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Senior Manager - Strategic Audit Planning

Date: 22-Dec-2021

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 Values

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

You will be part of a supportive team committed to professional excellence that will help you build skills to advance your career.

Our independent audit role gives us exclusive access to our clients. This provides you the unique opportunity to learn about public sector operations, projects and activities that impacts the daily lives of over 6 million Victorians. While completing performance engagements, you’ll look at the issues of effective service delivery, value for money, integrity and accountability. Your work makes a difference to public sector accountability, improving the delivery of services to the Victorian community.

You’ll be empowered to balance work and home life including the opportunity to participate in flexible arrangements, so any extra time spent during peak times in an audit is returned to you as additional form of leave.

What you’ll do

Senior Managers at VAGO are dynamic, adaptable leaders and preferably hold a postgraduate qualification. They are responsible for the delivery of a work program as an engagement leader within an allocated business area, which includes audits and business improvement initiatives. 

Senior Managers motivate and coach others to achieve their work goals.

VAGO’s Senior Managers are rigorous 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

Strategic Leadership

  • Contribute to innovations and continuous business improvement projects Establish networks with key stakeholders
  • Identify and monitor trends and translate these into meaningful contributions to VAGO’s forward audit planning processes
  • Provide direction and allocate tasks to junior team members

Behaviour

  • Promote and model the established VAGO values set including:
  • Actively pursue learning and development opportunities that align with VAGO’s goals
  • Contribute to continuous improvement by participating in audit meetings/debriefs and sharing lessons learned
  • Implementing changes that enhance work processes and systems
  • Represent and actively promote VAGO and the role of the Auditor-General at external seminars and events

Operations

  • Actively support Directors to monitor and manage the delivery of portfolio and group outputs and outcomes
  • Manage assigned performance audits and Parliamentary Reports as a team leader and deliver quality work within agreed budgets and timeframes
  • Manage resources (team members and/or external resources), including delegation and monitoring of audit work
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of business improvement projects as required 
  • Respond to risk, materiality, public interest perspectives and stakeholder sensitivities, including exercising sound judgement and proactively managing stakeholders and contentious issues arising from audits and/or Parliamentary reports
  • Contribute advanced audit expertise and knowledge to audit planning and complex decision making 
  • Present audit findings, evidence, conclusions and recommendations to your team and audit clients with support from your team seniors
  • Demonstrate an understanding of auditing standards and guidelines, audit methodology and processes (or processes of a similar nature e.g. evaluation, investigation)
  • Compliance
  • Meet corporate governance requirements by ensuring work is delivered in accordance with legislative and policy requirements

Records Management
Maintain records and content in VAGO’s key systems (e.g. AmP, IPSAM)
Relationships
Establish and maintain constructive relationships with: 

  • All Office of the Auditor-General, Corporate Services, Performance Audit and Financial Audit colleagues 
  • Performance engagement clients 
  • Other VAGO stakeholders as required 

People Skills
Contribute to a collegial and people centred organisation by:

  • Supporting other employees by working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team 
  • Contributing to the integrity, credibility and independence of the office by modelling the VAGO values
  • Guiding, developing and motivating employees through mentoring, coaching, recognition and providing on-the-job and formal training opportunities
  • Identifying and/or creating opportunities to share information with people within your business area and across VAGO
     

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 and delivering complex audits, investigations and inquiries on time and on budget in accordance with the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards.
  • Clear and effective written and verbal communication
  • Effectively managing risk, procurement and resources, including finances, contracts, and records
  • Developing successful relationships with colleagues and stakeholders to support organisational objectives and values.

Strategic leadership 

  • Develops and implements opportunities for improvement in internal and external stakeholder relationships.
  • Identifies emerging threats and opportunities to better target audit activity and public sector accountability.
  • Contributes to the organisation's strategic vision and direction.

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 very complex and highly sensitive 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 and paves the way for 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.
  • Proactively responds to trends, emerging issues, risks and opportunities.
  • Initiates and contributes to plans that address current and future capability requirements.

A people focused approach

  • Actively motivates and develops individuals using a coaching/mentoring approach.
  • Fosters a sense of common purpose, connecting employees to the organisation and its vision.
  • Leads by example, modelling collegiate, resilient and flexible work behaviours.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuous professional development.

What you’ve studied

  • Tertiary qualifications, preferably at postgraduate level, that reflect an ability to critically analyse, evaluate, and communicate results. This could include, but is not limited to, Economics, Arts, Law, STEM fields or a related field.
  • Extensive practical application and experience with auditing standards and methodologies or complex investigations, inquiries or reviews