Internal Audit Specialist


Dublin, IE

Company:  Canada Life Group Services
  • Full Time Permanent position
  • Hybrid role based in our City Centre offices

What we offer
We have embraced a hybrid working model for most of our positions, which means that you can enjoy a balanced approach of working from home for part of the week and working from the office for the remainder of the week.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including competitive salaries and bonuses, robust Learning and Development support, excellent Defined Contribution pension and comprehensive Wellbeing initiatives and support to name but a few. 

Further details on our benefits package can be accessed here Benefits (


Why Irish Life Internal Audit?

At Irish Life Internal Audit, we know it’s our people that set us apart. That is why we are passionate about fostering an environment where our people can grow to their fullest. By joining Irish Life Internal Audit, you will have the opportunity to work in global audit team that pushes boundaries, values collaboration, embraces change and innovation and delivers quality work through high performing people.


Irish Life Internal Audit is part of the global Great-West LifeCo Internal Audit team of circa 170 people across Canada, UK, US and Ireland. As well as having direct responsibility for audit activity of Irish and German Operations, Irish Life Internal Audit also participate in and lead global audits, initiatives and benchmarking reviews. 


As part of the companies’ third line of defence, a key part of our job is to provide assurance that the organisation is progressing on the course of action charted by management and the board. We also work to alert management and the board to risks which may prevent the organisation from achieving its objectives.


Job Purpose:

The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting the effective execution of audits for Irish Life and Canada Life portfolios.  
They will work in conjunction with the Management team and the Chief Internal Auditor to develop and maintain annual plans that are aligned to business strategies. The role holder will also establish and maintain professional relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including the senior executives of business units across the delegated sector, demonstrating political sensitivity and organisational awareness. This position requires interaction with all Management levels across the global Group.


The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Leading and contributing to audit assignments for both local and global audit teams within agreed timescales.
  • Building trust and credibility with senior management within the business by demonstrating a professional approach to auditing and a sound knowledge of governance, risk management and control.
  • Driving the delivery of the audit agenda, identifying the critical issues to the achievement of delivery targets, and consistently communicating them to Internal Audit Senior Leadership and the team.
  • Involvement in annual planning, continuous monitoring and risk assessment and scheduling risk based audits.
  • Inputting into the audit opinion in a manner that is consistent with Internal Audit’s standards, methodologies and processes.
  • Preparation of high-quality written reports on relevant governance, risk management and control issues and communicating these to Management, agreeing action plans and tracking such issues for resolution with agreed timelines; 
  • Input to delivery of local and global Audit Committee reporting; and
  • Contributing to the development of Internal Audit – locally and globally, being a key contributor of IA projects.

The Person:

Ideally the successful candidate will have the following:

  • Strong work ethic along with ownership for all deliverables;
  • Hold a Lead position in internal/external audit or similar risk based role, leading multi-disciplined teams of professionals in the execution of risk-based assurance work;
  • Strong understanding of governance, risk management and control issues facing our business. 
  • High level of organisational ability and is proactive in monitoring successful delivery of objectives against relevant criteria.
  • Strong blend of technical ability, judgement, and commercial awareness.
  • A relevant professional qualification (e.g. ACA, CMIIA, ACCA); 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ideally have experience in the use of Data Analytics.


Key Competencies

Communication and Influencing
Team Working & Cross Functional Collaboration
Drive for Results
Problem Solving & Decision Making
Building and Maintaining Relationships



About us
Canada Life Group is the top-level European holding company for the Great-West Lifeco Group’s European insurance, reinsurance, and asset management companies, with business operations in the UK, Ireland, Germany, and the Isle of Man.

European Technology sits within Canada Life Group and encompasses the technology community across all European entities, Irish Life Group, Canada Life UK, Canada Life Europe, and Central Technology Services. European Technology supports the business strategy and collaboration of technology across all European divisions.


There are multiple IT units within European Technology, each of which has its own individual set of technology platforms. Central Technology Services (CTS) provides IT infrastructure and security operations services to Europe. 

The company reserves the right to draw up a shortlist as part of the selection process.  Where Agency assistance is required the Canada Life Recruitment Team will engage directly with suppliers. Unsolicited CVs / profiles supplied to Canada Life by Recruitment Agencies will not be accepted for this role.


Canada Life Group Services is proud to be an Equal Opportunities employer. We have created an environment of inclusion and growth to help people achieve their potential, to ensure they can bring their whole selves to work and to feel valued.  We celebrate diversity of thought and perspective and want all of our employees to feel valued, respected and supported.  We have built a culture that promotes equality and inclusion for all of our current and future employees and strive to ensure that our behaviours, processes and practices are aligned to this culture.


If you require any accommodations during the recruitment process please contact and we will be delighted to ensure you are fully supported to be your best.   

CLGS supports Equal Opportunity and is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.