The Dallas Chapter - March 2006 eNews

March 2006

The President’s Letter

Hello,

We are a growing Chapter! It is great to see so many people at our meetings. The Dallas Chapter is now around 1,700 members – it just shocks me every time I look at the numbers. And, thanks to the Fort Worth Chapter members for joining us last month! This month is a joint meeting with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Dallas Chapter - Welcome! It is good to expand our networking within the Chapter, between chapters, and with related groups!

Check out the spring seminars. Ethics for CPAs is on March 2 (also, the Dallas IIA meeting day) – you don’t want to miss this opportunity if your ethics requirement is due soon! The Certified Internal Auditor exam review course is also in March. I have been told the course materials are updated. This course gives you the kick start you need to pass the exam! Finally, our annual “Almost Free” Seminar for members will be held in May. Due to the outstanding support our events receive throughout the year, we are able to give back to the members with a highly discounted seminar. I am looking forward to the “soft skills” topic. I have been so bogged down lately with more technical matters, Sarbanes-Oxley, etc., that this will be a welcome diversion.

Last month we also held our annual elections. Congratulations to the new officers and board members:

President-Pamela Krakosky
1st Vice President-Melinda Lokey
2nd Vice President – Jay Blanchard
Treasurer – Tom Keils
Secretary – Steve Bargmann

Board of Governors:
Al Bazis from Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Dr. Ray Clay from the University Of North Texas
Sheri Durst from 7-Eleven, Inc.
Dennis McGuffie from Triad Hospitals, Inc.
Lori Miller from Deloitte
Anna Nicodemus from the Belo Corporation

The new terms start June 1. For officers, this is basically a five-year commitment to the Chapter. Most will progress from role to role directing different aspects of the Chapter activities from membership, to treasurer, to academic relations to programs and seminars. For the Board members, this is a three-year commitment to help guide the Chapter administration. Thanks to you all!!!

See you in March!

Lynn Allsup
President Dallas Chapter IIA
lynn.allsup@intervoice.com

Next Meeting - Thursday, March 2, 2006
CityPlace Conference Center

Joint Meeting with the Dallas Chapter ACFE


Insurance Fraud

William D. Brown, JD, CPA
Weaver and Tidwell, LLP

Forensic Accounting is a frequently used and often misunderstood term. The presentation will describe forensic accounting in terms of the tasks and challenges facing professionals in this field. In depth case examples will be provided to explain this unique practice area and how it differs from traditional auditing.

William D. Brown, JD, CPA, is a partner in Weaver and Tidwell's Forensic Accounting Services concentrating in the area of forensic accounting, including litigation services, investigations involving financial controversies, fraud investigations and corporate compliance programs. As a former Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he spent extensive time investigating complex white-collar crime matters. Also, he has lectured for FBI Agents and at various State Insurance Departments on the subjects of forensic accounting and white-collar crime investigations. He has also lectured nationally on the subject of healthcare fraud and abuse.

Make your Reservation On line!


Pre-Meeting 10:30am & Post-Meeting 1:30pm

Identity Theft and Interviewing/Reading People
Agent Edward Donovan, United States Secret Service (USSS)

During the joint meeting with the Dallas Chapter of the Certified Fraud Examiners, Agent Donovan will be discussing the following topics during the pre and post meetings:

  • How identities are stolen
  • Describe organized criminal activity
  • How to protect yourself against ID Theft
  • What to do if it happens to you
  • USSS Response

Agent Edward Donovan is currently the Supervisor of the United States Secret Service Southwest Financial Crimes Task Force in the Dallas Field Office. He has been with the USSS since 1991. During his tenure, he was assigned to the Philadelphia Field Office, Delaware Resident Office, Headquarters Financial Crimes Division, and Presidential Protective Division prior to his current assignment in the Dallas Field Office. Prior to the USSS, Agent Donovan was a police officer in Lancaster, PA for five years.

Agent Donovan graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Administration of Justice in 1985.


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:

Greg Estes
Texas Instruments
Phone: 972-917-6969
gestes@ti.com

Meeting / Luncheon Fees:

IIA & ACFE Members: $25
Non-Members: $30
Students: $15
Walk-ins (members or non): $30
Phone/E-Mail Fee: $2

Reservations must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, February 24, 2006 or a $5 late fee will be charged.

