Principal Internal Auditor - Ref: R/A2

Grade K SP 1-4 £35,344 - £40,924 per annum This is a permanent, full time post Based in Leeds City Centre Closing date 16 October 2019

The Organisation

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and highly motivated Principal Internal Auditor to join the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The Combined Authority brings together district partners, the business community via Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and also takes in the former Passenger Transport Executive (branded Metro). Overall, the Combined Authority covers a population of around 2.5 million people and represents the largest economy outside London.

Our success is reliant on effective and efficient systems of governance, risk and control, and an internal audit service to match. 


The Role

As our Principal Internal Auditor you will be working with the Head of Internal Audit to help shape and develop assurance on the internal control, risk management and corporate governance arrangements to support the achievement of corporate objectives. You will manage a small team carrying out audit assignments across the range of Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) activities, producing high quality information and reports to a range of stakeholders that will help to drive higher standards of governance, transparency and accountability. You will also be a source of expert advice/consultancy on a wide range of internal control, corporate governance and risk management arrangements.


The Person

As the Principal Internal Auditor and working with the Head of Internal Audit, for whom you will be expected to deputise as required, you will apply your knowledge of the strategic drivers and risks of the organisation to help develop and deliver an annual audit plan, with a focus on providing both assurance and value for money work.  You will help to develop the internal audit function to enable it to provide objective, high quality assurance, advice and opinion that improves internal control, risk management, corporate governance and counter-fraud arrangements.   

You will report to the Head of Internal Audit and will also be accountable to the Governance and Audit Committee.  You will have strong analytical, evaluation and communication skills and be a qualified CCAB accountant or CMIIA with significant practical experience. Extensive understanding of Public Sector Internal Auditing Standards and their application is required.


Our offer

We offer an excellent benefits package including access to a generous employer-contribution, local government pension scheme and fully funded travel throughout West Yorkshire by bus and rail with the MCard.  We also offer an encouraging environment that will allow you to achieve your best work/life balance and career goals. 


The Combined Authority’s aim is to attract people from diverse backgrounds to build on our inclusive culture.  We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, race, gender, religion or beliefs, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation. 

Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, subject to the minimum criteria being met. 

We are committed to inclusivity and will consider requests for flexible working including part time and job share arrangements.

If you would like an informal conversation about the role please contact Bronwyn Baker, Head of Internal Audit on 01132517368.

For more information about the work of West Yorkshire Combined Authority please visit


Please submit your application by 11:55pm,16 October 2019

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 22 October 2019

Given the high volumes of applications we receive we are unable to respond to all applicants, therefore if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date please assume that on this occasion you have not been successful.

Candidate information will be retained by West Yorkshire Combined Authority for 6 months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.


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