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Head Of Internal Audit at Leadway Assurance Company Limited

Purpose of Role

The purpose of this role is to ensure compliance with company policies and regulatory requirements by reviewing the records of activities of other departments, report /discuss observed exemptions, make recommendations and monitor implementation of internal and external auditors recommendations; in addition to constant review of existing internal control strategies for efficiency and effectiveness, and to draw any weaknesses to the attention of Executive Management.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance related field.
  • A qualified / certified Accountant (ACA/ACCA)
  • Minimum of 10 years financial experience, with at least 4 years in auditing / internal control and Management Experience.


  • Knowledge of enterprise risk management will be an added advantage
  • Strong analytical, written/verbal communication, interpersonal, and relationship building skills
  • Systems knowledge and audit command language and other relevant Auditing Applications
  • Ability to adapt to change quickly and multi-task.
    Excellent ability as a consultant/negotiator to influence company senior management
  • Knowledge of statutory and regulatory issues as well as Global best practices


Attitude and behavioral traits:

  • Strong budget and management skills, including proven ability to project/process manage
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity, tight timelines, multiple priorities, and demanding customers, in a fast-moving, constantly changing environment
  • High degree of professionalism, maturity and confidentiality
  • Very good interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Strong People skills- Building Collaborative Relationships, Highly developed, demonstrated teamwork skills
  • Strong oral and written interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to see the big picture and provide useful and strategic advice and input across the company and on the executive team.
  • Creative, forward thinker
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills


Dimensions of the Job

  • Audit Planning & Design
  • Risk Assessment
  • Reporting, Communication & Engagement
  • Audit & Control Reviews

Key Result Areas - Job Output

Effective Financial & Systems Monitoring
  • Examining and evaluating financial information systems, management procedures, and internal controls to ensure that records are accurate and controls are adequate to protect against fraud and waste.
Risk Based Audit Plans
  • Develop an annual audit plan using input from the team and stakeholders to identify priorities and resource requirements. The audit plan should cover all activities of the business, including any subsidiaries, and regulatory audit requirements.
  • Schedule and assign audits to team members, ensuring effective and efficient use of resources.
  • Ensure annual audit plans have contingency built in, to provide unexpected audits as they may surface.
  • Responsible for timely execution of risk-based internal audits in accordance with the annual audit plan, as well as assisting with other audit matters and projects.
Audits & Investigation
  • Examining all financial records, including accounting books, payroll records and equipment and inventory records. Submit reports to management on how well accounting policies are working and where changes should be made.
Review and Monitoring of Audit Recommendations
  • Partake in review of Internal Controls/Policies from time to time to ensure reduction of inherent operational risks.
  • Monitoring of implementation of recommendations of Internal and External Auditors.
Stakeholder Management
  • Liaising with all Divisional/ Departmental Heads on issues relating to their operations to ensure that the activities of the company are run economically and efficiently.
Report Presentation
  • Prepares and presents the Internal Audit monthly, quarterly and annual report and returns to EXCO, NAICOM and other Regulatory bodies as required.
  • Ensure final reports are issued with all recommendations agreed and accepted by the audited individual/group.
  • Provide local regulators with audit reports and other information as appropriate(this may include localizing an audit report which has a larger geographical coverage)
Oversight and supervision of Systems Audit
  • Manage and coordinate the System Audit team’s responsibility in the design of system audit programmes covering both general controls and application controls on the company information system and security of its physical and intellectual property.

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