Head of Internal Audit EEA

Operations, Brussels

Head of Internal Audit EEA

Operations, Brussels

Ebury is a FinTech: we apply new technologies to enhance and automate financial services and processes, allowing small and medium-sized businesses to trade and transact internationally by eliminating boundaries related to more traditional procedures. 

Founded in 2009 as a startup, today we are positioned among the fastest-growing companies in the sector and have even reached Unicorn Status! Headquartered in London, we have more than 1000 multicultural staff from 50+ nationalities (and counting!) working across more than 27 offices worldwide and serving more than 45,000 clients every day. 

Hard work pays off: Ebury has just received a £350 million investment from Banco Santander and won over 20 internationally recognised awards such as the Growing Business of the Year 2019: Larger Company (Turnover £50m+) and Financial Times: 1000 Europe's Fastest-Growing Companies (which we have been awarded twice: 2017 and 2019!).

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Role Summary:

This is a new role with Ebury. To date, Ebury has been working directly with a selection of audit firms on a project by project basis. There is now a recognition, given the size, scale, and complexity of Ebury, of the need to build a dedicated audit function internally. The new role of Head of Internal Audit - EEA is to be a trusted business partner, who can work closely with the Global Head of Internal Audit, EPBE’s Board of Directors, the group external auditor and the leadership team to deliver the business's ambitious growth agenda within a controlled environment. The Head of Internal Audit - EEA will define a robust control framework to meet the various regulatory requirements across the jurisdictions where EPBE operates whilst satisfying the needs of the Board and external group auditors.

Key responsibilities:

The Head of Internal Audit - EEA is responsible for the design and implementation of an effective internal audit function at Ebury, including oversight of the external audit service providers, design and approval of the annual internal audit plan, and effective operation of the internal audit function across various jurisdictions and legal entities where EPBE operates. The Head of Internal Audit will report to the Global Head of Internal Audit and to the Board of Directors of EPBE.

The role will encompass and have the following principle responsibilities:

  • An active member of the management team of Ebury Partners Belgium,  of the Group’s Risk Management Office and the group’s Internal Audit Team.
  • The creation, implementation and post-audit review of the yearly internal audit programme for EPBE, working in conjunction with the group external auditors and alongside audit consultants that are providing knowhow and boots on the ground.
  • Ensure that Ebury successfully executes the planned Audits as set out in the Internal Audit plan (and agreed by the Board'), and that the audits and reviews carried out offer real challenge, insight and oversight of the business.
  • Stay on top of any developments in the general market, economic and regulatory environment and address changes that could impact the Internal Audit framework and the broader strategy in the business. Provide insights and recommendations to the Global Head of Internal Audit
  • Implement strong standards and practice for the internal audit function in complying with the NBB’s Circular concerning the internal control system and the internal audit function and the chartered institute of internal auditors (“IIA”) as appropriate.
  • Review the management of and systems and controls as per EPBE’s risk appetite statements, lines of approval authority and responsibility for managing individual risk elements
  • Review the data used by EPBE to assess its effectiveness and identify risks and consider whether it is fit for purpose in terms of quality, quantity and breadth and provide oversight and validation of this data and its use in reporting the Ebury’s risks both internally to board committees and externally.
  • Review the development, embedding and management of Ebury’s policies and procedures and review to the extent these are translated into operating standards that are well documented and clearly communicated throughout EPBE, so that staff at all levels will be responsible for identifying and recognising real and anticipated risks in their normal course of duty and taking appropriate action.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the 1st and 2nd line control frameworks which are set up to implement and monitor the adherence to risk, governance and other associated policies.
  • Review and report to the Board of Directors on the broader operation of the governance framework including the robustness of regulatory reporting and the suite of regulatory documents. Ensure the principal risks EPBEare assessed and are then monitored, managed and controlled effectively and reported to EPBE’s effective leaders, Board of Directors and Global Head of Internal Audit.

Required skills and experience:

  • 5+ years’ experience within Audit. 
  • CIA or equivalent qualifications
  • Experience in the financial services sector, preferably with a focus on payments and international transactions
  • Proven knowledge of governance and regulatory requirements in the financial sector
  • Experience in interacting with various regulators when needed
  • Experience in ITGC audit 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly growing complex organisation, with dynamic organisational structures
  • Capable of managing external advisors while maintaining consistency, quality, and productivity
  • Ability to work to very tight deadlines, in a fluid, entrepreneurial culture
  • An effective communicator with the ability to build relationships and influence internal and external, stakeholders
  • Ability to constructively challenge the Executive Committee and direct reports. 


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