The Dallas Chapter .::. February 2007 eNews

February 2007

The President’s Letter

Thanks to all of you who turned out for our joint meeting with the Fort Worth Chapter of The IIA and the North Texas Chapter of ISACA. We had a HUGE gathering of around 450 and it was our largest meeting in history. I heard several positive comments about the speakers, location and, most importantly, the food. If you haven't completed the on-line evaluation yet, please do so within the next few days so we can get your feedback.

At our January Joint meeting with ISACA, Mark Salamasick (standing behind podium at left) and University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) received a grant of $45,000 from The IIA. Tom Bohn (VP of Relationship Management) and Veronica Johnson (Director of Academic Relations) were on hand to personally deliver the check to Mark and Dr. Hasan Pirkul (Dean of the School of Management at UTD). Mark is the first academician to receive funds from The IIA's Internal Auditing Academic Advancement Fund (IAAAF). This special recognition is due to Mark's dedication to the internal audit profession and the support of UTD. The photo was provided by Virginia Sumerall

For our February meeting, we are back at Cityplace. Our program theme is "Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)." Has your organization implemented ERM? Is your organization thinking about it? To many, it is the future of managing business risks. It isn't easy to implement because it changes the way everyone in the organization does their jobs. But once it is successfully implemented, it is the most effective way an organization can manage its risks. Come to the meeting and find out what other organizations have done with ERM.

I look forward to another successful meeting. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me or another officer.

Sincerely,

Pamela Krakosky
2006-2007 President - Dallas Chapter IIA

Next Meeting - Thursday, February 1, 2007
Cityplace Conference Center

Academic Relations Day and Enterprise Risk Management

Lunch Meeting 12:00pm - 1:20pm
Registration begins at 11:30pm

Enterprise Risk Management: Getting from Theory to Practice

Bindesh Rach, Bombardier, Inc., Toronto

Misaligned jargon, functional silos, and competing frameworks have added to the confusion encountered when discussing Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). This presentation clarifies definitions for the primary components of ERM. To get to the answers upon which management can act, it is critical to get to the root cause of the risks that the organization faces. We will see real examples of root causes in the context of a multinational corporation and a methodology to determine an organization’s root cause risks. This presentation will present alignment of risk-centric communication throughout all levels of an organization for ERM reporting and the benefits of ERM to all internal stakeholders.

Bindesh Rach is the Director of Corporate Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions for Bombardier, Inc. Bindesh assumed his current position at Bombardier Inc. in 2005, as Director, Corporate Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions with a primary mandate to valuate, negotiate, and conduct due diligence on strategic level mergers, acquisitions, and divestures for all of Bombardier business divisions. He has been with Bombardier since 1997 when he joined the Finance and Business Operations group as Manager. He was named Director, Corporate Enterprise Risk Management in 2001. Bindesh has over 15 years of strategy, risk, financial and operational management experience. He is Certified Management Accountant (CMA) with a degree specializing in finance and economics.


Pre-Meeting 10:30am

The Value of ERM: Why do it?
Carolyn S. Gibson, AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines

Ms. Gibson will provide an overview of the importance of Enterprise Risk Management and discuss in detail the process AMR follows to collect, analyze and report corporate risks.

Carolyn S. Gibson, CPA, CISA, is the Managing Director of Technology Audit for American Airlines. In that capacity, she oversees the annual audits of a variety of systems for compliance with Sarbanes Oxley, and payment card industry standards. She is responsible for the annual enterprise risk assessment for AMR Corporation and conducts a number of other compliance audits each year. Ms. Gibson joined American Airlines in 1994 and has held positions in Revenue Accounting, Airport Automation, and Cargo Pricing and Revenue Management. Ms. Gibson has also held both internal audit and finance/accounting roles in large credit unions.


Post-Meeting #1 - 1:30pm

ERM - Tactical Implementation
Glen Cooper, Managing Director of Risk Management, Countrywide Financial

Glen Cooper is Managing Director of Risk Management with Countrywide Financial and is a CPA and JD. He will walkthrough the steps Countrywide went through to implement ERM in a frequently changing and highly diverse environment. The discussion will also include the on-monitoring Countrywide performs to ensure the ERM process continues to operate as designed.

Countrywide Financial is a diversified financial services company with mortgage banking at its core. In 2006, Countrywide became the first mortgage lender to surpass $1 trillion in servicing. As Americas leading home loan lender, Countrywide was built on the philosophy that those desiring the American dream deserve the opportunity to own a home. Since 1969, Countrywide has worked diligently to break down the barriers to homeownership and help millions of American families and individuals become homeowners.


Post-Meeting #2 - 1:30pm

Speed Interviewing
Sponsored by the Dallas Chapter Academic Relations Committee

The Academic Relations Committee of the IIA is inviting students to come and experience an opportunity of a lifetime. During the February Post-Meeting students will have an opportunity to sell themselves, in two minutes, to top level executives and recruiters in the Metroplex. The format of the event will follow the pattern of "Speed Dating" to ensure the session will be fun. This process provides students with the opportunity to gain experience interviewing and communicating with upper management in a relaxed atmosphere.

