Principal Internal Auditor – IT & Change

Kind Consultancy is working with a fast-growing challenger bank which is currently seeking a Principal Internal Auditor to join their West Midlands offices in a position focussing on IT and Change. This is a permanent, full-time position with a hybrid work model paying up to £70,000.

As part of the Internal Audit team, key responsibilities of the Principal Internal Auditor will include:

  • Leading IT and audits relating to Identity Access Management, Infrastructure, Disaster Recovery and other relevant areas across the Bank to ensure the business adheres to security policies, frameworks, and relevant regulations.
  • Carrying out IT audit work across all business areas to assess information security risk exposure.
  • Assisting the Audit Manager in identifying and prioritising significant risk areas in the organisation’s first line business activities, and second line risk management and regulatory framework as part of the preparation for the audit plan coverage.
  • Responsible for delivery of own audits within agreed timescales
  • Providing mentoring to team colleagues, sharing knowledge and offering guidance, direction, and assistance as required
  • Holding meetings with auditees ahead of reviews to discuss and agree the internal audit approach and scope
  • Reviewing working practices and procedures with relevant members of staff and management
  • Identifying current and potential risks and assessing controls against those risks for each audit area
  • Originating, developing and conducting audit tests, discussing audit findings with local and senior management; completing peer reviews of audit files as directed by the Audit Manager
  • Issuing and discussing audit findings with the Audit Manager & IA Director before discussion with senior management to agree factual accuracy and recommendations/actions
  • Following up to evidence that actions agreed in Internal Audit reports have been implemented, or to assess progress made towards achieving the action agreed to date

Our ideal candidate for the Principal Internal Auditor – IT & Change role:

  • Holds a relevant degree e.g., Computing, Mathematics, Engineering or Computer Science
  • Has previous Internal Audit experience
  • Holding an IT qualification such as PRINCE2 or ISACA would be desirable
  • Displays good knowledge and understanding of IT landscapes, systems, environments that may be supplemented through awareness of ISO standards, ITIL framework, NIST, COBIT, ITGCs
  • Demonstrates awareness and understanding of the UK Financial Services regulatory environment
  • Is able to identify and assess risks and challenge processes and procedures in a constructive and effective manner and offer recommendations to negate/minimise the risks
  • Ability to analyse and critically evaluate data
  • Demonstrate effective challenging, listening, fact finding and recording skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively and confidently both in writing and verbally at all levels, challenging management, exercising diplomacy when appropriate
  • Produce factually accurate draft audit reports
  • Determine resources, and plan work logically to complete a task effectively
  • Use interactive skills to have an impact and be effective at meetings
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with business areas
  • Demonstrate a pro-active, self-motivated, and professional approach with a commitment to learn new skills and grasp concepts quickly, such as the ability to learn and interpret appropriate practices, policies, and regulatory requirements
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Observe confidentiality at all times
  • Working knowledge and ability to navigate Paragon’s operational systems and databases and competent with Microsoft Office applications
  • Maintain essential records and report on the progress of projects effectively
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Paragon’s businesses and third-party service contracts
  • Working knowledge of the appropriate regulation in relation to Paragon’s businesses
  • Demonstrate awareness of emerging issues in the financial services sector and relevant legislation/regulation
  • Demonstrate the ability to mentor colleagues, sharing knowledge and experience, coaching less experienced auditors demonstrate

Project Manager

Kind Consultancy is working with a well-established Retail Financial Services organisation which is currently seeking a Project Manager to join them in a full-time, permanent role with a hybrid work model based in their office in the Birmingham area.

The Project Manager will take on responsibility for a projects within the business, ensuring each project is delivered on time and within budget, with key activities including:

  • Defining project scope and objectives including success criteria
  • Predicting resources needed to reach objectives, efficiently and effectively managing those resources
  • Defining clear and sufficient budgets that contribute to ROI and achieve project goals, ensuring that there is sufficient tracking against agreed budgets
  • Ensuring compliance with the business’s internal policies such as General Data Protection, Procurement, Third Party and Outsourcing and Project Governance.
  • Developing and managing a detailed project schedule and work plan for each project
  • Utilising effective communication strategies to ensure all stakeholders are updated on project progress in line with change framework and project governance policy.

For the Project Manager position, we’re looking for candidates who:

  • Have substantial experience in managing projects and/or change initiatives
  • Have a track record of successfully managing several projects parallel
  • Have a proven ability to solve problems creatively
  • Have very strong communication skills in writing and speech and are able to quickly build strong working relationships

If you’re interested in the Project Manager position and you have the skills and experience we’re looking for, please apply with an updated CV today.

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