Head of Internal Audit Division (Based in Germany)

EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency, operating satellites that monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

EUMETSAT is an international organisation employing staff from across all 30 member states and this role is being advertised on multiple international job boards, but please note that this role would be based in Darmstadt, Germany and would require international applicants to relocate if successful.

At EUMETSAT, you can make a world of difference and be a part of something that makes a positive impact on society. You will be at the cutting edge of satellite technology, with a meaningful role in an organisation focused on space-based observations of the Earth’s weather and climate.


The Council, as the supreme decision-making body of EUMETSAT representing all 30 Member States, recently approved the strengthening of the Internal Audit function, which conforms with the International Standards, by nominating an independent Audit Committee consisting of representatives from Member States to ensure the integrity of the organisations’ financial reporting, assess the adequacy and effectiveness of EUMETSAT’s internal control framework, and monitor the internal audit function.

The Head of Internal Audit Division is responsible for preparing and implementing a risk-based audit plan to assess, report on, and make suggestions for improving EUMETSAT’s key operational and financial processes and internal control framework. The Head of Internal Audit Division will cooperate closely with the Management Board and with the Audit Committee for the review, consideration and agreement of audit plans and reports.

The Head of Internal Audit Division manages a team of Internal Auditors and reports directly to the Director-General.

The main duties will be as follows:

  • Manage the Internal Audit Division and its team, such that key competences are of the highest standards;

  • Draw-up the audit plans using risk-based methodology for approval by the Director-General and in consultation with the Audit Committee;

  • Provide audit assurance and advisory services to management by issuing independent and objective audit opinions on governance, risk management and controls;

  • Sign and release internal audit reports and discuss findings and recommendations of the audits with the Director-General and the Audit Committee and monitor the implementation of identified actions from such audits;

  • Draft two yearly Internal Audit Summary Reports, release them after discussion with the Director-General and present them to the Audit Committee;

  • Instigate and coordinate the execution of periodical internal and external assessments of the internal audit function and report on the internal audit performance to the Director-General and Audit Committee;

  • Coordinate and cooperate with other internal audit functions (e.g. quality management) and support external auditors, if requested;

  • Receive directly allegations or information concerning the possible existence of fraud or other irregularities relevant to his/her mandate (according to EUMETSAT anti-fraud policy) and take required actions;

  • Monitor the plausibility of the value for money evaluations conducted by the management in the Tender Evaluation Boards, acting as an observer thereof.


  • University degree or equivalent level of qualification, preferably in the areas of finance, economics or management;

  • Certification by IIA (highly desired).

Skills and Experience:

  • At least 10 years of extensive professional audit experience, including in internal audit, with broad experience in dealing with assessing results of audits and rendering audit opinions on governance, risk management and controls, as well as with performance and value-for-money audits;
  • Proven expertise with internal auditing practices and standards, designing and implementing audit strategies, risk-based audit plans and procedures, ideally gained in a governmental or international organisation;
  • Perceptive to see the big picture and capable of strategic thinking and analysis;
  • Ability to communicate in a concise, professional manner to be effective in articulating risks and opportunities to a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including the Audit Committee, senior management and the External Auditor;
  • Demonstrate good judgment, integrity and strength of character and bring forth issues in a balanced way;
  • Accurately evaluate situations and do the right thing in the face of opposition and conflict.

What we offer:

  • Excellent salary, of up to Euro 9500 / month NET (after tax) based on skills and experience;
  • Flexible working time including additional flexi-leave;
  • Full medical coverage for employee and family;
  • Attractive pension;
  • 30 days of annual leave + 14.5 days public holidays;
  • Training and development support;
  • Relocation allowance and support (if applicable).

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Publiceret: 16. januar 2023


Darmstadt, Germany