After students have the chance to "interview" with several different interviewers, feedback will be provided in a general forum. Who knows... this could lead to an internship or permanent position! Come ready to market yourself!

Reference material regarding resume and interviewing will also be provided.


Map to CityPlace Conference CenterCityplace Confernce CenterThis meeting is being held at Cityplace Conference Center,
2711 North Haskell Street, Dallas, Texas 75204

                            CityPlace Conference Center

The DART light rail station at Cityplace serves both the RED and BLUE lines. Check for schedules, routes and fare information at  http://www.dart.org/default.asp

Preferred Method:

The best method to place and confirm your reservation is via the web site at http://www.dallasiia.org/Reserve.htm.

Secondary Method:

An optional method is to use the telephone, fax, or e-mail. However, a $2 phone/fax/e-mail fee will be assessed to each reservation.

Contact:

Paula Whatley
Builders First Source
214-880-3564
paula.whatley@bldr.com

Meeting / Luncheon Fees:

IIA Members: $25
Non-Members: $35
Students: Free (you must register)
Walk-ins/late registrations (members or non): $35
Phone/E-Mail Fee: $2

Reservations and cancellations must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, January 26, 2006.

We reserve the right to bill for "no-shows."

We Now Accept Credit Cards - Online Only

We accept most major Credit Cards

The IIA Dallas Chapter, in conjunction with PayPal, will now accept payment online for the monthly luncheons. There is no change in the cost to you for the lunch. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or eCheck. Note that some corporate-issued cards are not accepted by PayPal. This service is only available online at the time the reservation is made. This can be used to pay for individual or group reservations. Follow the instructions on our website. If you properly cancel a reservation before the meeting, the Chapter will either return the funds to you or reserve you for the next meeting. Any questions, contact Tom Keils at 214-880-3560 or tom.keils@bldr.com.

After you place your reservation online, you will see the link to pay via PayPal if desired.

Chapter News

IIA Research Foundation

The Research Foundation has a number of reports that are scheduled to be released in 2007. A brief summary of these include:

  • Taking It to the Next Level: Sarbanes-Oxley and COSO ERM - Objectives of this report are to help readers understand how Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance can be expanded into Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), how the COSO internal control and ERM frameworks can be integrated and used in this transformation, and the role internal audit can play in this transformation. It will include case studies of leading organizations who have gone through or are going through this transformation and provide concrete examples of techniques that they can use as models to develop or enhance their own practices.
  • Behavioral Aspects of Internal Auditing - This project will contribute to the current understanding of managerial competence, interpersonal communications, and other general behavioral “aspects” in the internal auditing profession. Auditor-client interactions occur in a social context, and consist of verbal and nonverbal as well as oral and written communications. The monograph will discuss extant literature to better understand desirable behavioral characteristics of internal auditors, identifying behaviors that result in enhanced audit relationships.
  • The Internal Audit Function’s Corporate Governance Relationships - The purpose of the research is to provide current evidence for understanding the critical and complex role of the internal audit function (IAF) in the corporate governance processes of U.S. public companies. With the internal audit function now being viewed as one of the four cornerstones of corporate governance, there is a need for increased understanding about how the IAF interacts with the audit committee, management, and the external auditors to achieve quality corporate governance.

Certification News

New CIA Review Course!

The Dallas Chapter is offering a CIA Review Course that will be held on April 20-23, 2007, at the UT Dallas’ School of Management. The instructor will be Dr. Glen Sumners from Louisiana State University. Register online at http://dallasiia.org/CIA_Review_S07.htm

May 2007 Exams – Register by March 31!

The exams will be held on May 16-17, 2007. For all certification exams, see The IIA’s Web site at: http://www.theiia.org/index.cfm?doc_id=12 . The exams will be held at UT Dallas in the School of Management Building.

New Computer-based Testing Begins in February 2008

Internal Audit Certification Exams to Transition to Computer-based Testing Change will fuel continued growth of the internal audit profession

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the global professional association for internal auditors, announced that beginning on February 1, 2008, exams for the globally recognized Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) will be offered via computer-based testing. The IIA's specialty certifications, including the Certified Government Auditing Professional® (CGAP®), Certified Financial Services Auditor® (CFSA®), and the Certification in Control Self-Assessment® (CCSA®), will also transition to computer-based testing. The new delivery method will make the exams more convenient and accessible to candidates and will expand exam sites from 250 to more than 400.

"The number of Certified Internal Auditors has almost doubled in the last five years from 35,732 to 65,000, and professional internal auditors all around the world are seeing great value in earning their CIA and obtaining specialty designations," said IIA President David A. Richards, CIA. "The transition to computer-based testing will support this trend and further The IIA's global efforts to enhance internal audit professionalism."

Among the many benefits that computerized testing will bring candidates are increased frequency and flexibility of test scheduling; quicker results and processing; and consistent testing environments with little variability from site to site. The subject matter covered and passing standards will remain the same and the exams will continue to be administrated in the 17 languages currently offered. Fewer test questions and the elimination of test booklets and answer sheets will reduce the amount of time needed to complete the exams. The last written exams will be offered in November of 2007.

