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Director – IT Audi

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

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We are pleased to announce an opportunity for a Director – IT Audit.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the National Audit Office to lead its growing IT Audit function (which is part of the National Audit Office’s (NAO) Digital Financial Audit (DFA) Team) focussed on: delivery of IT audit and assurance work; supporting audit methodology development relating to the use of IT Audit and controls (and related automation tools) within our financial audit work.

The Director – IT Audit provides strategic oversight of the delivery of high-quality external IT audit and related controls work to support effective accountability and scrutiny. Engaging with senior stakeholders, both internally and at the organisations we audit, this Director has responsibility for the direction of IT audit work, drawing on the wider work of the NAO to add value and make a difference. Internally, the Director – IT Audit will lead our IT Audit team 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 IT audit function within the DFA Team has a critical role in supporting the FA Service Line through the delivery of IT Audit work and support to financial audit teams in their testing of automated controls.

These functions are critical to enable the effective roll-out of the NAO’s Strategy and its ambition for a digitally enabled audit approach.

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 – IT Audit will be expected to assist with the development of our FA focussed Data & Analytics by working closely with the Director – Data & Analytics Operations (Director D&A Ops). The Director – IT Audit 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 IT audit and assurance as part of external audit work, and developing and enhancing the audit methodology to incorporate the use of technology.

We are looking for candidates who can provide leadership and direction to our IT 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 IT audit approach 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.

Skills Required

• Senior level experience and deep expertise in: accounting/audit; IT Audit and broader information technology matters; risk evaluation, project governance, information security and business process controls
• Capable of applying their experience and expertise to a variety of Public Sector organisations.
• Holding a relevant professional qualification (s) (e.g. CCAB, and CISA or CIA)
• 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 the NAO’s financial audit methodology, to:
- Guide FA teams in identifying IT related risks to their audit.
- Agree an appropriately detailed IT audit response to address the risks identified for relevant technology layers.
- Develop Operational strategies for the automated controls elements of financial audits.
• Experience in the development and delivery of training courses on automated controls courses to both financial auditors and automated controls specialists.
• Has experience of business process and related controls, including planning, delivering and reviewing a diverse range of assignments where audit teams seek to rely on controls. This experience to include where an organisation uses third party service organisations requiring controls assurance to be obtained via controls reports (i.e., SOC1/ISAE3402 reports)
• Reviewing IT General Controls including; access controls, change controls, relevant computer operation controls, new system implementation controls and related entity level controls.
• Our major clients use SAP and Oracle ERP systems, many Cloud based running on Active Directory and Unix operating systems. So the Director – IT Audit will be expected to have appropriate levels of hands on experience of undertaking IT Audit work on: Oracle EBS / Oracle Fusion; SAP ECC / SAP S/4 Hana; Unix systems together with knowledge of auditing Active Directory and cloud-based systems


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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