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Invitation to Tender: Internal Audit – Risk Management

MG ALBA is the organisation established to administer the Gaelic Broadcasting Fund. It also operates the Gaelic Television Channel BBC ALBA in partnership with the BBC. The channel is governed by a Collaboration Agreement between the BBC and MG ALBA and overseen by a Joint Management Board comprising of 2 executives from each of BBC Scotland and MG ALBA.

You are invited to tender for the internal audit of MG ALBA’s Risk Management function. MG ALBA’s main offices are in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and it is here that site work for the audit will take place. It is anticipated that a briefing meeting takes place with the successful applicant by 11th August 2017 with the audit fieldwork completed by 1st September 2017 and a report submitted by the end of September 2017.

1. The following is background information on MG ALBA’s Statutory remit:
The remit of MG ALBA (the operating name of Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig or Gael-ic Media Service) under the Communications Act 2003 is to ensure that high quality televi-sion programmes in Gaelic are made available to persons in Scotland. In partnership with the BBC, MG ALBA has established BBC ALBA, the Gaelic digital service. MG ALBA is regulated by Ofcom, funded by the Scottish Government and reports to the UK Government.

2. Nature of Business:
MG ALBA is committed to securing the distribution of BBC ALBA on all digital platforms and a sustainable future for Gaelic broadcasting. MG ALBA also works with producers to pro-mote development, training and the use of Gaelic as the working language of the Gaelic production sector.

3. Structure:

  • - MG ALBA is governed by a Board comprising of a Chairperson and 8 other members.
  • - The Board is determined by Ofcom with the approval of the Scottish Secretary and the Scottish Government Ministers.
  • - The Board has established 2 committees to assist in the discharge of its functions. The Audit & Assurance Committee and the Standards Committee.
  • - The staff are managed by the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Management Team which comprises the CEO; Director of Finance; Director of Operations and the Director of Strategy & Partnership.
  • - Departments within the organization are Content; Finance, Business Affairs & Admin-istration; Operations and Corporate Affairs
  • - Properties/locations – Stornoway and Glasgow
  • - There are 34 staff in the company mostly working from the headquarters in Stornoway.

We anticipate the scope of the audit to include the following:

Effective Risk Management

The internal audit will include an assessment of MG ALBA’s approach to the identification and treatment of risk. This will involve the organisation’s processes for risk assessment; risk evaluation; risk treatment; and risk reporting. The audit will also involve an assessment of how the risk strategy is embedded in MG ALBA’s management culture and operations.

Current Procedures for identifying and Managing Risk

As mentioned above, MG ALBA operates the Gaelic digital service BBC ALBA in partnership with the BBC. The organisation currently operates a risk register which includes the following areas of risk – operational; TV content; financial; reputational/governance/engagement; BBC ALBA partnership; and technical. An assessment of the effectiveness of this document will be included in the report which will content comment and recommendations as to the ownership of the document and of its effectiveness in the treatment and reporting of risk.

Tenders should include the following:

  • • The fee costs should be provided on a fixed price basis (we do not expect the fees and ex-penses to exceed £10,000 ex vat);
  • • CVs of the staff involved in the audit;
  • • An explanation of the audit approach ;
  • • An indication of the level of expertise within the company in relation to the public sector in the UK;
  • • An indication of the level of expertise within the company in relation to the media industry in the UK.

Tenders will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • • The level of fee (25%);
  • • The quality and experience of the proposed audit team (25%);
  • • The suitability of the audit approach (25%);
  • • Value for money and, in particular, the added value that the internal audit service will bring to MG ALBA (25%).

The closing time and date for applications, sent to my email address below, will be 5pm on 21st July 2017 with an appointment being made by 28th July 2017.

Should you wish to tender for this appointment and require further information or clarification of any of the above please contact me at neil.graham@mgalba.com.

Invitation to Tender: Internal Audit – Risk Management

MG ALBA is the organisation established to administer the Gaelic Broadcasting Fund. It also operates the Gaelic Television Channel BBC ALBA in partnership with the BBC. The channel is governed by a Collaboration Agreement between the BBC and MG ALBA and overseen by a Joint Management Board comprising of 2 executives from each of BBC Scotland and MG ALBA.

You are invited to tender for the internal audit of MG ALBA’s Risk Management function. MG ALBA’s main offices are in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and it is here that site work for the audit will take place. It is anticipated that a briefing meeting takes place with the successful applicant by 11th August 2017 with the audit fieldwork completed by 1st September 2017 and a report submitted by the end of September 2017.

1. The following is background information on MG ALBA’s Statutory remit:

The remit of MG ALBA (the operating name of Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig or Gael-ic Media Service) under the Communications Act 2003 is to ensure that high quality televi-sion programmes in Gaelic are made available to persons in Scotland. In partnership with the BBC, MG ALBA has established BBC ALBA, the Gaelic digital service. MG ALBA is regulated by Ofcom, funded by the Scottish Government and reports to the UK Government.

2. Nature of Business:

ALBA is committed to securing the distribution of BBC ALBA on all digital platforms and a sustainable future for Gaelic broadcasting. MG ALBA also works with producers to pro-mote development, training and the use of Gaelic as the working language of the Gaelic production sector.

3. Structure:

  • - MG ALBA is governed by a Board comprising of a Chairperson and 8 other members.
  • - The Board is determined by Ofcom with the approval of the Scottish Secretary and the Scottish Government Ministers.
  • - The Board has established 2 committees to assist in the discharge of its functions. The Audit & Assurance Committee and the Standards Committee.
  • - The staff are managed by the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Management Team which comprises the CEO; Director of Finance; Director of Operations and the Director of Strategy & Partnership.
  • - Departments within the organization are Content; Finance, Business Affairs & Admin-istration; Operations and Corporate Affairs
  • - Properties/locations – Stornoway and Glasgow
  • - There are 34 staff in the company mostly working from the headquarters in Stornoway.

We anticipate the scope of the audit to include the following:

Effective Risk Management

The internal audit will include an assessment of MG ALBA’s approach to the identification and treatment of risk. This will involve the organisation’s processes for risk assessment; risk evaluation; risk treatment; and risk reporting. The audit will also involve an assessment of how the risk strategy is embedded in MG ALBA’s management culture and operations.

Current Procedures for identifying and Managing Risk

As mentioned above, MG ALBA operates the Gaelic digital service BBC ALBA in partnership with the BBC. The organisation currently operates a risk register which includes the following areas of risk – operational; TV content; financial; reputational/governance/engagement; BBC ALBA partnership; and technical. An assessment of the effectiveness of this document will be included in the report which will content comment and recommendations as to the ownership of the document and of its effectiveness in the treatment and reporting of risk.

Tenders should include the following:

  • • The fee costs should be provided on a fixed price basis (we do not expect the fees and ex-penses to exceed £10,000 ex vat);
  • • CVs of the staff involved in the audit;
  • • An explanation of the audit approach ;
  • • An indication of the level of expertise within the company in relation to the public sector in the UK;
  • • An indication of the level of expertise within the company in relation to the media industry in the UK.

Tenders will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • • The level of fee (25%);
  • • The quality and experience of the proposed audit team (25%);
  • • The suitability of the audit approach (25%);
  • • Value for money and, in particular, the added value that the internal audit service will bring to MG ALBA (25%).

The closing time and date for applications, sent to my email address below, will be 5pm on 21st July 2017 with an appointment being made by 28th July 2017.

Should you wish to tender for this appointment and require further information or clarification of any of the above please contact me at neil.graham@mgalba.com.