The CIA and specialty exams will be administered through the worldwide network of Pearson VUE Testing Centers. Pearson VUE administers 40 million exams a year in 145 countries worldwide in multiple languages. A link to a list of eligible exam sites will be available on the Certification section of The IIA's Web site beginning September 2007.


Call for Papers - IT Audit Research Symposium

The IIA International Advanced Technology Committee and The IIA Research Foundation are pleased to announce the second Information Technology Auditing Research Symposium scheduled for Sunday, July 8, 2007 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in conjunction with The IIA's International Conference. The symposium will provide a global forum to discuss, debate, and share ideas on information technology auditing with IIA thought leaders, experts, and membership. In order to participate in the symposium, candidates will need to submit a Research Abstract on one of our pre-defined topics. If selected, the candidate will present their research at the symposium and receive feedback from academics and practitioners involved in information technology auditing, while establishing dialogue with internal auditors around the globe. Following the symposium in Amsterdam, funding may be offered to a select candidate to complete their research!

For further information on the topics, submission guidelines, and selection process please go to our Web site at http://www.theiia.org/research/rfnews/index.cfm?i=2766. The submission deadline is March 23, 2007.


Report Your Speaking and Writing

It's time again for the survey to determine which IIA Dallas Chapter members have submitted articles or spoken since January 1. Each speaking engagement on internal auditing that a Dallas Chapter member completes will earn the Chapter 1 credit per CPD hour. Each full article, Roundtable article, Fraud Finding, etc. submitted that meets basic editorial guidelines will earn 5 credits. For each full article published 20 credits are earned. Each internal audit related article published in any other trade or professional journal that is authored by a chapter member is 5 credits.

To report your writing and speaking go to http://dallasiia.org/Speaking.htm and complete the provided form by February 15, 2007. Contact Gwen Land gwen_land@jeffersonwells.com if you have any questions.

Seminars

The 2007 Annual Fraud Summit

March 23, 2007
UTD School of Management

More info: http://dallasiia.org/PDF/2007_Fraud_Seminar.pdf 

Register Online - save $50 if you register by January 31, 2007!  - http://dallasiia.org/Semimar_Reserve_.htm

NOTE - If you'd like to take advantage of the "Four for the price of Three" promotion, have one member of the group register and provide the names of the other 3 within that registration. The others do not need to register separately. Contact Melinda Lokey for more information, melinda.lokey@triadhospitals.com or 214-473-3823

Career Opportunities

Are you currently in the job market either voluntarily or involuntarily? Let the Employment Committee help you. Send us your resume and we will include you in our resume database. We receive calls from recruiters and hiring managers for open positions and will forward your resume if there is a match. We get calls for staff to director levels, IT to finance, local to out of town. All inquiries will be handled confidentially. If you have any questions, give us a call or e-mail us. We look forward to helping you.

Fred Herman, Employment Committee Chairman, 972-801-1208, fsjnherman@aol.com.


City of Dallas  (1/17/07)


Office of the City Auditor
City Hall – 1500 Marilla St.
Dallas, Texas 75201
Jimmy Martin, Audit Manager 214-670-5095

Title: Internal Audit staff (4 Positions Available)
Location: Dallas, TX
Job Description:

The Internal Audit Engagement staff of the City of Dallas Auditor’s Office is responsible for conducting performance, investigative, financial and compliance audits and detailed reviews of government agencies, programs, work processes, or activities. The individual will examine and monitor the city’s accounting and property records, funds, and general accounting system. Persons in this position should be able to influence or persuade representatives of the organization audited to accept critical or controversial observations, findings, and recommendations. The individual should be responsive to organizational requests and be receptive to new technologies, reorganizations, and policies. 0% Travel – Defined Benefit Pension Plan – Vest in 5 years – Pension Benefits are computed at the rate of 2.75% percent of the average monthly earnings for each full year of credited service.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES

  1. Ensure that independence and objectivity is maintained at all time while performing assignments.
  2. Conduct audits/assignments in accordance with professional standards and in accordance with City Auditor’s Office polices and procedures.
  3. Prepare work papers that are adequate, relevant, reliable, and complete to address audit objectives and support conclusions.
  4. Review, analyze, and summarize financial or operational records and procedures of City divisions/departments or projects in order to develop findings which result in recommendations for improving methods of internal control or the economy and efficiency of operations.
  5. Prepare findings and conclusions of work performed including recommendations to be included in reports presented to the City Council, City Management, and other relevant stakeholders.
  6. Maintain current professional certification and increase knowledge by attending/participating in continued professional training and development classes/opportunities.

REQUIRED EDUCATION/TRAINING

  • College degree and 2 years of audit experience. Master's degree in business/public administration fields OR one of the following certifications will substitute for the required auditing experience: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certification of Computer Professionals (CCP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP)
  • Thorough knowledge of auditing and accounting procedures
  • Familiarity with investigative techniques
  • Thorough knowledge of Federal, State, and City auditing standard
  • Ability to clearly communicate in written and spoken English at the professional level.
  • Knowledge of microcomputer software, such as spreadsheet and word processing applications, used in analyzing data and producing audit reports
  • Knowledge of procedures required to develop evidentiary material.

