Chief Manager – Internal Audit

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

Kenya Bureau of Standards

Department: Internal Audit

Employment Type: Full Time

Location: Nairobi City

Experience Level: Senior or Mid-Level

Job Purpose

In this role, you will provide leadership and oversight for auditing the implementation of KEBS policies, strategies, legal requirements, and risk management framework. Your responsibility is to enhance the effectiveness of governance, internal controls, and compliance, supporting KEBS’ mandate on Standardization, Metrology, and Conformity Assessment (SMCA). You will ensure the prudent and efficient utilization of KEBS’ annual budget and promote local, regional, and international trade while safeguarding consumer health, safety, and the environment. This position plays a crucial role in aligning with Kenya’s vision 2030, African Union Agenda 2063, and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Key Responsibilities

I. Managerial / Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Formulating Audit Policies, Strategies, and Procedures
  • Establishing a Risk-Based Framework
  • Implementing the Annual Audit Plan
  • Monitoring Legal Requirements and Government Directives
  • Developing Business Continuity Strategies
  • Implementing Internal Audit Charter
  • Developing Staff Competencies
  • Establishing Management Systems and Improvements
  • Resource Allocation and Performance Management
  • Developing and Monitoring Corporate Whistleblowing Policy
  • Implementing NSC Resolutions

II. Operational Responsibilities / Tasks

  • Budgeting and Procurement Planning
  • Building Capacity of the Audit Committee
  • Conducting Internal and External Audits
  • Ensuring Compliance with Laws and Regulations
  • Providing Technical Advice to Other Departments
  • Coordinating Implementation of Projects and Systems
  • Preparing and Submitting Board Papers and Reports
  • Ensuring Effective Communication with Stakeholders

Job Dimensions

  • Financial Responsibility: Controls the departmental budget, approves expenditures, and oversees cost minimization and resource optimization strategies.
  • Responsibility for Physical Assets: Responsible for physical assets within the department.
  • Decision Making / Job Influence: Makes strategic, operational, and financial decisions.
  • Working Conditions: Works within the office and may be required to travel within and outside the country.

Job Competencies

Academic Qualifications: Relevant master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in a business-related area.

Professional Qualifications / Membership to Professional Bodies:

  • Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA K)
  • Certified Internal Auditor

Previous Relevant Work Experience Required: Minimum of ten (10) years’ relevant work experience, with at least 5 years in a managerial position.

Functional Skills

  • Management and Governance
  • Project Management
  • Financial Management
  • Leadership
  • Presentation and Report Writing
  • Analytical and Auditing Skills
  • Negotiation

Behavioural Competencies/Attributes

  • Counselling
  • Problem-Solving
  • Time Management
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal Skills

Expert Tips To Be A Successful Applicant

  1. Highlight Your Leadership Experience: Emphasize your experience in leading and managing teams to showcase your ability to take charge and drive results.
  2. Showcase Auditing and Compliance Skills: Demonstrate your proficiency in auditing and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations.
  3. Align with KEBS’ Mandate: Tailor your application to align with KEBS’ goals, emphasizing your commitment to standardization, safety, and sustainable development.
  4. Provide Concrete Achievements: Include specific achievements from your previous roles to substantiate your impact and value.
  5. Demonstrate Adaptability: Highlight your ability to adapt to various situations, as the role may involve working in different locations and handling diverse challenges.
  6. Focus on Communication and Presentation: As communication is vital, showcase your strong communication and presentation skills.
  7. Be Detail-Oriented: Attention to detail is crucial in auditing; make sure your application is error-free and well-structured.
  8. Exhibit Problem-Solving Skills: Describe your problem-solving capabilities and how you approach challenges with innovative solutions.
  9. Showcase Your Professional Development: Illustrate your commitment to professional growth by mentioning relevant certifications, workshops, or training you have undertaken.
  10. Highlight Team Collaboration: Stress your ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams and stakeholders, as this role involves effective communication within and outside the directorate.

By incorporating these tips into your application, you can demonstrate your suitability for the Chief Manager – Internal Audit position at KEBS effectively.

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