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Deputy Director, Head of Internal Audit

Office for National Statistics
We operate a hybrid working model and fully support flexibility with colleagues already based across the UK working from home and linked to one of our core locations in Newport, London, Titchfield (Fareham) or Darlington
£73,000 - £100,000
Closing date
22 Aug 2022

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Job Details

For this role you will be linked to one of the core locations, the frequency of attendance at our offices is agreed with you as relevant to your role.

About the job

This is a key role for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) as a whole. We see this role as instrumental in ensuring the organisation is delivering on the ambition set out in our strategy ‘Statistics for the Public Good’.

ONS is the largest producer of official statistics and the recognised National Statistical Institute (NSI) of the UK. We play a unique role: informing debate and improving decision making across the country. Throughout the pandemic, the prominence and influence of our statistics have continued to grow, placing ever more importance on our responsibility to set and maintain standards and deliver statistics that are easy to use and designed to meet the wider public good as well as the needs of government. To support that, this role will play a key role in providing assurance over the framework of risk, governance, and control.

This role is about providing assurance to the Chief Executive and our Audit and Risk Assurance Committee that we have the plans, resources, and infrastructure in place to manage the complexity of our transformation portfolio and regular production of key economic and social statistics.

The key challenges will be:

  • Leading the development and implementation of the Internal Audit Strategy and supporting programmes of work
  • Building and maintaining strong relationship with senior stakeholders and non-executives across the organisation; driving a robust, efficient, and future focused approach to internal audit
  • Leading our Internal Audit capability, as well as managing the relationship with our co-source partner
  • Contributing to the wider leadership of the directorate, making ONS a great place to work.


The Office for National Statistics is part of the Civil Service, and as such we share a number of key benefits with other departments, whilst also having our own unique offerings to support our 5000+ valued colleagues across the business.

We are an organisation that takes well-being seriously and lives and breathes the desire to modernise the workplace of the future. Everyone, from our office-based colleagues across our office sites, to our field interviewers and airports and ports passenger survey teams, are part of a diverse and inclusive family.

Inclusion, Diversity and Accessibility

At ONS we are always looking to attract the very best people from the widest possible talent pool, and we are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer. As a member of the Business Disability Forum and a Disability Confident Leader we’re committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

As part of our application process, you will be prompted to provide details of any reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process that you need. If you would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments before applying, please contact the recruitment team in the first instance.

Things you need to know

This role has a minimum assignment duration of 3 years. An assignment duration is the period of time a Senior Civil Servant is expected to remain in the same post to enable them to deliver on the agreed key business outcomes. The assignment duration also supports your career through building your depth of expertise.

As part of accepting this role, you will be agreeing to the expected assignment duration set out above. This will not result in a contractual change to your terms and conditions. Please note this is an expectation only, it is not something which is written into your terms and conditions or indeed which the employing organisation or you are bound by. It will depend on your personal circumstances at a particular time and business needs, for example, would not preclude any absence like family friendly leave. It is nonetheless an important expectation, which is why we ask you to confirm you agree to the assignment duration set out above.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Nick Bateson,

Recruitment team,

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission.


About the Office for National Statistics (ONS) - The government department that provides statistical and registration services, ONS is responsible for producing a wide range of economic and social statistics. It also registers life events and holds the decennial census of the population.

Find Us
+44 (0) 1633 817521
Office for National Statistics
Government Buildings
Cardiff Road, Newport
NP10 8XG
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