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Internal Auditor (Intermediate, Senior, or Lead) - Internal Audit #605548

Employer
Northern Arizona University
Location
Arizona, United States
Salary
$41,421.00 - $78,745.00
Posted date
Oct 26, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Financial Affairs
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time
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General Professional Duties

All professional personnel in the Internal Audit department support the four primary phases of an audit project, which include:

  • Planning: Completing the research, analysis and process mapping necessary to meet the overall audit objective(s) and develop the supporting audit plan.
  • Fieldwork: Completing the data analysis, data sampling, tests, and evaluations necessary to accomplish the audit plan.
  • Reporting: Reporting on the results of the audit project, including the improvement opportunities identified by the audit project.
  • Follow-up: Following up with the areas audited to ensure improvements identified were implemented in the time frame agreed.

 

Audit projects include planned audits, special / consulting projects, and investigations.  Each project may address one or more of compliance, financial, governance, operational or information technology risks and controls.

 

In addition to audit projects, all professional personnel support certain administrative requirements of the department and NAU. These duties include tasks associated with:

  • project management (e.g., communications, deadline / milestone management, file management, progress tracking / reporting, time tracking / reporting, and supporting documentation);
  • training and education; 
  • managing NAU matters like conflict-of-interest disclosure reporting, and time and leave reporting;
  • demonstrating behavior that supports the NAU and Internal Audit mission, vision, and values, including complying with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Audit as promulgated by The Institute of Internal Auditors, including its Code of Professional Ethics; and,
  • Complete department-specific duties as assigned, including responding to all inquiries and requests of Internal Audit Department management and embracing Internal Audit department improvement initiatives.

Internal Auditor

An Internal Auditor performs tasks supporting an audit project at the direction of an Internal Auditor, Senior, an Internal Auditor, Lead, or directly by the Internal Auditor, Director / Chief Audit Executive. These duties include:

  • Following directions
  • Planning: Researching matters to support completion of audit plans, including:
    • Professional accounting and auditing standards
    • Federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
    • NAU policies, procedures, and practices
    • Related industry best practices
    • Other matters deemed pertinent to the specific audit project

Completing research involves Internet searches, identifying and interviewing key personnel, etc. and documenting and organizing the pertinent information gleaned from that research.

  • Fieldwork: Completing audit steps or specific tasks assigned in the time allotted, documenting sufficiently to address the requirements of the audit step or task, and identifying any potential variances from the expected results.
  • Reporting: Completing narratives, graphics and other tasks supporting drafting of the related report.
  • Follow-up: Completing analyses, tests, etc. as necessary to address quarterly follow-up assignments.

Internal Auditor, Intermediate

An Internal Auditor, Intermediate performs all the duties tasks of an Internal Auditor but at a level requiring less direction, often less time and related to more complex matters. The Internal Auditor, Intermediate completes groups of tasks based on general direction from an Internal Auditor, Senior, an Internal Auditor, Lead, or directly by the Internal Auditor, Director / Chief Audit Executive. As such, the Internal Auditor, Intermediate may complete the bulk of the planning research for a given audit without being directed to what and where to look, may complete portions or sections of an audit plan instead of individual audit steps, may write portions of an audit report, and may be assigned more complex follow-up audit work.

