Trainee Internal Auditor

HM Revenue and Customs

Apply before 11:55 pm on Wednesday 28th September 2022



Reference number



£34,404 - £36,985


Higher Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

HMRC - CFO Group - Internal Audit

Type of role

Internal Audit

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



7&8 Wellington Place, Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 4AP Three New Bailey, New Bailey Street, Salford, M3 5FS Benton Park View, Newcastle, NE98 1ZZ, 1 Unity Square, Nottingham, NG2 1AW,


At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues; an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.

We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us and we offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make a fulfilling career at HMRC accessible to you.

Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role.

It's an exciting time to join HMRC, an organisation that probably doesn’t work how you’d envision a government department would. We are one of the largest Government Departments and one of the UK’s biggest organisations. Almost every individual and business in the UK is a direct customer of HMRC.

What we can offer you:


National Salary - £34,404- £36,985

For further information, there will be an opportunity to attend a presentation on the role and a chance to ask questions. This will take place at 14.00 on 21 September 2022 so visit Internal Auditor Recruitment Q&A registration to book your place. You will also find further information in our candidate pack.


When you join us, you’ll get 25 days annual leave in your first year, rising to 30 days after five years with us. On top of bank holiday leave, you’ll also enjoy an extra day off to mark the Queen’s birthday. You’ll benefit from generous paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave. Also, as soon as you start the job you will join a competitive pension scheme.

For more information see our "Your Little Extras and Big Benefits Booklet", or please visit GOV.UK.

Job description

It's an exciting time to join HMRC, an organisation that probably doesn’t work how you’d envision a government department would. We are one of the largest Government Departments and one of the UK’s biggest organisations. Almost every individual and business in the UK is a direct customer of HMRC.

Internal Audit is integral to our operation; working with every area of the Department providing assurance on governance, risk management and controls. As well as undertaking risk-based and compliance type audit work, we are actively brought in early to help the business design controls into new products and processes. HMRC is committed to becoming a ‘data driven organisation’ and undergoing the biggest digital transformation in government with some of the biggest and most exciting digital projects in Europe.

We are looking to recruit hardworking individuals who are keen to improve public services. We need people who can bring practicality, pragmatism and customer focus to the technical elements of the review process. You need to be a strong influencer, a good communicator, and a great teammate. If you are ready for a change and have an appetite for the breadth of work this role offers, we can help you build an outstanding career in internal audit and wider HMRC/Government. This role will provide you with work that is meaningful, exciting and probably the most multifaceted in government. This is an opportunity that will no doubt stand out on any CV.

You will be supported by a team of outstandingly experienced and respected colleagues who will share their knowledge and promote your development. We will also value and learn from the experience you can bring to this organisation. We know flexibility and work-life balance is important, so we offer flexi-time to our people, along with the choice of working from home at least two days per week.

The trainee posts available can be based in any of the locations above. We also welcome applications from those with a background in operational IT as there may be the opportunity for one of the trainees to work on our IT audit team.


We are excited to be recruiting our next cohort of trainees. Being a trainee provides a wonderful opportunity for you to learn through studying towards a professional internal audit qualification, while undertaking a role that provides real value to the whole of HMRC.  Successful completion will enable you to become a Chartered Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors. This is an excellent foundation for a future career in Internal Audit. We require a commitment to follow and successfully complete a demanding but rewarding course of study and exams, while also developing your skills in the workplace, putting studies into practice and proactively identifying opportunities for you to develop yourself professionally.

As a trainee Internal Auditor, you will support audit management in delivering assurance, advice and opinion on the overall adequacy and efficiency to Chief Executives on their framework of governance, risk management and control. This is an opportunity to work within a crucial government profession and influence senior officials within HMRC.

Day to day work will involve research and fieldwork into specific business and project reviews with direct key customer engagement. As your knowledge and training progresses you will be encouraged to seek further responsibilities with more senior customer interaction and bring together findings to form the base for the reporting stage. Specifics include:

  • Personal responsibility for developing and maintaining effective relationships with assignment customers.
  • Work independently, or within a team, to successfully deliver internal audit assignments and advisory reviews.
  • Managing own time and resource optimally.
  • Proactively identifies, foresees and takes ownership of issues affecting delivery of their/ the wider team’s objectives and provides solutions and options ahead of deadlines.
  • Being an effective team member, supporting the wider team delivery by working constructively and flexibly with colleagues to deliver appropriate objectives.
  • Producing and delivering clear and accurate briefings, presentations and reports that meet the requirements of the customers.
  • Looking to continuously improve your own development/ performance and that of the wider team, by providing constructive challenge/ participation in reviews, problem solve activities, team discussions.
  • Responding positively to team and departmental changes.