Compensation: $39K to $71K depending on qualifications

Please forward your resumes to: jimmy.martin@dallascityhall.com


City of Lubbock  (1/16/07)

City of Lubbock
Senior Auditor
Job #47669

The City of Lubbock, Texas invites qualified individuals to apply for the position of Senior Auditor. Lubbock is a strong community with a distinguished history, heritage and culture. The “Hub of the Plains” is the 11th largest city in Texas and the largest city on the South Plains with a population over 200,000. Information about the City of Lubbock along with Lubbock links can be found at http://www.mylubbock.us.

The Senior Auditor is responsible performing audits to assess the effectiveness of controls, accuracy of financial records, and efficiency of operations. The position requires strong analytical and presentation skills.

Qualified applicants must have any combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of a Bachelor degree in Accounting or a related field with an additional two years of experience in auditing and accounting, including experience in governmental accounting. Preference is given to those with a Master’s degree and data mining experience. CIA/CPA/CISA certification is preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required. For further job description visit our website.

Competitive salary offered. Excellent benefits package, which includes City Paid Group Health, Excellent Retirement Plan, Paid Vacation and Sick leave, Paid Holidays and many other benefits.

For more information, log on to www.mylubbock.us click on Employment Opportunities or call
(800) 621-0793.

The applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a felony conviction criminal history check at time of hire.


Carter and Burgess  (1/16/07)

Internal Audit Manager


Carter and Burgess is one of the fastest growing national multi-discipline engineering firms in the U.S. today (ranked number #9 by ENR Top 100 “Pure” Designers).

Carter & Burgess was established in 1939 as a two-man partnership providing civil engineering and landscape architecture services, and has since grown into a full-service, multidiscipline consulting firm with more than 3,000 employees in major metropolitan areas across the nation. Today, their legacy continues through our commitment to excellence; desire to provide meaningful work for our employees, and our passion for involvement in significant projects. This success is a direct result of our people. Leadership has played an important role in setting the goals for achievement, but is no more important than the role of employees executing the plan.


Carter & Burgess is searching for an Internal Audit Manager to join our team. The selected candidate will be responsible for:

The review and evaluation of internal controls, policies, and procedures assuring they comply with Federal Government laws and regulations.

  • At a minimum, you must have 8-10 years of experience in a government contracting environment with advanced knowledge of internal auditing controls, statistical, and quantitative analysis.
  • Extensive experience in an architectural and engineering company would be highly preferred and at least some A&E experience is requirement.
  • Applicants should have advanced knowledge and experience developing audit programs and procedures for conducting an audit in a Federal Contractor environment, such as with a Federal Contractor or with a Federal Agency.
  • A thorough understanding of Government Contract Accounting, GAAP, Cost Accounting Standards and Federal Acquisition Regulations is required.
  • Applicants should have experience in dealing with cost allowability, indirect expense rates, labor charging, TINA requirements and accounting system design and controls.
  • Experience in operational auditing with a major corporation would be highly preferred.
  • This position will require the individual to work independently with company personnel at multiple locations with minimal supervision.

To be successful in this, your qualifications will include:

  • Minimum of a BS in Finance, Accounting or a related field.
  • At least eight (8) years of experience in a government contracting environment.
  • Knowledge of internal auditing controls, statistical, and quantitative analysis.
  • Prior experience in an Architectural or Engineering environment.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with developing audit programs and procedures in a Federal Contract environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Big 4 audit experience.
  • Experience with operational auditing at a major corporation.
  • MBA

Interested candidates please contact: Chelie Marton 817-347-7973 or chelie.marton@c-b.com.


Southwest Airlines  (12/29/06)

Southwest Airlines Internal Audit Department
Audit Senior I - Dallas, TX

For immediate consideration please e-mail your résumé to: grace.ward@wnco.com 
(WN is the Southwest Airlines FAA identifier code, this is NOT an agency, Grace is in the SWA People Department).

Please include in the subject line of your e-mail the following: “5969 & Dallasiia”
A cover letter is not necessary.

Job Posting Number: 5969
Position Title: Audit Senior I - Dallas, TX
Summary of Essential Job Functions:

