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Head of Internal Audit (Sizewell C)

EDF Energy
London, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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Job Role
Internal Auditor
Contract Type
Full Time
Sizewell C. The power of good for Britain.

London or Suffolk (hybrid working arrangements).
Employment type: Permanent full-time/ part-time.
Employment basis: The role is expected to be a full- time position however we are open to discussing a more flexible or part- time approach where possible.

Competitive dependent on experience, plus bonus and other benefits.
Closing date: Friday 23rd February.
The Opportunity
Are you looking for a career which is rewarding, at the cutting edge of project development and where you can really make a difference? Come and join our expanding Sizewell C (SZC) team and work on one of the most exciting and largest megaprojects in the UK, whilst being at the forefront of the UK’s climate change agenda and energy policy. Following on from the success of Hinkley Point C (HPC), the SZC Project is a nuclear new build project in Suffolk, which has obtained planning approval and Government financing support. The project is now seeking private investment with a view to start construction in 2024. When completed, it will provide dependable electricity to 6 million homes for 60 years, which along with renewables, will support Britain to achieve Net Zero by 2050.
We now have a fantastic opportunity for a Head of Internal Audit to join SZC, responsible for delivering a quality internal audit service and setting the strategy for assurance and auditing activities within the business.
Our teams are set up to work flexibly and we provide a full suite of IT equipment to ensure that our employees can work from home comfortably and effectively, so long as you’re able to travel to the office to collaborate with your team and stakeholders when required.
The Role
You’ll lead and direct the internal audit service so that it meets the needs of the organisation and external stakeholders and fulfils professional standards (including the 2024 Global Internal Audit Standards and other relevant professional standards).
Working with the Head of Independent Nuclear Assurance, you’ll set the strategy for integrated assurance and auditing activities across the business in accordance with the business vision, risk assessment and three lines of defence model, and coordinate delivery of the Integrated Assurance & Audit Plan.
Deliver an independent and quality internal audit service to the Executive and Audit & Risk Committee (ARC) so that regular and fully supported audit opinion on the effectiveness of governance, risk management and internal controls is provided. This involves working with the Head of INA to develop and deliver an audit programme to relevant cost, quality and time as well as the delivery of summary reports to the ARC.
Recommend investigations as well as audits in relation with risk assessment and mitigation plans, cost control and efficiency plan, financial compliance, adherence to contractual frameworks with and from suppliers, fraud tracking and whistle blowing initiatives within the scope defined by the Audit & Risk Committee.
Plan and manage audits (Programme or Function themed audits) in coordination with the Head of INA and other Assurance & Enabling Functions, maintaining an oversight over control effectiveness through appropriate committee attendance and recommending solutions to findings to the relevant stakeholders.
Manage interfaces with external auditors, other external assurance providers and relevant regulators, as required, with the exception of the ONR and Environmental Agency, maintaining appropriate awareness of key issues.
Plan and execute efficient resourcing on audits and internal controls to ensure optimum utilisation of resources and co-ordination with other assurance providers, with the Assurance & Enabling functions and assurance or audit review from external stakeholders.
Contribute to the company annual statement in producing an annual internal audit opinion reviewed by the ARC.
The Skills
You’ll have:
• A bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or a related field and a professional certification from an appropriate professional body (likely CIA or CMIIA).
• Proven experience (minimum ten years) in internal audit leadership roles, preferably in a complex organisational setting.
• A strong understanding of risk management, internal controls, and governance principles.
• Proven experience of implementing and leading the delivery of integrated / aligned assurance programmes.
• Experience of delivering audit activity for a significant construction programme.
• Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
• The ability to think strategically, analyse complex issues and provide practical solutions.
• A track record of building and leading high-performing internal audit teams.
Ideally, you’ll have an in depth understanding of business risks associated with market financed nuclear project and mitigating approaches and techniques, and a good knowledge of electricity and gas market and financial markets regulation, and experience in Regulated Asset Base.
If the above sounds like you, then we’d love to hear from you!
A full job description is available on application.
Power in Diversity
Sizewell C is a great place to work, where everyone is welcome.
To fulfil our commitment of doing the power of good for Britain, our ambition is to have a workforce which reflects and benefits the society we are part of and serve. Every worker on SZC, wherever they are, should help to create and experience the right environment where everyone on the team understands, respects and embraces diversity with a culture where everyone is treated with equal respect and are all given equal access to opportunities. By valuing the different points of view and experiences that having a diverse team brings, and by fostering an inclusive climate, we will create a great place to work and a more successful project.

We create the right environment where people feel able to bring their whole selves to work. Whilst working together there is mutual trust and appreciation created through the building of meaningful relationships with one another, aligned with our key values:

Respect: Value the rules and environment in which we operatePositivity: Positively challenge poor quality and performance
Humility: Be open to other’s points of view and ideas, be willing to debate and to compromise
Solidarity: One team, working closely together and helping each other
Clarity: Communicate clearly and consistently
Everyone is able to get the most from their work and the workplace, and in return, give their best.

Competitive Salary and Benefits
We’re dedicated to offering flexible benefits that support our people across all aspects of their lives and we’re delighted to offer a range of benefits to support our employees’ physical, emotional and financial wellbeing. In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a market-leading company pension scheme, paid holidays and a range of flexible benefits, such as: a company incentive bonus plan, health cover, cycle to work scheme, discounts and employee pricing.
Please let us know if you’d like to discuss flexible working arrangements by highlighting this on your application.

EDF Energy is a core part of the EDF Group, one of the largest energy companies in Europe with key business operations in the UK, France, Italy and Belgium. We're the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain, the largest supplier to British businesses and we employ more than 13,000 people. We operate nuclear, coal and gas power stations, wind farms, and combined heat & power plants. We have a focus on safe, dependable energy generation and an ethos of service excellence. We are playing a leading role in new nuclear build in the UK to secure a bright future for the combined business and its employees.

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