• Internal Audit Director

    Job Locations US-IL-Elk Grove Village
    Posted Date 7 months ago(7/2/2018 2:17 PM)
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  • Overview

    Topco Associates is currently seeking a Director for the Internal Audit Team in Elk Grove Village, IL.


    This position designs, leads and directs all internal audit activities (including audit work that is outsourced) to ensure proper controls, policies, procedures, etc. are in place so the company operations are effectively and efficiently carried out, company assets are properly safeguarded, financial data is reliable and has integrity, and the company adheres to applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.


    This position reports directly to the Audit Committee of the Topco Board of Directors.  As such, this individual has regular communications through Audit Committee meetings, Internal Audit reports and other communications as required.  The primary communications include the annual and long term audit plans, results of audits including findings and recommendations and other reporting as required or requested.


    This role supports the annual external audit by providing expertise and performing specified audit procedures as prescribed/requested by the external auditors.


    This role interfaces with all levels of management through the execution of audit activies.  This role works with senior management in the initiation, execution and closure of audit work to ensure proper scope, communication of findings and appropriate resolution of audit recommendations. 


    • Facilitate the Enterprise Risk Management process to help the Company identify, articulate, mitigate and manage material risks to the business. Work with the Audit Committee, Topco management, and external auditors to develop annual and long-term audit plans to ascertain key risks are being properly mitigated.
    • Evaluate and secure resource needs to complete the audit plan, including recruiting, managing, directing, developing, training, and mentoring audit staff as well as identifying, evaluating, engaging, and managing third party resource needs.
    • Plan, prioritize, execute/oversee the completion of individual internal audits (operational, financial, contract compliance, ethics, etc.) while providing expertise in auditing and industry standards as well as other technical areas, as necessary. Identify quality audit recommendations regarding process/internal control improvements, etc. and collaborate with Topco management to gain agreement. Prepare reports thoroughly and accurately, and communicate timely results to Topco management and the Audit Committee. Recommendations must balance the cost and time of implementation/execution with the expected benefits.
    • Manage the annual conflict of interest questionnaire and resolution process; manage that annual ethics training/questionnaire.
    • Interface and establish a good working relationship with the Topco Audit Committee. Prepare succinct and informative Audit Committee meeting materials with consideration of required communications and other pertinent information and present them to the Committee on a regular basis.
    • Develop and execute a plan to ensure issues and recommendations are brought to closure and implemented in a timely manner.
    • Coordinate and lead the assistance and communication with the external auditors in execution of the annual audit plan.
    • Display teamwork, integrity, and leadership to create an environment of trust, accountability, and responsibility. Maintain strong relations and open lines of communication with the Audit Committee, Topco management, and staff.
    • Perform other job-related duties as necessary.


    Education & Experience

    • BS degree in accounting required; advance degree a plus
    • CPA
    • CIA a plus
    • 8 + plus years of internal audit experience
    • Public accounting or external audit experience


    Other Qualifications

    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as a manager and a team member.
    • Executive presence – must be able to present confidently to the audit committee and executive management; must be able to work across all levels of management in the execution of responsibilities.
    • Confident, proactive self-starter who can work autonomously with strong attention to detail, while also exhibiting an understanding of the big picture.
    • Strong organizational skills, including leadership, management, and process and relationship management.
    • A flexible problem solver who can manage a large and diverse portfolio of projects and issues and rapidly assess situations with multiple outcomes and consequences.
    • Unquestionable integrity and discretion—committed to core values and ethical business conduct with the backbone to stand up for what is right and necessary.
    • Thorough knowledge and understanding of International Professional Practices Framework and Internal Audit standards
    • Superior ability to communicate effectively with others at all levels orally and in writing.
    • Ability to be diplomatic in communicating with others and to maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive information.
    • Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines on a regular basis.


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