Accounts Commission - Controller of Audit

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

    Permanent

  • Sector

    Regulation

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £98,446 - £130,284 (Salary on appointment is open to negotiation dependent on experience.) + comprehensive benefits package.

  • Job ref

    GSe86811

  • Expiry date

    03 June 2022

  • Client

    Audit Scotland

Ref: GSe86811

The Accounts Commission holds councils and other local government bodies in Scotland to account and helps them improve by reporting to the public on their performance. Operating impartially and independently of councils and the Scottish Government to deliver robust audit, the impact of our work has arguably never been more important as pressures around funding, deepening inequalities and increased demand on services - alongside the multiple impacts of Covid-19 and the urgent need to address climate change - have placed significant stress on councils. Councils are critical to Scotland’s recovery from the pandemic and so they need a strong relationship with their communities, working with them to design and provide good public services, improving the quality of life for individuals and communities.

Required by statute, the Controller of Audit is regarded by the Commission as the lead professional role in Scotland in reporting on the audit of local government. Committed to working with influence and impact, one of the most critical issues we look at relates to how well councils fulfil their statutory duty of Best Value. We also frequently work with the Auditor General for Scotland, who is responsible for auditing the Scottish public sector beyond local government, to publish joint reports on a national basis on matters affecting public services.

In this role, you will be accountable to the Commission for the quality of the Controller’s products and professional judgements. This will require you to work and collaborate with a range of partners, not least senior leaders and teams at Audit Scotland (which provides services to the Commission and the Auditor General), and audit firms who also carry out some of our audit work.

In your current capacity as an audit, finance or other senior leader performing a relevant role in, or with the public sector, you will bring strong organisational performance management and service improvement credentials to this role, along with an appreciation of how the sector works, the services it provides and the political environment in which it operates.

We’re looking for a strong relationship builder who will be credible in a range of contexts. Strategic working relationships with colleagues at Audit Scotland will be critical to delivering a work programme that delivers on all fronts, along with the relationships you form with senior stakeholders in Scottish local government and Scottish Parliament.

The success of this role is fundamental to the success of our organisation and the fulfilment of our purpose. The quality of the work you do and the judgements you make must be highly credible if they are to make a lasting difference to the use of public money.

If this sounds like the right role for you at an important time for the sector we serve, we look forward to hearing from you.

For an informal confidential discussion please contact Olivia Robinson on olivia.robinson@gatenbysanderson.com or 07964 826 291

Recruitment Timetable


Closing Date
Friday 3rd June 2022 - 17:00hrs


Preliminary Interviews
13th June to 20th June 2022


Informal conversations and assessments
4th July to 8th July 2022


Final Panel Interviews
18th July to 22nd July 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 the Accounts Commission and 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 online as part of the application process)