Director, Internal Audit

HM Revenue and Customs

London, Newcastle, Nottingham or Manchester with some travel required

  • Location

    London, Newcastle, Nottingham or Manchester with some travel required

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    circa £120,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    12 January 2021

  • Client

    HM Revenue and Customs

Ref: GSe69252

HMRC is one of the largest government departments, with over 65,000 staff.  We collect in excess of £600 billion a year in revenue from over 50 million customers across the UK and almost every individual and business in the UK is a direct customer of HMRC. We are currently going through a major transformation programme, to redirect more of our people and resources to compliance activities, modernising systems and re-engineering processes to become more customer-oriented. We also aim to bring our staff together into 13 modern offices across the country, alongside a small number of specialist sites and an HQ.

You will lead HMRC’s internal audit function, providing insightful professional advice, adding value and improving operations right across HMRC. You will provide the Chief Executive with advice and opinions on the overall effectiveness of our governance, risk and assurance frameworks. You will be a champion of a robust internal control environment. As we undergo fundamental change in the way we conduct our business, with a greater focus on digitisation and ensuring the customer is at the heart of all our processes and operations, our audit operation will need to be at the centre of our business, making sure we take the opportunity to improve our controls.  

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for an outstanding individual to make a difference in one of the largest, most complex and diverse organisations in the UK.  You will be a senior leader from the public or private sector with a strong track record of working collaboratively to improve controls and manage risk in a large complex organisation.  Influencing stakeholders and partners, with the ability to lead a team through significant periods of transformational change will be key skills that you have developed and will combine well with your attention to detail.   

With a professional qualification in audit or accountancy, you will have a track record of operating successfully as an executive-level audit professional with a proven track record of delivering assurance across large and complex organisations, ensuring that finance and audit contribute to future business direction, strategy and vision. Your work will have a significant impact across the whole department, with the recommendations you produce helping to build the future of HMRC. 

HM Revenue and Customs is an equal opportunity employer.  We value diversity and want our workforce to reflect the communities that we serve.  We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

The Civil Service Commission provides assurance that selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition. 

Closing dateMonday 11 January 2021
Long listingw/c Monday 18 January 2021
Preliminary interviews with GatenbySandersonw/c 25 January and 1 February 2021
Short listingw/c 8 February 2021
Assessments and informal conversationsw/c 15 and 22 February 2021
Interviewsw/c 1 March 2021
How to Apply

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process by no later than 23.55 on 11th January 2021

You will be asked to submit the following:

  • A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.
  • A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with reference to the criteria in the person specification.

Also, only if applying under this scheme, a Disability Confident Scheme Form for disabled persons.

Failure to submit both documents (CV and Statement of Suitability) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. 

Please ensure that both documents contain your full name.

As part of the online application process, you will be asked a number of diversity-related questions. If you do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the particular characteristics, you will have the option to select 'prefer not to say'. The information you provide when submitting your application will help us monitor our progress towards the Civil Service becoming an inclusive employer. 2020 is the Civil Service Year of Inclusion. This is an opportunity for us to celebrate our achievements to date and think about how we want to continue to make the Civil Service a great place to work. See the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy or Equality and Diversity for more information.

Should you encounter any issues with your online application or are unable to apply online please contact

Whether you are internal or an external candidate, if you would like a confidential discussion about the role please contact Duncan Ewart (0113 205 6092), Julie Myers ( (07595 779915) or Michael Dobson (07891 142325).