  • Work Activities/Context
    • Conducts, oversees, and directs audits and reviews of assigned organizational and functional activities.
    • Identifies and evaluates accounting, operating, compliance and/or technology risks and internal controls.
    • Understands the relevance of risks associated with exceptions and considers the broader implications.
    • Ascertains the extent to which company assets are accounted for and safeguarded against loss.
    • Demonstrates the ability to identify meaningful, value-added solutions to business risks.
    • Appraises the effectiveness of existing policies, procedures, and business practices, and continuously challenges their effectiveness.  Develops and effectively communicates feasible recommendations to identified business risks.
    • Demonstrates planning, organizing, and problem solving skills.
    • Manages time to meet commitments, deadlines, and schedules.
    • Maintains flexibility at all times.
    • Develops and executes audit plans and programs to achieve audit objectives and in accordance with accepted professional standards and the COSO model.
    • Prepares, maintains, and reviews audit work papers pertinent to the audit standards.
    • Interprets and comprehends the meaning of test results as they relate to internal control strengths and weaknesses.
    • Demonstrates the ability to schedule and monitor activities to ensure optimum use of time, the Audit Team is fully utilized, and to expand/reevaluate the scope of the audit/project when necessary.
    • Exhibits excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Represents the Internal Audit Department on assignments and prepares oral and written presentations to management during and at the conclusion of the assignments.
    • Adapts to and uses technology to improve the effectiveness of assignments, increase efficiencies, and quickly complete work objectives.
    • Conducts and directs special assignments as requested by the Director of Internal Audit or Management.
    • Demonstrates the ability to successfully manage multiple assignments and projects simultaneously.
    • Understands fraud vulnerabilities in business and technology processes.
    • Directs the activities of the audit staff. Demonstrates the ability to lead others and develop other Team members professionally.
    • Provides frequent and timely feedback as necessary.
    • Earns the confidence and respect of others.
    • Contributes to a successful working relationship with Customers and keeps them informed throughout assignments.
    • Identifies Customer needs and creatively adapts services to exceed their expectations.
    • Conducts themselves in such a manner as to promote confidence in the Internal Audit organization.
    • Fosters, generates, and encourages new ideas by embracing a variety of thoughts, actions, and beliefs.
    • Demonstrates adaptability and flexibility in approach and work style to changing demands and circumstances.
    • Seeks opportunities and assignments which stimulate thought and provide challenges to develop and grow professionally.
    • Must be able to meet any physical ability requirements listed on this description.
    • May perform other job duties as directed by Employee's Leaders.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Education: Bachelors Degree or Masters Degree in Management Information Systems, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance or business related major with an emphasis in Internal Audit required.
  • Experience: At least three years of public accounting or internal audit experience, or other business related experience required.
  • Licensing/Certification: CISA/CISSP/CIA/CPA/CMA/CFE certification preferred.
  • Physical Abilities:
    • Must have physical abilities sufficient to work in the vicinity of ramps, terminals, hangars, etc., and be able to move quickly as necessary.
    • Must be able to maneuver in jetways and stairways in airports.
  • Skills/Abilities/Knowledge/Work Style:
    • Must be able to comply with Company attendance standards as described in established guidelines.
    • Must possess basic PC skills and be able to use spreadsheet, graphics, database and word processing software.
    • Ability to type and/or use a computer keyboard with sufficient speed to meet demands of job.
    • Must be able to operate multi-line telephone with sufficient courtesy and speed.
    • Must be able to communicate verbally by telephone and face-to-face.
    • Well-rounded knowledge of contemporary management principles, internal audit standards as mandated by the Institute of Internal Auditors, COSO model, risk identification methods, exposure to the primary functions of business and/or information technology.
    • Active interest in the latest business techniques and methods.
    • High degree of persuasiveness combined with the personality and ability to work with all levels of personnel and management.
    • Must be able to communicate effectively in a tactful and courteous manner reflecting a mature common sense approach and attitude.
    • Must be able to work with others as part of a team, work with individuals in leadership positions inside and outside the Company.
    • Must possess excellent verbal and written communications skills.
    • Must have judgment sufficient to handle and resolve tasks.
    • Must demonstrate and maintain an extremely high regard for confidential and sensitive information.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Some travel and extended hours are required.
    • Must maintain a well-groomed appearance.
    • Must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986.

Southwest Airlines Internal Audit Department
Audit Senior II - Dallas, TX

For immediate consideration please e-mail your résumé to: grace.ward@wnco.com
(WN is the Southwest Airlines FAA identifier code, this is NOT an agency, Grace is in the SWA People Department).

Please include in the subject line of your email the following: “6147 & Dallasiia”
A cover letter is not necessary.

Job Posting Number: 6147
Position Title: Audit Senior II - Dallas, TX

Summary of Essential Job Functions:

