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The company

Elia is the operator of the Belgian high-voltage transmission grid (380 kV to 30 kV) and is responsible for developing and maintaining the grid, providing users with access to it and controlling energy flows. The Elia group is a team of 2,000 professionals who have the task of ensuring the continuity of electricity supplies in Belgium.

As owner and operator of electricity transmission networks in Belgium and Germany Elia has an important role and mission in supporting and implementing Europe's energy and climate policy.

Head of Internal Audit & Risk Management

Reference ID:  564


As head of the internal audit and risk management team, you will be responsible for protecting and creating long-term value by providing stakeholders with reliable assurance, advice and information. Under the responsibility of general management and in a functional relationship with the Internal Audit and Risks Committee, you will develop the Group's approach to risk management and ensure that the risk management and internal control systems are adequate and efficient. 
Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Leading and managing the team (4 people)
  • Monitoring, managing and updating the annual audit plan
  • Updating and enhancing the risk mapping system and proposing action plans to reduce and/or cover major risks
  • Creating, monitoring and supervising an internal audit management process on operational, financial, legal, HR, IT and cross-functional matters
  • Checking and following the recommendations of external and internal audits by ensuring they are incorporated into the organization's processes
  • Providing methodological support and training divisions/departments in internal control practices
  • Defining and being responsible for implementing the overall risk monitoring strategy
  • Helping to identify the strategic risks monitored at Group level as well as the risks monitored by the various Group entities
  • Supervising the performance of risk analyses and the analysis of the various options for reducing risks in order to allow those in charge to make optimal decisions to mitigate those risks
  • Agreeing on an action plan to optimise risks and risk management, and monitoring the various action plans
  • Managing risk reporting and ensuring that risk reports are distributed periodically to the various departments concerned
  • Ensuring that consolidated reports are sent to the Management Committee and the various committees concerned
  • Keeping up to date a document on the main strategic, operational and financial risks facing the company, based on a risk assessment and the results of the various audits
  • Providing advice on risk management to members of the Management Committee and managers with a view to formulating recommendations
  • Helping to train new hires in risk management
  • Maintaining a network of key contacts within the company in order to ensure continuous monitoring of existing and future risks and promote the risk management culture within the Elia Group
  • Taking responsibility for business projects

Your Profile

  • You hold a university degree in management, law or engineering.
  • You have at least eight years of experience in internal audit, risk management and/or internal control in an industrial company.
  • You are motivated and dynamic, and are capable of operating autonomously and taking initiatives, or bringing in a consulting firm where appropriate.
  • You are able to thrive in a rapidly changing environment. 
  • You have excellent English language skills (speaking and writing).
  • You are willing to travel (in Europe).
  • interest in the following risk challenges: resilience, sustainability, climb the Safety culture ladder, digitalization
  • Knows COSO & ISO 31000 risk frameworks
  • experience in implementing a risk management system (ERM)
  • You have a strong interest in the energy transition.


Boulevard de L'Empereur, 20 -1000 Bruxelles

What's in it for you?

More than offering you a mere job, we give you an exciting, ultra-professional environment, unique training and every opportunity to develop your career potential to the full, plus an attractive salary and fringe benefits. So choosing Elia means opting for a future full of promise!