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Director – Data & Analytics Operations

Employer
National Audit Office
Location
London or Newcastle
Salary
up to £130,000 depending on skills and experience
Closing date
14 Mar 2024

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Job Details

We are pleased to announce an opportunity for a Director – Data & Analytics Operations (Director, D&A Ops).

This is an exciting opportunity to lead our growing Data & Analytics Operations Team focussed on:

• The use of Data Analytics to develop audit assurance and the supporting audit methodology development relating to the use of data analytics in our financial audit (FA) work
• Engaging with senior stakeholders both internally and at the organisations we audit.
• Being responsible for developing and implementing data and analytics (D&A) approaches in our FA work to enhance quality and efficiency drawing, where appropriate, on the wider work of the NAO to add value and make a difference.
• Internally, the Director – Data & Analytics Operations will lead our teams and people, collaborate and act as a role model for the behaviours and ways of working needed to support us becoming an exemplar organisation.

The Data & Analytics Operations (D&A Ops) team supports financial auditors with their use of Data & Analytics in their Financial audits. The D&A Ops team works closely with the following Digital Financial Audit teams:

• Audit Technology Services (ATS) – This team provides support to the users of the FA Service Lines range of technology tools (e.g., Audit Management Systems; Data sharing tools; Data & Analytics (D&A) tools; audit automation tools); and
• IT Audit – This team delivers IT Audit work and supports financial audit team in their testing of automated controls.
• Our analytics application developers in the NAO’s Analysis Hub

IT audit is a growing area of our work. In relation to the IT Audit aspects of the digital audit portfolio, the increased use of IT Audit and controls testing, within the NAO’s Financial Audit (FA) work, is a key workstream in the Audit Transformation Programme (ATP) as we seek to embed controls and IT Audit into a greater proportion of our audits.

As well as delivering the IT Audit and Controls aspects of the ATP the Director – Data Analytics Operations will be expected to assist with the development of our wider digital financial audit work by working closely with the Director – IT Audit. The Director – Data Analytics Operations will also work closely with our Audit Transformation Programme team who are lead our financial audit change programmes including the adoption of new technologies.

The person we are looking for:
The successful candidate will have significant experience of delivering data and analytics assurance as part of external audit work, and developing and enhancing methodology to incorporate the use of technology.

We are looking for candidates who can provide leadership and direction in the way we use D&A in our financial audit work and play a key leadership role in enhancing the quality and impact of our work across the NAO’s financial audit service line. The successful candidate will be able to credibly engage and build relationships with internal stakeholders (including the NAO’s Leadership Team and Directors, equivalent to engagement partners) and external stakeholders (including audited bodies, partner firms, audit technology providers and Parliament). The successful candidate will have the strategic vision to shape our D&A enabled audit approaches to respond to internal and external developments as part of our Audit Transformation Programme.

More generally, the successful candidate will play a key leadership role in achieving our strategic ambitions, including attracting and retaining high quality people; and holding ourselves to the high standards expected of public bodies when it comes to efficiency, value for money and long-term sustainability.

Essential skills and experiences:
• Senior level experience and deep expertise in delivering data and analytics work in support of delivery of financial audit work. Holding a relevant professional qualification (ACA, CISA, CIA) would be an advantage, but greater weight will be placed on experience delivering D&A related financial audit work than the holding of a professional qualification.
• Capable of applying their experience and expertise to a variety of Public Sector organisations.
• The current D&A Ops team use Caseware IDEA and Alteryx. We would expect the D&A Ops Director to have appropriate levels of experience of using these tools, or can be capable of achieving appropriate levels of competency in use of the tools, within the early months (say first 6 months) of their tenure. Other skills the team have are in SQL server; Data Bricks; and Microsoft Power BI and programming/scripting in SQL (key components for Data bricks development) and Python.
• Informed on current and emerging technology related risk areas such as: technology related fraud, Cloud computing, Online self-service, Shared Service Centres, IT development methodologies and Artificial Intelligence,
• Understanding of business process controls and Internal Control Frameworks (e.g., COSO)
• Skilled in report writing, including the specific requirements of Audit Committee papers.
• Possess well developed listening and questioning skills.
• Be self-starters, demonstrating drive and initiative.
• Has the technical knowledge, and commitment to understanding of the NAO’s financial audit methodology, to a sufficient level, to guide FA teams in the use of D&A techniques in their financial audits.
• Experience in the development and delivery of training courses on D&A matters for both financial auditors.
 

Company

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.

Company info
Telephone
0207 798 7227
Location
157 – 197 Buckingham Palace Road
London
London
SW1W 9SP
United Kingdom

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