Essential criteria

Must hold one of the following:

  • a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University or International equivalent or higher; or
  • Possess five years of internal audit experience; or
  • The ACCA qualification or equivalent.

Desirable criteria

To realise your potential within Internal Audit, you will need to be self-motivated with a positive flexible approach and a willingness to contribute towards our excellent reputation for providing meaningful assurance and risk management services.

You will handle your own time and resource optimally and be an effective team member by working constructively and flexibly with colleagues.

  • a strong analytical problem solver who provides solutions and works out what needs to be done and take pride in doing it to completion;
  • an effective communicator both orally and verbally, supporting this with strong report writing skills, being able to communicate key messages clearly and succinctly to senior leaders;
  • excellent interpersonal and influencing skills, being able to relate to people at all levels in an organisation and to build and maintain respect both professionally and personally;
  • an independent problem solver who can challenge the status quo, express their views and make decisions;
  • highly organised, with the ability to work on, and lead, multiple projects within timelines and with minimal direct supervision;
  • a team player who can also exercise their initiative;
  • adaptable to shifts in business focus and customer needs;
  • able to demonstrate resilience and tact in the face of challenging circumstances.

CIA – IIA uk

  • Studying requires a time dedication of around 80 hours each for Parts 1 and 2, and around 100 hours for Part 3.
  • Most students complete the CIA in 12 – 18 months. The CIA must be completed within 3 years of registering.

IA Training Scheme Guidance:

  • CIA learning system (online, handled by IIA UK) is supplemented with courses run by IIA UK or a tuition provider e.g. BHBi. HMRC currently encourages trainees to attend BHBi courses.
  • BHBi offer five courses covering the different elements of the CIA which vary from 2 – 4 days long. Normally these are held in Cardiff but at the moment they are offering virtual courses as well.

IIA UK offer Revision Masterclasses covering each CIA exam which are presented over four half-days.

Due to the commitment required for to study and need to evidence work experience as part of the qualification, applicants wishing to work part-time should discuss this and get agreement to their proposed working pattern before applying.

Once qualified, you will ensure personal continuing professional development (CPD) to maintain the professional CIIA standards.

Undertaking the professional audit qualification is a long-term dedication, so we are seeking candidates who are self-motivated with a positive flexible approach to both the study and work commitments. Trainees will only be released on level transfers in outstanding circumstances.


• a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University or International equivalent or higher; or
• Possess five years of internal audit experience; or
• The ACCA qualification or equivalent
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Team members that are moving offices as a result of the Locations Programme will be entitled to a Moves Adjustment Payment for three years where they incur additional costs. This is calculated based on the difference between the costs of travelling to and from the new and old office, over a weekly period. You will get more detail on this as part of targeted locations move communications.

Find more about HMRC benefits in for further information or visit


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

As part of the application process you will be asked to submit the following:

1.CV - will consist of two elements:

• Career History: Word limit 1,200
• Qualifications: Word limit 200

You will be presented with two text boxes. The first will ask for your employment history - here you should set it out like a traditional CV, making sure to following the following format: -

• Name of employer
• Dates worked (to and from)
• Job title
• Brief description of your main role / responsibilities (please ensure you match this section against the job advert / essential / desirable criteria)

The next text box will ask you to include any relevant qualifications you may have.

2.A Personal Statement

Your personal statement should outline, in no more than 500 words, how you meet the essential/desirable criteria, your suitability for the role and what experience you bring to the role.

It is important that you meet the eligibility requirements for the qualification and appreciate the study commitment required before applying for the posts(

Candidates invited for interview may be asked to make a short presentation – details would be provided with interview invitation.


Depending on application numbers an initial sift may be carried out on the Personal Statement.

Where there is an initial sift we will provide scores to people who do not meet the minimum standard. If your application progresses to a full sift, your full application will then be assessed and scores provided.

The interview will consist of the following:

• A short presentation that you will be able to prepare for in advance – details will be provided in your interview invite.
• Questions based on your experience.

Application sift is planned to be carried out WC: 26/09/22
Interviews are planned to be carried out WC: 17/10/22

Please be advised that the above dates are indicative only and are subject to change.

Please see attached candidate pack “What’s it like being a Trainee Internal Auditor in HMRC? to give you a flavour of the work in IA.

Desirable Criteria can only be used to determine the best applicant in a tie break scenario but will not otherwise form part of the selection process.

This vacancy is only available at the specified locations, alternative locations are not available.

