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Senior Analyst/Audit Principal

National Audit Office
London (Greater) (GB) Newcastle
Closing date
21 Feb 2023

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Contract type: Permanent
Location: London or Newcastle offices (hybrid working)
Salary: Senior Analyst: £45,390 - £57, 582 (London), £39,400 - £51,582 (Newcastle)
Value for money audit principal (Performance auditor): £54,735 - £65,146 (London), £44,367 - £59,088 (Newcastle)
Full time/Part time: We strongly encourage individuals wishing to work with us on a part-time basis to apply and take advantage of our flexible working arrangements
Nationality Requirements:
• UK nationals
• Nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
• Nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme
We are recruiting for a VFM audit principal (VFM AP) or senior analyst (SAN) to join our Major Projects Delivery insights team. We want our work to have greater impact and make a bigger difference to the outcomes and value for money that government achieves on the issues of greatest importance to the UK, both now and in the longer term. We want to provide more accessible independent insight and make it easier for others to understand and apply the lessons from our work.

Our six insights teams have been established to help us make the most of the knowledge we create through our audit work to help deliver even more impact and influence over the way public services are delivered.

Job description

Main responsibilities 

As a core member of the Major Projects Delivery insights team, you will strengthen our expertise in major projects and make more out of our knowledge and insights to deliver on the NAO’s strategic priorities.  

You will: 

Develop and use knowledge 

  • Identify and develop knowledge and insights outputs on the issues affecting major projects. 
  • Provide advice and support to teams from across the NAO, using your knowledge of major projects, our back catalogue and frameworks/toolkits.    Work directly on audits, providing your expert opinion to teams across the NAO.   Research and interpret what emerging issues in the major projects world could mean for us and consider how we might need to respond.  Contribute to or produce internal communications, such as our major projects newsletter, internal seminars and internal social media posts. 

External influencing & engagement 

  • Build networks, engage with audited bodies and stakeholders, including attending and contributing to speaking events, to secure greater impact for our work.   Identify opportunities for external influencing, and coordinate our approach within the team to maximise its effectiveness  

Develop capability in the NAO 

  • Develop your own skills and expertise in major projects.  Support and develop colleagues to build their knowledge and ability to audit major projects. 

Contribute to the smooth running of the hub 

  • Undertake tasks necessary for the team to function, for example updating our records. 

The people we are looking for:

We are looking for candidates who: 

  • Have a strong understanding of how major projects work, and how to evaluate and audit them, gained from working on, evaluating or auditing a variety of major projects.  Are able to multi-task, innovate and think creatively about how to share our insights and reach our audience.  Can provide support and constructive challenge to audit teams on a wide range of major projects at various stages. 

Candidates will be assessed against the role behaviours and expectations.

Applicants with a disability should let their Group HR Business Partner and Michelle Thomson know if they wish their application to be considered under the Disability Scheme scheme. Under this scheme we guarantee an interview to an applicant with a disability who meets the minimum requirements for the role. You should also let HR know if you wish us to take into account any Reasonable Adjustments at any stage of the process, including the assessment and interview. 

Applicants will not be discriminated against on the grounds of any protected characteristic or any other extraneous factor. We particularly welcome applications from groups that are under-represented at senior grades, including women and colleagues from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. 

We are open to consider candidates who wish to fill the post on a part-time basis or as a job share. Part-time candidates should indicate their proposed availability, and any flexibility they would either want to have or be able to offer. The post can be based in either our London or Newcastle office. 

Applications are welcome from colleagues who are currently on maternity leave or who are soon to be on maternity leave, and from colleagues who are on other forms of family support leave. 

Candidates on career break or secondment are eligible to apply subject to being able to return to the Office in a timeframe consistent with filling the role. 





The National Audit Office (NAO) is the UK’s independent public spending watchdog.

We support Parliament in holding government to account and we help improve public services through our high-quality audits.

We are independent of government and the civil service. The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), Gareth Davies, leads the NAO. He is an officer of the House of Commons with statutory authority to:

  • audit and report on the financial accounts of all government departments and other public bodies
  • examine and report on the value for money of how public money has been spent. ​

The Public Accounts Commission (TPAC), a parliamentary committee of MPs, oversees our work.

Read more about the governance of the NAO.

We have an ambitious five-year strategy from 2020 to 2025. Its aim is to improve our support to Parliament in examining public sector performance, provide more practical recommendations that lead to better outcomes, and share more of our independent insight. Read more about our recent impacts in our Annual Report and Accounts 2022-23.

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