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Head of Internal Audit

Woking (United Kingdom) Permanent Ends 30/03/2020

The role

This is an exciting time to join the team, with the Asahi business entering into a new phase of its journey in the UK and Europe, following Asahi International Ltd.’s acquisition of the Fuller’s drinks business in April 2019. The operational footprint in the UK has widened, bringing new brewing and distribution capabilities as well as an expanded portfolio - now including cask ales and ciders for the first time.

Asahi International Limited (AIL) is a subsidiary of Asahi Group Holdings Ltd, a global beverage and food company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Japan. Employing over 1,300 people, the UK headquartered business is the custodian for leading super premium beer, ale, craft lager and cider brands including: Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Asahi Super Dry, Grolsch, Pilsner Urquell, Kozel, Meantime, Fuller’s London Pride and Cornish Orchards.

Asahi International leads commercial operations across 5 continents from United Kingdom, France, USA, Canada, China, Taiwan, South-Korea to Latin America reaching sales revenue over 1bn Euro. For further information, visit , .

With sales revenues over one billion Euros, four world-class production facilities, customers in more than 80 markets and 1200 employees, we deliver value into the category and aim to change the way people think about beer. 

We are now looking to bring in a Head of Internal Audit to provide independent, objective assurance, on behalf of the Board and Audit Committee, ensuring the major risks affecting the achievement of the group’s objectives are adequately understood and managed. The Head of Internal Audit reports to the Chief Financial Officer and the Company’s Audit Committee
Your key responsibilities as Head of Internal Audit will include;
*To ensure that the purpose, authority and responsibility of the Internal Audit department are formally defined and approved by the Board of Directors.
*To ensure that internal audit activity is independent and all internal auditors are objective when performing their work.
*To develop and maintain a quality assurance program designed to achieve compliance with standards and code of ethics issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
*Coordination of risk management activities and preparation of the consolidated risk register, and reporting to AGH under the AGH Risk Policy.
*Coordination of the J-SOx requirements across the business
*Develops and delivers group-wide and risk based internal Audit Plan, seeking approval from the Audit Committee.
*Secures an adequate budget to enable audit delivery, managed on an ongoing basis, that ensures available financial resources provide for necessary enhancements.
*Establishes an internal audit quality assurance program i.e. review and monitoring and ensure Quality assurance over the activities of the IA function and team members;
*Develops and maintains the Enterprise Risk Management and Reporting Manual and ensuring alignment with the AGH Risk Policy.
*Facilitates and supports the strategic risk identification process - coordinates the risk management practices and frameworks at various levels in the organisation (Business Unit / centralised functions / group) in line with the methodology.
*Accountable for coordination of risk management reporting by preparation, support to management, coordination of the significant risks report, both top-down and bottom-up, consolidated reporting, including challenge of the risks and mitigations identified.
*Manages and establishes the annual Enterprise Risk Management and Reporting cycle in line with the risk management process, including reporting to the AGH Risk Team.
*Ensures that the organisation's risk management policies and strategies are in compliance with applicable regulations, rating agency standards, and strategic imperatives of the organisation as well as manages and develops a framework for Business Units to carry out effective risk maturity assessments
Your Ideal Background;
*Educated to degree level, preferably in accounting, business or a related field.
*Professional accountancy ACA and / or auditing qualification
*Extensive demonstrable business experience, audit and/or finance related gained within an international group or Big 4 accounting firm
*Strong track record of influencing management at all levels and effecting value added business change with extensive experience of reporting audit findings to different levels of management
*Car Allowance / 20-40% Annual Bonus / Beer Allowance / On-Site Food Allowance / Industry Leading Pension Contribution / Private Healthcare / Life Assurance / Dental Insurance / 25 days’ Holiday / Flexi Benefits
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