Your office location is contractual so if you are successful, there is an expectation that you will attend that office location as required by the business. You need to consider how you will meet this requirement before you apply and discuss any concerns with the vacancy holder before accepting any role.

Please take extra care to tick the correct boxes in the eligibility sections of your application form. We understand mistakes sometimes happen but if you contact us later than two working days (Monday-Friday) before the vacancy closes, we will not be able to reopen your application for you. The inbox to contact is: Use subject line to insert appropriate wording eg Please re-open my application - 236213 & vacancy closing date 28/09/2022.

Security Update

If you are successful and transferring from another Government Department, we will carry out a check of your identity, nationality, and immigration status (including the right to work in the UK) and a criminal record check before confirming your appointment.

Successful candidates must pass a Disclosure and Barring Security Check. Please note that HMRC have an exemption under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, which enables us to make enquiries about both unspent and spent convictions.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

 Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

HMRC transformation

HM Revenue and Customs is currently going through an exciting ten-year transformation programme to create a tax authority fit for the future. As part of this, we are committed to providing high-quality jobs and giving employees a great place to work, whichever location you work from.

HM Revenue and Customs has made significant progress with its plans to locate in 14 large, modern, flexible offices, equipped with high-speed digital infrastructure supporting improved customer service and compliance activity. These collaborative workspaces will enable smarter working and great training and development facilities, allowing for the sharing of expertise, local training, promotion, and provide great ongoing career development opportunities.

These offices will be located in central locations in the following towns and cities close to accessible transport links: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Croydon, Portsmouth and Stratford.  

In addition, there will also be a small number of specialist sites where the work cannot be done anywhere else, in Gartcosh (near Glasgow), Telford, Ipswich, Worthing and Dover, as well as our headquarters in central London. What’s more, our Welsh language service has people located in Porthmadog, as well as Cardiff.

We are letting you know about our future plans because if you are recruited into an office that is not one of these locations, you will be expected, subject to HM Revenue and Customs applicable policies, to move to one of these locations in the future. In some cases, this will be via one of our nine transitional sites.

For more information please contact the vacancy holder.

Terms and Conditions

We really hope you decide to apply for this role. If you’re successful you need to know that in February 2021 members of recognised trade unions (ARC and PCS) voted to approve a pay and contract reform offer. This means that HMRC will adopt new terms and conditions for all colleagues as part of a multi-year pay deal and contract offer, the pay deal period is 01 June 2020 – 31st May 2023 and terms and conditions changes take place from the 01 June 2021 onwards. These terms will apply to colleagues who already work in HMRC and if you join us, it will apply to you too. We’ve put together a summary of the key changes that will be made and you can find this attached to the Job Advert.  


If you are currently working for an OGD and would like to consider the impact on your pay when joining HMRC, please see the attached document "Pay on Transfer from OGD" for further information. (Please note the attached document could also be called “Combined T&C and OGD Pay English”)

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Further Information

Customer facing roles in HMRC require the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English and/or Welsh where required. Where this is an essential requirement this will be tested as part of the selection process.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

After interview, a single merit list will be created and you will only be considered for posts in locations you have expressed a preference for. Appointments will be made in strict merit order in line with the set number of roles in each location.

Any move to HMRC from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility

HMRC welcomes applications from those who need to work a more flexible arrangement and will agree to requests where possible, taking into account our operational and customer service needs. We can’t guarantee that we can meet all requests to work flexibly, as agreement will be subject to business ability to accommodate, and any request to work a more flexible arrangement should be made prior to your acceptance of the provisional offer.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.                                                                                                            

Please note that this role is unsuitable for contractual homeworkers due to the nature and/or requirements of the role.

IMPORTANT: Please see attached information on eligibility to join the internal audit training scheme and career progression.

Applicants should note that Internal Audit in HMRC may move to join the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) which is a cross government provision of internal audit services. No decision if or when this will happen has been made yet, and a move will not happen before July 2023. If HMRC IA do join, staff will be transferred to the Agency and we envisage trainees will continue with their training paths.

Working in Internal Audit will require travel and some overnight stays. In addition, the training courses could potentially involve travel.

Reasonable adjustment

We want to make sure no one is put at a disadvantage during our recruitment process because of a disability, condition or impairment. To assist you with this, we will reduce or remove any barriers where possible and provide additional support where appropriate. Please see our for more details.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

  • Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
  • Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Sarah Morris
  • Email :
  • Telephone : 03000 564699

Recruitment team :

  • Email :

Further information

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. You have the right to complain if you feel a department has breached the requirement of the Recruitment Principles. In the first instance, you should raise the matter directly with the department concerned via If you are not satisfied with the response, you may bring your complaint to the Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages:

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