Internal Auditor

Service Area:
Operations
Location:
Manchester
Salary Details:
Competitve
About The Role

The basic purpose of the job and its primary objectives:

Due to continued growth and development we have a fantastic opportunity to join our fast-paced, award-winning Law Firm.  Our Risk & Assurance Department manage current and emerging operational risks, constantly striving to stay one step ahead.  As a key part of this rapidly growing team you will utilise your Audit expertise to develop and embed a robust Internal Audit framework and conduct independent audits, monitoring and reporting upon compliance of internal HF policy, regulatory and best practice standards e.g. the SRA Code of Conduct, Lexcel, Key SLAs and client contract adherence and review files across the Firm.

You will work as part of the Internal Audit Team in the Risk & Assurance Department to identify and mitigate Firm Risk, develop and build impactful professional relationships with Partners and Management across the Firm, and develop robust KPI / reporting practices and standards to deliver key business information and recommendations for action to customers.

You will ideally have 3 years’ experience in a similar role within a Legal Services or Professional Services environment, with excellent knowledge of Legal Audit (Consulting or In-House) and strong project management skills.

Main responsibilities can include:

  • To develop and embed a robust Audit framework across the Firm, identifying and implementing improvements to policy and procedures
  • To conduct Firmwide and specialist practice audits in accordance with the annual Audit programme in line with best practice standards
  • To conduct extensive file reviews against internal, Client and Regulatory standards including engaging with stakeholders and follow-up remedial action (errors, omissions, etc.)
  • To provide a robust view of HF’s compliance with Regulatory, Client and In-House procedures and requirements.
  • To provide high quality reporting to the Head of Risk & Assurance, summarising audit findings, recommendations for action, and highlighting any trends or common themes
  • To support / facilitate the resolution of audit findings in partnership with stakeholders
  • To provide training on key audit practice to stakeholder groups, raising importance and awareness of the activity and associated impact
  • Act as a key point of risk escalation to the Head of Risk & Assurance

Key / Desirable skills:

  • Educated to degree level
  • Extensive experience of conducting internal audits (process, regulatory, standards, QA etc.) – IIA would be beneficial
  • Professionally qualified in either a Legal or Financial background
  • Previous audit experience working in either a Legal or Professional Services organisation
  • Previous experience of file audits covering any of: Fraud, Motor & Casualty, Credit Hire, Recoveries, Costs and Intel specialisms
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Excellent IT skills, including Microsoft Excel and Audit Software packages (MK Insights)
  • Ability to communicate effectively with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to prioritise multiple tasks
  • Excellent written skills
  • Experience of auditing ISO Management Systems, such as 9001, 27001 and 22301

Personal qualities/ other:

  • Self-motivated
  • Excellent relationship builder and communicator
  • Works under own initiative
  • Team worker
  • Confident and approachable manner
  • Professional and trustworthy with a high level of integrity