Head of Assignment, Internal Audit, central functions and regulatory risks

Permanent contract|London|Audit / Control / Quality

Head of Assignment, Internal Audit, central functions and regulatory risks

  • London, United Kingdom
  • Permanent contract
  • Audit / Control / Quality



Are you…

  • An ambitious Head of Audit Assignment with more than 8 years’ experience in Financial Services.
  • Professionally qualified with strong communication and inter-personal skills.
  • Seeking an excellent opportunity to join one of Europe’s leading financial services groups.
  • Looking to work in a diverse team in a respectful and open team environment.
  • Able to apply and develop data analytics techniques to audit work.
  • A team player that can coach and develop more junior audit staff.

If so, we want to hear from you!


What is the opportunity in more detail?

We are currently seeking a Head of Audit Assignment to join our London audit team, covering the central functions and regulatory risks (including compliance and legal functions) of the bank across the UK, Ireland, Channel Islands, Gibraltar and the Middle-East region.

The role involves planning and leading audit assignments, following up on audit recommendations, and contributing to our continuous audit monitoring and risk assessment process. In addition, you will be expected to coach and supervise less experienced staff and work closely and maintain a good level of interaction/co-operation with the members of the overall audit department locally and aboard, as well as with senior/key stakeholder auditees. You will also participate in projects and special assignments as required.

As Head of Audit Assignment you will be responsible for the following activities (under the supervision of a Regional Audit Supervisor):

  • You will plan, execute, complete and report audit assignments whilst adhering to departmental methodology requirements, and set objectives and provide honest, constructive and timely feedback to the auditors assigned to your reviews. You may from time to time asked to participate to audits led by other Heads of Audit Assignment.
  • You will monitor and report of the timely, correct and complete remediation of audit recommendations and support the follow-up process with the auditees. You will be expected to anticipate, identify and escalate delays and issues in relation to deliverables.
  • You will contribute, under the supervision of Regional Audit Supervisors, to the internal audit permanent Continuous Monitoring and annual Risk Assessment, which are the basis for the preparation of the yearly audit plan.
  • You will assist in the preparation of presentations used for various committees where Internal Audit is represented. You may be required to attend by delegation.


This is a great opportunity to develop your career with a leading Financial Services Group. As soon as you arrive, you will be integrated into our teams and will learn every day alongside our experts, who will support you in your tasks. Gradually, you will become more independent in your tasks, making this experience a real career accelerator. You will also discover all the diversity of our businesses, in a sector that is constantly evolving and innovating.

You should also know that our employees can dedicate several days per year to solidarity actions during their working hours, including sponsoring people struggling with their orientation or professional integration, participating in the financial education of young apprentices, and sharing their skills with charities. There are many ways to get involved.

So if you feel you have the right background and want to join a supportive team of like-minded professionals, don’t hesitate to apply!

Who are we?

Societe Generale, one of Europe's leading financial services groups and a major player in the economy for over 150 years, supports 26 million clients every day with more than 131,000 staff in 66 countries. The Group combines financial strength, proven expertise in innovation and a sustainable growth strategy with the objective of creating value for all our stakeholders. We seek to be a trusted partner in the projects of those building tomorrow's world today.

The Inspection General and Internal Audit Division (IGAD) is Societe Generale Group’s 3rd Line of Defence, and Internal Audit comprises of over 1,200 professionals covering the bank’s global businesses and services in over 80 countries. The main role of IGAD is to review operational entities in an objective, thorough and risk-based manner to assess the compliance of the Group’s operations, the level of actual risk, the enforcement of procedures and the effectiveness and relevance of the corresponding permanent control set up.

Profile required


Graduate with degree level qualification, ideally in a financial discipline, from a top business school and/or Qualified Accountant (ACA, ACCA or CPA) or IIA qualified, or time served experience.

Ideally 8 years+ experience within the financial services industry, preferably this experience should have been gained in an internal/external audit, risk management or compliance function, and/or good understanding of Choose an item..

Able to manage and execute audits with confidence and demonstrate excellent organisation, with proven coaching of less experienced staff, time management and stakeholder management skills.

Strong relationship builder and effective communicator across all levels within a team, with the business and externally.

Passionate about driving change, making improvements and helping stakeholders.

Clearly identify key risks, key controls and gaps/breakdowns in complex areas of a financial institution.

Demonstrate attention to details but can summarise key messages succinctly, verbally and in writing.

Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.

️ Affinity for working within technical applications and dealing with large datasets.

Proficient/good command of MS Office (especially Excel, PowerPoint and Visio) and data analytics tools.

‍ Python, R or similar language is an advantage, although not essential.

Fluency in English is required, French is a plus.

Why join us

People join for the impact they can have on us. They stay for the impact we have on them. A flatter structure offers visibility and exposure beyond that of our competitors, so you know our names, and we know yours. It's personable, human, and inspires success through passion. By encouraging open mindedness and a willingness to share ideas, we have adapted to market changes and thrived through innovation. Bringing words like “hard work” and “dedication” together with “community” and “respect” has enabled us to work collaboratively and build our future together. We call this Team Spirit and it's what makes us different. It's what makes you different.

Business insight

If you feel you have the required experience and qualifications, then please apply to the SG Resourcing Team, and we will manage your application. At Société Générale, we believe our people are our strength and are core to the success of our business. As such, we search for, recruit and appoint the best available person on the basis of aptitude and ability, regardless of sex, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, pregnancy, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, belief or gender identity

We are an equal opportunities employer and we are proud to make diversity a strength for our company. Societe Generale is committed to recognizing and promoting all talents, regardless of their beliefs, age, disability, parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, membership of a political, religious, trade union or minority organisation, or any other characteristic that could be subject to discrimination.

Reference: 23000OQ4
Entity: SG CIB
Starting date: 2023/10/30
Publication date: 2023/09/01