Grant Thornton UK LLP

Value for Money Specialist Manager, Open to flexible working

Various UK Locations - see advert
26 Mar 2021
26 Apr 2021
Contract Type


Birmingham (The Colmore Building), Bristol (2 Glass Wharf), Carlisle PSA Hub (Civic Centre), Leeds (No 1 Whitehall Riverside), Liverpool (Royal Liver Building), London (110 Bishopsgate), Manchester (4 Hardman Square), Preston PSA Hub (County Hall)

Join us and you’ll shape more than just your career

We believe we’re best positioned to make a meaningful impact on the economy. Every day, we provide a diverse range of organisations with the kind of business and financial advice it takes to do this. Our ideas and insights empower our clients to make big decisions about the future and unlock sustainable growth. With a relentless focus on quality and integrity, we help businesses, communities and our people to flourish.

Job Description:

Let’s talk about the job:

Following the adoption of the NAO’s new VfM code of practice for local authority and NHS audits in 2020/21, the public sector audit partners are looking to expand the capacity and expertise available to deliver the greater depth and breadth of work that this entails. Your contribution will be in the form of focused project work, in response to specific VfM risks identified by the audit team at the planning stage. Typically, these projects will be between 5 and 10 days in duration at selected audit clients across England but could be longer. We would be looking for you to take a lead role in delivering the projects, managing the client, doing the initial analysis/ reviewing and compiling draft findings. We will put the appropriate support around you throughout the process, to develop our collective thinking and our messaging in the final report, and of course discussing this with the audit team. We expect post COVID working habits to continue the emphasis on remote working, but we hope to have the opportunity to travel to meet clients in due course.

You would be part of our wider team of specialists and we anticipate that you would also become involved in the work of our internal audit, counter fraud, well led, and clinical governance. There will also be opportunities to work on joint projects with our advisory team.

The specific work programme will be tailored to the particular risk identified at each client, however examples of potential subject matter are: Financial Sustainability, Governance, Economy and Efficiency and effectiveness.

This is a permanent contract that for internal and external applicants.

The minimum criteria:

  • We are looking for candidates with experience of working with local government and/or NHS clients and/or who are interested in the local government and NHS sectors and keen to develop their skills and knowledge.
  • We envisage a some knowledge of local authority and NHS financial statements, and a reasonably good understanding of how council’s, NHS trusts, and CCGs function and basic management and governance arrangements.
  • Knowledge of VfM audit, internal audit, well led, clinical governance, and counter fraud would be beneficial, but not essential.

We envisage that this role would suit a senior manager, manager or experienced in-charge (pre-qualified), or relatively recently qualified accountant up to manager grade.

The Public Services Assurance team has a national profile, and therefore we are not tied to candidates from a particular region. The work is expected to be Teams/ Zoom based initially, but there may be some opportunities to travel to clients later in the year. It is expected that for the most part, candidates will be able to work from home or local offices when not required at client sites.

Do you care about the same things we do?

We have six values we work by. When we meet, we’ll want you to show us how they’re important to you, too.

Collaboration: We work together, share ideas and always make time to help each other out.

Leadership: Everyone has the chance to lead their own projects.

Excellence: Quality is central to our purpose. We love what we do, and it shows. We sweat the details. We see things through, no matter how tricky.

Agility: The world moves quickly. To keep up, we stay flexible – changing approaches, changing projects, working offline, online, together and alone to get things done.

Respect: A given, of course: we value each other and our clients. We listen, we understand, we care.

Responsibility: The decisions we make and advice we give affects people’s lives and livelihoods. We take that seriously and always do well by doing what’s right.

Share ideas and profits

Unlike most firms, we’re also a shared enterprise. So when the firm does well, everyone does well by taking home a share of the profits. Of course, to get those profits, we need to share ideas and share responsibility for our work, too.

Bring your whole self

Now you’ve seen our values, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we’re creating a respectful, open, diverse place to work. Building an inclusive culture, where we value difference and respect our colleagues, is not just the right thing to do, it helps our people to perform at the best of their ability and realise their potential. “We are committed to making sure that the opportunities within our firm are equally accessible for everyone – regardless of background or gender.” Dave Dunckley, CEO

There’s more to life than work

Families, children, sports, night classes…the things you do and the people you’re with outside work matter. They can inspire, motivate and energise you. Inside the office and out. So if you’d like to work flexibly, let us know. We’re happy to look at flexible working options for all our roles, and we’ll always do our best to keep your work and life in balance.

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