to the duties attached to the post and is not an inflexible specification. It may therefore be altered from time to time to reflect the changing needs of the Council. Changes will only be made after consultation with the Post holder.
 
Special Conditions: n/a 
Car Allowance: CASUAL 

Person Specification for Auditor

Experience: Working within a team
Experienced in the use of Office packages in Word-processing and spreadsheets
Experience of working under pressure and to tight deadlines
Previous audit experience
Previous accountancy / financial experience
Previous local government audit experience
Experience of a customer focused environment
 
Qualifications or Training: 5 GCSE Grades A-C or equivalent including English and Mathematics
Practical experience within an auditing related field may be an alternative to formal qualifications
Degree level education
Qualifications to ‘A’ level or equivalent
Qualifications in either Auditing, Accountancy or Business Studies
 
Practical Skills: Must be able to communicate effectively
Use of initiative and an ability to understand instructions
Able to plan and organise tasks to work systematically
Ability to work with minimal supervision and organise own workload
Ability to document results and form conclusions and recommendations
Aptitude for continuous learning
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with people at all levels of the authority
Dedication to the provision of a high quality of service to customers
Ability to produce accurate work
A logical and imaginative approach to problem solving
Analytical and ability to think laterally
Ability to interpret various numerical or statistical data
Ability to produce clear, fluent and concise written work
Ability to train and mentor other staff
IT literate
Ability be able to quickly learn to use various computer systems across the Council
Good interpersonal skills
Desire to undertake professional studies
Ability to interpret legislation, policies and procedures
Ability to retain high volumes of information
 
Personal Qualities & Attributes: Professional approach to work
Reliable and flexible
Confident and approachable
Objective tactful and diplomatic
Must be mobile enough to visit areas around Borough
Ability to drive and have the use of own vehicle