Compliance and Audit Co-Ordinator (initially one-year fixed term post, maternity cover)

The Women Organisation is a social enterprise that has for over a quarter of a century been driving the transformation of the business support eco system to effectively support women who are starting and growing their own businesses in the Northwest of England, wider UK and across the globe. We are continually developing an innovative portfolio of professional business advice, learning, seminars, workshops, accredited training, incubation, and consultancy services to help our clients meet their business ambitions in a rapidly changing world.

Our people are our greatest asset. We are currently expanding our diverse team of creative, ambitious, and talented people with a range of skills, knowledge, and aptitudes to meet our clients’ needs, both culturally and commercially. Come join a social business on to mission to build a more diverse, inclusive, and sustainable economy and world.


Job Title: Compliance and Audit Co-Ordinator (initially one-year fixed term post, maternity cover)

Reporting to: Operations Director    

Salary Scale: £28,000 – £35,000 (dependent upon experience) plus auto enrolment pension contribution and 25 days holiday

This role is offered as a full time or part time role, please express your preference in the application form.

Is this you?

  • Are you experienced in managing the compliance and audit of ESIF programmes?
  • Do you know your stuff and how to share it so others can understand stuff too?
  • Can you support an internal team and partner team members to be confident and capable to meet their project’s objective and desired impact?

If the answer is yes, we may be a match.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate coordination, leadership skills and capabilities and bring a well-developed understanding of the effective compliance and audit of ESIF partnerships and programmes.

You will be the key interface between our partnership and programme teams and the Leadership Team within the organisation.

You will be able to work with colleagues to review project delivery, quality and added value for clients. You will undertake final compliance and audit checks to ensure that robust and eligible claims are prepared that meet the commissioners needs and are ready for final sign off at senior level.

Working with the Partner Co-ordinators you will report regularly on partner and project performance to the SMT via regular reports and internal project meetings to enable effective partner and project management; partner performance in relation to activity and claims in line with their projected profile.

You will work closely and help guide Partner Co-ordinator to undertake monthly monitoring and compliance partner checks, particularly in relation to ESIF (European Structural and Investment Funds) and other funded programmes; prepare Project Change Requests and respond to commissioner audit requests.

Key Aspects  

Liaising and working closely to build and maintain strong networks within project partnerships and with individual project partners to ensure a successful project delivery and develop capacity for future opportunities.

You will be to prepare quarterly reports and funder claims submissions and undertake the necessary uploading and reporting processes.

Supporting, supervising, and checking the Partner Co-ordinator responses to funders audit requirements including desk checks and specific audits by funders.

Maintaining familiarity with all ESIF Guidance and ensuring that activity is in line with approved eligibility.

Undertake drafting, reporting and analysis of information to support project reporting, project design and potential delivery approaches.

Regular monitoring of partner delivery against agreed profiles, identifying potentials issues early and discussing with the partner remedial actions or possible reprofiling.

Undertake information/project information analysis reporting of partner figures; narrative reports and focus groups to assist with the evaluation of projects.

Support implementation of projects, services, or initiative through timely and relevant information analysis, in accordance with the agreed priorities of the SMT Team.

Supporting the management reporting and data collation process through the production of complex management information and board reports.

Ensure effective project compliance regularly reviewing and disseminating internally and externally updates to any funders guidance as needed.

Support implementation of projects, services, or initiative through timely and relevant information analysis, in accordance with the agreed priorities of the SMT Team.

Support ongoing project compliance and management including assistance with close down processes.

Lead and participate in relevant internal and external working groups/projects to garner key strategic and project related information including:

Chairing regular partnership meetings, as required

Meeting with partners, as required, to discuss any issues; ongoing delivery; development opportunities best practice etc.

Propose changes to projects, services, or initiatives, informing policy and making recommendations for more effective delivery

Contribute to the review and development of existing project information management systems and contribute to the development of an integrated approach to project management

Where necessary support the marketing of projects with content identification; newsletter creation and social media posts.

To work in a flexible manner and as part of a team including evening and weekends as needed

A Good Fit

We are a looking for a team member who shares our values, is a leader, technically proficient and experienced but also has the ambition to grow and develop with us on our journey.

  • Experienced in ESIF programme management, compliance and audit.
  • Excellent communicator and team worker
  • Attention to detail with analytical mindset and good problem-solving skills.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to manage work aligned to multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to, and delivery of, effective working practices as part of a cohesive team for the benefit of the partners and their success.
  • Constructively and sensitivity challenging in approach.
  • Contributing to the continuous improvement of our services sharing best practice, knowledge, skills, and ideas internally and externally.
  • Committed to diversity and equality of opportunities with a knowledge and understanding of the barriers faced by different communities, groups and SMEs, aspiring to grow their business, and a commitment to helping them address and overcome those barriers.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in all areas of our businesses.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying and would like more information about this role, please download the full application pack below or contact our team via

The closing date is Wednesday 15th December at 12pm.

The Women’s Organisation is an equal opportunities employer, and we welcome applications from all sections of the community particularly disabled women and women from black and minority ethnic communities.

This post is part funded by European Structural and Investment Funds