Cost & Compliance Auditor

Job Posted: 20 September 2022
Job Updated: 28 September 2022

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Job Title: Cost & Compliance Auditor

Function: Governance, Assurance & Legal

Location: Office – Equinox House, Nottingham or home working

Type: Permanent

Salary: £35,000 to £40,000

Closing Date: Friday 14th October 2022

NHS Supply Chain is recruiting for a Cost & Compliance
Auditor to join the Assurance and Audit Team as one of 4 Cost and Compliance
Auditors reporting to the Assurance & Audit Manager. The role will complete
cost and compliance audits for several of the medium-sized Category Towers who
conduct the procurement activity for the NHS.


What does a Cost & Compliance Auditor do at NHS Supply Chain?


The purpose of the Cost & Compliance Auditor is to complete SCCL’s risk-based assurance programme.  This programme provides assurance over SCCL’s contracts with the Category Tower Service Providers, logistics provider and IT provider.

These contracts have been established on an ‘open book’ basis.  As SCCL is funded by public money it is important that we ensure our Service Providers are complying with the financial requirements of the contracts, as well as other key contractual obligations.

The team typically conducts three different types of assurance activity:

    Cost Audits – These provide assurance that the costs charged against open book contracts are valid

    Contract Audits – These provide assurance that appropriate controls are in place to ensure other key contract obligations are being met in a well-managed way

    Internal Control Reviews – These will start in April 2022 and will assess the extent to which SCCL’s key internal controls are well designed and operating effectively

The roles are designed so that each Auditor owns specific contracts and delivers all the assurance activity for those contracts.  Some contracts are larger and more complex than others and therefore the assurance activity requires greater skill and experience.

    Annual Planning & Audit Engagement Planning

    Audit Fieldwork

    Audit Reporting

    Audit Action Tracking

    Internal Controls Reviews (if relevant)


What skills, qualifications and qualities do I need to be successful?

    Previous audit experience in a commercial environment

    Very strong stakeholder management skills

    Highly effective communicator (verbal and written) who consistently influences senior management with clear, concise and compelling insight

    Strong analytical skills, including the ability to analyse complex data from different systems

    A proven track record of successfully conducting risk-based audit activities

    Proficient in Excel

    Work well with limited supervision

    Experience in end to end auditing 

In return for your passion, enthusiasm and hard work you will be rewarded with an attractive salary and benefits package, consisting of:

    Performance led annual bonus scheme

    27 days holiday plus bank holidays, with the option to purchase up to 5 further days

    Generous contributory pension scheme (up to 12% of your salary)

    Flexible benefits scheme – you will be able to choose from a variety of benefits such Life Insurance, Critical Illness Cover, Income Protection, Health Cash Plan, Dental Insurance and additional pension contributions that suit you

    3 days paid Volunteering Leave

    Access to the Blue Light Card and NHS Discounts

    Flexible working options

    National Annual season ticket purchase scheme

    Eye Care vouchers

    Employee Assistance Programme


NHS Supply Chain, who are we?


We are part of the NHS family, managing more than 8 million orders per year across 94,000 order points and 17,465 locations. We deliver over 28 million lines of picked goods to the NHS annually and our systems consolidate orders from over 930 suppliers. We proudly deliver supply chain excellence and best value to NHS customers and patients through innovation, service and clinical expertise.

Our customers are at the centre of everything we do, we will ensure we continue to deliver the products and services needed by the NHS, both now and in the future. Our priorities for 2022/2023 focuses on the following areas:

    Customer: anchoring our business on the needs of the NHS by supporting NHS trusts to deliver safe and excellent patient care and by continuing to build services the NHS needs

    Resilient: further strengthening supply chain resilience by continuing to invest in key tools and capacity to build resilience and performance across the end-to-end supply chain

    Safe: delivering clinically assured, safe products that improve patient and user outcomes

    Sustainable: we are committed to supporting the NHS objective of becoming the world’s first net carbon zero national health system

    Efficient: ensuring we have a high performing workforce and highly efficient organisation

Supply Chain Coordination Limited acts as the management function for the NHS Supply Chain. By 2023/2024, we aim to save the NHS £2.4bn by leveraging the scale of the NHS to drive savings and provide a standardised range of quality assured clinical products.

Other Information

    SCCL is a not an NHS organisation, you will join on SCCL terms and conditions.

    For more information on SCCL and the NHS Supply chain visit:

NHS Supply Chain is an equal opportunities employer

SCCL is a company Registered in England and Wales, with company number 10881715, to act as the management function of the NHS Supply Chain.

SCCL values and respects the diversity of its employees and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people’s age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances.

Our policies and procedures reflect our commitment to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process.

SCCL reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

If you are shortlisted for interview you will be required to provide proof of ID and the right to work in the UK.

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