  • Work Activities/Context:
    • Conducts, oversees, and directs multiple audits and/or projects and/or audit Teams usually of a complex nature.
    • Reviews and evaluates accounting, operating, compliance and/or technology risks and internal controls to determine they are adequate and effectively maintained.
    • Understands the relevance of risks associated with exceptions and considers the broader implications.
    • Ascertains the reliability of accounting and other data developed within the Company and the extent to which company assets are accounted for and safeguarded against loss. Identifies and communicates meaningful, value-added solutions to business risks.
    • Appraises the effectiveness of existing policies, procedures, and business practices, and continuously challenges their effectiveness.
    • Develops and effectively communicates feasible recommendations to identified business risks.  Demonstrates planning, organizing, and problem solving skills.
    • Manages multiple audit Teams to meet commitments, establish deadlines and schedules.
    • Understands fraud vulnerabilities in business and technology processes and incorporates into the scope where appropriate.
    • Maintain flexibility at all times.
    • Develops and executes audit plans and programs to achieve audit objectives and in accordance with accepted professional standards.
    • Prepares, maintains, and reviews audit work papers pertinent to the audit’s coverage and findings.
    • Interprets and comprehends the meaning of test results as they relate to internal control strengths and weaknesses.
    • Demonstrates the ability to schedule and monitor activities to ensure optimum use of time, the Audit Team fully utilized, and to expand/reevaluate the scope of the audit/project when necessary.
    • Exhibits excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Represents the Internal Audit Department on assignments and prepares oral and written presentations to management during and at the conclusion of the assignments.
    • Adapts to and uses technology to improve the effectiveness of assignments, increase efficiencies, and quickly complete work objectives.
    • Conducts and directs special assignments as requested by the Director of Internal Audit or Management.
    • Demonstrates the ability to successfully manage multiple assignments, projects and/or audit Teams simultaneously.
    • Mentors and coaches audit staff and audit seniors.
    • Demonstrates problem solving skills.
    • Reviews the work papers and directs the activities of the audit staff and/or audit seniors.
    • Demonstrates the ability to lead others and develop other Team members professionally.
    • Provides frequent and timely feedback as necessary.
    • Earns the confidence and respect of others.
    • Contributes to a successful working relationship with Customers and keeps them informed throughout assignments.
    • Identifies Customer needs and creatively adapts services to exceed their expectations.
    • Conducts themselves in such a manner as to promote confidence in the Internal Audit organization.
    • Fosters, generates, and encourages new ideas by embracing a variety of thoughts, actions, and beliefs.
    • Demonstrates adaptability and flexibility in approach and work style to changing demands and circumstances.
    • Conducts special assignments as required by the Director.
    • Seeks opportunities and assignments which stimulate thought and provide challenges to develop and grow professionally.
    • Must be able to meet any physical ability requirements listed on this description.
    • May perform other job duties as directed by Employee's Leaders.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Education: Bachelors Degree or Masters Degree in Management Information Systems, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance or business related major with an emphasis in Internal Audit required.
  • Experience: At least five years of public accounting, internal audit experience or related business experience with demonstrated success in a supervisory role overseeing multiple audit Teams and assignments.
  • Licensing/Certification: CISA/CISSP/CIA/CPA/CMA/CFE certification required.
  • Skills/Abilities/Knowledge/Work Style:
    • Must be able to comply with Company attendance standards as described in established guidelines.
    • Must possess basic PC skills and be able to use spreadsheet, graphics, database and word processing software.
    • Ability to type and/or use a computer keyboard with sufficient speed to meet demands of job.
    • Must be able to operate multi-line telephone with sufficient courtesy and speed.
    • Must be able to communicate verbally by telephone and face-to-face. o Must be a self starter with excellent organizational and planning skills.
    • Proven record of leadership.
    • Well-rounded knowledge of contemporary management principles, internal audit standards as mandated by the Institute of Internal Auditors, COSO model, risk identification methods, exposure to the primary functions of business and/or information technology.
    • Active interest in the latest business techniques and methods.
    • High degree of persuasiveness combined with the personality and ability to work with all levels of personnel and management.
    • Must be able to communicate effectively in a tactful and courteous manner reflecting a mature common sense approach and attitude.
    • Must be able to work with others as part of a team, work with individuals in leadership positions inside and outside the Company. Must possess excellent verbal and written communications skills.
    • Must have judgment sufficient to handle and resolve tasks.
    • Must have physical abilities sufficient to work in the vicinity of ramps, terminals, hangars, etc., and be able to move quickly as necessary.
    • Must be able to maneuver in jetways and stairways in airports.
    • Must demonstrate and maintain an extremely high regard for confidential and sensitive information.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Some travel and extended hours are required.
    • Must maintain a well-groomed appearance.
    • Must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986.


Sumrall Consultants, Inc.  (12/28/06)

20 AUDIT POSITIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR

1 Director of Internal Audit & Sox for DT Dallas Travel - 0
CPA plus public accounting experience within the last 3 years a must.
 
1 Financial Audit Manager for Las Colinas Travel 40-50%
1 Financial Audit Manager for SE Dallas Travel 30-50%
 
1 IT Auditor for Fort Worth Travel 20-25%
3 IT Auditors for North Dallas Travel 25 % All International
1 IT Auditor for DT Dallas Travel 0-10%
3  IT Auditors for North Dallas Travel 20%
 
4 Financial Audit Seniors for Las Colinas Travel 40-50%
3  Financial Audit Senior for Las Colinas Travel 35-40%
1 Financial Audit Senior for DT Dallas Travel 30-40%
1  Financial SOX Auditor for Fort Worth Travel 10%

SUMRALL CONSULTANTS, INC – ESTABLISHED IN 1972
SPECIALIZING IN AUDIT FOR THE LAST 14 YEARS CURRENTLY HAS
MULTIPLE OPENINGS IN THE D/FW METROPLEX.