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 Jay Blanchard at 972-917-6963 or jayblanchard@ti.com

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

Chapter News

Congratulations on Chapter Anniversaries & Welcome to New Members

July - December 2005 Anniversaries

For their 30 years of membership in the IIA, we would like to recognize:
Manzoor M. Quazi
Richard L. Townsend

25 Years
John B. Schaer
Richard M. Warren

Congratulations to each of you. We are proud of the members of the Dallas chapter and will be honoring each of you at the December meeting.  Thank you for your continued membership and service!

20 Years
Michael A. Calloway
Mark A. Fletcher
James A. Molzahn
John M. Moser
Eugene L. Rottinghaus

15 Years
Jerry R. Daniels
James L. DePalma
Aaron J. Stehsel
John C. Trampe
Sean A. Woods

If you celebrated an Anniversary in 2005 and have not received your pin, please contact Michelle Griffin, Membership Chair, at mgriffin@gcsearchgroup.com. She will mail you your pin.
 

10 Years
Regina M. Anderson
Philip J. Boneberg
Wesley W. Burress
John D. Calhoun
Brent J. Cleveland
Robert R. Darby
Helen L. Dickey
John H. Harris
LaTonya D.A. Jackson
Dawana M. Johnson
Carron J. Perry
William C. Pok
Thomas G. Quinn
Charles O. Rolfe
Robert D. Shultz
Paul J. Smith

January 2006 New Members
Gough Alexander
Mike Alford
Keila Burns
Troy Ceaser
Dawnda Daniel
Amala Dave
Mila Edelman
Adil Eduljee
Matthew Federle
Angela Gamel
Jason Gates
Ben Gillett
Theresa Glasgow
Richard Godfrey
Rachel Griffith
Anthony Johnson
Norma Johnson
Jeff Jones
Randy Knupp
Todd LaMastres
Richard Lindell
Oscar Macakiage
Jim Macklin
Judy McDonald
Melissa McKeever
James Menck
Carmen Miller
Kimberly Milson
Dow Monier
Ian Mwila
Terry O'Neal
Tuan Pham
Erika Rangel
Zankhana Shah
Brad Shinn
Zach Simmons
Richard Siu
Saadia Thaver
Sa Truong
Hema Vaidyanathan
Ned Villemarette
Sudhakar Visnubhotla
Iddah Wangondu
Ronn Wilson
December 2005 New Members
Jason Arrington
Steven Bargmann
Don Bartz
Jim Beckman
Steve Bemis
Eric Bowman
Charita Bradley
Celia Brereton
Don Chandler
Danny Clark
Carrie Clayton
Cari Connell
Brad Cowger
Heath Daniels
Vishal Doshi
Mariam El-Sadi
Eric Essig
Missy Facetti
Maureen Fitzgerald
Jose Forns
Doris Forst
Diane Friedman
Bobby Goodson
Mark Goodwin
Jaime Harland
Ernest Hawkins
Jenna Isensee
Lesley Jeffcoat
Todd Johnson
Mark Johnston
Michael Kennedy
Shannon Kephart
Hillary Khoury
Linda Kirksey
Dena Knierim
James Kollar
Harry Korin
Fabio Labrada
David Lane
Clint Lasater
Aaron Lawrence
Edward Leo
Justin McKinney
Scott Meischen
Kimberly Michael
Patrice Miller
Karla Miller
Kathy Mohajeri
Oscar Multine
Patrick Nelsen
S.R. Nessim
Chris Nicoloff
Bear Norris
James Paulus
Ken Reagan
Joe Reitmeier
Jeffrey Renshaw
Ronald Salo
Scott Sawyers
James Schlotzhauer
Sumeet Shah
Larry Singer
Paul Smith
Brad Stansberry
Robin Stephenson
Teresa Stewart
Eric Teague
Carol Thomas
Larry Vest
Jon Voorhies
Debra Williams
Wayne Williams
Valerie Wolbrueck
Steve Yu
November 2005 New Members
Mary Kuttin
Tyra White
Rajeev Ranjan
Ashley Clarke
Bob Shori
Ajit Akkathara
Charles Kocian
Diana Nguyen
Jason Norman
Jill Schiavone
Susan Smith
Ronda Sloan
Bob Bartzokas
Kimberly Emrich
John Mwaura
Jeff Stargell
Jeremiah Loeffler
Gina Rhodes
Darci Carpenter
Carrie Gagliardi
Russell Grimes
John McSpadden
Juergen Schroeter
Tianyu You
David Vincent
Scooter Ward
Marcus Wilson
Michell Adame
Kevin Nixon

