The Dallas Chapter - Februaey 2008 eNews

February 2008

The President’s Letter

Hello!

First a special thanks to everyone that attended the joint meeting with the North Texas ISACA group at the Richardson Renaissance Hotel – we had close to 400 attendees! If you have not already completed the evaluation form, please take a moment to give us your thoughts on the location.

Our February meeting is all about the students - the auditors of tomorrow! Students from several area colleges have been invited to attend, this is a terrific opportunity to show them the benefits of a career in internal audit. We have a great slate of speakers lined up, including Dr Urton Anderson from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, a group of internal audit executives from the DFW area and Kevin Davis – all discussing the desired traits of the internal auditor of tomorrow.

The deadline is fast approaching for the conclusion of the 4 for 3 promotion to register for the 2008 Fraud Summit. The Summit will be held on March 28th at the UT Dallas School of Management. This event sold out last year so register now – after January 31st the price goes up to $250 per person. http://dallasiia.org/08_Summit_Reserve.htm.

Check out the information below regarding the computerized CIA exam. The IIA announced that registration will open in the Spring and testing will begin in May. The Chapter is once again sponsoring a CIA review course which will be held February 15-18. Dr. Glenn Sumners, Director of the Center for Internal Auditing at LSU, will be teaching the course and his comprehensive training materials are a must have in studying for the exam. Make 2008 the year you get a CIA!

We appreciate your feedback on the Chapter, please contact me or one of the other Officers if you have any questions or comments.

Sincerely,

Melinda Lokey
2007-2008 President - Dallas Chapter IIA

Next Meeting - Thursday, February 7, 2008
Cityplace Conference Center

Academic Relations Day

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

Developing Tomorrow's Internal Auditor

Urton Anderson, University of Texas

A recent survey from Robert Half reported that “the demand for internal auditors today is unprecedented.” They report that it typically takes more than 12 weeks to hire staff internal auditors and up to six months for hiring at the management level. And this is not just internal audit in another survey of managers over half reported having difficulty finding skilled job candidates to fill accounting and finance positions. Where will tomorrow’s internal auditors come from? What skills will they need? Professor Anderson will talk about what being done and what needs to be done in college and university accounting curriculum to train the internal auditor of the future.

Urton Anderson, CIA, CCSA, CGAP, CFSA, CCEP, is Clark W. Thompson, Jr., Professor in Accounting Education and Chair of the Department of Accounting at the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin. He joined the Department of Accounting at the University of Texas at Austin in 1984, teaching auditing and managerial accounting. From 1997 to 2007 he served as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. Urton received his Ph.D. from The University of Minnesota in 1985. Urton's research has addressed various issues in internal and external auditing – particularly corporate governance, compliance, enterprise risk management and internal control.

Urton has written several books, Implementing the Professional Practices Framework: 2nd Edition (with Andrew Dahle), as well as papers published in a variety of scholarly and professional journals. He is also one of the co-authors of the new internal auditing textbook - Internal Auditing: Assurance and Consulting Services.

Urton is a Certified Internal Auditor and is active in the Institute of Internal Auditors. He has been a member and Chair of the Institute’s Board of Regents and served on the CCSA Steering Committee which developed the professional examination for Control Self-Assessment and the CGAP Steering Committee which developed professional examination in governmental auditing. He has also been a member of the Internal Auditing Standards Board and currently serves as its Chair. In 1997 he was named Leon R. Radde Educator of the Year Award, by The Institute of Internal Auditors. In June 2006 The Institute of Internal Auditors recognized his outstanding contributions to the field of internal auditing by giving him The Bradford Cadmus Memorial Award. Urton also serves on the board of directors for the Health Care Compliance Association and the advisory board of the Society Corporate Compliance and Ethics.


Pre-Meeting 10:30am

Branding Yourself
Kevin Davis, Professor K Enterprises

This workshop will provide participants with a framework for defining their brand and unique selling proposition. In addition, participants will learn methods to live their brand and leverage their strengths in their daily work, conversations and career advancement activities. Participants can expect a highly interactive and informational session that will energize them and get them focused on managing their career like a business.

Kevin Davis is the President of Professor K Enterprises, a talent management company serving professionals seeking consistent growth and advancement in their careers and business ventures. Kevin specializes in the creation of career management, branding and talent management strategies for professionals in business and sports. His passion for talent development, technology and sports led to the creation of Professor K Enterprises in 2005. Kevin is a career advancement consultant, business strategist and sports agent.

