IT Risk and Assurance Advisor

 £45,000 -  £60,000 - Depending on experience
Closing date: 
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 23:00
UK Power Networks

Closing Date



 £45,000 -  £60,000  ( Depending on experience)

CiP 5%


London / Various

Employment Period Fixed Term Contract - 12 months
Reference Number  45345



Reports To

Risk and Assurance Manager

Job Title

IT Risk and Assurance Advisor



All applications will be reviewed after the closing date


We also offer : 

Annual leave 25 days

Personal Pension Plan  €“ Personal contribution rates of 4% or 5% (UK Power Networks will make a corresponding contribution of 8% or 10%)

Tenancy Loan Deposit scheme 

Tax efficient benefits: cycle to work scheme

Season ticket loan

Occupational Health support

Switched On  €“ scheme providing discount on hundreds of retailers products.

Supplier discounts, such as O2, EE, Vauxhall cars, Universal tyres

Discounted access to sports and social clubs

Employee Assistance Programme.


Why work at UK Power Networks?


UK Power Networks owns and maintains electricity cables and lines across London, the South East and East of England, distributing electricity.

We have over 6000 employees serving a population of 8.3 million end user customers.

Our vision is to consistently be the best performing distribution network operator group in the UK. We will do this by delivering our regulatory commitments and business targets across the three aspects of our vision, being:


  • An Employer of Choice
  • Sustainably Cost Efficient
  • A Respected Corporate Citizen


UK Power Networks was ranked the 9th best Company to work for in the Sunday Times best Companies Survey in 2019.

The role of UK Power Networks Risk and Assurance function, is to provide an independent and objective opinion on the adequacy and functioning of the systems of internal control and risk management.


Job Purpose


The Assurance is not your typical Internal Audit function, we work proactively with the business in providing independent assurance over the effectiveness of UK Power Network €™s internal control environment. We act as a catalyst for change in helping the business strive for improving its control environment and ultimately performance. We make use of the latest data analytic tools and methodologies in our assurance reviews, not only to provide enhanced assurance, but also to provide business insights.



Scope and principal requirements


  • This is an autonomous role for someone who is looking for independence and accountability in a highly regulated industry
  • Provides a unique opportunity for interactions with key senior stakeholders, and external stakeholders
  • A naturally proactive  individual who can independently lead and deliver audit assignments to the highest quality
  • To be a respected and trusted member of Risk and Assurance team, provide advice and expertise to the business for effective IT risk management
  • Identify and use data analytics techniques to find trends and root causes of issues spanning across UK Power Networks
  • Apply knowledge and expertise towards the creation of a risk based Internal Audit plan
  • Apply best practise and level of commerciality in setting recommendations




  • Strong individual contributor, with experience gained from audit/assurance and risk roles
  • Problem solving  €“ Ability to leads others to solve complex problems
  • Impactful and a strong influencer when discussing sensitive issues
  • Someone who is naturally inquisitive
  • Creative - Someone with great vision, excellent writing skills and strength in how they communicate
  • Flexibility- someone who is adaptable to work demands
  • Professional qualification CISA, QiCA or IIA
  • IT general controls review experience
  • Knowledge of CobiT, ITIL, Prince2 and other relevant methodologies
  • IT & Security Governance
  • Experience of project assurance
  • Knowledge in the following technical areas is desirable:
    • UNIX (AIX) & Linux
    • SAP
    • Information Security
    • Windows / Microsoft Active Directory
    • Use of CAATs for data analysis
    • Industrial Controls Systems Security
    • Mobile and web technologies
    • ITIL IT service delivery & service management
    • Cloud Services 


Health & Safety Responsibilities


Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.


Employees are responsible for ensuring they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees are responsible for understanding those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.

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