Internal Audit and Counter Fraud

Playing a pivotal role, contributing to organisational integrity, financial accountability, and the prevention of fraudulent activities.

The council’s Internal Audit and Counter Fraud Service acts as a watchdog, ensuring that public resources are utilised efficiently and transparently.

The Internal Audit team is responsible for evaluating the council’s internal controls, risk management processes, and governance structures. It conducts independent assessments to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, and organisational policies. Through meticulous reviews of financial transactions, operational procedures, and management practices, internal auditors identify areas for improvement and help strengthen internal processes.

On the other hand, the Counter Fraud team focuses specifically on detecting and preventing fraudulent activities both internal and external to the council. This includes investigating irregularities, corruption, and financial mismanagement. Counter-fraud professionals employ various techniques, such as data analysis, forensic accounting, and interviews, to uncover instances of fraud and safeguard public funds.

For aspiring candidates, a career in our Internal Audit and Counter Fraud service offers a dynamic and challenging environment. A strong educational background in accounting, finance, or a related field is often a prerequisite. Successful candidates possess analytical skills, attention to detail, and a commitment to upholding ethical standards.

Career pathways typically begin with entry-level positions, such as Internal Auditor or Fraud Officer, where individuals gain practical experience and exposure to diverse aspects of the field. As professionals progress, they may take on roles with increased responsibilities, such as Senior Auditor or Senior Counter Fraud Officer. With significant experience, some may advance to managerial or leadership positions, overseeing the entire Internal Audit or Counter Fraud teams, or the overall combined service.

Professional certifications, such as Certified Internal Auditor or Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist, can enhance credibility and open doors for career advancement. We have career pathways for Trainee Internal Auditors and Trainee Counter Fraud Officers where a minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English and Mathematics and ideally a level 4 qualification is required to apply.

Continuous learning and staying abreast of industry developments are crucial for success in this dynamic field, where adaptability and a commitment to ethical practices are highly valued.