Before launching Professor K Enterprises, Kevin had a successful 10-year career at Sabre Holdings, a world leader in travel commerce. Kevin reached the executive level after only five years of service at Sabre Holdings due to his excellent performance as a marketing analyst, product line manager and director of business development. He excelled as the Vice President of Marketing for Sabre Holdings’ largest software portfolio by managing more than $30 million in annual software development and capital investment for four years. In addition, Kevin’s leadership, strategic focus, and eye for talent enabled Sabre Holdings to be named MBA recruiter of the Year by Indiana University, Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University in 2002 and 2003. In 2005, Kevin appeared in the “50 Under 50” listing in the summer issue of Black MBA Magazine. In 2003, Kevin was recognized by Travel Agent Magazine as one of the 100 Rising Stars in the travel industry.

Kevin started his career as a statistician at STATS, Inc., the nation’s leading sports information and statistical analysis company. Kevin was a Senior Statistician and Reporter Network Coordinator that managed the daily collection and distribution of Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL) information and statistics. In addition, Kevin contributed as a writer and analyst to the first and second editions of Pro Football Revealed: The 100-Yard War in 1993 and 1994. Kevin has an MBA in Marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a BS in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a Certified Executive Career Coach (CECC) and a certified player agent with the National Basketball Player Association (NBPA). Kevin is the Immediate Past President of the NBMBAA Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter and former Vice President of the Kelley School of Business (Indiana University) Alumni Association.

Kevin is a native of Chicago, IL and resides in Coppell, TX with his wife Terri.


Post-Meeting 1:30pm

Keys to My Success
Panel Discussion

Panel Members will be providing insight on how they made it to the top in the Internal Audit Profession. This question and answer session will be geared for both professionals and students alike.  Audience participation is encouraged along with moderator supplied questions.

Panelist Include:

  • Kevin Kerns - Business Risk Services Partner Ernst & Young
  • Lori Rainwater - VP Internal Audit Southwest Airlines
  • John Van der Wiel, VP - Accounting & Finance, Enterprise Governance for Accretive Solutions
  • Susan Sieker - VP Internal Audit Brinker International
  • Fred Herman - VP Internal Audit Rent-A-Center

The $35 member price is for current Dallas IIA members only.  The only exception is when we have joint meetings with other organizations. We welcome members of other chapters and organizations.  However, if you are not a member of the Dallas Chapter, we request that you register as a non-member and pay the applicable fee.   If you are unsure of your chapter affiliation, please confirm The IIA’s records are current by logging into www.theiia.org or calling The IIA’s customer service line at 1-407-937-1111.   Thank you for your understanding and support of our programs.


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:

Place and confirm your reservation via the web site at http://www.dallasiia.org/Reserve.htm.

Contact:

Jeri Baker

jeri.baker@tatumllc.com

Meeting / Luncheon Fees:

Dallas IIA Members: $35
Non-Members: $45
Students: Free in February
Walk-ins/late registrations (members or non): $45

Reservations and cancellations must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, February 1, 2008.

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 web site. 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 Marc Winandy at marc.winandy@mckesson.com.

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

Chapter News

CBOK Update

The IIA Research Foundation (IIARF) is proud to present results of the Common Body of Knowledge 2006 (CBOK) study to all members of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) as a free download from The IIA's Web site.

http://www.theiia.org/go?to=eblast_2007_12_17_cbok

The CBOK 2006 study represents the most comprehensive global study ever conducted about the internal audit profession. It provides a current view of:

  • Global compliance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.
  • The global state of the profession.
  • Staffing, skills, and competencies.
  • Emerging roles.

The IIARF is committed to understanding, guiding, and shaping the profession of internal auditing. Members of The IIA and other internal audit practitioners around the world played a role in this commitment by participating in the CBOK study and sharing their input and wisdom. The results of CBOK belong to the internal audit profession, and The IIARF is pleased to provide to IIA members these results in electronic format. In addition, a 472-page bound copy of the CBOK results will be available for purchase through The IIARF Bookstore in the first quarter of 2008.

We appreciate your continued support and are confident you will find the CBOK information invaluable. If you have questions about CBOK, please contact us at research@theiia.org.


IIA Research Foundation

The IIA issued three additional Global Technology Audit Guides (GTAG). These include:

GTAG 7: IT Outsourcing – This guide provides information on the types of IT outsourcing activities, the IT outsourcing lifecycle, and how outsourcing activities should be managed. Key issues covered in this guide include:

  • How to choose the right IT outsourcing vendor?
  • What are the best ways to manage outsourcing contract agreements?
  • What are the main outsourcing risks and how to mitigate them?
  • What are the key outsourcing control considerations from the perspective of both client operations and service provider operations?
  • Which is the most effective framework for establishing outsourcing controls?

