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Lead Internal Auditor in Houston, TX at Search Services

Date Posted: 7/17/2018

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Houston, TX
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  • Experience:
    At least 3 year(s)
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Job Description


Downtown Houston company seeks strong Lead Internal Auditor for LOW TRAVEL role


Our client has a collaborative, friendly culture, and is a worldwide leader in their industry.  They are looking to add to their successful internal audit team.  

This role will contribute to the overall growth and success of the Internal Audit Automation and Analytics team. 

A successful member of the Audit Automation and Analytics team has a passion for continuous improvement, process automation, and data mining.  Key to the role: a broad breadth of business acumen combined with strong technical skills.  We strive to obtain such talent and strive to develop it.  Being open to new ideas, personal development, and continuous learning is critical.

Contributing to enhancing the Company’s audit methodology a candidate must be capable of coordinating and effectively communicating with various departments throughout the enterprise and at all levels regarding results of the work performed. Important is the ability to present technical ideas and functionality to non-technical users

Foster strong morale and team spirit.  Contribute to and effectively influence decisions to achieve desired results.  Position requires overtime during various times of the month/year.  Some travel (10% - 20%) may be required. 

1) Foster a collaborative environment with members of Internal Audit (Managers, Auditors, and Automation and Analytics) as well as internal business partners.
2) Deliver high quality analysis and meaningful business intelligence resulting in reliable and timely information that drives the Internal Audit department’s risk assessment, annual planning, audit planning, fieldwork, and overall value to the company.
3) Drive changes in Internal Audit and Enterprise operations that lead to company/department operational efficiencies and savings.  Identify opportunities to complete audit work more efficiently and apply new tools and techniques.
4) Represent the department with poise, self-confidence, tact, and maturity while interfacing with senior management, management and personnel in the organization regarding accounting and business issues, audit findings, management action plans and operational efficiency.
5) Set good examples as a role model for less experienced staff.  Effectively coach, train and mentor others to develop skill levels.
6) Stay current on developments in the audit, data science, business intelligence, and advanced analytics professions.  Understand how your skills and competencies apply to our industry and within our company.  Perform as a resource within your subject matter area.
7) Effectively utilize a broad range of tools and technical aptitude to support audit automation and analytics work e.g.: Data Visualization (Tableau / Power BI); Scripting (SQL, PowerShell, Python, R, VB / VBA); Platforms and Infrastructure (DBMS, ETL, Data Lake, Data Warehouse).
8) Demonstrate knowledge of SAP modules and various other applications where data extraction is performed for analysis.
9) Demonstrate knowledge of joining disparate data sources.
10) Work with Internal Audit, Auditees, and Business SMEs to understand processes, data sets, and leverage this understanding to develop Business Intelligence and Advanced Analytics.
11) Understand and adhere to data privacy, security, compliance and ensure robust data governance.
12) Manage assigned activities within time, cost and technical objectives.
13) Demonstrate the ability to lead or independently complete work assignments.
14) Foster elements of graphic design – typography, color, composition and design grids within visualizations.


1. Bachelor Degree is required with a major in Accounting, Finance, Engineering, Information Systems or other related degree.

Work Experience:
1. Typically requires a minimum of 5 to 10 years of relevant business experience (mix of Finance/Accounting, functional/operations, and IT is strongly preferred). 

2. Proven ability to independently evaluate controls over business and financial processes.

Licenses & Certifications:
1. Professional certification such as CPA, CIA, CISA, CFE or other is preferred. 

Critical Competencies/Behaviors:
1. Functional/Technical Skills
Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

2. Action Oriented
Enjoys working hard; is action oriented and full of energy for the things that he/she sees as challenging; not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning seizes opportunities when they arise.  Demonstrates the ability to delegate and empower to the lowest appropriate level to achieve business outcomes.

3. Interpersonal Savvy
Maneuver through complex political situations effectively and quietly; sensitive to how people and organizations function; anticipates where land mines are and plans his/her approach accordingly; views corporate politics as a necessary part of organizational life and works to adjust to that reality; is a maze-bright person.

4. Communication Effectiveness
Is effective in a variety of formal presentation settings: one-on-one, small and large groups, with peers, direct reports, and bosses; is effective both inside and outside the organization, on both cool data and controversial topics; commands attention and can manage group process during the presentation; can change tactics midstream when something isn’t working.

5. Problem Solving
 Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answers.

1. Must be able to drive continuous improvement. 
2. Awareness of operational, financial or audit processes and 5 to 10 years of relevant business experience (mix of Finance/Accounting, functional/operations, and IT is strongly preferred)
3. Experience with an ERP data structure (SAP, JDE, PeopleSoft) is a must.
4. Familiarity with data visualization tools such as Power BI, Tableau, etc.
5. Experience (or exposure and the motivation to learn) scripting, datasets, relational data, unstructured data, etc.
6. Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal and presentation skills. 
7. Strong problem-solving skills and solid business acumen.