Fixed term for six months
Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited (PSAA) is an independent company limited by guarantee incorporated by the Local Government Association in August 2014.
In 2015 the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government delegated statutory functions (from the Audit Commission Act 1998) to PSAA on a transitional basis by way of a letter of delegation issued under powers contained in the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.
In July 2016 the Secretary of State specified PSAA as an appointing person for principal local government authorities from 2018/19 under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and the Local Audit (Appointing Person) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations). From 2018/19 PSAA is responsible for appointing an auditor and setting scale fees for relevant principal authorities that have chosen to opt into its national scheme and ancillary functions under the Regulations.
In September 2020 Sir Tony Redmond’s review of local authority financial reporting and external audit was published. A key recommendation is to establish the Office for Local Audit Regulation (OLAR). This would bring together PSAA and relevant parts of other organisations within the local audit system.
The Government is expected to issue its response to the Redmond review before the end of 2020. Therefore at this time, the extent to which the recommendations are to be taken forward and any associated timescales are unknown. However, we are aware that the implementation of some recommendations would require a change in primary legislation.
To meet an increased workload, we are looking to recruit a Business and Project Support Officer. The role will provide support to the whole team in the delivery of many aspects of PSAA’s functions and activities and support the delivery of several new projects.
They will also manage and quality assure specific projects and initiatives including those related to both current and new business developments.
The role will be responsible for completing a range of tasks across the areas of information collection, management, analysis and reporting and also providing additional capacity/cover for our Information and Business Officer.
The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate they are highly skilled at providing an effective business and project support service to a team including: oral and written communication, organisational and time management, use of common IT systems and tools, project management, and analysis. They will also be able to demonstrate a proactive approach, the ability to prioritise, an attention to detail and a willingness to constructively challenge colleagues and ask for assistance when needed.
This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with a real enthusiasm for and experience in a business and project support role to make a real difference to our team. Flexible working opportunities are available.
Closing date: 5pm, Wednesday 2nd December
Interview dates: 10th, 11th, 14th December 2020, interviews will be held remotely