Director of Audit Services

Audit Scotland

Base location - Edinburgh or Glasgow offices (supportive of hybrid and flexible working patterns)

  • Location

    Base location - Edinburgh or Glasgow offices (supportive of hybrid and flexible working patterns)

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    Pay band: £107,445 - £133,989 (Salary on appointment is open to negotiation dependent on experience) + comprehensive benefits package.

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  • Expiry date

    11 March 2022

  • Client

    Audit Scotland

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We deliver independent and robust audit of Scotland’s public sector, working on behalf of the Auditor General and the Accounts Commission. We employ more than 320 talented professionals who know that their work helps ensure the efficient delivery of public services in Scotland. We believe that public money (around £57 billion a year) should be spent wisely.

There has never been a more important or interesting time to join us. Scotland’s public bodies face their biggest challenges since devolution, with existing issues of inequalities, funding pressures and increased demand on services exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the need to address climate change has become more urgent.

To meet these challenges and to ensure we can do the job Scotland will need from us, we are changing and growing, and this includes building our leadership capacity. We are now looking for outstanding people to join us in four Executive Director roles to help us achieve our objectives of delivering world-class public audit and being a world-class organisation.

As Executive Director of Audit Services, you will be the most senior qualified accountancy and audit professional for public sector audit across Scotland. Through leadership of our in-house audit teams, you’ll operate at considerable scale, responsible for all annual audit activity in this highly visible role. You’ll be required to develop strong working relationships with colleagues internally, and at the most senior levels across Scottish Parliament and the wider public sector. Your directorate’s activity will consequently be highly influential, making a lasting difference to the use of public money.

Continuous improvement and innovation will be key themes that permeate the entire organisation as together we strive to deliver consistently outstanding work. At the same time, we will also protect what we do well, remain true to our values and be a role model for the profession.

We’re looking for a leader with experience of leading, managing and improving the performance and service capability of a sizeable audit function. Strategic and future focused, you will ideally have worked in or with the public sector previously and will consequently understand the political context in which we operate and the need to support democratic scrutiny. In addition to strong stakeholder management and communication credentials, you’ll be an outstanding leader of people and strategic partners, able to set the scene for exceptional business performance through the creation of conditions in which our people will thrive, and in doing so, work together to deliver on priorities.

Success in this role is fundamental to the success of our organisation and the fulfilment of our mandate. There’s plenty of change ahead, and the need for robust public audit that provides assurance and helps public services improve is more vital than ever. If this sounds like the right place for you to be, we look forward to hearing from you.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
Friday 11 March 2022 - 17:00hrs

Preliminary Interviews
Friday 25 March 2022 to Thursday 31 March 2022

Informal conversations and assessments
20 April 2022 to 25 April 2022

Final Panel Interviews
4 May 2022

How to Apply

Please ensure that you provide the following information:

  • A CV setting out your career history, highlighting your key responsibilities and achievements in your current and previous roles. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps, especially within the past two years.
  • A supporting statement (of not more than three pages) detailing how you can address the Essential and Desirable criteria in the Person Specification and how your behaviours align with those of Audit Scotland.
  • Daytime, evening and/or mobile telephone numbers as well as your personal email address (to be used with discretion).
  • Contact details for two referees. Referees should be people who can comment authoritatively on you as a person and as an employee and must include your current or most recent employer or his/her authorised representative. Confidential references are taken up on candidates shortlisted for formal interviews. However, we will refer back to you for confirmation that referees may be approached before any contact is made with them.
  • A completed diversity monitoring form (this will appear as an online questionnaire as part of the application process).


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