External Member of Audit & Risk Management Committee (The City of London Corporation)
City of London

Vacancy Reference: 01762

Location: City of London

Closing Date: 02/09/2019

Salary: Negotiable

Employment Type: Permanent, full-time

Department: Not applicable

Hours Per week: Not specified

The City of London Corporation provides local government services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain, the ‘Square Mile’. It is committed to maintaining and enhancing the status of the business City as the world’s leading international financial and business centre through the policies it pursues and the high standard of services it provides. 

The City Corporation is currently seeking to appoint an External Member to join the Audit and Risk Management Committee. The responsibilities of the Committee are as follows:

  • to oversee all systems, controls and processes that may have an impact on the Corporation’s ability to meets its vision and deliver its strategy and obligations;
  • to review the annual financial statements before submission to Finance Committee for approval;
  • and to ensure that effective audit functions are in place both internal and external; adequate risk management processes are in place and followed; and an adequate internal control environment is established.

The Committee carries out the following areas of work - 


  • Consider and approve the annual internal and external audit plans;
  • Receive reports from the Chief Internal Auditor, and request additional reports where necessary, on the extent to which the City of London Corporation can rely on its system of internal control, and provide reasonable assurance that the City of London Corporation’s objectives will be achieved effectively;
  • Prior to the presentation to the Court, consider the audited annual accounts of the City Fund, Pension Fund, the various non-local authority funds and the Annual Governance Statement. Receive and consider the formal reports, letters and recommendations of the City of London Corporation’s external auditors and make recommendations relating to the approval of the accounts (to the Finance Committee);
  • Meet with the external auditors of the City Fund and the various non-local authority funds at least once in each calendar year, and with the Head of Internal Audit in respect of internal controls, in closed session;
  • Report back as necessary to the Court of Common Council.

Risk Management:

  • Monitor and oversee the City of London Corporation’s risk management strategy and to be satisfied that the authority’s assurance framework properly reflects the risk environment;
  • Consider all audit or external inspection reports relating to any department at the City of London Corporation and seek assurance that action has been taken where necessary;
  • Receive an annual report from the Chamberlain reviewing the effectiveness of the City of London’s risk management strategy.

Counter Fraud and Resilience:

  • Ensure that appropriate counter fraud, defence and resilience activities are in place.

Whilst we are willing to consider applicants with other areas of expertise, the appointee will ideally:

  • understand, and have an empathy with, the role and objectives of the City of London Corporation;
  • have experience of audit, governance (including risk management), accounting or internal control and an understanding of materiality;
  • possess excellent communication and listening skills, demonstrating constructive challenge and focus on improvement and outcomes;
  • be clear about the difference between governance functions and management functions;
  • have previous experience of working at board or committee level;
  • be able to deal with issues with objectivity, impartiality, fair mindedness and in a just manner;
  • provide a reasoned independent view that will add value to the governance of the Corporation;
  • have the capacity for clear thinking and analysis of detail and strategy;
  • be able to act with sensitivity and diplomacy without compromising integrity;
  • be able to balance practicality against theory, showing political awareness;
  • be able, if necessary, to take an independent view which varies from that of other committee members;
  • adhere to the standards set out in the Nolan Principles of Public Life: selflessness; integrity; objectivity; accountability; openness; honesty and leadership;
  • possess a willingness to serve on the Police Performance and Resource Management Sub-Committee, as the Audit and Risk Management Committee appoints two of its Members to this sub-committee, and to date these positions have been filled by external Members;
  • have experience in counter fraud and/or cyber security.

The successful candidate will need to be available to attend and participate in the meetings of the Audit and Risk Management Committee (and any relevant training sessions for the Committee) which are held during the working day, normally on 5 or 6 occasions per year. All meetings are held at the Guildhall, EC2.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates for the role will make an application for the position, and the selection of the appointee will be approved by the Court of Common Council.  Recent past Members of the Court of Common Council or recent former City Corporation employees will be ineligible to serve in this capacity.  Close friends or relatives of any Member or officer will be ineligible as will employees of any organisation of which the City Corporation is a client.

Whilst the positions are voluntary, reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed.

If you would like further details about the role or to request an application form, please contact Chloe Rew (Committee and Member Services Officer) via telephone: 020 7332 1427 or via email at: chloe.rew@cityoflondon.gov.uk.

To apply
Please visit our website here - https://jobs.cityoflondon.gov.uk/ 

Closing date:          5pm, Monday 2 September 2019 
Interview date:       Week commencing 7 October 2019  

The City of London Corporation is committed to Equal Opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community


This vacancy is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.