Certification News

November 2005 Certified Internal Auditor ® (CIA®) Exam Breaks Records

Registrations for the November 2005 CIA exam reached an all-time record high with more than 69,000 registered parts compared to 45,800 in November 2004 – a 50 percent increase. Registrations for the November 2005 specialty exams also exceeded last year's by double-digit increases, with more than 515 CCSA registrations, 164 CGAP registrations, and 97 CFSA registrations.

Mark your calendars for the following CIA dates!

http://www.theiia.org/?doc_id=27

  • March 11-14, 2006 CIA Review Course presented by Dr. Glen Sumners at University of Texas at Dallas.
  • March 31, 2006 - Last day to register for May 2006 Exams
  • May 17-18, 2006 CIA Exam (and CGAP, CFSA, CCSA exams)
  • September 8-11, 2006 CIA Review Course presented by Dr. Glen Sumners at UTD
  • September 30, 2006 Last day to register for November 2006 Exams
  • November 15-16, 2006 CIA Exam (and CGAP, CFSA, CCSA exams)

For more information on the CIA and other exams, visit the IIA’s Web site at http://www.theiia.org/index.cfm?doc_id=12.


IIA Research Foundation

The Research Foundation has issued a report entitled XBRL: Potential Opportunities and Issues for Internal Auditors. XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) is a global standard for sharing business information. XBRL provides major benefits in the preparation, analysis and communication of business information, all at a reduced cost. XBRL provides standardized controls that can result in improved efficiency and effectiveness of the audits. As such, it is important that internal auditors be proactive and stay ahead of the curve on XBRL.

This report, prepared by a member of the XBRL International Consortium:

  • Introduces XBRL;
  • Discusses its benefits and uses;
  • Includes hands-on XML/XBRL tutorials; and
  • Summarizes what it all means for Internal Audit.

The report is in paperback form (157 pages) and can be ordered online at – www.theiia.org/index.cfm?act=form.bookstore, or calling toll free 1-877-867-4957. (Order number 5003, IIA member price - $60, non member price - $75.)


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 February or earlier if not reported. 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 March 15, 2006. Contact Magdalena Kovats (214-777-0581 or magdalena.kovats@resources-us.com) if you have any questions.

Seminars

COMING SOON - The IIA's 2006 International Conference - Houston, Texas

Join 2,000 of your colleagues at the world's largest annual worldwide professional development and networking event – The IIA’s International Conference on June 18-21, 2006, in Houston, Texas, USA.

Featuring world-class keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Mae Jemison, former NASA Astronaut and 1992 Endeavour Science Mission Specialist
  • Larry Kellner, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Continental Airlines, Inc.
  • Sy Sternberg, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the New York Life Insurance Co.
  • Hester Hickey, CA, Chief Audit Executive, AngloGold Ashanti Ltd., South Africa

This conference will offer continuous sessions on the latest developments, insights, and trends in areas of audit management and quality assessment, fraud, Sarbanes-Oxley, information technology, corporate governance, risk management, interpersonal skills, and emerging issues.

You will also benefit from:

  • Innovative and motivating speakers on timely topics.
  • Networking opportunities with more than 2,000 colleagues from around the world.
  • Expanded vendor exhibits featuring innovative products and services.
  • First-rate entertainment, food, and music.

While the official language of the conference is English, all general sessions and one concurrent session during each time slot will have simultaneous interpretation to Spanish.

