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External Audit Senior Manager

National Audit Office
London or Newcastle
Newcastle based: £66,667 to £75,641, London based: £74,000 to £84,000
Closing date
1 Jan 2024

Job Details

The National Audit Office (NAO) supports parliament to hold government to account and to improve public services. We focus on driving long-term sustainable improvement in public service delivery and work with government and our stakeholders to deliver better performance. In a nutshell, we help the nation spend wisely.

Senior Audit Managers play a vital role in making sure we deliver high quality external audit work to support effective accountability and scrutiny. Senior Audit Managers will manage engagement teams across a wide range of audits, covering complex financial reporting areas across our audited entities. Taking the lead for a large central government department or a range of public organisations operating in the same sector, the Senior Audit Managers will manage and motivate their financial audit teams to deliver audit work that is both high quality and delivers insight to help improve public services.

Our work auditing £1 trillion of public expenditure and income gives us great insight into how government manages its money. Our ambition is to make greater use of this insight to help improve the management of public finances and risks to delivering public services. Senior Audit Managers work with Directors to draw on the NAO’s knowledge hubs and centres of expertise to identify opportunities to add real value for the organisations in your portfolio.

Our values reflect who we are as the NAO and how we work together and with those outside the NAO to achieve our purpose and priorities. We're looking for people who believe in and exemplify our values to help the NAO be a great place to work. We act with courage and integrity – we’re honest, open and challenging of ourselves and others to achieve better outcomes. We are inclusive and respectful, treating our people and stakeholders with courtesy and understanding. We are curious and seek to learn to help ourselves and government improve how they use public money. And we strive for excellence to achieve high quality work that makes a difference.

The people we are looking for:
We are looking for individuals who can hit the ground running as Senior Audit Managers. This means individuals should:
• Be operating at a Senior Audit Manager level or equivalent within an audit firm;
• Have experience of external audit

We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate expertise and significant experience of delivering external financial audit work in a regulated environment. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate their ability to build strong working relationships and influence positive change.


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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0207 798 7227
157 – 197 Buckingham Palace Road
United Kingdom

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