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Senior Manager, Audit Quality

Date: 13-Jan-2022

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU, 3000

Company: Victorian Auditor General's Office

Who we are

Our Vision

Better lives for Victorians through our insights and influence

Our Purpose

Helping Parliament hold government to account and assisting the public sector to improve its performance

Living the VAGO

Respect, Accountability, Collaboration, Innovation

What we do
The Auditor-General provides assurance to Parliament on the accountability and performance of the Victorian public sector.
To achieve this, VAGO annually conducts over 530 financial audits and numerous performance audits across a diverse range of portfolios including infrastructure, transport, health and social services, education, water, local government, insurance, justice, treasury and superannuation. Such a broad range of portfolios allows our people to gain unrivalled audit experience working throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria. 
Our people
Our organisation is filled with people who love what they do, enact change and uphold our values. We are a workforce of highly motivated, empathetic and collaborative people, who encourage innovation and knowledge sharing. 
We strive to build and maintain an inclusive workplace that brings out the best in our people. We encourage and celebrate our diversity, and actively support work life balance and flexibility across all our roles. 
Our structure
We have two audit portfolios within VAGO: Performance Audit and Financial Audit. Our audit support function is split into the Office of the Auditor-General and Corporate Services.

Why work with us

  • To improve the lives of all Victorians by helping drive government accountability 
  • Challenging and impactful work that helps ensure government integrity 
  • To work where you want, when you want with our cutting edge Better Normal Principles 
  • A comprehensive office set-up at your home 
  • Purpose designed office facilities at the Paris end of Collins Street 
  • Tailored learning and development opportunities 
  • Flexible hours and accrued flexi-time 
  • Career mobility opportunities for growth and development 
  • A unique, progressive, people-focussed culture 
  • Generous leave conditions  

Who you’ll work with

The Office of the Auditor-General is responsible for VAGO’s audit quality framework, financial reporting advisory and legal compliance functions and supports both Financial Audit and Performance Audit divisions. It is responsible for providing auditing technical advice and maintaining financial audit methodology in the conduct of audits of financial statements, estimated financial statements, performance statements, acquittal audits and all other types of audits VAGO provides audit or assurance opinions on. It is also responsible for performing quality reviews (Financial Audit and Performance Audit) of VAGO engagement leaders and contracted Audit Service Providers and providing technical auditing training to Financial Audit and Performance Audit divisions as required. 

What you’ll do

Audit Quality (AQ) Managers at VAGO are dynamic, adaptable leaders accredited by Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA) or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) or the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). AQ Managers motivate and coach others to achieve their work goals. They are responsible for the delivery of a work program within an allocated business area, which includes the provision of services, advice and assisting in the delivery of business improvement initiatives.  

VAGO’s AQ Managers are thorough and innovative in their approach to work and are motivated by the challenge of promoting continuous improvement in the Victorian public sector. They create opportunities for others to learn and develop, while actively pursuing their own professional development goals.   

Key responsibilities

Promote and model the established VAGO values set, with emphasis on role modelling leadership behaviours, including: 

  • Actively pursue learning and development opportunities that align with VAGO’s goals. 
  • Assist in the identification of opportunities to share information with people within your business area, across VAGO, our clients and other stakeholder groups. 


  • Assist with the design, implementation and monitor audit methodologies, quality control systems and technologies in order to embed compliance and drive continuous improvement. 
  • Assist in the provision of authoritative advice and technical support to audit staff and delivering quality work within timeframes and if applicable, budgets. 
  • Maintain knowledge of current industry trends, emerging technologies, and key themes. 
  • Manage resources (team members and/or external resources), including delegation and monitoring of work. 
  • Develop, maintain and deliver training/information sessions to VAGO staff. 
  • Assist in establishing networks with key stakeholders and maintain positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of Australian accounting and auditing standards. 
  • Represent and actively promote VAGO and the role of the Auditor-General at external seminars and events. 

Meet corporate governance requirements by ensuring own and others’ work is delivered in accordance with legislative and policy requirements 
Records Management 
Maintain records and content in VAGO’s key systems (e.g. Teams Audit Quality site, SharePoint).  
Assist in maintaining strong and constructive relationships with: 

  • All VAGO stakeholders 
  • Other external stakeholders as required 

People Focus 
In contributing to a collegiate and people centred organisation you will: 

  • Guide, develop and motivate employees through mentoring, coaching, recognition and providing on-the-job and formal training opportunities 
  • Engage in formal performance management activities, under the direction of your Director 
  • Identify and/or create opportunities to share information with people within your business area and across VAGO 
  • Contribute to the integrity, credibility and independence of the office by modelling the VAGO values 

What else you need to know

  • When not working from home, this  role is based at 35 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • Travel to various work locations throughout Victoria and Australia may be required
  • VAGO employees are required to comply with public sector requirements for ethical conduct, conflict of interest, Occupational Health & Safety, Diversity in the Workplace, the Human Rights Charter and Equal Opportunity principles
  • All VAGO employees are required to undergo a criminal record check and complete a Declaration of Independence on commencing employment and periodically thereafter

All VAGO employees also need to work as an effective team member by:

  • Contributing to a sense of common purpose within a team
  • Modelling collegiate, resilient and flexible work behaviours
  • Demonstrating a commitment to continuous professional development
  • Establish and maintain constructive and collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Model the VAGO values of Respect, Accountability, Innovation and Collaboration
  • Meet compliance and records keeping requirements by:
  • Undertaking a criminal record check and complete a Declaration of Independence on commencing employment and periodically thereafter
  • Ensuring own and others’ work is delivered in accordance with legislative and policy requirements
  • Maintaining records and content in VAGO’s key systems

Who you are

You possess a track record of: 

  • Achievement in planning, directing, and delivering complex audits, investigations, and inquiries on time and on budget in accordance with the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards 


  • Identifies opportunities for improvement in stakeholder relationships 
  • Proactively identifies emerging trends, issues, risks and opportunities to better target audit activity and public sector accountability 
  • Identifies opportunities to contributes to the organisation's strategic vision and direction 
  • Initiates and contributes to plans that address current and future capability requirements 

Operational effectiveness 

  • Effectively communicates, providing clear and accurate advice and explanations and conveying complex technical concepts in an easily understandable manner 
  • Uses initiative and sound judgement when managing complex and projects and issues 
  • Deals with concepts and complexity comfortably, using analytical skills and professional scepticism to reason through problems 
  • Demonstrates innovative thinking and actively embraces change 
  • Promotes a culture of inquiry, shares learning and knowledge, and consults and engages with other teams to assist with the conduct of audits and/or projects 
  • Uses an adaptive and professional approach when establishing and maintaining relationships 

A people focused approach 

  • Actively manages, motivates and develops individuals and teams using a coaching/mentoring approach 
  • Fosters a sense of common purpose in the team  
  • Manages by example, modelling collegiate, resilient, and flexible work behaviours 
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuous professional development 
  • Effectively managing risk, procurement and resources, including finances, contracts, assets and records 
  • Managing professional teams 

What you’ve studied

  • Tertiary qualifications in Accounting, Commerce, Economics, Business, Finance, or a related field preferably at postgraduate level 

  • Full professional membership with CPA Australia or CAANZ or the IPA

  • Extensive practical application and experience with auditing standards and methodologies or complex investigations, inquiries, or reviews.