For more information about these positions and others please contact:

Virginia Sumrall, CPC
Sumrall Consultants, Inc.
Dallas, Texas
(972) 386-4486
sumrall@airmail.net 
www.virginiasumrall.com


Lucas Group  (12/29/06)

Dallas, TX Accounting & Finance Opportunities

Audit Talent:
Title - Audit Talent
Industry - Healthcare Salary Range - $50-90K DOE

  • National industry leader
  • Public, $multi-billion company
  • Performance based culture that believes in investing in their employees as well as resources

Skills -

  • 2+ years of Audit experience
  • CPA or CIA preferred

Enter routing code "LFS/Dallas" when registering (use link below):

The Lucas Group, leaders in Accounting & Finance recruitment


Corporate Controller:

As our Corporate Controller you will direct the financial activities of the organization by overseeing the Corporate Accounting Department for the accurate and timely dissemination of financial management reports including, but not limited to, internal and external monthly financial statements, and annual audits and annual budgets. Other areas of responsibility will include:

  • Manage the Accounting and Payroll departments.
  • Assure corporate income tax compliance to assure the accurate and timely completion of all corporate income tax returns taking full advantage of all favorable tax codes.
  • Establish and maintain systems and controls which verify the integrity of all systems, processes and data, and enhance the Company's value.
  • Respond to CFO as assigned with accurate and timely work to facilitate his financial needs.
  • Participate in a wide variety of special projects and compile a variety of special reports.
Required Experience:
  • Strong managerial skills with exceptional communication and leadership skills.
  • Proficient knowledge of Excel, problem solving and analytical skills required.
  • Strong general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, income tax and banking working knowledge.
  • Experience with Mergers and Acquisitions and a solid working knowledge of Oracle 11i would be a plus.

Required Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance plus CPA certification.
  • Must have 10 years of hands-on accounting managerial experience.

Salary: $100K +

Enter routing code "LFS/Dallas" when registering (use link below):

The Lucas Group, leaders in Accounting & Finance recruitment


SEC:

Title - Director/Manager of Financial Reporting
Industry - Other Great Industries : Multi-site
Salary Range - $90-100's DOE

  • Forbes 400 most admired companies to work for
  • Offers a fun, energetic atmosphere and a distinct culture
  • Locations in 24 countries
  • Recognized leader in their industry

Skills -

  • 4+ year degree in Accounting
  • CPA required • Relevant public accounting experience
  • 7+ years of total experience to include external reporting
  • Supervisory experience
  • Internal controls and audit experience

Enter routing code "LFS/Dallas" when registering (use link below):

The Lucas Group, leaders in Accounting & Finance recruitment


Since 1970, Lucas Group Accounting & Finance recruiters have paired exceptional talent to top-notch clients. From Fortune 500 firms to smaller companies needing their first controller, Lucas Group has successfully placed outstanding Accounting & Finance candidates. What separates Lucas Group Accounting and Finance from other recruiting firms is our experienced team, our commitment to providing an exceptional career change or hiring experience for our customers, and the speed with which we respond to your needs and deliver results.

Client and job seekers around the world depend on executive search services from Lucas Group when they want to See the Right People.


Lone Star Technologies, Inc.  (12/15/06)

Internal Auditors

Are you looking for a true work/life blend with minimal travel and normal hours? Would you like the opportunity to add value by providing solutions that strengthen the control environment? Would you like to work in an open environment that encourages creativity and independent thinking, fun and hard work?

The Internal Audit Department of Lone Star Technologies, Inc. has two Internal Auditor openings at the Lone Star Steel location in East Texas. Lone Star Technologies is a manufacturer and distributor of quality tubular products for energy, industrial, and automotive applications throughout the world. The corporate headquarters are located in Dallas, Texas. These auditor positions will be located at the Lone Star Steel mill location in Lone Star, Texas which is about 20 miles north of Longview, TX.

Lone Star Technologies offers excellent employee benefits and competitive salaries. These positions report to the Director of Internal Audit.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct operational and financial audits in a manufacturing environment, Inventory etc.
  • Consult with and advise internal clients on the development and implementation of effective and cost efficient internal controls to manage business risks and improve their business processes.
  • Develop an open and positive relationship with all levels of line and executive management based on mutual trust and respect and a focus on common business objectives.
  • Prepare audit reports and summaries containing recommendations to resolve business issues and improve internal controls.
  • Develop and perform general risk assessments. Assist the audit management in updating the annual audit plan as needed.
  • Coordinate audit work with other functional areas of the company and with the external auditors to maximize audit coverage using limited resources and to maintain reasonable cost/benefit relationships between the internal and external audit functions.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelors Degree required.
  • 3+ years Audit experience required with corporate internal audit preferred
  • Ability to work unsupervised on multiple tasks and meet company deadlines
  • Microsoft office application experience required
  • Knowledge of automated workpaper applications preferred
  • Strong communication skills are required (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to interact with all levels of management
  • Highly analytical and organized
  • Certification (CPA, CIA) is STRONGLY preferred
  • Ability to travel up to15%.
Send resumes to Kathryn Barton, Director of Internal Audit at bartonk@lonestartech.com.


