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Head of Internal Audit

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  • 110,000-150,000
  • 29 Sep 2021
  • Retained

Head of Internal Audit

About the Company

Brightwater Executive is exclusively retained to search for a newly created Head of Finance for a FinTech business that is a new entrant into the Irish market.

The organisation provides payment services to businesses and currently operates in over 25 countries across Europe.  The organisation has developed key partnerships with the world’s leading payments companies and has recently been recognised with significant industry awards.

About the Position

The new Head of Internal Audit will provide independent assurance that the company’s risk management, governance and internal control processes are operating effectively.

This role will report directly to the Chair of the board’s Audit Committee and, for administrative purposes, to the Head of Finance.

This role will be a PCF 13 position.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Establish a new internal audit function for the company; set and communicate the objectives, vision and strategy of internal audit; prepare and submit for board approval an internal audit policy which sets out the audit framework
  • Identify meaningful themes and trends in the payments industry; regularly review and update the internal audit framework ensuring it is fit for purpose
  • Perform an annual risk assessment of all the company’s operational functions, activities and processes, including those which are outsourced, assign exposure risk ratings for each activity or process in accordance with the internal audit policy and framework;
  • Develop a multi-year risk-based rolling audit plan for review and approval by the Audit Committee
  • Participate on a proactive basis in evaluating control areas of new systems, procedures and services prior to implementation or installation;
  • Conduct special audits, investigations and consulting assignments, as requested by management / the Audit Committee or as instances warrant;
  • Provide expert support and advisory services to other company functions, assessing their risk profiles and evaluating the effectiveness of their internal control processes,
  • Keep the Audit Committee fully up-to-date in relation to all internal audit matters, including: providing regular progress reports on the implementation of the approved audit plan
  • Support the development of a Group-wide internal audit control function
  • Recruit, train, supervise and lead an internal audit team to ensure that audit assignments are carried out to high professional standards, to support the safe and robust growth of the company, and to foster the desired internal audit ethics and culture across the company;


  • Professional qualification or degree in accounting or equivalent combination of skills and experience; ideally trained in the audit practice of a Big 4 or mid-tier firm; ideally a PCF-13 holder; CIIA membership preferred;
  • Extensive experience of internal audit governance and practical experience of implementing internal audit plans
  • Thorough understanding of: internal control, risk management and governance concepts; the principles and application of industry frameworks, standards and regulations
  • A critical thinker with excellent analytical skills; a consultative and collaborative approach to problem-solving; well-developed project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, able to work effectively with the Audit Committee and board
  • Experience in scaling and transforming internal audit teams to reflect the growth and changing needs of the business

Remuneration Package

€110,000 - €150,000 + excellent benefits package


For a confidential and discreet conversation to understand more about this role, please contact Warren Hilton on + 353 1 592 7882 or email or apply via link

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