Internal Auditor, Senior

  • An Internal Auditor, Senior must be a self-starter who is capable of:
    • Planning and executing. 
    • Understanding the information systems impact in compliance, financial and operational audits.
    • Performing special projects and investigations at the direction of the Chief Audit Executive.
    • Determining and performing a variety of tests and analyses designed to assess internal control effectiveness.
    • Analyzing organizational policies, procedures, practices and existing laws, rules and regulations to determine applicable compliance and the adequacy of underlying internal controls. 
    • Assessing the efficiency, effectiveness and cost benefit of internal controls on relative to the risks they are designed to mitigate. 
    • Working closely with all levels of management and staff.
    • Supervising one or more internal audit staff or interns.
    • Applying knowledge of key information technology professional standards and regulations.
    • Effectively communicating and interacting with all management and staff, including orally and in writing.
    • Using an automated spreadsheet, word processing software, data analytics tools and other business and audit-related software. 
    • Complete assignments in accordance with the annual Internal Audit Plan to achieve a minimum of 80% of assigned work. 
    • Prioritizing and organizing assignments including handling multiple tasks frequently in a timely manner.
  • Planning: Plan and organize audit, special project or investigation assignments (projects) and develop appropriate steps to complete the assignments in an efficient manner, including determining the requirements for complex projects independently since projects can span and/or impact more than one business unit, require knowledge of sophisticated business processes and involve many stakeholders. 
  • Fieldwork: Complete and ensure that all project program steps are addressed and clearly documented to support related conclusions, including applicable review of staff work (senior may delegate tasks and / or other project sections to Internal Auditor, Intermediate and Internal Auditor team members).
    • Acquire, organize, assemble, analyze, interpret, and evaluate information relevant to the established work program steps.
    • Design and utilize metrics to measure business process efficiencies and effectiveness.
    • Use complex analytical tools to analyze data and processes.
    • Effectively use lead schedules and sample documentation to document effort to support conclusions.
    • Identify and completely document problem and/or improvement opportunity situations or conditions and, if necessary, extend testing to determine the cause and impact. 
    • Exercise objectivity, due professional care, and professional skepticism in identifying such situations by adequately pursuing sufficient objective evidence to establish reasonable instance of fact.
    • Specifically identify applicable control and process weaknesses to aid clients in process improvement and document related improvement opportunities and supporting criteria.
    • Work with subject matter experts and others to examine as-is business processes and systems to gain information to analyze controls.
    • Document existing and new business processes, associated resources, and dependencies.
    • Effectively utilize department specific automation (including automated working papers and data mining tools).
    • Work with client management to validate improvement opportunities and develop solutions while the audit is in progress, including consideration for cost-benefit implications and the merit of alternate solutions.
    • Develop client relationships through positive communications, demonstrating credibility and trust, and effectively dealing with difficult clients.
  • Reporting: In conformity with department form and style guidelines, draft a report that clearly articulates the key positive results of the assignment as well as the improvement opportunities, and the solutions identified and planned for implementation.
  • Follow-up: Manages all follow-up assignments to ensure closure and documentation within 30 days from each quarter end.

Internal Auditor, Lead

  • An Internal Auditor, Lead must be a self-starter who is proficient as an Internal Auditor, Senior, in addition to:
    • Taking the responsibility to complete audit projects with the support of team members from the Internal Auditor, Intern level to the Internal Auditor, Senior level.
    • Directing the actions of assigned project members to ensure completion of audit projects in a quality and timely manner.
    • Leading audit presentations to management.
    • Being capable of sitting in for the Internal Audit, Director / Chief Audit Executive if and when necessary to complete presentations to NAU Executive Management and / or the Audit Committee of the Arizona Board of Regents.
    • Supporting annual audit plan risk assessment analysis and annual plan development.
    • Leading Internal Audit administrative tasks including the audit documentation and audit follow-up management systems.

  Minimum qualifications:

Internal Auditor

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or related field.
  • 1-2 years of internal audit or related experience.
  • Any equivalent combination of related education, experience, and training.

Internal Auditor, Intermediate

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field.
  • 2-4 years of internal audit or related experience.
  • Any equivalent combination of related education, experience, and training.

Internal Auditor, Senior

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field.
  • 3-5 years of internal audit or related experience.
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), MBA or other similar audit or project management credential.
  • Any equivalent combination of related education, experience, and training.

Internal Auditor, Lead

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field.
  • 5-7 years of internal audit or related experience.
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), MBA or other similar audit or project management credential.
  • Any equivalent combination of related education, experience, and training.

Application deadline:

Open Until Filled. 

Annual Salary:

Internal Auditor: $41,421 - $51,776

Internal Auditor, Intermediate: $47,634 - $59,542

Internal Auditor, Senior: $54,779 - $68,474

Internal Auditor, Lead: $62,996 - $78,745

 Additional Information:

  • Position may be hired as an Internal Auditor, Internal Auditor Intermediate, Senior, or Lead depending on experience.
  • Remote work may be permitted within the state of Arizona.

                                                                                  

Please see nau.jobs for full job descriptions and details on how to apply online!  NAU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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