Senior Auditor (Middle Market Private Equity Firm)

Irvine, CA

Posted: 11/05/2018 Employment Type: Direct Hire Job Category: Audit Job Number: 82

Company Summary
Our client is a publicly traded statutory trust that operates similar to a private equity group. The Company was formed to acquire and manage a group of small and middle-market businesses headquartered in North America and currently have controlling interests and manage ten subsidiaries classified as either “ consumer brand” or “ niche industrial” portfolio companies.   They are currently recruiting for the position of Internal Auditor to work out of our Irvine, California office.

Job Description
Internal Audit is responsible for planning, executing and reporting on operational, financial, and regulatory and compliance related audits.   Depending upon qualifications and years of experience, candidates will be considered for either a Junior or Senior Internal Audit role. Under direction of Internal Audit Director-West Coast, the auditor is responsible for the timely execution of risk-based internal audits in accordance with the annual audit plan, as well as assisting with other audit matters and projects. 

Essential Duties

  • Perform walkthroughs and help document processes and internal controls 
  • Examine and evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of the subsidiaries’ system of internal control and the quality of performance in carrying out assigned responsibilities
  • Review and appraise the soundness of internal controls and determine the adequacy of these controls for SOX 404 compliance
  • Perform in depth examinations of management review controls across all financial processes including procedures for ensuring completeness and accuracy.
  • Assist external auditors during their engagements as necessary
  • Conduct audit testing of specified areas and identify reportable issues and dimension of risk
  •   Identify control gaps and opportunities for improvement 
  • Research new or technical subjects as required to support certain audits
  • Attend internal/external meetings to expand professional expertise and maintain professional contacts that support assigned functions


  • Bachelor’ s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • CPA or CIA preferred
  • Junior/Senior role: 2 to 8 years accounting experience, preferably through public accounting/auditing and/or industry experience
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Outlook
  • Knowledgeable of US GAAP, in particular ASC 606.
  • Strong analytical skill and written/verbal communication
  • Ability to adapt to change quickly and multi-task
  • Interpersonal Skills:   A significant level of trust and diplomacy is required, in addition to normal courtesy and tact.   Work involves extensive personal contact with others and/or is usually of a personal or sensitive nature.   Work may involve motivating or influencing others.   Outside contacts become important and fostering sound relationships with other entities (companies and/or individuals) becomes necessary.

Working Conditions: Normal office environment; Approximately 35-40% travel, primarily domestic in the mid and west coast regions. Some international travel required. 

internal audit, sox audit, assurance

Spencer Knibbe
Managing Partner

Spencer is the Founder and Managing Partner of MBK Search, LLC - an executive search firm that specializes in the governance, risk, compliance, and cybersecurity market space. Prior to founding MBK, Spencer was Head of Operational Risk at Bridgewater Associates. Before moving to Bridgewater, Spencer was the Head of Risk for ICAP, Plc covering the Americas Region. He started his career in venture capital as an investment associate.

Spencer graduated from Harvard University in 2001 and resides in Ridgefield, CT with his wife and two sons.

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