Ensuring we do things right to secure our future
Join our Internal Audit team in Stratford-upon-Avon and you’ll be involved in a wide variety of work that has a positive impact on our whole business. We help the board and executive management to protect NFU Mutual’s assets, reputation and sustainability. How? By assessing if major risks are identified, reported and controlled effectively.
But it’s not all about providing assurance - it’s also about adding value. We work with teams across the business to recommend improvements and best practice, too. With excellent training and development opportunities, including support towards Chartered status, Internal Audit’s proved to be a great launchpad for careers across NFU Mutual.
Our key teams
General Insurance Audit
We audit all business areas that are involved in NFU Mutual’s General Insurance business. Join us and you’ll enjoy exposure to a range of teams involved in writing GI business and handling claims. These include customer services, our local agencies, pricing, reinsurance and regional service centres.
Information Technology Audit
As well as working closely with the IT department, we work across the whole business to ensure all risks relating to the company’s systems and technology are audited effectively.
Strategy and Change
As the business continues to change at a rapid pace, we make sure our projects and programmes are managed effectively. Join us and you’ll be involved in auditing a range of major change initiatives, so you’ll ideally have experience of working with business change. You could also help to define and implement an audit plan for different areas of the business, such as HR, Learning and Development, Group Change, Strategy and Marketing.
Risk, Finance and Financial Services Audit
Working in this area you’ll be involved in developing and delivering an audit plan that covers some of our core functions. You’ll enjoy the chance to work closely with teams across a range of departments, such as Actuarial Risk, Compliance, Group Properties, Investments and Life products. By ensuring they manage risk and protect our assets effectively, you’ll be adding real value to the business as a whole.
What you could be working on
In Internal Audit, you could be working on a huge range of projects across the business. Here are a few examples:
Carrying out investigations for the board or an individual director, or in response to a call to our Safecall reporting line.
Auditing large-scale multi-million pound change projects involving thousands of hours of resource.
Working in a team to audit a specific department over several weeks.
Liaising with internal auditors and external experts from one of the 'Big Four'.
Developing your career
Whether you’re a new graduate straight from university or an experienced auditor looking to grow your career further, we’ll support your continuing development.
Our graduate programme gives you all the support you need to gain a professional qualification, including financial support and study leave. If you’re already part-qualified, we’ll support your continued training towards becoming Chartered Auditors or IT audit professionals. And if you’re more experienced, we offer a variety of internal and external management and leadership training.
A day in the life of ...
While no two days in Internal Audit are the same, we thought we’d offer you a small insight into what you might experience as an Auditor.
Drive to work, aim to get into the office for 9 o’clock.
Grab a coffee from the canteen followed by a team meeting to get organised for the day.
Face-to-face meeting with our business client to review requests and understand their area. All part of building a strong working relationship.
Evidence gathering. We do this each day to check we’re getting the evidence we need to form our audit conclusions.
Lunchtime! We usually head to the canteen as a team. It’s nice to catch up and discuss non-work things.
Update my manager on the morning’s work, field any questions and prepare for tomorrow’s meetings.
Check in with the team. Leading an audit, it’s good to keep tabs on progress and find out if they need any support.
Update the client. We work on a no surprises basis, so a daily update lets them know where the audit is and any issues.
Write up. I usually like to write up my day’s work on file. It helps to keep it up-to-date while I remember!
Meet some of the team
Matt Donnan, Data Analytics Auditor
Before joining NFU Mutual, other than a basic awareness that they sold insurance, I really didn't know much about the business. Yet every time I mentioned their name, I got the same response – "NFU Mutual. A great place to work. They really care about their staff". In the absence of anything but praise, and a job with Internal Audit catching my eye, the only sensible option was to apply!
I’m so glad I did. Audit is uniquely placed to have oversight and exposure across the entire business. In my role, I have the freedom to set the direction of all things data and the opportunity to do both challenging and stimulating work every day. I solve a variety of issues and work with a network of great people, so no two days are the same. Couple this with an incredibly supportive group of colleagues and it really is "a great place to work”.
Chris Barker, Auditor
I joined NFU Mutual after a stint at a ‘Big Four’ firm. I was looking for a company that prioritised a good work-life balance, without compromising on the benefits and rewards package.
I was drawn to Internal Audit as I love the variety and challenge it brings. The role suits me as I’m always learning something new! I enjoy building strong relationships with the people we audit, getting to know their business and then working with them to improve how they do things.
Harry Cairns, Audit Professional Trainee
I joined NFU Mutual on the Professional Trainee scheme in September 2021. I was drawn to the company’s reputation of being customer focused – and for having a highly regarded graduate programme. I was quite open minded about what I’d like to do after graduating, but chose Internal Audit as it provides an opportunity for me to gain insight into how different areas of the business operate and a chance to apply problem solving skills in practice.
One of the things I most enjoy about my role is that no day is the same! In my first year I had exposure to a wide variety of audits across different areas of the business, each with their own opportunities, challenges and chances to learn. I also enjoy working with different members of the team, who have all been very supportive and allowed me to develop as an Auditor.
Graham Weaver, Auditor
To be honest, I hadn’t heard of NFU Mutual when I applied to join them in 1993, but they were recommended by a university colleague. The company culture’s closely aligned to my morals - they always look to do the best for their members. For me this is just right.
We’re very active and supportive in the farming and wider sectors and the people are very supportive too in helping each other. The people play a large part in why I’ve stayed here for over 25 years. I’ve made some great friends, many of whom still work for the company.
NFU Mutual stories
Making sure the price is right
Here are just some of the vacancies that we currently have in Internal Audit. Simply, click on the job title to find out more.
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