The purpose of the audit function of the committee is to:
- provide independent assurance of the adequacy of risk management framework and the associated control environment
- provide independent scrutiny of the County Council’s financial and non-financial performance to the extent that it affects exposure to risk and weakens the control environment
- oversee the financial reporting process.
Details of duties
- Participate in meetings of the committee, normally four meetings per year on a Monday morning from 10.30am to 1.00pm.
- Support the committee by offering constructive challenge on reports being considered and support others to do the same.
- Challenge and provide expertise related to finance, accounts or audit and corporate governance.
- Keep informed of issues facing the council and local authorities generally.
- Help the committee to review and monitor its own effectiveness.
- Participate in training events related to the work of the committee.
- Experience either as an accountant or auditor or working with statutory accounts, preferably at a senior level, or significant experience as an audit committee member or non-executive director in a large or complex organisation.
- Understanding of finance or accounts, preferably in a public sector environment.
- Ability to be objective and impartial and to exercise good judgement.
- Ability to digest and understand complex financial information.
- Ability to analyse evidence and ask the right questions to hold the organisation to account.
- Ability to influence others to provide appropriate challenge.
- Effective interpersonal skills with strong influencing and communication skills.
Applicants must not be an employee of West Sussex County Council or a member of a political party.
Applicants should submit a CV and supporting statement setting out why they are applying for the position. These will be considered and a shortlist will be prepared by the Director of Law and Assurance and the Director of Finance and Support Services.