Learning Curve Group were named one of 2019's 100 Best Companies to work for and have recently been awarded Investors in People Gold. We are looking to add to our amazing team of "Purple People" with an Internal Auditor who will be based at our HQ in Spennymoor. This is full time role and you will be working Monday - Friday, 9.00 - 17.00. Our Purple People, are the incredible staff that make up Learning Curve Group and help make us one of the most diverse training providers in the UK.

Key Responsibilities

The main purpose of the role is to support the Head of Audit & Reporting in managing and ensuring that data is complete, accurate and compliant with ESFA and other Government contract regulations. You will plan and execute funding audits on a sample basis in line with the funding rules, DSAT and Funding Monitoring Reports to provide assurance that all contractual obligations are being met and risks to funding are identified and addressed. You will support the introduction, implementation and maintenance of external accreditation.

Key Responsibilities and Duties
  • Follow a risk-based audit schedule, take part and coordinate the completion of sample data audits in line with the audit guidance, working papers and approved strategy
  • Development and implementation of performance and intervention audits; taking an investigative approach to compliance, minimising the risk of non-compliance
  • To support the internal audit funding; produce and analyse monthly DSAT and FMR reports, identifying key trends and potential non compliances, carrying out and tracking corrective actions to ensure data is accurate in preparation for PFA Audit
  • Produce audit reports and feedback audit findings to relevant stakeholders within one-week audit completion
  • Identify trends in management information, producing reports and provide opportunities for continuous improvement
  • Take a positive approach to the improvement of performance by carrying out performance/intervention audits, recommend and monitor target actions
  • To work with internal departments to create actions plans following audit findings and follow through to completion
  • Manage and contribute to the preparation of external audit and review
  • Keep up to date with developments in the sector, including changes in the funding rules and data requirements
  • Communicate effectively with operational and central support teams to reinforce where funds are at risk 
  • Provide support and guidance to subcontract partners, associates and staff in implementing processes and actions to reduce errors
  • Use DSAT's and FMR reports to test and feedback results with recommendations to Head of Audit & Reporting, overseeing error correction
  • Liaise with the Head of Audit & Assurance and MIS Team to perform changes in systems, processes and data
  • Interpret funding guidance to continuously review policy approach in line with operational practice
  • Recommend changes in processes and procedures because of findings
  • Keep up-to-date with developments in the sector relating to funding, audit and achievement rate methodologies
  • Maintain documentation evidence of audit to ensure contractual obligations are met
  • Ensure all sensitive data is held securely following LCG policies and procedures 

Essential Criteria

  • Good level of English and Maths
  • Experience of working within the Educational sector for a minimum of 3 years 
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge and experience of ESFA and ESF funding rules and compliance monitoring in relation to audits
  • Knowledge of Funding Monitoring Report and PDSAT
  • Experience of planning and implementing process changes
  • Ability to analyse and interrogate complex data using problem solving skills
  • Ability to write comprehensive reports
  • Knowledge of Microsoft applications
  • Keen eye for detail
    EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES                                                                                                                               

    You’re unique – and we love that about you. As an equal opportunity employer, we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

    Don’t just take our word for it though! Our commitment to a number of covenants and pledges will show you just how serious we are about equal opportunities for all:
    • Disability Confident Employer
    • Armed Forces Covenant Silver
    • Domestic Abuse Covenant
    • Durham Enable
    • Care Leaver Covenant

    PURPLE PERKS                                                                                                                                             

    26 days annual leave + Bank Holidays 
    We understand the gift of time, whether it’s to see your loved ones or just spending time doing the things you love. That’s why in addition to your basic allowance of 26 days your annual leave allowance can rise to as much as  44 days per annum (inclusive of BH)  because of these amazing extra leave perks:

    Buy & Sell | You can buy sell up to an extra 5 days annual leave each year
    2YRS Service | Staff who have 2YRS service received an extra 2 days annual leave
    5YRS Service | Staff who have 5YRS service receive a further 2 days annual leave
    10YRS Service | Staff who have 10YRS service receive a further 1 days annual leave


    • Early Finish Fridays | Our staff can enjoy a 4PM finish on the last Friday of Every Month
    • Armed Forces Covenant Silver | Extra leave entitlements for reservists 
    • Healthcare Scheme 
    • Tech Scheme
    • Cycle Scheme
    • Social events 
    • Company Sick Pay and Bereavement Leave
    • Uniform provided  

    HEAD OFFICE PERKS                                                                                                                  
    We wish we could provide these to all, but as a national company its not always possible. However these perks are available to all staff when they attend our incredible Head Office space. 
    • Electric Car charging points
    • Free fruit, Coffee and Tea
    • Onsite Shower
    • Prayer room on request or list of nearest available places of worship

    If you would like to discuss this role in more detail or need support in applying for this role, please contact our recruitment team on 01388 777129 or

    Working Flexibly 
    If the working hours, days or times don't quite meet your needs please contact us to see if we can accommodate working flexibly. 

    Essential Criteria

    Learners are at the centre of everything we do so we are committed to safeguarding and promoting their welfare. If your role is applicable, the successful applicant will be required to provide satisfactory references and prove their eligibility to work in the UK. Depending on your role, we may also need to carry out a DBS check.