The Donkey Sanctuary is one of the UK’s largest international animal welfare charities; currently supporting projects in over 35 countries worldwide. We are working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. We are achieving this by transforming the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.
We have an exciting opportunity to cover an 8 month period of maternity leave in our Audit & Assurance Department. The Head of Audit & Assurance manages the Internal Audit function for The Donkey Sanctuary and its branches and subsidiaries in accordance with the approved Audit and Assurance Charter.
Working closely with the Trustees, Executives and Senior Managers of the charity, you will ensure that the Internal Audit function provides an objective and independent assessment of the adequacy of The Donkey Sanctuary’s internal systems and controls, including the systems for appropriate identification and evaluation of risk including compliance with applicable law and regulation. You will draw any weaknesses or shortcomings noted to the attention of Executives and Senior Managers, making recommendations for improvements to existing systems where necessary and advise on their implementation. You will assist management in remote locations in the training of staff in key risk management and accounting procedures and controls, and will liaise with external auditing firms and consultants to carry out audits and other reviews as necessary.
A recognised professional qualification, together with a detailed knowledge of internal auditing principles and practices and good charity governance, is essential, as is the ability to coach and develop team members. You will establish and retain strong and effective working relationships with staff and external agencies. Previous experience of internal audit in a charity context is desirable.
If you feel you have the qualifications, skills and experience to fulfill this varied and rewarding role, and would like to be part of the evolutional program of change currently taking place within the charity, we would love to hear from you. Based in Sidmouth, Devon – “an area of outstanding natural beauty” – this is a full-time, fixed term contract starting on 1 May 2018 until January 2018.
Closing date for applications: 12.30pm on Thursday 5 April 2018.