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Financial Management/Internal Audit Associate

Job details

Job title: Financial Management Graduate Trainee

Location: Cambridgeshire, Rutland

Salary: £23k - £31k, with progression linked to exam and work performance

Number of vacancies: Five to six vacancies across both streams

Application closing date: 31 January 2019

Starting date: Summer 2019

About the organisation

LGSS is one of the UK’s largest shared services ventures of its kind, jointly owned by Cambridgeshire County Council, Milton Keynes Council and Northamptonshire County Council. LGSS has a business ethos based on 'by the public sector, for the public sector' and operates on an open partnership with a joint risk/reward  business model, whereby all savings are shared between LGSS and its customers, operating on a ‘not for profit’ basis whereby all efficiency savings stay within the public sector. After nearly seven years in operation LGSS now has over 1,400 staff providing services to over 300 public sector customers in our region.

All partners are committed to providing high quality, cost effective public services that reflect the views and wishes of the public they serve.

Organisation culture/environment

Cambridgeshire County Council’s graduate programme has been running for over 30 years, whilst all LGSS councils have actively promoted an accelerated learning scheme, supporting existing employees to grow and develop. There are employees at various levels in the organisations who have passed through the scheme. As LGSS expands via its ambitious growth strategy, the opportunities available to, and the need to invest in, talented individuals with the potential to develop and achieve, will only increase.

Key responsibilities 

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 a three-year period, 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, three Bs (300 UCAS points) at A-Level (or equivalent qualification) and 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.

Interview/assessment dates

Assessment Centre – 18 February 2019.
Final interviews – early March 2019.

How to apply

Apply online on the PublicSectorJobsEast website.

Key contacts

Rebecca Bartram:

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