GTAG 8: Auditing Application Controls - Effective application controls will help your organization to ensure the integrity, accuracy, confidentiality and completeness of your data and systems. It is important to develop and execute audits of application controls on a periodic basis in order to determine whether they are designed appropriately and operating effectively. This guide provides internal auditors with the following information.

  • What are application controls?
  • What is the relationship between application controls and general controls?
  • Why rely on application controls?
  • How to scope a risk-based application control review?
  • What are the steps to conduct an application controls review?

GTAG 9: Identity and Access Management - Identity and access management (IAM) is a cross-functional process that helps organizations manage who has access to what information. This process is used to initiate, capture, record, and manage the user identities and related access permissions to the organization's proprietary information.

Internal auditors should be involved in the development of the organization's IAM strategy as well as in the evaluation of the implementation of the strategy and effectiveness of companywide access controls. The purpose of this guide is to provide insight into what IAM means to an organization and to suggest internal audit areas for review. It can assist the internal auditor to understand, analyze, and monitor their organization's IAM processes. A checklist for an IAM review is also included in this guide.

All of these reports can be downloaded free at www.theiia.org/guidance/technology/gtag/.


Certification News - New Certifications

Mark your Calendars

The next Dallas Chapter review courses, featuring live training by Dr. Glen Sumners of Louisiana State University, will be offered as follows at UT Dallas:

  • February 15-18, 2008
  • September 4-7, 2008 (note the date change)

We are now registering for the February 2008 course. For registration information, please see http://www.dallasiia.org/CIA_Review_S08.htm. Note that registration deadline is January 31, 2008. The course will be cancelled if we have insufficient registrations by February 1, 2008.

Computer-based Testing – Change in Date

The computer-based testing (CBT) for The IIA’s certification programs is being postponed until May 2008 and other program enhancements, including the elimination of the testing windows in favor of year-round testing, will be implemented with the May launch. Announcement from the IIA:

The IIA is pleased to announce a significant enhancement to its certification program. Beginning in May 2008, certification testing will be available on a year-round basis through the new computer-based testing (CBT) process. Originally scheduled for roll-out in February with pre-determined testing windows, CBT will now go live in May, with no testing-window constraints. This means that certification candidates will be able to take full advantage of computer-based testing anytime throughout the year in multiple languages.

To further enhance the CBT process, The IIA has contracted with an industry-leading software vendor to deliver a high-quality registration and application process, resulting in a more complete launch. “By slightly delaying CBT roll-out,” says IIA Vice President Professional Practices Susan Lione, CIA, CCSA, CGAP, CFSA, “we will be able to offer long-term benefits that far exceed previous expectations!”

Please check The IIA’s Web site in March for program details and information on the registration process. Registration will begin in April. (The registration process and timing may differ in countries in which the local IIA institute manages the registration process. Candidates should refer to The IIA’s Web site for a list of these countries, along with contact information). Upon registering, a candidate will have six months to sit for the exam. Candidates who do not pass an exam part must wait 90 days before being allowed to retest. Upon its availability, more information will be posted to The IIA’s Web site at www.theiia.org/certification.

Ceremony for Those Passing November 2007 Exam

Scheduled to be held at the May 2008 Dallas Chapter meeting. More details to be communicated when available.


Internal Audit Advocacy! .... Get Involved!

This semester at UTD brings many exciting events for the IAEP program. Our annual Fraud seminar that supports the program is planned for March 28 and is expected to be bigger and better than before. Make sure you sign up in advance as it is planned to sell out this year. Also, the IIA meeting will be held on February 7 and the academic relations committee is encouraging all students to attend. This is a great opportunity for students to meet other students from different schools participating in the program. We are encouraging our students to attend this event so they may network with individuals in the internal audit profession. We would like each of you to make the students feel welcome, and we encourage you to meet a minimum of three students while at the luncheon. In addition the guest speaker from UT Austin, Dr. Urton Anderson, has a lot of insight working with students in running the Accounting Department and Internal Audit program at UT Austin.

This semester in our Internal Audit class, our students have the opportunity to have hands on experience with internal audit by completing an in depth student project internship. This semester's internships included placements at the City of Garland, UT Southwestern Medical Center, UT Dallas, AT&T and the City of Plano.

