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Claire Seneviratna looks at the post of head of internal audit at Knowsley MBC ...
Claire Seneviratna looks at the post of head of internal audit at Knowsley MBC

Knowsley MBC is looking for an innovative head of internal audit to join its finance department.

The post, which became vacant following a retirement, is at the heart of a division which prides itself on high standards. The council's audit rating is 'excellent' according to its comprehensive performance assessment and the council overall has been given a 'good' rating. The Labour-controlled local authority was also a runner-up in LGC's Council of the Year 2004.

James Duncan, assistant director, finance, says: 'We are looking for someone who can develop our internal audit and who has experience in planning audit. The successful candidate will have experience of local government or the wider public sector and be able to play a proactive role, rather than simply wrapping people's knuckles.'

The new postholder will also be expected to assess business risk and ensure standards of probity are upheld in the development of e-government systems, which are being introduced across the council.

He or she will be expected to factor in controls at the beginning of projects - reflecting developments in the role of auditors across local government generally.

Mr Duncan adds: 'Working in a team of 54, the successful applicant will work across both the accounts section and the audit, and ensure internal audit is the best it can be.'

Situated at the centre of the north-west, Knowsley is an area with a strong sense of identity. Flanked by the region's big hitters Liverpool and Manchester, it is conveniently placed for those seeking a dose of culture and commerce.

'We have great transport links, we are on the outskirts of massive culture capitals and though we are one of the smaller metropolitan borough councils, we really fight above our weight,' says Mr Duncan.

In addition to a salary package of up to£52,094, the job will include reimbursement for essential car use as well as opportunities for flexible working.

'We are committed to a work anytime, anywhere philosophy,' says Mr Duncan. 'There has been a lot of investment in e-government at Knowsley which means we can offer computer links from any of our council buildings. This allows staff to work from different locations rather than being tied to one desk and computer.

'We can set up broadband in people's homes if they wish to work from there. We are also piloting a scheme which does away with the idea of core hours, letting people work the hours they choose.'

Facts and figures

Population 150,459

Males 70,743

Females 79,743

Aged 0 to 15 22.9%

Aged 16 to 74 71.3%

Aged 75 and over 5.7%

Born in the UK 98.3%

Born in EU (inc Rep Ireland) 0.8%

Born elsewhere 0.9%


Percentage of people aged 16-74 . . .

Employed 49%

Unemployed 5.9%

Student 6.5%

Retired 13.8%

Looking after home/family 7.8%

Permanently sick/disabled 12.2%

Other 4.9%


People with limiting long-term illness 24.7%

People whose health is good65%

People whose health is fairly good21.3%

Ethnic groups

White British98.4%

Mixed race0.8%

Asian or Asian Black0.2%

Black or black British0.2%

Other ethnic group0.3%

People whose health is not good 13.6%

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