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Apprentice Risk & Audit Assurance Lead

NCS - National Citizen Service Trust
Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jun 11, 2024

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Job Role
Finance Apprentice
Contract Type
Full Time
Role: Apprentice Risk & Audit Assurance Lead

Offer type: This is a Fixed term position for 18 months


This is a remote role based remotely

Qualification: Business Administration Level 3, delivered by SCL (

NCS Trust is an equal opportunities employer, embracing diversity and inclusion. At NCS we respect and value differences in people and all hires are made on merit.

We particularly welcome applications from people who are Black, Asian, or from an ethnically diverse background, or people with disabilities, as these groups are currently underrepresented in our leadership.

We are committed to improving equality of opportunity in the workplace and are a signatory to the Race at Work Charter from Business in the Community, the Prince’s responsible business network; and the Disability Confident Committed employer scheme.

Role Context & Purpose

Risk Management

Effective identification, assessment and management of risk is pivotal to the achievement of NCS’s strategic objectives. Reporting directly to the Risk & Internal Audit Assurance Manager, the Risk & Audit Assurance Lead will support continual improvement of risk management at the Trust. They will promote a consistent approach to the identification, assessment, control & reporting of risk across the organisation.

The Risk & Audit Assurance Lead will continuously and proactively support development, enhancement and efficiencies in delivering NCS’s Risk Management strategy. The Risk & Audit Lead will be a custodian of associated tools and processes, supporting with communicating and embedding these across the Trust.

The role will support NCS by working in partnership with colleagues and management across the organisation, and our partner network to mitigate the risks we are exposed to thus supporting our compliance with legal and regulatory obligations.

Internal Audit

The role will also focus on embedding recent improvements to the Trusts approach to internal audit. Amongst other activities (detailed below), this aspect of the role will include monitoring the Trust’s progress against audit recommendations, ensuring that reporting is accurate, delivering leadership's oversight of audit recommendations and our progress against them.


The successful applicant will demonstrate an enthusiasm for continual improvement, have an interest in data analysis and reporting. They will support with empowering NCS to maximise the impact of the funds we spend on our activities.

Key activities

Risk Management
  • Assist in compiling monthly reports & dashboards for the Executive Leadership Team and Senior Leaders
  • Identifying Risk performance trends across the organisation
  • Assist in compiling Reporting & dashboards for contribution towards Board & Sub committee Papers
  • Support the development and delivery of a Risk Management System
  • Build relationships Support continual improvement through Identifying gaps in risk management practice.
  • Support Risk Manager as a point of contact for Risk Management, fielding departmental concerns or questions on risks.
  • Monitor progress of risk management action plans.
  • Work with colleagues & managers by building strong working relationships across the organisation to gain credibility to support an appropriate level of review and influence to support them to engage in a value-adding risk culture.
  • Review & monitor Departmental, Corporate and Aggregated risk registers, ensuring they are regularly updated.
  • Support key projects and programmes to ensure that key risks are identified, assessed and mitigated & reported.

Internal Audit
  • Ownership of internal audit action monitoring. Liaising with stakeholders to ensure that audit recommendations are actioned.
  • Review, analyse and compile monthly reports & dashboards for the Executive Leadership Team and Senior Leaders identifying Audit performance trends across the organisation
  • Compile Reporting & dashboards for contribution towards Audit & Risk Committee Papers

Other Finance & Efficiency Tasks
  • Whilst initial focus is on risk management this role support the finance and risk function and could be asked to support other functional activities across the directorate such as; process payments, month end, finance reporting, process improvements.

Role specific skills
  • Able to demonstrate good written and oral communication.
  • Able to constructively challenge and influence others to affect change where needed.
  • Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to build professional relationships with colleagues at various management levels.
  • Use initiative to improve performance by identifying and solving problems and issues.
  • Strong focus on diligence and a keen eye for detail.
  • Ability to plan, organise and prioritise effectively.
  • High integrity with a focus on confidentiality.
  • Sound analytical skills - identifying problems, analysing a range of requirements, developing options and formulating recommendations.
  • Good commercial acumen and awareness.
  • Good report writing skills
  • Proficiency in google workspace applications (eg docs, slides, sheets).

Core Competencies:
  • Influencing - Uses a repertoire of communication styles, sells ideas by constructing arguments, builds trust by demonstrating reliability and consistency
  • Adaptability - Supports others through change, is objective under pressure and eliminates barriers to success
  • Solving Problems - Identifies tools and techniques for problem solving, identifies opportunities for improvement and innovation, establishes long term goals for the team,
  • Delivering Results - demonstrates high standard of work, monitors work against a plan, takes personal responsibility for success of team tasks and projects

Measures of success (how will we know the person is performing well?)
  • Positive feedback from stakeholders
  • Buy-in to risk and internal audit approach from employees and managers
  • Timely implementation of audit recommendations
  • Timely updates to risk registers
  • Timely delivery of risk & audit reports
  • Contribution to process improvement ideas
  • Supporting the implementation of a risk management system

Experience & Qualifications

  • Interest in learning about Risk, audit, data analysis and quality evaluation
  • Willingness to ask questions to learn and grow
  • Comfortable working in a mix of remote and in-office settings
  • Basic problem-solving abilities
  • Attention to detail in tasks
  • Ability to handle work demands calmly
  • Friendly and patient approach to assisting others

Our benefits include:
  • 28 days annual leave in addition to Bank Holiday entitlements.
  • 5 Volunteer days
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity/New parental (Subject to 1 year of service) pay
  • Life Assurance
  • 24/7 access to an Employee Assistance Program
  • Access to a self-directed learning and development platform
  • Access to a national discount platform, shared with one family member
  • Discounted Eye Care
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • You can request flexible working after 26 weeks of employment
  • Well being days

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