We are also beginning our second semester offering the Advanced Audit class and we are planning on building on the success we enjoyed last semester. This class is taught at Audit Senior and Manager-level and covers topics such as: QAR, ERM, Control Self Assessment, auditing vendor relationships, working with adversarial audit clients, and marketing the audit function within an organization. This class is purely discussion based and much of the success from last semester is owed to the outstanding organizations that provided practitioners to participate in the class discussions. I would like to extend thanks to Southwest Airlines, BNSF, Countrywide, DART, DISD, PISD, and Raytheon for their support.

Our biggest issue is still advocacy of the profession and educating students of the possible careers in internal audit. All of you can help with this issue by talking to as many students throughout the year and educating them on the perspective careers that start in internal audit.

As I mentioned in the fall newsletter we hope to grow the Student Chapter to over 200 students by May 2008. All of you have an opportunity to help in this effort. We have in place a number of methods to have employers meet students and explain the benefits of careers in internal audit. So the good news is there are avenues to recruit students, but you must get them early. A new batch of students get involved every semester so reviewing the status of who is available every February and September is a great idea.

To schedule a reception, site visit, interview or peruse resumes, contact Mark Salamasick at 972-883-4729 or mark.salamasick@utdallas.edu. The Student Chapter will have resume posted after February 8 and interviews start mid-February. The Student Chapter Website is www.utdallas.edu/orgs/iia with the resumes posted. Contact Mark Salamasick for the user id and password.


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, 2008.

Seminars

Dr. Glenn E. Sumners, LSUCIA The Dallas Chapter will once again sponsor an interactive CIA review course to help prepare candidates.  This four day course will be taught by Dr. Glenn Sumners, Director of the Center for Internal Auditing at LSU. Comprehensive printed study materials will be provided for the course. Register online for the Review Course.

Registration deadline is January 31, 2008. Cancellations prior to January 31, 2008 will be refunded; however, no refunds for cancellations made after January 31, 2008. The Dallas Chapter reserves the right to cancel a session if registrations for a particular part are insufficient as of February 1, 2008.

The course will be taught from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day, according to the following schedule:

  • February 15, 2008 – Part I – Internal Audit Activity’s Role in Governance, Risk, and Control
  • February 16, 2008 – Part II – Conducting the Internal Audit Engagement
  • February 17, 2008 – Part III – Business Analysis and Information Technology
  • February 18, 2008 – Part IV – Business Management Skills

Please note: CPE credit of 8 hours per part is available from the IIA but not the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

(Please note if you are a CBA, CGAP, CCSA, CISA, CMA, CPA, CTA, CUCE, CRCM or CTCP you are eligible to receive professional recognition credit for Part IV of the CIA Exam.)

The course will be taught at the UTD School of Management (SOM) Room 1.502. A map with directions to UTD can be found at: http://www.utdallas.edu/campusmap.html

If you need hotel arrangements, please see a list of nearby hotels at the following: http://www.richardsontexas.org/Accomodations_All.htm

Cost for the course is $150 for each part if you are a Dallas IIA Chapter member, and $175 for each part for non-members and members of other chapters.  For students who are members of the Student Chapter of the Dallas IIA, the course will be offered at $30 per part.  The cost of the course will include course materials and study information, lunch and morning & afternoon snacks with beverages.

Note: You may pay on-line with a credit card for this course. You will be given that opportunity when your online reservation is confirmed.

If you choose not to pay on-line with a credit card, the registration fee must be received by Marc Winandy at the address below in order to reserve your place at the course.

Checks should be made payable to the Dallas IIA:

Marc Winandy, Dallas Chapter Treasurer
Dallas Chapter Institute of Internal Auditors
P. O. Box 261747
Plano, TX 75026-1747

 
Direct any question to Toni at tmesser@utdallas.edu or 972-883-2693

Mark your calendars - Spring Review Course
September 5-8, 2008

2008 Fraud Summit

Co-Sponsors:
   
                          North Texas ISACA                                  Dallas Chapter ACFE

March 28, 2008

University of Texas at Dallas, School of Management

8 hours of CPE

Lunch and cocktail hour provided

Stolend Without a GunSpeakers include:

  • Neil Weinberg, Senior Editor Forbes magazine, and co-author of the book "Stolen Without A Gun" will talk about what he has learned about those that commit fraud while researching this book, as well as his man articles on corporate governance. In addition, each person attending the conference will receive a copy of the book!
  • Mark Loveless - Vernier Networks, on Emerging Issues in the Hacking World
  • Andy Bishop & Alan Hampton-IRS Criminal Investigations Division - Money Laundering in Charitable Organizations
  • Joe Hendrix-Director Global Investigations/Legal Affairs Office
  • Jenna Bond, US Postal Inspection Service - Identity Theft
Proceeds benefit the Endorsed Internal Audit Program at UTD

Register early...2007 Sold Out!

