Internal Audit, Data Analytics Analyst

  • BlackRock
  • Edinburgh EH3, UK
  • 09/04/2022
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Job Description

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About this role

Internal Audit’s primary mission is to provide assurance to the Board of Directors and Executive Management that BlackRock’s businesses are well led and meeting strategic, operational and risk management objectives. The team engages with senior leaders and all of BlackRock’s individual business units globally to understand and advise on the risks in their business, evaluate the efficiency of key processes and assist in the design of standard methodologies that can improve their results. Internal Audit reports directly to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, and our work builds confidence that BlackRock will meet its obligations to clients, shareholders, employees and other partners.

Our Audit Teams “At a Glance”

Business Audit

With teams in the US, Europe, and Asia, the Business Audit Team performs audits covering all BlackRock business units, including investment and asset management, risk management, operations, finance, and legal and compliance.

Technology Audit

The Technology Audit Team, performs design review and testing related to technology controls across application systems and infrastructure components such as databases, operating systems, data centers and messaging platforms.

SAO (Strategy, Analytics & Operations)

Supporting the entire Audit department is the Strategy, Analytics and Operations team. There are two main functions:

Strategy and Operations: This group is responsible for coordinating activities and communication across the distributed team, managing and driving the planning process, implementing process innovations, running tools & technology, and ensuring appropriate policies/methodology and procedures are in place. The SAO team plays a significant part in the development and continuous improvement of the Distributed team. The team maintains independence from the other audit teams by reporting directly to the Global Head of Audit and does not participate in traditional audit reviews or issues management.

Data Analytics (DA): This team uses BlackRock data and various data science, business intelligence, and analytics methods to support the activities of the audit department. The DA team participates in both business and technology audit execution, builds and maintains an inventory of self-service tools for the auditors, supports the risk assessment and annual planning process, and helps own the department’s operations through the development of impactful management information. The team is a driver of innovation for the department and helps auditors gain efficiencies and insights through the work that they do.

Role Description:

The Analyst role in Data Analytics will support the development and implementation of a strategic data analytics program for Internal Audit. They will be required to engage with business and technology teams, internal risk partners and with information technology teams to support the goals of Internal Audit.

The right individuals will adopt a fast-paced environment and be interested in not only adding high value as a member of the team, but in helping to evolve our audit processes, tools and methodologies. This team is looking for innovative, self-starters who are eager to learn new technologies and work with others to deploy and explain them. We value creativity and encourage our team members to challenge the status quo of how audits and audit testing is performed.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Properly document and maintain all code used to implement audit tests, build tools, and/or complete data centric activities supporting the department.

  • Expected to provide input regarding the strategic development of the data analytics program including the design and implementation of tools and technologies, development, delivery, and distribution of data analytics presentations, training, and methodology.

  • Supporting the Data Analytics team as required.

  • Propose alternative and creative approaches to traditional audit testing that use technology to either gain efficiencies or provide additional coverage.

  • Participate in short term data analysis activities aimed at supporting audit delivery and/or other ad-hoc requests e.g. closure verification of issues, regulatory inquiries, critical initiatives.

  • Where applicable, support the transfer of tools and scripts in a manner that maintains independence to business partners.

  • Networking to nurture strong relationships with firm-wide partners to ensure successful analytic activities e.g. retrieval of new data sets, learning technology architecture, troubleshooting.


  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in CIS, computer science, finance, economics, risk management or other quantitative related field is preferred.

Skills and Experience:

  • 2 -3 years of proven ability as a developer or related role

  • Attention to detail and accuracy

  • Strong SQL skills required

  • Excellent social skills, creative problem solving skills, intellectual, willing to take action, and communication (verbal, written, and listening)

  • Programming experience in Python, R or any scripting language (VBA, PowerShell, etc).

  • Experience with both structured and unstructured data

  • Experience with Data Warehousing, Extract Transform and Load (ETL), SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), Informatica

  • Preferred but not required: Experience with text analytics (e.g. Natural Language Processing (NLP), sentiment analysis, N-Gram analysis, document summarization, etc.); Robotic Process Automation (RPA); Understanding of the standard methodologies for code control (e.g. Azure Repos) Agile project management tools like JIRA

Our benefits

To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of benefits including a strong retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, comprehensive healthcare, support for working parents and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.

About BlackRock

At BlackRock, we are all connected by one mission: to help more and more people experience financial well-being. Our clients, and the people they serve, are saving for retirement, paying for their children’s educations, buying homes and starting businesses. Their investments also help to strengthen the global economy: support businesses small and large; finance infrastructure projects that connect and power cities; and facilitate innovations that drive progress.

This mission would not be possible without our smartest investment – the one we make in our employees. It’s why we’re dedicated to creating an environment where our colleagues feel welcomed, valued and supported with networks, benefits and development opportunities to help them thrive.

BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, and other statuses protected by law.

BlackRock will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records in a manner consistent with the requirements of the law, including any applicable fair chance law.