Audit Supervisor

Franklin Street, Belfast
04 Jan 2019
01 Mar 2019
Job Role
Internal Auditor
Contract Type
Level of qualification

The Audit Supervisor is the Lead Auditor on Internal Audit assignments and is responsible for the effective delivery of high-quality audit assignments to fieldwork complete and draft report stage, within the required timescale. The post holder supervises and directs field auditors during each audit assignment.


Service Delivery

  • To be the Lead Auditor on: a broad range of risk-based audit assignments of a complex/ad-hoc and often non-financial nature; verifications of controls assurance standards; and a broad range of routine audit assignments.
  • Develops and leads the execution of risk-based audit programmes.
  • Obtains robust information and data from a range of client systems and through interviews with key client staff and perform detailed analysis of the data to inform judgements on adequacy of systems of internal control.
  • Drafts high quality, value adding audit reports for client senior management, Directors and Audit Committees that include an audit opinion and practicable recommendations to address all risk issues and control weaknesses identified during the assignment.
  • Takes extensive responsibility for the operational management of allocated audit plans in support of the Audit Manager.
  • Assists the Audit Manager in drafting audit assignment plans.
  • To direct, supervise and advise audit staff on a day-to-day basis, during each audit assignment.
  • Plans own workload, and that of subordinate audit staff during audit assignments, to ensure that assignments are satisfactorily completed. The post holder will be expected to lead a number of audit assignments concurrently and to ensure the most effective and efficient use of time and resources.
  • Conducts investigations and consultancy assignments, under the supervision of the Audit Manager.

Communications and Working Relationships

  • To liaise closely, building effective working relationships with client staff in all disciplines to facilitate and support the audit process. Communication is central to the job and is built upon the provision and receipt of routine, complex and sensitive information of a confidential nature. This requires tact and persuasion as well as a deep appreciation and understanding of complex client risks, systems and existing guidance. Discussions with senior and non-finance staff forms a substantial element of the job often concerning contentious and complicated risk, control and governance issues.
  • To work closely, building effective working relationships with Audit staff assisting on assignments. Effectively communicate expectations, direction and guidance to Audit staff.
  • Keep the Audit Manager appropriately briefed at all times to include significant issues on the work being undertaken and any performance problems.
  • Maintains confidentiality at all times.
  • Responds to a broad range of sensitive and complex queries from clients and staff.


  • Responsible as the Lead Auditor, for delivering audit assignment which comply with the Government Internal Audit Standards and documented internal quality standards.
  • Responsible as the Lead Auditor, for ensuring each audit assignment is risk based, good quality and delivered within required time budget.
  • Demonstrates and applies a knowledge of professional auditing and accounting standards and guidelines.
  • Reporting value-adding audit recommendations that will bring about permanent and robust change that improves operations to a diverse client base.
  • Maintain independence and objectivity while still fostering a working relationship with client staff.

Service Development

  • Implement and suggest changes to audit policies and procedures.
  • Contribute towards the development and promotion of the audit service through daily contact with client staff and other parties.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of the delivery of a customer focused service to clients.

People Management and Development

  • Day-to-day supervision of audit staff allocated to each audit assignment.
  • Providing on-the-job training to staff.
  • Coaching and development of junior staff.
  • Participate in the organisation’s Performance Review Scheme.
  • Maintain good staff relationships and morale amongst the staff reporting to him/her during audit assignments.
  • Participate as required in the selection and appointment of staff in accordance with procedures.


Employees of the BSO will be required to promote and support the mission and vision of the service for which they are responsible and:

  • At all times provide a caring service and to treat those with whom they come into contact in a courteous and respectful manner.
  • Demonstrate their commitment by the efficient completion of all tasks allocated to them.
  • Comply with the BSO’s No Smoking Policy.
  • Carry out their duties and responsibilities in compliance with health and safety policy and statutory regulations.
  • Adhere to equal opportunities policy throughout the course of their employment, as in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
  • Support the BSO in advancing its compliance with Risk Management Controls Assurance Standards and to contribute to improving governance across the organisation.
  • Ensure the on-going confidence of the public in service provision.
  • Support the BSO in complying with its obligations under Human Rights legislation.
  • Comply with the HPSS/HSC and relevant professional codes of conduct.

In BSO we value:

  • Respect for staff and customers
  • Accountability in how we deliver our services
  • Transparency, openness and trust
  • Partnership and collaboration with our stakeholders and customers
  • Professionalism and expertise


All employees of BSO are responsible to their Director for all records held, created or used as part of their business including corporate and administrative records whether paper-based or electronic and also including emails. All such records are public records and are accessible to the general public, with limited exceptions, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Environment Information Regulations 2004 and the Data Protection Act 1998. Employees are required to be conversant with the organisation’s policy and procedures on records management and to seek advice if in doubt.

This job description is subject to review in the light of changing circumstances and is not intended to be rigid and inflexible but should be regarded as providing guidelines within which the post holder works. Other duties of a similar nature and appropriate to the grade may be assigned from time to time.

Please note that the Business Services Organisation operates a “No Smoking” Policy and all employees MUST comply with this.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.