REGISTRATION FEES:

Four attend for the price of three with PAID registration before January 31, 2008!  That’s $600 for four people!

Before January 31st: $200 per Person
February 1-March 21st: $250 per Person

Register online now! http://dallasiia.org/08_Summit_Reserve.htm

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, please contact Greg Dubis at 972-431-5946 or send him an e-mail at gdubis@jcpenney.com.  We look forward to helping you.



Griffin Consulting Search Group  (1/18/08)

Griffin Consulting Search Group

Current or Recent
“Big 6” Managers, Senior Managers or Partners

Change your life, your career and the Accounting Profession.
Positions available immediately in Las Colinas, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington DC

CLIENT INFO: Rapidly growing, private-sector Corporation created to oversee the auditors of public companies in order to protect the interests of investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, fair and independent audit reports.

  • Make a difference to the accounting profession, to investors and to the public- No Sales or Billable Hours Quotas!
  • Professional environment that provides for and nurtures professional growth
  • Offers Benefits Competitive with Big 4 Firms
  • TRUE work/life balance - No working weekends! Low OT! Generous PTO Program! 25% Travel!

Inspections Specialist:
To $160K Base + Bonus

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • 8+ years experience of progressively responsible experience within “Big 6” Public Accounting Firm
  • Experience as Manager/Senior Manager in the audit of publicly traded companies;
  • Strong knowledge of GAAP and PCAOB standards
  • Currently licensed CPA
  • Additional experience within Industry working for Public Company a plus

Inspections Leader:
To $185K Base + Bonus

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • 8+ years exp of progressively responsible experience within “Big 6” Public Accounting Firm in the audit of publicly traded companies
  • Attainment of Audit Partner Level, with sign-off authority and lead interaction with client, executives and Audit Committee
  • Strong knowledge of GAAP and PCAOB standards
  • Currently Licensed CPA
  • Additional experience within Industry working for Public Company a plus

To view complete Job Descriptions please visit our website at
www.gcsearchgroup.com
For immediate consideration please apply online or email resume to:
 mgriffin@gcsearchgroup.com

Griffin Consulting Search GroupIs an Independent Boutique Recruiting Firm that has specialized in the recruitment & placement of Accounting and Audit Professionals for over 10 years in the DFW area.


Weisman and Associates  (1/17/08)

ACCOUNTANT / AUDITOR / CONSULTANT - OPPORTUNITY

Weisman and Associates, a national Accounts Payable Recovery Audit Company seeks experienced Accounts Payable and/or Sales & Use Tax Auditors in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Government experience is helpful.  No travel.  Degree and 15 years experience REQUIRED.

Weisman and Associates, Inc. is engaged in Recovery Audits with large private and public companies, as well as government entities. We provide complete Accounts Payable document review, disbursement auditing and recovery services in 21 major markets in the United States. Our services are performed on a contingency basis.

All of our Auditor / Consultants have a minimum of 15 years experience in accounting, auditing, purchasing, tax or financial areas of business prior to joining Weisman and Associates. Most carry certifications such as CPA, CIA and/or MBA.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable performing overpayment audits for major companies.  This is a Part-time to Full-time opportunity.  Retirees are welcome. This is a Commission-based position.  Excellent income potential. Email resume to: om@waaudit.com.

For more information, visit our website at www.WAaudit.com.


Fossil  (1/11/08)

Fossil

Description
Job Title: Sr. Internal Auditor
Location: Dallas, Texas

Fossil is a design, development, marketing and distribution company that specializes in consumer products predicated on fashion and value. The Company's principal offerings include an extensive line of fashion watches sold under the Company's proprietary and licensed brands. The Company also offers complementary lines of small leather goods, belts, handbags, sunglasses, jewelry and apparel. The Company's products are sold in department stores and specialty retail stores in over 90 countries around the world, in addition to the Company's e-commerce website at www.fossil.com. Position Description: Fossil is searching for an Internal Auditor to join their growing team! This star candidate will assist in coordinating, tracking, and project managing as well as reporting on all global activities relating to compliance with Section 404 of the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Candidate will help develop and execute test procedures to validate control design and operating effectiveness and will make recommendations and provide feedback to management on findings, focusing on strengthening internal controls, quality and efficiency. Other responsibilities will include working with management on special projects involving new products and process changes. If you are interested in this position, please go to the Fossil website at www.fossil.com click on jobs@fossil and apply to job #1198112573.

