The River Learning Trust is a successful and growing Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) based in Oxfordshire. We are currently responsible for a number of secondary schools, primary schools, and a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) provider; we have a secondary Free School in pre-opening and are in discussions with a number of other secondary and primary schools as the Trust is preparing for further growth in the coming years. All our schools and the SCITT are united by their commitment to the principles of the Trust and a common belief in the benefits of everything that is gained by working together.
As the organisation continues to grow, there is an increased reliance on the Internal Audit function to maintain and monitor the implementation of robust controls across the organisation. We are therefore seeking to appoint an Internal Audit Officer who will be directly responsible for providing independent assurances on Risk, controls and governance, ensuring all regulatory requirements are met and the business functions are achieving best practice in the performance of their duties.
Responsible to the Head of Governance and Compliance and the Trust’s Audit Committee, the postholder will have the following main duties:
Determine internal audit scope and develop annual plans with HoGC, COO and Audit Committee
Perform and control the internal audit cycle including risk register management, financial reliability and compliance, and governance compliance
Perform the internal audits of the Trust’s Finance regulations and procedures across the schools in the Trust and the central finance function
Provide technical advice to management and staff to promote and enhance functional effectiveness and the general control environment
Develop and implement internal auditing policies, procedures and initiatives.
The Trust expects, however, that the initial focus will be on control and compliance, with greater scope for best practice review and process improvement as it develops.
As this is a trustwide role the postholder will be expected to visit all our schools in Oxfordshire, as well as Swindon.
The River Learning Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and preventing extremism; all staff are expected to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. The River Learning Trust is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from a range of ethnic backgrounds to represent diversity in line with our school community.
The River Learning Trust is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with a registered company number 7966500. Registered Office: The Cherwell School, Marston Ferry Road, OXFORD OX2 7EE United Kingdom