Our client, a leading financial services firm, is seeking an Associate Internal Audit Principal to join their growing team.
12th October, 2021
Job Description & Synthesis
The Senior Auditor (titled Associate Principal) is within our client's Business & Risk team and will lead audits of related to complex business processes and support the strategic goals of the audit function. The Senior Auditor is responsible for understanding the complexity of the business operations and aligning audits to relevant regulatory, operational, and strategic risks, and presenting recommendations for improvements to senior leadership.
Defining and leading the execution of audit projects in accordance to the annual audit plan.
Providing oversight and coaching the internal team, both internal and/or co-sourced resources, confirming the delivery, quality and auditee experience.
Planning, leading and reporting for risk-based special request audit assignments.
Ability to clearly articulate professional principles and standards (i.e., AICPA, IIA IPPF, COSO, and CPSS-IOSCO) and the relevancy to risk management and impact on policies and procedures. In addition, leveraging these principles and standards to test and evaluate corporate risk management processes and controls.
Owning the audit quality, accuracy of results, and delivery in a timely manner.
Proactively identifying regulatory, operational, and/or strategic risks to the organization and deliver recommendations for improvements to senior leadership.
Identifying and analyzing root cause exceptions or inefficient practices and partnering with management provide advice and recommendations develop achievable solutions.
Developing and maintaining effective relationships with business groups and leadership and partnering with management.
Maintaining an understanding of policies, procedures, standards, and supporting technologies to effectively identify potential risks and creative alternatives to mitigate risk exposure.
Keeping current on leading practices and emerging risks within the financial services industry and making recommendations for improvements as necessary.
Serving as a liaison with external parties and regulators to facilitate timely and efficient external reviews, knowledge transfer, and controls and process education.
Perform other duties as assigned
Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques involved in conducting audits in accordance with the requirements set forth in the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing published by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
Demonstrated ability to gather, analyze, and evaluate facts, and prepare and present concise oral and written reports.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, including the ability to handle potentially sensitive situations and discussions.
Ability to work independently or as part of a team, prioritizing multiple audit assignments to simultaneously complete each in a timely fashion.
Demonstrated leadership and coaching abilities of staff level resources.
Strong problem solving and analytical capabilities.
Strong proficiency using Archer or other audit or Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) software.
Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related field.
Experience working in a complex, fast paced environment required.
Consulting/accounting firm experience is a plus.
Experience in Financial Services/Security Industry and working with regulatory organizations such as: Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Federal Reserve, a plus.
Demonstrated success in leading audit projects and implementing audit leading practices in a complex environment.
Strong customer service and collaboration skills required.
Effective influence, analytical and verbal/written communication skills required.
Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) a plus.
Minimum of three years of audit experience in conducting risk-based operational and compliance audits and projects, business process reviews and internal audits.