Your new role
The Group Internal Auditor plays an integral role in ensuring the quality of internal controls and key regulatory processes across the Group. Working either on your own or alongside the Group Internal Audit Manager, and the Group Internal Audit Senior, the role is highly visible to Senior Management across the Group businesses and interfaces with Sales, Purchasing, Finance, Operations, IT and External Audit.
The Group Audit & Risk Department is responsible for carrying out a program of annual audits across the Group, focusing on internal controls, management accounts and select operational processes, with the objective of ensuring effective risk mitigation and optimisation of key business processes.
The role is varied and will work across all brands within the Group (DFS, Sofology, and Dwell, and will include audits linked to the Company Risk Register and key regulatory work.)
The role works with risk owners and managers of varying levels across all business units including the Senior Leadership teams and the Executive Board members.
What you'll be doing
a) Work closely with the Group Audit Manager and Audit Senior to execute the Group Annual Audit plan management strategy
b) Experience working in a fast-moving environment with complex risks and controls, ideally, but not necessarily within the Retail sector
c) Ensure Auditees are actively involved in identifying, assessing and controlling risks
d) The planning, execution and communication of risk-based audit reviews of financial, operational, commercial compliance and reputational risk
e) A good understanding of risks and controls and an ability to apply this to your audit work
f) Lead on audits linked to the Company Risk Register and key Regulatory work
g) Attend seminars including IIA provided ones to ensure knowledge is kept up to date and relevant
h) Agree findings from reports with local management along with actions to address weaknesses identified
i) Monitor completion of agreed actions and report the status of audit recommendations/actions to Senior Management team
j) Assist, where appropriate, in special investigations or projects(off plan) undertaken by the department
k) To undertake appropriate training courses that may, include professional qualifications where appropriate and applicable
l) Complete audit opening and closing meetings to discuss the audit process, expectations and findings with the auditees and the executive owners of the audit
m) Maintain a high level of industry knowledge and awareness through external benchmarking, networking and horizon scanning
n) Develop and maintain a high level of expertise and share this with colleagues and other Group functions where appropriate
o) Delivery of planned and ad-hoc audit work, highlighting risk areas through documented audit reports, and providing reasonable assurance to the business that the controls and processes in place are adequate and are effective.
p) Audits will be completed whilst acting independently and objectively to the required completion / outcome of the audit and the annual plan
The successful candidate will be required as part of the role, to travel and visit various locations nationwide including the support centres (Doncaster and Golborne) and the ability to travel is therefore a requirement of the job. In addition when required there will be a requirement for the candidate to stay away in hotels, all expenses paid to enable completion of the audit plan.
Must be able to act on own initiative, operate and work collaboratively with key stakeholders including Senior Management.
Logical/detailed approach required with an ability to see tasks through to a conclusion and work to targets/measures.
Excellent interpersonal & communication skills, including good presentation & report writing skills.
G-Suite knowledge desirable
Strong ethical standards and high levels of integrity
Meticulous attention to detail, diligent and thorough
Relevant qualifications would be an advantage
The successful candidate will be part of a friendly and dynamic Audit 7 Risk team. The role is varied and gives you the ability to make a difference to the Groups success.
In return they will receive:
23 days holiday a year plus bank holidays
Group Colleague discount
An Employee Assistance Programme
Company Car & Business paid fuel
A little about sofology
The DFS group..
We opened our first store in 1969, we`re still hand-crafting our products here in the UK - and we`re still just as committed to our people, as well as the customers who are at the heart of our business.
We`re all about great people working together. People who are well-trained to provide the best customer service - delivering a retail experience built on inspirational designs that now include exclusive ranges such as Country Living, House Beautiful and French Connection.
Location: Based in Scotland, with National travel. Some travel to Group Support Centres, Doncaster or Sofology Support Centre, Golborne, Warrington.