SolomonEdwardsGroup  (12/15/06)

Consultant / Senior Consultant – Internal Audit Services
Salary: $65,000 - $100,000+

SEG is a high-growth, private company that is expanding into the Dallas / Fort Worth market and is in the process of building our local team. We are seeking to hire Consultants and Senior Consultants for our Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) practice.

SolomonEdwardsGroup (SEG) is a leading business consulting and accounting services provider, delivering proven solutions to complex business issues in areas such as corporate performance management, enterprise risk management, internal audit, regulatory compliance, transaction services, system integration support, SEC advisory services and business process improvement.

Our ERM practice focuses in the following areas:

  • Internal Audit Outsourcing and Co-sourcing
  • Compliance, Financial, Operational and Information Technology audits
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Advisory and Compliance
  • External Assessments of Internal Audit Departments

Our strategy is to target candidates with Big 4 experience and offer them the ability to continue developing their career alongside our high quality team with competitive salary and benefits while offering increased work / life balance and the ability to have an impact on our clients and our organization. This position qualifies for a stock option grant and annual bonuses.

Please visit our web site at www.solomonedwards.com for more details.

Responsibilities:

  • Actively works on client engagements following direction of the engagement manager. Produces assigned client deliverables ensuring quality completion.
  • Develops client relationships with client team members to further enhance the firm’s relationship with the client.
  • Identifies additional consulting opportunities while at the client site and communicates these opportunities to the engagement manger or principal.
  • Actively participates in professional organizations representing SEG’s interests and promotes the firm to other organizations. Builds own network to strengthen business relationships.

Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business; advanced degrees are highly desirable • 5+ years experience of related audit, internal controls or risk management experience
  • CPA certification or CPA candidate
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Strong client service orientation
  • Understanding of current accounting (GAAP) and auditing (GAAS) principles
  • Strong understanding of internal control concepts (COSO, COBIT)

Email resumes to Marcie Podesta, Resource Manager, at mpodesta@solomonedwards.com or call
972-505-2020.


Trinity Industries  (12/6/06)

Trinity Industries, the nation's largest railcar manufacturer and a leading builder of inland barges, highway guardrails and metal components, has a fascinating history of growth through diversification and strategic acquisitions. The company grew from a small household butane and propane gas tank manufacturer to become a $2.5 billion global giant. We offer our employees a comprehensive, competitive wage and benefits package. We currently have 3 openings within our Internal Audit Department.

Internal Audit Manager:

This position is located at our Corporate offices in Dallas and will have primary responsibility for developing and maintaining a comprehensive audit program to ensure that business risks and related exposures are evaluated and examined, and that financial and other records, and reporting methods are verified. Responsibilities and duties also include: selecting, supervising and evaluating internal auditors; reporting results of audits to management concerning scope of audits, financial conditions, evidence of waste, inefficiency, etc.; evaluating accounting and operating policies and procedures; and recommending changes or further development to protect the assets of the corporation and/or improve operations. Designs, develops, and recommends procedures and policies to promote control of operations and accurate reporting of information that reflects the conditions of business.

Individuals must possess a four-year degree with a major emphasis in Accounting and considerable auditing leadership/management experience, or any combination of experience and training. CPA, CIA, CFE or CISA Certification is strongly preferred. Manufacturing industry experience is required plus a minimum of 5 years with demonstrated experience in an internal audit environment.

Qualifications/Skills Required:

Must have basic computer literacy in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excellent communication skills, both written and/or presentation along with interpersonal skills and knowledge of automated data handling systems, from a user's perspective, is needed The ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment is necessary to be successful. Ability to travel overnight for extended periods of time (20 - 40%). This individual will have access to confidential/sensitive information; must maintain a high degree of confidentiality with respect to material and or records reviewed.

Internal Audit Staff (2 openings):

TYPICAL DUTIES: The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities

  • Develops, or assists with development of, the audit scope. Prepares internal control questionnaires and audit programs as required.
  • Reviews financial data regarding material assets, liabilities, equity, income and expenditures.
  • Reports findings to management concerning scope of audit, financial conditions, evidence of waste, inefficiency, dishonesty or negligence, and source and application of funds.
  • Evaluates accounting and operating policies and procedures, and recommends changes or further development to protect the assets of the corporation and/or improve operations.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:\

  • Good knowledge of accounting theory and practices with specific emphasis on auditing procedures. Knowledge of automated data handling systems from a user's perspective.
  • Ability to evaluate accounting and related data in the preparation of reports and statements.
  • Ability to maintain high degree of confidentiality with respect to material and/or records review. Ability to work on audits independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to travel overnight for extended periods of time (20% - 40% of position).
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with employees and company officials.

DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE & TRAINING: Completion of four years of college level course work with major emphasis in accounting and some to considerable auditing experience; or any combination of experience and training which results in the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Interested candidates need to apply on-line at www.trin.net


EEO/AA:

Trinity Industries, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to consider applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. However, Trinity is required by law to maintain certain information about applicants that is not used in the hiring processes. If you supply us with this EEO information, it will be strictly in accordance with the law. If you choose not to supply the information to Trinity it will have no affect whatsoever on the employment process


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