Head of Internal Audit


Abu Dhabi, UAE

Ref: GP186-4879

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Charterhouse are presently managing a search, for one of our Abu Dhabi based financial services clients, whom are in the process of looking to identify a Head of Internal Audit.

With a functional reporting line to the Audit Committee and a supporting line to the Chief Executive Officer, this role shall take ownership of the department, with a remit to plan, develop and oversee the full spectrum of functions linking to Internal Audit and all related governance and controllership. This role shall also be heavily geared towards the review of policy, to assess the effectiveness, standard of risk mitigation and resource allocation across the group’s Internal Audit platform. This shall entail the review of risk management frameworks and operational processes, to allow for the enhancement of functional methodologies, combined with a development of all planning and reporting policies and procedures. This role shall also partner with External Auditors and regulatory/compliance bodies, to implement industry best practice and compliance monitoring tools whilst also ensuring that all business/commercial nuances are factored-in to the operating plan, team deployment and audit delivery.


The client will look to hire a seasoned finance and audit professional, with up to 10 years of experience, of which the latter exposure should be geared towards the financial services industry sector. The successful candidate will come from a professional Chartered Accountancy background (ACA, ACCA, CIMA or CPA) and shall also possess an Internal Audit related qualification (ACII, CIA or CISA). Candidates shall be required to have a demonstrable track record with the UAE and/or regional GCC markets; whereby deliverables of operational excellence and change management can be displayed. This senior role shall require a strong communication and presentation skill set; allowing the candidate to be well-placed to liaise and influence at all levels of staff and management grades. In conjunction, the client has placed a preference and desire to also identify a native Arabic speaking candidate.

About the Company

The Charterhouse brand and business was launched in Dubai and the Middle East in April 2004 by a team of international recruiters and management consultants, after its inception in Sydney, Australia in September 2003. Charterhouse Middle East is now positioned as the leading regional recruiter within its area of disciplines and functional markets.

Charterhouse offers professional and bespoke contingency and retained search services to all sectors of the market. Service quality is guaranteed, thanks to a particular focus on flexibility. Charterhouse was the first international search and selection business to establish Dubai as its base. The growth in the Middle East region has been mirrored by Charterhouse globally, with offices now in Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

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