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Senior Audit Specialist

Chicago, IL 60601

Industry: Accounting / Finance Job Number: 1889 Salary: 90,000

Senior Audit Specialist

The Audit Specialist is responsible for the execution of audit engagements, which includes planning, developing the project? s scope, maintaining the budget and timeframes of the project to meet audit requirements and ensuring departmental standards are properly met.

The role is a direct report to an Audit Manager and is responsible for assisting in the recruiting and retention process for the audit team. The Audit Specialist provides input to improve operational efficiency and/or to enhance the design or operating effectiveness of the internal control environment. The role provides technical expertise and performs specific assigned projects for the department. Takes the lead role in assigned audit activities and specific projects.

Functions in various roles on audit engagements, including leading audits, staffing audits and providing consulting or oversight functions based on the needs of the team

Provides technical expertise to the Audit Team and uses sound audit practices

Maintains familiarization and technical expertise with the assigned business unit(s) including organizational structure, personnel, activities and products, new product development, financial performance and risk and problem areas

Responsible for staying current on regulatory rules and changes within the industry

Interacts and partners with Senior and Executive Management to understand the risks within the business, business changes and other significant events that could significantly affect the business and/or the audit plan

Manages and performs special projects as assigned

Participates in meetings with business unit to discuss audit results

Communicates with partners at all levels, developing and presenting recommendations on operations and controls for the business unit

During audit engagements, assigns work to auditors, sets priorities and monitors activity

Utilizes understanding of various Corporate units to ensure operations, services, and systems have proper audit controls in place (i.e., design of the control environment)

Reviews audit work including work paper documentation, findings and recommendations and the final report to ensure appropriate adherence to the Corporations/Departments Policies and Standards and ensuring work is performed within established timeframes

Evaluates corporate management, business processes, business controls and operating practices during audits and consulting/monitoring engagements

Applies analytical skills to review information and determine potential control weaknesses
Qualifications:
A College or University degree, auditing and/or systems experience in a financial institution or similar public accounting experience in the financial services industry is preferred.

Knowledge of auditing in the financial services industry and basic accounting principles and related work experience

Professional certifications (e.g., CPA, CISA, CIA, ACA, ACCA) and/or an MBA along with demonstrated technical abilities in select areas (e.g., accounting, regulatory compliance, etc.) are preferred

Analytical and organizational skills are necessary to conduct audits

Strong report writing and workpaper documentation skills
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