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Audit Officer (Development)

Great Places Housing Group





Posted: 17/11/2023

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Salary: Circa £44,000
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Head Office - West Didsbury
Benefits: Competitive pension, 26 days holiday plus bank holidays, increasing with service, cycle to work scheme, season ticket loans for public transport plus much more.

Reporting to the Head of Programme, the Audit Officer is responsible for overseeing the compliance of projects within the Great Places Affordable Development programme with internal policies and procedures and Homes England audit requirements. You will play a critical role in providing assurance that all our development projects receiving grant meet Homes England’s contract requirements and funding conditions and our non- grant funded projects meet our own internal compliance requirements. You will be a key contributor to the successful delivery of the performance targets within Great Places.

What you’ll be doing

Developing an effective approach to continual audit assessments and compliance within Development and embed this within the team.
Working within, and both challenging and supporting the Affordable Development team, consortium partners and the wider business to ensure that all our development schemes meet the audit requirements set out by Homes England and our internal procedures.
Directly undertaking a programme of un-announced spot audits on development scheme files including both grant and non-grant funded schemes.
Maintaining and managing the processes for the Compliance and Financial Audits to provide assurance of the compliant delivery of the Homes England Affordable Homes grant programmes.
Leading and managing the procurement and delivery of external auditors for Homes England Compliance and Financial Audits.
Proactively sharing insight on the Capital Funding Guide and other best practice on audit compliance.
Providing regular internal assurance updates to relevant groups including the Executive Directors and Audit and Assurance Committee.
Sharing learning and best practice within the team, our consortium members and the wider sector to drive continual improvement

What you’ll need

Qualified to minimum GCSE grade C or equivalent in English and Maths.
Experience of working in an audit environment.
Experience of implementing new processes and driving change within a team/s.
Understanding of the business imperative behind accurate Homes England compliance reporting requirements.
Results focused with the ability to take ownership of tasks.
Excellent attention to detail with the ability to work accurately under pressure, deliver to strict deadlines and manage conflicting priorities.
Customer focused with excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to work at all levels within the business.
Ability to work effectively across a range of teams.

What we need from you

A passion for customer service.
You will be required to attend a number of face to face training sessions as well as virtual sessions and e-learning this part of your role is vital and of equal importance as the day to day aspects.
Professional and value led with integrity, inclusivity and respect for diversity.
Honesty, integrity and accountability.
Can work to a tight deadline.
Works well within a team environment.
Able to work logically to resolve problems.
Commitment to work in partnership with others for the benefit of Great Places.
Ability to work flexibly and when needed outside normal working hours.

What we give you in return for your hard work and commitment

Pension | DC scheme (up to 10% contribution from both colleagues and Great Places)
WPA | Healthcare auto enrolled at no contribution level with £1250 of savings available - option to increase & add family members
Annual leave |Start at 26 days annual leave, increasing up to 30 days + Bank Holidays
Flexi time | Allows colleagues to achieve a healthy work life balance whilst carrying out requirement of the role. A maximum of 13 days flexi can be taken in a year
Greater Working | We offer Hybrid and flexible working to fit the schedule of you, so you can work to your greatest ability
Professional fees | The business pays the cost of one professional membership fee for each colleague 
The Market Place |high street, restaurant & supermarket discounts, gym memberships, cycle to work, smart tech loans and much more
Health and wellbeing initiatives | Our colleagues enjoy wellbeing campaigns throughout the year, with activities designed around our four pillars of wellbeing, these include career wellbeing, mental wellbeing, physical wellbeing and financial wellbeing

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