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NextGen Internal Audit, Senior Manager

Gryphon Search Amsterdam, Netherlands
Posted 3 months ago Hybrid Permanent base €78k-€118k + car allowance (€850 - €1150 p/m) + bonus (15-20%) + fringe benefits
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Boudewijn Vellinga
Headhunter | Search & Recruitment | Finance & Tech Sector

Leading Management Consultancy, specialized in the field of Business Risk Consulting, Management Control & IT Technology.

Key figures:

9000+ employees operating in 20 counties, generating a revenue of approx. €2 billion.

Company values:

  • Independence
  • Freedom
  • Innovation
  • Commitment to success


Deliver meaningful results, nurture rewarding careers for its talent, and build deep relationships with each other and its diverse client base.


The Dutch office: approx. 100 staff, with 17 nationalities.

IAFA Team: 12 FTE’s

Service offering in four areas;

  • Technology Consulting
  • Business Performance Improvement
  • IT Financial Advisory
  • Risk & Compliance

Background hiring manager:

Promoted to MD one year ago, results driven business builder and team builder.

Gained extensive experience in Finance/Process Optimization, Internal Audit (IA), and Internal Control and (Fraud) Risk Management. Clients served range from multinational listed companies to small Dutch NGOs.

Reason of the vacancy: expansion

A combination of winning market share & natural churn. One team member is on a sabbatical and another will move internally (IA tool implementations).

Levels looking to hire (in no particular order):

  • 1 (Senior) Manager
  • 2 Senior Consultants
  • 1 Consultant

Interview with hiring manager:

“From a planning perspective, we don’t look too narrow, we think out of the box, unlike the Big Four. Here you can experience broader consulting exposure: i.e. Finance, Risk & Compliance, next to Audit.

You are not 100% committed to IA only.

This is truly an Advisory role, you are non-stop making organizations better and encourage improvements, it does not stop at just a recommendation.

Really looking at improvements/optimizations and making recommendations to help the client progress, we actually look further than our competitors…”

Next Gen Audit:

Innovation in two areas:

  1. Content-wise; so which tools & technologies can you use to conduct Audits very effectively, look at the improved populations and use tooling in a different way to gain different insights.
  2. The 2nd component of innovation lies in the knowledge areas;

Building a dedicated team from the ESG competence and also creating a platform to exchange information about ESG-IA in the banking sector with peers (competitors actually).

Basically stepping out of your comfort zone, realize this is a topic that all competitors have to deal with and actually exchange experiences.

These are some examples of interesting innovations that can be initiated.


Based on team spirit, professionalism and entrepreneurial spirit in an informal atmosphere.

Team members are an open book, where you legitimately feel you can ask questions, they actually want you to ask questions to understand your thought process and be able to guide you best.

Reporting line:

In this role you will report to the MD/ Solution Lead.

Provided IA Services:

  • Strategic partnering: IA partners with outsource partner to manage and execute the IA function, sharing all knowledge, proprietary tools, methodologies, and training, as well as providing a substantial amount of resources on a recurring, long-term basis.
  • Recurring Co-Sourcing: IA department teams with outsource partner for resources on regular, ongoing basis, generally spanning multiple years.
  • Single Audit, Director Model: IA Director manages IA function and reports to CFO and Audit Committee. Director is responsible for implementing the IA plan using outsource partner resources to execute.
  • Specialized Skills Arrangement: IA leverages specialized skills/ knowledge from outsource provider for specific projects. Examples: IT, Fraud, International, Self-Assessment.
  • Limited Consulting/Ad Hoc Projects: Ad hoc consulting: Work and execution of IA projects on an “as needed“ basis.

Examples: transformation/ benchmarking, facilitation, IA training, quality assurance reviews, selected IAs, loan of personnel.

Challenges and responsibilities

  • Help on IA projects Manage large and complex projects
  • Be an expert and Business Partner for their clients in the field of IA
  • This means independently (or in a team of two employees) executing Operational and Compliance Audit activities from planning to reporting


  • 4 - 8 years of relevant experience in IA, Internal Control, Accountancy, Operational Audits (ESG, Process Audits, Order to Cash, Purchase to Pay, Finance Audits…)
  • An independent Auditor who can also manage Juniors
  • Industry background: they are flexible; Commercial, Financial Services, FMCG, TMT etc.

(Audit background is more important)

  • Experience with the execution of a structured research
  • Fluent Dutch and English, spoken and written

Soft skills:

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent analytical skills, research skills
  • The ability to quickly analyze processes and identify risks
  • Enjoy being challenged with complex issues and processes
  • Interpret legislation and its impact
  • Think out-of-the box in order to contribute to the development of IA functions
  • Eager to learn, energetic, loves to work in an environment without boundaries
  • The ability to form an independent opinion about the effectiveness of Internal Control, while taking into account the type of organization (scale size);
  • Enjoy working in projects


  • BSc or MSc level
  • RA, RO, CIA are offered, thus considered a plus


  • Above market-rate salary and very good secondary benefits. Challenging projects and the opportunity to help shape the IA team -> have real impact
  • Room for personal development -> several licenses/certifications per year are offered. Important is to keep developing yourself, individually and in the interest of the company

Quote MD: “If in the end you decide to leave the firm, then better to leave in great shape with a good CV”

How do they distinguish themselves from i.e. the Big-Four;

1. Real and content-driven knowledge

2. Listening to the customer and looking for the solution together instead of slightly adjusting its 'own' model and pushing it into the organization (which sometimes seems to be the case with other Consultancies)

3. Jointly (with the customer) put together a solution, so that the solution is a more permanent one

4. Soft skills - involved, friendly and more human

5. Lower work pressure

6. Your wings aren't being cut..

7. Autonomy

8. Entrepreneurial: able to build/set up your own effort

9. Output driven: life before work!


Competitive salary: base €78k-€118k + car allowance (€850 - €1150 p/m) + bonus (15-20%) + fringe benefits.

Home Office Options:

Hybrid is possible, they are not that strict on actually being at the office, it is more about efficiency and results à output-driven.

Note: It is advisable/preferred to be more regular at the office in the beginning when you start, this to ensure a smooth landing.

Discrete call:

In case you are intrigued, or you wish to have a discrete call, please contact Boudewijn Vellinga via or under +31(0)85 485 3288 (landline) or +31(0)6 1224 3196 (mobile).

We’d rather have a dialogue to explain more, than for you to conclude it might not be a fit.

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