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Pearson Global Audit Specialist in Manchester, United Kingdom

Global Audit Specialist - ( 2107305 )


Our Organisation

Pearson VUE ( has been a pioneer in the computer-based testing industry for decades, delivering more than 15 million certification and licensure exams annually in every industry from academia and admissions to IT and healthcare. We are the global leaders in developing and delivering high-stakes exams via the world's most comprehensive network of nearly 20,000 Test Centers in 180 countries. Our leadership in the assessment industry is a result of our collaborative partnerships with a broad range of clients, from leading technology firms to government and regulatory agencies.

At Pearson VUE, we believe in the power of difference. Harnessing the unique skills, perspectives, and backgrounds of every employee helps us foster innovation and create the most effective solutions for learners around the world. That’s why we’re committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are embedded into everything we do. We foster a work environment that’s inclusive and diverse — and where our people can be themselves — so we can reflect the customers and learners we serve. You can learn more about our commitment to a diverse and inclusive culture here:

At Pearson, we are delighted to be awarded Gold against the Investors in People standard in the UK; we are confirmed by Stonewall in the Top 100 Employers LGBTQ UK employers; we are a Disability Confident committed employer, and committed to the Race Charter; we were recognised in the Best Employers for Diversity 2019 awards; we were featured on The Forbes List of Best D&I Employers; we are a Working Mums Top Employer and Age Positive employer. Pearson is a truly global family, and listed on both the London and New York Stock Exchanges. We are proud to offer an exceptional and supportive environment to develop your professional career!

Your Opportunity

  • Global Audit Specialist

  • Based in Salford Quays, Manchester UK

  • Permanent & full-time working 37.5 hours per week

At Pearson VUE, we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced audit professional to join our business assurance team based in Manchester Salford Quays office. You’ll be responsible for assisting the Global Audit Manager in objectively and independently evaluating the effectiveness of management controls over business activities.

You’ll be conducting internal and external audit related activities across our global Pearson VUE business. Your role also includes training, developing and monitoring the ongoing competency of designated internal auditors. You’ll complete audit reports and present findings based on areas of weakness or opportunities for improvement. This role includes monitoring for completion of corrective and preventive action related to audit findings. We’ll expect you to support the Global Audit Manager in the delivery of a wide range of activities to ensure that the business achieves and maintains compliance with relevant legislation, regulations, standards, contractual obligations and best practice.

Your Key Responsibilities

  • Implementing Audit Strategy – following instruction from the Global Audit Manager to implement Pearson VUE’s Audit programme globally, providing an independent assessment of business functions and processes based on the requirements of ISO standards and internal policies.

  • Understanding the Organisation – ensuring that all Pearson VUE’s business entities, products, services, systems and activities are identified globally and included in the scope of audit activities.

  • Embedding the continual improvement ethos in the culture of the organisation – work with Global Audit Manager to continually improve processes and share best practise within Pearson VUE through the audit programme.

Internal Audit

  • Adopt a strategic risk-based approach to internal audit, consistent with the requirements and guidelines within the ISO 19011 and ISO 31000 standards.

  • Assist in the creation of an annual global internal audit plan, detailing the audits to be completed across the global Pearson VUE business during the year.

  • Implement the annual internal audit plan ensuring that audits are planned, conducted and reported appropriately in line with the plan, adopting a collaborative approach with all interested parties.

  • Adopt an integrated approach to audit, to minimise disruption while ensuring the audits provide an assessment of:

  • Compliance with legal, regulatory and contractual obligations;

  • Compliance with corporate and company policies and procedures;

  • Compliance with KPIs, Service Level Agreements and other performance measures;

  • Effectiveness of management system performance including but not limited to: ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 22301 (Business Continuity), ISO 27001 (Information Security);

  • Effectiveness of functional activities and processes;

  • Further opportunities for continual improvement, cost savings and efficiencies.

  • External Audit - Coordinate and work with the relevant audit body e.g. client, regulator, certification body or corporate audit team to plan, schedule and complete external audits.

  • Supplier Audit - Conduct supplier audits to agreed scope, working collaboratively with the supplier.

  • Audit Reporting, Findings & Actions - Ensure that the findings from all audit activities (including control and recovery testing) lead to appropriate corrective and preventive actions and that these are recorded and monitored in order to manage risk and support continual improvement.

  • Ensure that corrective and preventive actions are appropriately followed up and fed back into the audit cycle to ensure that their ongoing effectiveness is monitored and measured.

  • Use the outcomes of audit activities to identify where additional training and awareness needs to be supplied to the business in order to achieve and maintain compliance and support continual improvement.

Our Successful Candidate

We welcome applicants with professional experience conducting internal audits against ISO requirements. You’ll be comfortable working in a technical, customer focused business and experience of co-ordinating/managing certified management systems and accreditations. It would be an advantage to have knowledge of business continuity, information security, quality, process and risk methodologies. This role is suitable for a professional with significant knowledge of current legislation, regulations, standards and best practice across all relevant disciplines. It is desirable to hold a professional internal auditor qualification for ISO 9001/27001 or 22301.

You’ll need excellent relationship building skills and the ability to successfully communicate to all audience types, and across cultures. You’ll be adept at translating the requirements of management systems into business practice. You’ll demonstrate a ‘can-do’ attitude with the ability to work closely with others and independently, along with a strong focus/commitment to continual improvement. Transform your expertise to a new level - we have many interesting and dynamic projects to look forward to in 2021, therefore now is the ideal time to join our Pearson VUE family. Apply now for a highly rewarding and truly global career!

Your Reward & Benefits

We’ll expect a lot and we know you’ll do great work, so we give a lot back with some of the best benefits in the business! We know that one size doesn’t fit all, so our workplace programmes meet the different needs of our diverse teams and their families too. Our most exciting options are featured below and when you join our Pearson family you can look forward to:

  • Work from home through COVID-19 restrictions.

  • A starting holiday of 25 days plus UK public holidays.

  • Generous pension scheme where we match and double what you contribute.

  • Maternity, paternity, and family care leave as well as flexible work policies.

  • Stock/share purchase options.

  • Healthcare and dental plans, and an employee wellbeing assistance programme for you and your family to help balance work, family and personal life.

  • Cycle to work program, Gym membership concessions in selected office locations, along with retail and leisure discounts.

Our Recruitment Process

Please complete and submit your application before 16 June 2021 and ensure that you apply directly on our Pearson Careers website only.

We are reviewing applications regularly and interviews are being scheduled now, therefore we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Wishing you success with your application!


Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience.We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity.The information you provide will stay confidential, and be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.



Primary Location : GB-GB-Manchester

Other Locations : GB-Greater Manchester, GB-GB-Manchester

Work Locations :

GB-Manchester-The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse 14 The QuaysSalford Quays

ManchesterM50 3BF

Job : Testing Center

Organization : Assessments VUE

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Shift : Day Job

Travel : Yes, 25 % of the Time

Job Posting : Jun 8, 2021

Job Unposting : Jun 17, 2021

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2107305