Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited (PSAA) is a specially created company, owned and hosted by the Local Government Association. Its core business involves the appointment, oversight and monitoring of audit firms undertaking audits of local public bodies.
With effect from April 2015 PSAA has carried out these responsibilities under time-limited statutory powers delegated to it by the then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Going forward it will perform these functions, including the setting of scale audit fees, as the specified ‘appointing person’ for the auditors of principal local authorities and police bodies which have opted into the national appointing person scheme.
This and related changes have significant implications for the company. The scope of PSAA’s responsibilities is changing as successor arrangements are implemented for NHS audits, smaller authorities’ assurance, housing benefit subsidy certification, reducing the company’s turnover and staff numbers. At the same time the legislative framework in which PSAA operates will be different in many important respects, not least reflecting the shift from a mandatory to an optional service, giving rise to a range of new and different risks, opportunities and challenges, requiring a number of new roles in the organisation. For more information on PSAA please see our website.
About the role
The post holder will be responsible for supporting the Senior Quality Manager to lead and manage aspects of PSAA’s statutory functions in relation to audit and related contract management functions, including:
• monitoring firms’ compliance with PSAA’s regulatory requirements;
• liaising with key external stakeholders;
• appointing auditors;
• setting scale fees;
• reviewing the quality of the firms’ audit work; and
• reporting on aspects of auditors’ work
The post holder will report to the Senior Quality Manager.
Strong recent technical knowledge and skills and recent experience working in the public sector audit regime are essential, together with a good understanding of developments in public audit and the wider auditing profession. You also need excellent oral and written communication, project management and IT skills. You need to be able to work co-operatively, with strong interpersonal, influencing and people management skills and experience of maintaining and developing relationships with key stakeholders. A qualified accountant (CCAB or equivalent) is required.
Closing date: 5pm, Tuesday 31 July 2018
Interview date: Flexible, expected to be w/c 6 August 2018
We value diversity and encourage applications from all sections of the community