Senior Internal Audit Manager

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Date: 9 Jul 2024

Location: London, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: £65,000 up to £80,000 dependent upon experience

Contract Type: Permanent, Full-time

Security Level: SC


We are the UK's aviation and aerospace regulator and recognised as a world leader in its field. Our activities are diverse, enabling the aviation industry to meet the highest safety standards, and we pride ourselves on our ability to adapt to the constantly evolving aviation environment.


The Role


The successful candidate will work closely with the CAA’s Head of Internal Audit (Chief Audit Executive) to deliver forward-thinking, relevant, and impactful outcome-based assurance and advice that challenges the CAA appropriately, and helps the organisation move forward with confidence. While using their knowledge and insight to contribute significantly to the ongoing development of the function, the candidate will also be expected to enhance the profile of Internal Audit through stakeholder engagement and trusted relationship building up to Board level. The candidate will be required to assume the responsibility of Chief Audit Executive, stepping up to the Head of Internal Audit role to provide continuity, resilience, and succession, on an as-needed basis.


Core Accountabilities


      The SIAM/ Deputy Head of Internal Audit’s key accountabilities are to:


  • Deliver a portfolio of internal audits that are largely future-facing strategic design assessments, often at an early stage of development when thinking is still emerging, to provide timely objective assurance and advice on complex high-risk matters that have CAA-wide import.
  • Engage at Director and Executive Director level to influence and challenge decisions, strategies and direction that can impact the CAA as a whole, based on professional judgement and experience, often without recourse to a defined or recognised reference framework.
  • Enhance the profile of Internal Audit through senior stakeholder engagement and trusted relationship building up to Board level.
  • Outside the audit process, provide shrewd, pragmatic, advice, and challenge to senior management on a variety of CAA-wide governance, risk management, and internal control related topics.
  • Assume the responsibility of Chief Audit Executive, stepping up to the Head of Internal Audit role to provide continuity, resilience, and succession, on an as-needed basis.
  • Draft and review risk and control matrices, Terms of Reference, and Internal Audit reports to an excellent standard.
  • Support the continuous development of our agile audit methodology, standards, templates, and approach.
  • Contribute knowledge and insight to our risk-based forward planning process.
  • Contribute to and participate in the development and delivery of our Internal Audit vision, ‘to be’ operating model and change roadmap.
  • Contribute to and support the Head of Internal Audit in providing an overall opinion on the CAA’s governance, risk management, and internal control.
  • Liaise with and work effectively alongside our co-source partner internal auditors.
  • Coach and develop others to deliver impactful internal audits in line with our methodology, quality expectations and approach.


About You




  • A proven track record (8+ years) of delivering a portfolio of valued Internal Audit assurance and advice work at pace in complex, dynamic, and high-risk environments, including with respect to projects and programmes over an extended timeframe.
  • Extensive experience of building trusted senior C-level executive stakeholder relationships, influencing, and challenging effectively at that level.
  • A demonstrable ability to synthesise complex information, identify route causes, and pragmatically apply a risk/ control mindset to any area of activity, regardless of its technical nature.
  • Proven experience of applying a lean and agile audit approach that proactively identifies the optimal path to achieve the desired audit outcome.
  • Evident ability to courageously and respectfully deliver difficult messages that are in the organisation’s collective interests, using a style that effectively balances assertiveness and empathy.
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports that engage and communicate effectively with the reader.
  • Experience of the practical application of the Three Lines model, ideally in a variety of different sectors.
  • Experience of applying the mandatory elements of the International Professional Practices Framework of the Global Institute of Internal Auditors.
  • A recognised professional auditing qualification, for example CIA, CISA, ACA




  • Experience of auditing in the public sector, particularly in a regulator.
  • Experience of auditing in the transport or aviation sectors.


What Can We Offer You?


The opportunity to:


  • Become a pivotal member of a respected and valued Internal Audit team.
  • Use your creativity and drive to help deliver an innovative best-in-class Internal Audit provision, that continually improves.
  • Be coached and mentored by a Chief Audit Executive with a unique breadth of knowledge and experience, gained as a global advisor, practitioner, and assurance professional over more than 35 years.
  • Be your best – apply everything you’ve learned, and the insight you bring, to make a real difference in the real world by helping the CAA deliver with confidence on its mission to protect people and enable aerospace.  


Additional Information


For many appointments within the CAA, these roles require access to operationally sensitive infrastructure and/or Nationally Protected information. For these roles the post holders must undergo National Security Vetting and achieve the appropriate level of clearance.


To be vetted we will usually expect a reasonable period of residency in the UK so that meaningful checks can be undertaken. For this role this will need to be 5 years.


If you do not meet these requirements, we may not be able to accept your application.


For more information on CTC and SC clearance please visit - Vetting explained - GOV.UK (


The CAA values high ethical standards and personal integrity among employees. If invited for interview you will be asked to complete a declaration of interest.


Inclusive Recruitment


We are passionate about diversity and ensuring all are included at the CAA. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds. We use fair and inclusive selection approaches to hire the best person for the job based on merit alone.

As a member of the Disability Confident scheme, applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a role with us will be guaranteed an interview. We use fair and inclusive selection approaches to hire the best person for the job based on merit alone. If you require an adjustment for any reason, please let us know.

Working With Us  


We are on a journey towards being increasingly adaptable, where our colleagues collaborate as part of cross-functional teams. This approach ensures we never stop learning together. It also means that you may become involved in activities that take you out of your day-to-day role, providing you with opportunities to develop and grow your career with us.

We have embraced hybrid working and offer flexible working patterns, being open to having a conversation about what works for you. We know where and when we work is important in achieving a work-life balance.


We offer a range of excellent benefits such as flexible working arrangements, free onsite gym at Gatwick, discounted gym membership for London, 28 days annual leave, additional 5 days leave purchase scheme, a generous pension scheme and much more!

Our Values

Do The Right Thing, Never Stop Learning, Build Collaborative Relationships, Respect Everyone – For more information please Click Here

Closing Date: 23rd July 2024

Interview Date: w/c 5th August 2024


We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.


No recruitment agencies please.


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