Senior Manager, Internal Audit

San Diego, CA

Posted: 07/13/2018 Employment Type: Direct Hire Job Category: Audit Job Number: 50
US - California - San Diego

Position Summary:

The Senior Manager– Operational Audit, sits within our client' s Internal Audit Function, and assists the Associate Director – Operational Audit in planning and conducting audits of internal controls and other related projects covering a broad range of the Company' s operations to determine if functional areas are conducting operations in accordance with established guidelines, policies, procedures, and governmental and legal requirements. Work performed will include the auditing of functional and operating units, focusing on the review of financial, IT and operational processes to assess efficiency and effectiveness and drive improvements in the internal control structure

The ideal candidate will have in-depth experience, knowledge and skills in operational auditing and the capacity to work individually as well as in a team environment. He or she will perform duties of a complex nature and will act as a resource for colleagues with less experience. The success of this role will be based on solid technical knowledge, excellent written and oral communication, and the ability to build strong relationships with cross-functional partners and various levels of management, to ensure objectives are effectively and efficiently achieved.

All About You

You are a team player who is passionate about what you do. You pay attention to details, stay organized, adapt to new situations, and can work in a very fast paced environment.

  • Key contributor and leader in conducting internal audits of varying complexity and scope across the organization including financial, operational, compliance, and strategy-focused audit engagements
  • Perform internal audit procedures, including engagement level risk assessments and audit scoping, execution of fieldwork, providing and presenting audit recommendations to the business, and preparing audit reports
  • Perform follow-up procedures on prior audit findings, and work with management to ensure timely completion
  • Assist or lead Compliance projects and investigations in partnership with the Compliance function
  • Assist in the performance of annual global risk assessments to ensure that key business risks are properly identified and mitigated by management
  • Support Internal Audit leadership in developing the annual audit plan, and periodic reporting to the Audit Committee
  • Assist and/or lead departmental initiatives and projects as needed
  • Audit professional with 15 years or more of solid experience
  • Experience conducting operational and financial audits, and risk assessments at a large, multi-national public company is essential
  • Highest standards of ethics and integrity necessary
  • Demonstrated success in managing and developing and mentoring a team of audit professionals
  • Ability to effectively and confidently discuss issues with management and develop business-focused recommendations to strengthen controls essential
  • Strong project management skills with an ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities to meet deadlines
  • Ability to build effective cross functional relationships at all levels to stay aligned with changes within the company and to respond to new opportunities
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to work productively in a team environment as well as independently
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to a fast-paced culture, changes in the environment and shifts in priorities
  • Prior history of working with SOX testing methodologies, COSO framework, and PCAOB standards
  • Experience in the use of data analytics required
  • Basic understanding of IT General Computer Controls
  • Experience with SAP or other large ERP systems preferred
  • Experience in process flowchart and related tools (e.g. Visio 2013) preferred
  • Experience working in biotech or pharmaceutical preferred


Bachelor’ s or Master’ s degree in Business, Finance or Accounting
CPA or CIA designation required
internal audit

Kendra LaTauska

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