The Hilton Americas-Houston is the city’s largest and most spacious convention hotels. Reserve your room(s) before May 29, 2006, for a special rate of US $157 (based on availability). You can also benefit from reduced airfares when you fly Continental Airlines. For complete details and to register, visit the Houston 2006 International Conference on the IIA Web site or e-mail custserv@theiia.org


Dallas Chapter Seminars

Ethics Seminar

Dr. Ray ClayDr. Ray Clay of the University of North Texas will present a 4-hour Ethics seminar for Texas CPAs following the March 2, 2006, IIA meeting. The course satisfies the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy's requirements, specifically the Rules of Professional Conduct. $100 Chapter members, $125 Non-members. Dr. Clay brings IIA members his TSBPA approved four-hour Ethics program. Dr. Clay holds the Internal Audit Professorship in Accounting at the UNT.

Dr. Clay has long been recognized for his ability to take mundane CPE topics and present them in an entertaining and informative manner. He has been honored by both the AICPA and the TSCPA for his outstanding work in developing and presenting CPE courses for accounting professionals. Ray’s new four-hour course promises to be as dynamic, upbeat and informative as his previous two-hour and four-hour ethics courses. Dr. Clay is the author of many CPE programs and numerous articles appearing in professional journals.

Visit http://dallasiia.org/Ethics_06.htm for details and to register.


Annual "Almost Free" Seminar

Presented by Courtenay M. Thompson

Increasing Personal and Professional Effectiveness in Today’s World

May 18, 2006 at University of Texas at Dallas School of Management Auditorium
Registration begins at 8:00, Seminar at 8:30

8 Hours CPE
Register On Line by May 12, 2006  - http://dallasiia.org/Almost_Free_06.htm

Dallas IIA Members Only $25 Regular members $15 Student members Lunch Included with pre-registration

Today’s world presents challenges related to competition, increasingly complex business transactions, technology, the Internet, globalization, outsourcing, evolving supply chains and personal values. Internal auditors, like others, are asked to do more with less, at the same time many are expecting to have full personal lives. This challenging environment presents opportunities as well as challenges.

This course explores practical approaches individuals can use to accomplish more in their work and in their personal lives. Participants will explore:

  • Personal productivity
  • Role of goals in personal and professional life
  • Techniques for mind management and accomplishment
  • Specific traps and pitfalls to avoid, professionally and personally
  • Encouraging critical thinking for yourself and others
  • Evaluation of audit effectiveness
  • A fresh look at risks
  • Factors contributing to recent scandals…and what to do now
  • Using technology you already have Improved communication with management and others

CIA Review Course

Dr. Glen SumnersThe Certified Internal Auditor exam is scheduled for May 17-18, 2006. Deadline to register is March 31, 2006. 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 On-line for this review course by March 3, 2006 to reserve your space and course materials.

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

  • March 11, 2006 – Part I – Internal Audit Activity’s Role in Governance, Risk, and Control
  • March 12, 2006 – Part II – Conducting the Internal Audit Engagement
  • March 13, 2006 – Part III – Business Analysis and Information Technology
  • March 14, 2006 – Part IV – Business Management Skills

(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.)

Eight hours of continuing professional education (CPE) will be given for each full day session. 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.utdallas.edu/visitors-index.html

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 IIA, the course will be offered at $30 per part. The cost of the course will include morning and afternoon snacks and beverages. Lunch will be on your own.

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 Toni Messer at the address below in order to reserve your place at the course. Checks should be made payable to the Dallas IIA:

Toni Messer
UTD Office of Internal Audits P.O. Box 830688 AD 32
Richardson, TX 75083-0688


We have listed on our website other audit related seminars presented by other local professional organizations as well as other Texas IIA chapters. Please visit http://dallasiia.org/Seminars.htm for all the details.

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.

National/International Career Opportunities


ENSCO  (2/13/06)


JOB PROFILES

POSITION Internal Auditor

PURPOSE

Participates in the design and delivery of standardized operational and financial (Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”) based) audit work programs.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPReports to the Senior Auditor

ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Participates in numerous internal audit assignments per year
  • Ensures implementation of all agreed recommendations.
  • Ensures best practice information is shared appropriately within the Company by staying abreast of internal and external best practices and seeking to introduce those practices to the Company.
  • Participates in the design of new audit work programs and initiatives.
  • Participates in the preparation of the Company’s annual audit plan.
  • Serves as a role model for ENSCO’S values and demonstrates the highest ethical standards.
  • Participates as a team member on various special projects requiring analytical and risk assessment skills.
EXPERIENCE Minimum of one to four years previous experience in an auditing role.

