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Internal Auditor - Data Analytics

Canada Life Limited
Potters Bar, United Kingdom
Closing date
Jul 12, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Canada Life UK looks after the retirement, investment and protection needs of individuals, families and companies. We help to build better futures for our customers, our intermediaries and our employees by operating as a modern, agile and welcoming organisation.

Part of our parent company Great-West Lifeco, Canada Life UK has operated in the United Kingdom since 1903. We have hundreds of respected and supported employees committed to doing the right thing for our customers and colleagues.

Canada Life UK is transforming to create a more customer-focused business by providing our customers with expertise on financial and tax planning, offering home finance and annuities propositions, and providing collective fund solutions to third party customers.

Job Summary

The purpose of the role is to act as a Data Analytics SME for the CLUK Internal audit team. The role will be primarily responsible for leading the development and implementation of CLUKs data analytics approach.

The role holder will also work with other data analytics SMEs across the global Internal Audit function to develop capability and share best practice:

• Understand and map CLUK data architecture to allow the extraction and use of data to assess risk and deliver individual audits.
• Identify opportunities for use of data in audit planning and delivery, including developing data driven audit tests and procedures.
• Support delivery of audit work through data driven testing using a range of data analytics tools such as Power BI.
• Act as a data analytics champion and share knowledge and practice across the CLUK Audit Team and Data Analytics Community of practice to foster a culture of learning and continuous improvement.
• Develop a data driven approach to continuous monitoring through data driven testing.

This role reports to the Internal Audit Management team and will be provide SME support to Internal Auditors and Senior Internal Auditors in delivering audit work.

What You'll Do

• Understand and map the data structures for CLUKs businesses
• Support the development of the internal audit plan through data analysis to identify key risks
• Develop, test and launch continuous auditing utilising data driven testing
• Working with the CLUK Internal Audit team identify audits where data driven testing can support delivery, developing approaches to testing and delivering insight from these to support audit opinions
• Be an active member of the global Data Analytics Community of Practice.
• Support wider team development through developing and delivering training on data analytics tools and techniques.
• Explore the potential for using AI alongside current data analytics tools.

Who You Are

Technical Knowledge

• Subject Matter Expert for Data Analytics for the UK audit team as well as working as part of a global team sharing knowledge and best practice across Internal Audit.
• Ability to map data from a complex mix of systems to support risk assessment of the business when developing the audit plan and to identify data analytics opportunities for individual audit engagements.
• Knowledge of data analysis tools and techniques including Advanced Excel skills such as VLOOKUP's, IF functions, pivot tables and creation of charts to support analysis. Experience of using data analysis tools (e.g. Power BI, IDEA, Salesforce, Tableau).
• Confident in handling and manipulating numerical data and calculations to identify risks and issues for individual audit engagements.
• Knowledge of assurance principles desirable but not essential to support delivery of audit engagements.
• Python coding knowledge desirable but not essential with support available to develop this skill.


• Desire to continually learn and develop.
• Able to think critically and broadly in understanding both business data and the context within which it is used.
• Able to problem solve in identifying sources of data and how these can be used to support development of the audit plan and delivery of individual audit engagements.
• Knowledge of project disciplines to support delivery of data analytics strategy and audit engagements.
• Able to communicate effectively, making complex issues simple.


• Data Analytics Certification or willingness to work towards one.

Benefits of working at Canada Life

We believe in recognising and rewarding our people, so we offer a competitive salary and benefits package that's regularly reviewed. As a Canada Life UK colleague, you'll receive a competitive salary and comprehensive reward package including a generous pension and bonus scheme, along with, income protection, private medical insurance and life assurance. We have a fantastic number of other benefits and support services as well as regular personal and professional development.

How we work at Canada Life

Our culture is unique and incredibly important to us. We care about doing the right thing for our people, customers and community and helping others to build better futures. Our blueprint behaviours shape and influence how we work, and are central to the relationships we have with others. Every day we are encouraged to be more curious, own the outcome, face into things together and find a way forward.

We want colleagues to have rewarding careers with us so we invest in the development of our people, technology and workplaces. That's why we offer a range of training, flexible working and opportunities to grow and develop.

Diversity and inclusion

Building an inclusive workplace with a diverse workforce where everyone can feel they belong and achieve their potential regardless of gender, ethnicity or any other characteristic is a key commitment for us. We are proud of the progress we're making in DEI, and we continue for it to be a significant focus.

"At Canada Life we believe in the power of great people from different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives coming together to build better futures. Emerging talent is crucial to our growth and creating an environment that continues to inspire us all." Nick Harding, Chief People Officer, Canada Life UK

We appreciate that everyone has different work and life responsibilities. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements, including part time, for any of our roles should this be a requirement for.

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