Audit & Risk Manager
County Durham
£60k - £70k + Benefits

Audit & Risk Manager

Ref: 471| Posted: 11th Dec 2023

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Wanted – Internal Audit & Risk Manager  (Includes some remote working).

Excellent opportunity to join one of the UK's leading Tier 1 building & civil engineering contractors.



We are recruiting for an Audit & Risk Manager to join a reputable top tier 1 construction main contractor covering projects nationwide. 



Location is flexible but must be willing to travel nationwide to offices and sites.

Company also offers hybrid working.



To work as an integral member of the business assurance team from a quality management perspective. Proactively identify, plan, and deliver the risk-based internal audit programme. Through IA provide confidence of compliance on business processes and risk controls 
The role entails the supporting of the business accreditation of ISO9001, 14001, 45001, 27001 certifications through audit.

Work with team of functional heads, regional compliance managers to ensure effective annual internal audit programme across the business. Input into management system to develop effective ways of conducting & delivering & reporting of IA.


  • Develop and maintain risk-based internal audit programme to include function, business units and supply chain audit across the business
  • Plan and undertake effective, objective and consistent internal audits, deep dives, investigation of business risk management, compliance to policies, processes, procedures and supply chain
  • Review and strengthen audit methodology, approach and business reporting
  • Support in the delivery and management of business risk and reporting
  • Deliver Assurance Governance Committee report 
  • Conduct IA to maintain ISO9001 & national highways sector scheme for traffic management – 12A/12B/12C/12D/8, 14001, 45001, 27001 Certifications
  • Have a good handle on certification body ways of working, certification  requirements and management of accounts
  • Drive business compliance culture and improvement through IA 
  • Bring industry best practice and knowledge to maximise the role and support the business to strengthen its MSs, assurance, risk and audits to include three lines of defence model (3LoD)
    Develop community of practice /lesson learnt forum to share best practice and recommendation for business improvements 
  • Management and monitoring of the Whistleblowing Policy
  • Provision of applicable formal and informal quality management and audit training to all levels of the organisation/workforce to include induction training 
  • Provide expert guidance and advise to the business on legal, regulatory, contractual, quality management, assurance, audit, risk, supply chain, and quality control requirements
  • Lead with annual awards submission, world quality week and BAI communications
  • Liaise with client/customer representatives to foster a good relationship
  • Attends internal and external business meetings as required, representing the company in a professional manner at all times
  • Analyse audit output and business performance, risk detection, root cause analysis (RCA) and lead with recommendation and business improvement initiatives 

The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as required within the role, function and business as it matures to delivering its strategy, objectives and high performance.



To be considered for this Audit & Risk Manager role you must meet the following criteria:

 Likely to have experience and exposure to risk management and compliance in a construction or allied business such as infrastructure or utilities, highways, education, health.

  • Awareness and understanding of external standards and best practices in business ethics and compliance. 
  • Will have played a significant role in planning and conducting risk based internal audit processes and complex investigations. 
  • Awareness of external accreditation regimes and audit requirements and understanding of how to manage and maintain these standards and improve the processes. 
  • Application of the three lines of defence audit model
    Knowledge and understanding of relevant ISO Standards: 
    o ISO45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.
    o ISO14001 Environmental Management Systems.
    o ISO9001 Quality Management Systems (and National Highways Sector Schemes).
    o ISO27001 Information Security Management Systems. 
  • Ability to operate collaboratively to promote a positive culture, but independent enough to call out issues or standards with a view to driving improvement. 
  • Able to provide succinct and focussed reports, recommendations and insights to senior operational managers and independent shareholders’ representatives and adjust style and approach to reflect audience and context. 
  • Principles of effective auditing.
  • Experience of performing a similar role within the construction industry
  • Lead Auditor qualification (desirable)/CQI Chartered or relevant professional status

Personal and Management Skills required:

Interpersonal skills and comfort with interacting with higher levels of leadership and management.
Ability to plan, organise and employ effective time management to deliver audit schedule.
Ability to flex approach to auditing and support to suit personalities and situations to maximise potential to drive improvement to Business Unit compliance performance



The successful Audit & Risk Manager will receive:

*Competitive Basic (Dependent on experience)
*Car / Allowance

To be considered for this vacancy or to find out more information please apply now.

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