Financial Management/ Internal Audit Associate
£23 - £31k, with progression linked to exam and work performance
Number of vacancies:
One - three across both streams
Application closing date:
- Assessment Centre – 16 August 2019
- Final interviews – 20/ 21 August 2019
About the organisation
Cambridgeshire County Council provides a wide range of services to the people of Cambridgeshire - from libraries to residential and nursing homes, fostering services for Looked after Children to pot-holes repairs to roads. It is this wide range of services which makes working for Cambridgeshire so interesting and challenging, with the Professional Finance team providing support to all services across the council.
Cambridgeshire is one of the fastest growing counties in the country, with numerous exciting new developments that offer both challenges and opportunities to the council and its partner organisations across the region. It is also an incredibly varied county, encompassing remote and traditional agricultural areas and 'Silicon Fen' around Cambridge.
In 2020/21 the council’s civic hub will be transferring to a new, purpose-built office in Alconbury Weald.
The financial management graduate programme at Cambridgeshire County Council has been running for over 30 years and an internal audit-specific stream was added to the programme in 2018. The scheme offers graduates an extraordinary opportunity for a rewarding career in public sector finance and gives you a wide range of experience and opportunities whilst you train to become a qualified accountant and allows you to influence key local government decisions that matter to communities. Trainees will study for the CIPFA Professional Qualification at the CIPFA Education Training Centre in London.
The scheme offers great progression and there are employees at various levels of CCC and partner organisations in the region who have passed through the scheme.
Successful applicants will enter either the Financial Management stream, based in Cambridgeshire, or the Internal Audit stream, which has jobs available in Cambridgeshire and Rutland.
Financial Management stream
Over the course of the scheme, you will undertake placements in service finance, corporate finance and internal audit, on a 12-month rotation cycle. Each placement will provide you with a varied mix of day-to-day work and key projects, supporting the needs of your CIPFA studies and your development as a public sector finance professional. Opportunities include:
- supporting a selection of budget managers, providing professional financial advice to maximise their service delivery
- supporting services through budget setting and monitoring, and advising on resource allocation and savings proposals
- gaining a knowledge of technical accounting and working across Public Sector organisations
- developing, completing and reporting on your own Internal Audit assignments to analyse and improve the Council’s control environment.
Internal Audit stream
Trainees will remain based in the audit team, supporting the service in providing independent assurance on the effectiveness of the organisation’s risk management, governance and internal control processes. You will work closely with management to recommend and agree improvements to systems based on your own work, which will include a wide range of assignments across financial audit, contract audit, project management, IT audit and work in social care and fraud investigations. You will also have opportunities to specialise and to work outside of your primary client base, expanding your skillset by undertaking audit work across our audit clients including schools as well as county, district and city councils.
Minimum entry requirements
- 2:1 undergraduate degree in any discipline
- 3 Bs (300 UCAS points) at A-Level (or equivalent qualification)
- A* - C in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE (or equivalent qualification).
We will also consider offers from those able to demonstrate academic ability up to the standard of a 2:1 undergraduate degree.
Assessment Centre – 16 August 2019
Final interviews – 20/ 21 August 2019
How to apply
Apply online on the PublicSectorJobsEast website.
Contact Rebecca Bartrum for more information.