Fossil is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Requirements
Minimum:

  • Proficient in MS Word and Excel
  • Bachelors Degree in Accounting required plus 6-8 years previous internal audit work experience or including 2-5 years of project management experience and/or supervisory experience  

Additional Preferred Skills/Requirements: - SOX, Section 404 preferred - CIA or CISA preferred

We will be accepting applications/resumes for this position until 3/15/08. Only those who submit within this period will be considered applicants.


Ashford Hospitality Trust  (12/3/07)

Ashford Hospitality Trust

Position: Internal Auditor

Summary: Conduct independent audits and evaluations of the company’s financial and operational control systems to determine compliance with established policies, procedures, laws and governmental regulatory agencies.

Responsibilities: 

  • Plan, organize, conduct and formally report on scheduled audits
  • Perform all field work in a competent and professional manner
  • Provide evidential support for all report recommendations
  • Identify system control issues
  • Make oral or written presentations to management during and at the conclusion of the examination, discussing deficiencies and recommending corrective action to resolve identified issues
  • Prepare formal written reports, expressing opinions on the adequacy and effectiveness of the system and the efficiency with which activities are carried out
  • Appraise the adequacy of corrective action taken to resolve control issues
  • Evaluate risk and exposure while cognizant of the business and local environment
  • Assist with on-going Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance (i.e., documentation preparation for new acquisitions, updating information as needed)
  • Travel 55% - 60%

Skills/Qualifications:

  • A Four-Year Degree with a Major in Accounting or Finance (Preferred)
  • A minimum of 3-5 years in Accounting / Auditing
  • CPA or CIA (Preferred but not required)
  • Hospitality Company and or REIT Experience (Preferred but not required)
  • Sarbanes-Oxley 404 Compliance Documentation and Testing
  • Experience with Financial and Operational Auditing
  • Strong Information Systems Background
  • Analytical, Problem-Solving, Leadership and Communications Skills

Please contact:
Bernadette Hudson
bhudson@ahtreit.com
972-778-9339


Children’s Medical Center Dallas  (10/29/07)

Senior Internal Auditor

Children’s Medical Center Dallas is currently seeking a Senior Internal Auditor for our Internal Audit Department.  Internal Audit reports to the Chief Compliance Officer and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. This position will report to the Manager of Internal Audit and will be required to:

  • Develop audit programs to conduct financial and operational audits.
  • Document and evaluate operational risks and related internal controls procedures.
  • Draft audit reports and make recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of internal controls or business processes
  • Perform follow-up procedures to evaluate the status of agreed-upon recommendations.
  • Assist the Compliance Department with special projects.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a CPA with a combination of Big 4 public accounting and internal audit experience.  Qualified candidates must possess the following:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting required.
  • Master's Degree in Accounting or MBA Preferred.
  • 3-5 years recent public accounting or internal audit experience required.
  • CPA or CIA certification required.
  • Ability to plan and complete audits in accordance with International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, within established deadlines.
  • Ability to interact professionally with all levels of management.
  • Ability to step back from details and consider the "big picture."
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office (Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word).
  • Knowledge of flowcharting software (Visio) preferred.

Children’s Medical Center Dallas is a private, not-for-profit hospital that is the only academic healthcare facility in North Texas dedicated to the comprehensive care of children from birth to age 18. As the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the medical/dental staff at Children’s conducts research that is instrumental in developing treatments, therapies, and greater understanding of pediatric diseases.

Children’s is licensed for 411 beds, has more than 50 subspecialty programs and is the only pediatric hospital in the Southwest with a designated Level I trauma center. To better serve the region’s growing pediatric population, the 72-bed Children’s Medical Center Legacy will open in 2008 in Plano, Texas. Children’s enjoys a stellar reputation as one of the finest pediatric facilities in the United States.  The Joint Commission awarded Children’s an “outstanding” ranking, and both U.S. News & World Report and CHILD magazines have named Children’s as one of the nation’s top pediatric providers.  In 2006, the Dallas Business Journal recognized Children’s as a “Best Place to Work.”  Children’s makes life better for the patients it sees during more than 340,000 visits each year.

Please apply on line at www.childrens.com.  The position is No. 5400 and is posted under Careers/Professions/Auditing…  Questions may be addressed to carrie.smith@childrens.com.

Equal Opportunity Employer


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