In depth knowledge of audit planning, fieldwork, reporting and file maintenance

EDUCATION AND TRAINING Minimum of Bachelors degree from accredited college or university majoring in accounting, finance, business administration, economics or related subjects. CIA or CPA certification and Masters Degree or MBA preferred.

SKILLS

Knowledge of and experience with internal controls as they relate to the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO Standards).

Knowledge of SOX regulations applicable to financial reporting.

Knowledge of and experience with leading edge risk assessment methodologies.

Skilled with the latest MS Office software including but not limited to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Consulting skills in the areas of disclosure controls and procedures, internal control review and documentation, process mapping and process improvement.

Skilled in verbal and written communications.

Work closely with people at all levels of the organization and facilitate the implementation of corrective action.

Maintain knowledge and understanding of current and evolving audit practices, legislation, and regulations.

LOCATION Based in the Dallas office but will be required to travel 30% - 40% visiting both domestic and international work sites.

Submit resumes to sbacon@enscous.com. Please reference the IAA website.


TCG Solutions  (11/23/05)

TCG Solutions is a professional executive search firm delivering accounting, finance and IT candidates to public and private companies. We are dedicated to giving our clients the personal attention they deserve by delivering high-caliber, results-oriented professionals. With offices in Dallas, Austin and Houston, we seek top talent to provide to our clients regionally.

TCG Solutions is seeking several outstanding professionals at the senior (3-5 years of experience) or the manager (5-8 years of experience) level with a strong Internal Audit background. We have been engaged by multiple clients to assist them in identifying skilled professionals that have had experience in Sarbanes-Oxley and Internal Audit.

Job Duties:

  • Developing and performing financial and operational audits to determine the adequacy, accuracy and efficiency of selected company financial reporting operations, processes and internal controls.
  • Ensure compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Act requirements, contractual agreements, regulatory requirements, laws, and company policies and procedures.
  • Prepare audit reports and summaries containing recommendations to resolve business issues and improve internal controls. Present audit reports and summaries to senior management and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Discuss deficiencies and provide recommendations for corrective actions.
  • Develop and perform general risk assessments. Assist the upper 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.

Requirements:

  • 3 plus years of professional work experience and at least 2 years of audit experience
  • Degreed in Accounting or Finance.
  • CPA, CIA, or MBA preferred
  • Ability to work unsupervised on multiple tasks and meeting company deadlines.
  • Recent audit experience and/or recent experience and expertise in the evaluation and testing of internal accounting controls and business processes.
  • Ability to travel 25%.
  • Strong communications skills and ability to interact with all levels of management.
  • Big 4 or regional pubic experience is a plus, but not required.

Interested candidates should submit their resume to: ndrucker@controllergroup.com.


Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas  (2/13/06)

Company Information:
The Federal Reserve System, or "the Fed" for short, is our nation’s central bank. Since its beginnings in 1913, the Fed’s main mission has been to establish and maintain the public’s confidence in the monetary and banking system of the United States. Although we work closely with government agencies, Fed employees are not employees of the federal government. We are an independent, nonprofit organization and do not receive funding from the federal budget. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas with branches in Houston, San Antonio and El Paso serves the Eleventh Federal Reserve District, comprising Texas, northern Louisiana and southern New Mexico. The Bank's three principal areas of operation are monetary policy, banking supervision and financial services. The Auditing Department functions as an independent unit within the Dallas Fed and is responsible for conducting internal audits and evaluating controls and operating efficiencies in all Bank operations within the Eleventh District.


Job Title: IT Auditor

Job Number: 698

Location: Dallas, TX

Job Description:
Plans, conducts, and communicates, orally and in writing, the results of audits of internal Federal Reserve Bank operations, with concentration on automated applications and information technology support functions. Evaluates the adequacy of internal controls; develops and performs audit tests; identifies manual and automated risks and exposures; develops and recommends improvements to operations management. Participates on task force and project teams responsible for the development, maintenance, and/or implementation of automated applications. Position may involve Federal Reserve System-wide responsibilities. Maintains expertise in the operations of one or more assigned Bank operations or functions as part of Audit Liaison Program; consults with management in areas of expertise with concentration on information technology control and security issues; applies standard Federal Reserve Audit Risk Assessment Methodology. Interacts with all management and staff levels in the organization. Provides technical support and data retrieval support for other Audit staff. May travel occasionally to other Federal Reserve Banks nationwide.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Understanding of IT technology.
  • Technical background or working internal control knowledge of Windows operating system, SQL Server database management system, J2EE environment, or Lawson software a plus.
  • Skill in project management preferred.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Skill in oral and written communications, to include report writing.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, establish priorities, work under time constraints, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Key Competencies:
In addition to the above requirements, candidates will be measured against the following competencies:

  • Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of customers.
  • Functional / Technical Skills: Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.
  • Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; is a relentless and versatile learner.
  • Problem Solving: Solves difficult problems with effective solutions; is excellent at honest analysis.
  • Technical Learning: Picks up on technical things quickly; can learn new skills and knowledge.

Education & Experience:
Minimum of 3 years experience in information technology auditing or related field. Experience with system development processes and project management a plus. Bachelor’s degree (Accounting, Management, Computer Science/Information Technology, or Engineering) a plus. Audit, accounting, and/or information technology certification (such as CIA, CPA, CISA) preferred. Equivalent education and/or experience may be substituted.

Travel:
This position will require approximately 15% travel.

Salary Information:
The salary for this job is market priced and will be based on the qualifications of the candidate selected for the position.


Job Title: Financial Auditor

Job Number: 869

Location: Dallas, TX

Job Description:
Assists with or conducts audits of Bank departments and functions in the 11th Federal Reserve District. Routinely serves as the Auditor-in-Charge of audits and may occasionally serve in an assisting role. As Auditor-in-Charge, prepares and executes audit plans, documents work, and reports results and recommendations to management. Maintains expertise in the operations of the Lawson Centralized Business Administration Function and the Financial Management Department. May assist Board of Governors staff with reviews in other Districts.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):
Must have a working knowledge of Lawson Software or extensive knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles. Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects, establish priorities, work under time constraints, and meet project deadlines. Excellent interpersonal skills. Skill in oral and written communications, to include report writing. Ability to work as part of a team and be a team player. Ability to communicate effectively at all levels within the organization, both orally and in writing.

Education and Experience:
Minimum of two years of auditing experience, including experience auditing the Lawson Software, and a working knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley legislation and associated public accounting standards preferred. Certification in audit, accounting, and/or information technology preferred. Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field required. Equivalent education and/or experience may be substituted. Work Hours and Conditions: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Overtime as required by management.

Travel:
This position will require approximately 15% travel.

Salary Information:
The salary for this job is market priced and will be based on the qualifications of the candidate selected for the position.


For more information and how to apply for either position, visit our web site at www.dallasfed.org


NEC  (2/8/06)

Internal Audit Professional

NEC America, Inc. is seeking a self-directed, highly motivated audit professional to join its Internal Audit function in Irving, Texas.

We are seeking an internal auditor with a blend of expertise among the internal audit, operations, contracts and finance/business management fields. The individual should bring a broad perspective and ability to identify effective and efficient process/system controls. They will conduct and lead complex audit assignments in various functional areas. Audit experience in public accounting or corporate internal audit will be helpful. Some travel may be required. Minimum qualifications include BA/BS degree or equivalent, and 5 or more years related experience. Professional certification (CPA, CIA, CISA) desired. Strong familiarity with GAAP is also valued.

NEC America develops, markets, services and supports network communications products, software and network management systems to the public and private sectors. Areas include system integration, IP Telephony and business communication systems, data communications, digital key systems, telephone and PBX systems, facsimile, optical networking and microwave radio equipment.

Please forward all resumes via email to necjobs@necam.com. Reference # 001175.


Propensity Ltd.  (2/8/06)

Corporate Financial Auditors

Propensity Ltd. has been retained by a multi-million dollar telecommunications company to identify a Corporate Financial Audit Manager and a Sr. Financial Auditor for their Dallas location. Our client has continued to grow at an average of 30% on an annual basis and is preparing for an IPO in the distant future. These audit professionals will have the opportunity to receive stock options in addition to an annual bonus. Competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and the opportunity to grow with the company, are all part of the package with this great company. There will be some travel of approximately 25% to other offices.

