Trainee Internal Auditor, HMRC, Nottingham

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At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues; an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.

We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us and we offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make a fulfilling career at HMRC accessible to you.

Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role.

It's an exciting time to join HMRC, an organisation that probably doesn’t work how you’d envision a government department would. We are one of the largest Government Departments and one of the UK’s biggest organisations. Almost every individual and business in the UK is a direct customer of HMRC.

Internal Audit is integral to our operation; working with every area of the Department providing assurance on governance, risk management and controls. As well as undertaking risk-based and compliance type audit work, we are actively brought in early to help the business design controls into new products and processes. HMRC is committed to becoming a ‘data driven organisation’ and undergoing the biggest digital transformation in government with some of the biggest and most exciting digital projects in Europe.

Job description

We are looking to recruit hardworking individuals who are keen to improve public services. We need people who can bring practicality, pragmatism and customer focus to the technical elements of the review process. You need to be a strong influencer, a good communicator and be able to move easily between great teammate and a great team leader as the situation requires. If you are ready for a change and have an appetite for the breadth of work this role offers, we can help you build an outstanding career in internal audit and wider HMRC/Government. This role will provide you with work that is meaningful, exciting and probably the most multifaceted in government. This is an opportunity that will no doubt stand out on any CV.

You will be supported by a team of outstandingly experienced and respected colleagues who will share their knowledge and promote your development. We will also value and learn from the experience you can bring to this organisation. We know flexibility and work-life balance is important, so we offer flexi-time to our people, along with the choice of working from home at least two days per week.

The trainee posts available can be based in any of the locations above. We also welcome applications from those with a background in operational IT as there may be the opportunity for one of the trainees to work on our IT audit team.

We are excited to be recruiting our next cohort of trainees. Being a trainee provides a wonderful opportunity for you to learn, while undertaking a role that provides real value to the whole of HMRC. Successful completion will enable you to become a Chartered Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors. This is an excellent foundation for a future career in Internal Audit. We require a commitment to follow and successfully complete a demanding but rewarding course of study, while also developing your skills in the workplace, putting studies into practice and proactively identifying opportunities for you to develop yourself professionally

As a trainee Internal Auditor, you will support audit management in delivering assurance, advice and opinion on the overall adequacy and efficiency to Chief Executives on their framework of governance, risk management and control. This is an opportunity to work within the professions and influence senior officials within HMRC.


Day to day work will involve research and fieldwork into specific business and project reviews with direct key customer engagement. As your knowledge and training progresses you will be encouraged to seek further responsibilities with more senior customer interaction and bring together findings to form the base for the reporting stage. Specifics include:

• Personal responsibility for developing and maintaining effective relationships with assignment customers.
• Work independently, or within a team, to successfully deliver internal audit assignments and advisory reviews.
• Managing own time and resource optimally.
• Proactively identifies, foresees and takes ownership of issues affecting delivery of their/ the wider team’s objectives and provides solutions and options ahead of deadlines.
• Being an effective team member, supporting the wider team delivery by working constructively and flexibly with colleagues to deliver appropriate objectives.
• Producing and delivering clear and accurate briefings, presentations and reports that meet the requirements of the customers.
• Looking to continuously improve your own development/ performance and that of the wider team, by providing constructive challenge/ participation in reviews, problem solve activities, team discussions.
• Responding positively to team and departmental changes.

Essential Criteria

Must hold one of the following:
• a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University or International equivalent or higher; or
• Possess five years of internal audit experience; or
• The ACCA qualification.

Desirable criteria

To realise your potential within Internal Audit, you will need to be self-motivated with a positive flexible approach and a willingness to contribute towards our excellent reputation for providing meaningful assurance and risk management services.

You will handle your own time and resource optimally and be an effective team member by working constructively and flexibly with colleagues.
• a strong analytical problem solver who provides solutions and works out what needs to be done and take pride in doing it to completion;
• an effective communicator both orally and verbally, supporting this with strong report writing skills, being able to communicate key messages clearly and succinctly to senior leaders;
• excellent interpersonal and influencing skills, being able to relate to people at all levels in an organisation and to build and maintain respect both professionally and personally;
• an independent problem solver who can challenge the status quo, express their views and make decisions;
• highly organised, with the ability to work on, and lead, multiple projects within timelines and with minimal direct supervision;
• a team player who can also exercise their initiative;
• adaptable to shifts in business focus and customer needs;
• able to demonstrate resilience and tact in the face of challenging circumstances.

Cia – iia uk

• Studying requires a time dedication of around 80 hours each for Parts 1 and 2, and around 100 hours for Part 3.
• Most students complete the CIA in 12 – 18 months. The CIA must be completed within 3 years of registering.

IA Training Scheme Guidance:

• CIA learning system (online, handled by IIA UK) is supplemented with courses run by IIA UK or a tuition provider e.g. BHBi. HMRC currently encourages trainees to attend BHBi courses.
• BHBi offer five courses covering the different elements of the CIA which vary from 2 – 4 days long. Normally these are held in Cardiff but at the moment they are offering virtual courses as well.
IIA UK offer Revision Masterclasses covering each CIA exam which are presented over four half-days.

Due to the commitment required for to study and need to evidence work experience as part of the qualification, applicants wishing to work part-time should discuss this and get agreement to their proposed working pattern before applying.

Once qualified, you will ensure personal continuing professional development (CPD) to maintain the professional CIIA standards.

Undertaking the professional audit qualification is a long-term dedication, so we are seeking candidates who are self-motivated with a positive flexible approach to both the study and work commitments. Trainees will only be released on level transfers in outstanding circumstances.


Candidates must hold one of the following:

• a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University or International equivalent or higher; or
• Possess five years of internal audit experience; or
• The ACCA qualification.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Making Effective Decisions
Seeing the Big Picture
Communicating and Influencing
Delivering at Pace


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

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