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Head of Audit, Dublin

Date: 12-Nov-2020

Location: Dublin, IE

Company: Allied Irish Bank

Role: Head of Audit


Location: 2 Burlington Road, Dublin 4 / Remote Working Available


This role is being offered on a full time, permanent basis.


Group Internal Audit (GIA) is not your typical audit function. We’re on an ambitious journey to create the best function we can for AIB and our people. Through our audit charter, we operate independently as the third line of defence to provide assurance to our stakeholders on the adequacy and effectiveness of AIB and its subsidiaries, governance, risk management and internal control environment.


Most importantly, we believe that great people are the key to our success. This is why we work hard to build a team of empowered individuals who are driven to excel through collaboration, inclusion and diversity; embracing the unique strengths and insights everyone brings.


We are a group of 70+ professionals operating in the Ireland and the UK, who always aim for the highest quality. To get the best from our people we support and embrace flexible working arrangements to provide an empowering environment where people get the job done through managing their own time.


The Head of Audit plays a key role in the department and is seen a leader within the function. They must demonstrate at all time the AIB brand values and live the purpose. The role offers opportunities to significantly develop your career through interaction with the Senior Management Team (SMT) and Leadership Team (LT) members throughout the business and GIA. 


We’re looking for someone who:

  • Delivers comprehensive, independent risk assessment across several business and infrastructure areas, spanning three geographies and regulatory environments.
  • Contributes to the creation, planning and supervision of the delivery of the Group’s risk based audit plan.
  • Drives delivery of team’s work on time, within agreed budget, in accordance with GIA methodology and agreed quality standards.
  • Reviews the work of the audit team, including managers and provide ongoing coaching to staff in relation to their performance.
  • Forms an independent opinion on the governance, risk and control environment and of management’s awareness in area of responsibility.
  • Undertakes risk based audit work that effectively challenges management. Delivers and communicate audit results to SMT.
  • Promptly delivers commercial, accessible, relevant reports which clearly highlight where action is required. Uses influencing and communication skills to confirm that issues raised are promptly resolved.
  • Maintains highly effective and influential relationships at SMT level and below.
  • Oversees the delivery of issue assurance for all issues identified within area of responsibility.
  • Presents formal GIA updates at the relevant SMT meetings.
  • Represents GIA at various forums/committees in an advisory capacity.
  • Monitors continuous improvement of audit methodology and practices through the adherence to documented procedures and standards (best practices) ensuring consistency of working practice and quality of audit team.
  • Attracts, develops and retains a high performing and technically skilled team which is a source of talent for the Group.


Who are we?

We’re AIB. A strong Irish bank packed with purpose - to back our customers to achieve their dreams and ambitions. That goes for our employees too. We’re made of small teams where you have the chance to shine.


Why join us?

We are excited about how we have changed our focus. We want to be at the heart of our customers’ financial lives by giving them an exceptional experience. We are building a culture that breaks the conventions of what our customer and employees expect of a bank.


Does this sound like something that you want to be part of?


You will need to show us that you can/have:

  • Previous experience in banking, business, with 5 years’ audit experience and/or 8 years’ experience working with senior management in the financial services industry.
  • Third level qualification and/or Masters in related degree/subject preferably Audit, Accountancy, Risk or Compliance.  
  • Knowledge and experience of various Risk Management Methodologies and Frameworks.
  • Knowledge and experience of the Regulatory environment in which financial services / banking operates.
  • Previous people leader, coaching and people development experience.


Please note: The Minimum Education requirements for entry to AIB is 5 passes in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent), to include a pass in English and Maths. These must be achieved at either Ordinary or Honours Level. Confirmation of this will be sought if successful for the role.


If you feel you have what it takes, Click Apply and fill in the online application form. If you would like more information Donal O'Sullivan from the Talent Acquisition Team can help. You can contact him on 0873328638 or email


By when?  Closing date is Friday 27th November 2020

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