Requirements:

  • Must be a CPA or have CIA, CISA or CFE designation.
  • Working knowledge of COSO internal control framework and SOX compliance requirements.
  • Thorough knowledge of GAAP, reporting and financial statement preparation and disclosures.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Manager - Public accounting experience within the last 4 years. Management of staff with a minimum of 6 years professional audit experience to include 4 years in financial audit.
  • Senior - Minimum of 3 years financial audit experience, public preferred. Solid project management skills and the ability to work under deadlines.

Responsibilities:

  • Will develop and perform financial audits to determine the adequacy, accuracy and efficiency of financial reporting operations, processes and internal controls.
  • Conduct audits to identify, evaluate and document processes and the effectiveness of operations and internal controls.
  • Review of all accounting and financial processes and systems.
  • Development and implementation of audit plan to address any risk issues in the accounting and finance areas.
  • Presentation of audit findings to senior management and audit committee • Travel to other company locations as needed.
  • Manager - Perform financial risk assessment and develop, manage and execute audit plans in addition to above stated duties.
  • Senior - Will assist the Audit Manager in performing general risk assessments and development of applicable audit plans and above stated duties.

Who we are…The Propensity Story
A pioneer in the industry since 1988 Propensity’s team and Big 4 alumni founded Lavinski Allan & Associates. The Propensity name is new, but our experience isn’t. We have successfully provided results-oriented accounting and finance professionals to complete special projects and to fill full-time positions for a multitude of clients for over 17 years.

For consideration, please send your resume to jleger@propensityinfo.com or jphilpott@propensityinfo.com or call 214-379-1717 – Janice Leger or 214-379-1606-Janice Philpott. Our web address is www.propensityinfo.com.


Fossil  (2/8/06)

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.

Requirements:
Minimum:

  • Proficient in MS Word and
  • Excel Bachelors Degree in Accounting required plus 1-2 years previous internal audit work experience or Masters in Accounting and at least 6 months experience in an auditing internship capacity

Additional Preferred Skills/Requirements:

  • SOX, Section 404 preferred
  • CIA or CISA preferred

**Fossil is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer**

Contact: Candice Hamlin
Fossil Human Resources
2280 N Greenville Ave
Richardson TX

972-629-2755 or chamlin@fossil.com 


Ratliff Associates, Inc.  (2/3/06)

Ratliff Associates, Inc. is a local employee search firm specializing in the permanent and contract recruitment of IT and Accounting professionals.


Seeking a full-time SOX Audit Lead for the internal SOX compliance department of a multi-billion dollar financial services client.

SOX Audit Lead

Responsibilities:
Position will lead SOX audits and determine the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls.

Requirements:

  • Perform internal controls testing to determine effectiveness
  • Prepare written reports and findings summaries
  • 2+ years minimum experience in financial or fraud audit
  • Two months minimum SOX compliance audit experience
  • 4 year degree
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Above average analytical skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to interact with management and build team rapport
  • 15-30% domestic travel

Preferred:

  • Sarbanes-Oxley experience
  • CIA or CPA certification
  • Financial services industry experience
  • Knowledge of COSO controls frameworks

Other Qualities:

  • Shows initiative and leads by example
  • Works well in a team-driven environment
  • Demonstrates flexibility to adjust audit plans as needed to accommodate the “big picture” initiatives of the company
  • Strong work ethic

Salary range:

Salary target $70k range plus bonus.
Excellent benefits package.


Immediately seeking an Internal Auditor for an established and growing Las Colinas manufacturer. Company offers a stable, team-driven environment and outstanding benefits.

Internal Auditor

Responsibilities: Position reports to the director of internal audit and is responsible for performing compliance and financial audits in a SOX compliant environment. Must be able to work independently with little direction.

Requirements:

  • BS in Accounting/Business or a related field
  • CPA or CIA strongly preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in financial audit is required
  • Public audit experience is preferred
  • Approximately 25% travel is required
  • Knowledge of data interrogation software is a plus

Salary range:
Target range $65-78K plus bonus
Excellent Benefits package


Qualified candidates for either of these positions, please send your confidential resume to connie@ratliffassociates.com


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