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Financial Management / Internal Audit Trainee - Cambridgeshire County Council

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Organisation: LGSS   Hours: 37.00
Salary: £21,589 - £31,371   Working Pattern:Permanent
Location: Cambridge Shire Hall   Reference: 18310

Closing date:

08 August 2019 at midday
SALARY- £23,800 rising to £31,400 based on progression through accountancy qualification.
This role is scheduled to move base to our new civic headquarters building in Alconbury Weald in Winter 2020/21.

Our training scheme offers graduates an extraordinary opportunity for a rewarding career in public finance, allowing you to influence key local government decisions that matter to communities.

We are looking to recruit a number of enthusiastic and determined individuals to join our two schemes, either working across Financial Management or specialising in Internal Audit. Successful applicants will have strong communication and analytical skills and be able to think creatively.

Successful applicants must have at least 3 Bs (or equivalent in UCAS points) at A-Level and will have, or will be expecting to achieve, a 2:1 degree or higher in any discipline (no previous accountancy experience is necessary).

All trainees will study for the CIPFA Professional Qualification at the CIPFA Education Training Centre in London and at the end of the three years qualify as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant.
To find about more about the qualification, please visit the CIPFA website:


Over the three year graduate scheme, you will undertake three different placements in Service Finance, Corporate Finance as well as Internal Audit, on a 12-month rotation cycle. Each placement will provide you with a varied mix across the monthly/annual financial cycle and high-level projects, supporting your CIPFA studies and your development as a public sector finance professional. Opportunities include:

• Supporting a wide range of budget managers, providing financial advice to make decisions and improve service delivery
• Supporting the Council through budget setting and monitoring, and advising on resource allocation and savings proposals
• Developing knowledge of accounting standards and working across public sector partners, such as schools and the NHS
• Developing, completing and reporting on your own Internal Audit assignments to analyse and improve the Council’s control environment.


You will remain based in the Audit team, supporting the service in providing independent assurance on the effectiveness of the organisation’s risk management, governance and internal control processes. You will work closely with management to recommend and agree improvements to systems based on your own work, which will include a wide range of assignments across financial audit, contract audit, project management, IT audit and work in social care and fraud investigations. You will also have opportunities to specialise and to work outside of your primary client base, expanding your skillset by undertaking audit work across our audit clients including schools as well as County, District and City councils.

An assessment centre will be held on 16th August, with successful candidates being invited to interview on 20th or 21st August. We anticipate a start date of 16th September.

For enquiries about the scheme, please contact Rebecca Bartram (; 01223 699693).


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