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Head, Internal Audit at Stanbic-IBTC

Job Title: Head, Internal Audit

  • To be directly accountable to the Board of Directors and the Board Audit Committee of Nigeria.
  • To assist with the Board Audit Committee’s understanding of the risks to which the Bank is exposed and to facilitate an appreciation of the Bank’s risk management, control and governance processes, the Head, Internal Audit, or his authorised delegate, is required to attend Audit Committee meetings and to satisfy the committee on the adequacy and effectiveness of the internal audit function.



  • Possession of first degree or a professional qualification such as CIS, CIMA, ACCA, CA ACA, ACIB, MNIM etc.
  • At least 15 years banking experience of which at least 5 years must have been at Senior Management level and part of which must have been in the Internal Audit department.




  • Detailed knowledge of banking systems and procedures, and modern internal auditing practices.
  • Decide on which business areas to include in the annual plan, based on the global risk assessments and Audit Universe.
  • Decide on the composition of audit teams, gravity of cases to be investigated and time to be allocated thereto.
  • Interpret audit findings and decide on suitability of recommendations made and overall rating awarded.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Providing  an annual assessment on the adequacy and effectiveness of the Bank’s processes for controlling its activities, managing its risks and ensuring good governance;
  • Evaluating and contributing to the improvement of the adequacy and effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes by applying a systematic and disciplined audit approach. This is reinforced through  a continuous quality and improvement programme;
  • Reporting significant issues related to the risk management, control and governance processes of entities within the Bank. This includes the provision of potential improvements to those processes and information concerning the resolution of such issues;
  • Periodically providing information on the status and results of the annual audit plan and the sufficiency of Internal Audit resources;
  • Co-ordinating with and providing oversight of other control and monitoring functions within the Bank (including, but not limited to risk management, compliance, security, legal, ethics, the environment and external audit).
  • Developing a flexible annual audit plan in accordance with Group Internal Audit standards and methodology and by applying an appropriate risk-based methodology. The plan should consider any risks, control or governance concerns identified by the Board Audit Committee and management. The Board and Group Audit Committee will review and approve the plan and any periodic updates;
  • Implementing the annual audit plan, as approved by the Board Audit Committee, including any appropriate tasks or projects requested by management and the Audit Committee;
  • Maintaining a professional audit staff with sufficient knowledge, skills, experience and professional certifications to meet the requirements of this mandate;
  • Evaluating and assessing significant merging/consolidating functions within the bank together with new or changing services, operations and control processes coincident with their development, implementation and/or expansion;
  • Issuing regular reports to the Audit Committee and management summarising results of audit activities;
  • Keeping the Audit Committee informed on emerging trends and successful practices in internal auditing;
  • Investigating significant suspected fraudulent activities within the Bank and to notify management and the Audit Committee of the results;
  • Considering the scope of work of the external auditors and regulators, as appropriate, for the purpose of providing optimal audit coverage to the Bank and minimising duplication of effort.

Key Performance Measures

The key performance measures of the work undertaken by Internal Audit is to determine whether the Bank’s risk management, control, and governance processes, as designed and represented by management, are adequate and functioning in a manner to ensure:

  • Risks are appropriately identified and managed;
  • Interaction with the various governance groups occurs as needed;
  • Significant financial, managerial and operating information is accurate, reliable and timely;
  • Employees’ actions are in compliance with policies, standards and procedures;
  • Resources are acquired economically, used efficiently and adequately protected;
  • Programmes, plans and objectives are achieved;
  • Quality and continuous improvement measures are fostered in the risk management, control and governance processes;
  • Significant legislative or regulatory issues impacting the Bank are recognised and addressed appropriately.

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