The Dallas Chapter - March 2007 eNews

March 2007

The President’s Letter

Fraud topics are always a BIG draw for our members and I’m looking forward to our joint meeting with the Dallas Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. I’m especially looking forward to the great line up of speakers that the programs committee has pulled together. This is one meeting you want to make sure to make with our lunch speaker being Peter Elkind, co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron.

Also at our March meeting, we will be electing the Dallas Chapter’s officers and board members whose terms will begin June 1. If you are interested in learning more about this process or qualifications to serve in these capacities, please feel free to contact me. I hope to have more information about becoming an officer or board member posted on our Website in the near future.

I look forward to another successful meeting. As a reminder, our March meeting will be at the Brookhaven Country Club. 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, March 1, 2007
Brookhaven Country Club, Farmers Branch

Joint Meeting with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Dallas  Chapter - Technology Hot Topics

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

Corporate Culture at Enron and other Business Scandals

Author Peter Elkind, The Smartest Guys In the Room

Peter Elkind is co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron, which became a national bestseller. The documentary based on his book was nominated for an Academy Award. He has also written a true-crime book, called The Death Shift, about a pediatric nurse in San Antonio convicted of harming children under her care. Peter, who lives in Fort Worth with his wife and children, has previously worked as a writer at Texas Monthly magazine and editor of The Dallas Observer. He is a 1980 graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in government.


Pre-Meeting 10:30am

The Latest Professional Updates on Fraud
Bryan Finley, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP

Bryan Finley will provide an update on recent Internal Audit practice alerts on antifraud programs and controls, as well as recent PCAOB comments on external auditors' consideration of fraud risk. Don't miss this discussion of leading practices in conducting and documenting AFPC and fraud risk assessments!

Bryan Finley, a Senior Manager with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP in Dallas, Texas, has over fifteen years of experience as a forensic accountant, providing investigation and litigation support services in a broad range of matters and industries. Specific experience includes conducting internal investigations on behalf of audit committees; investigation of financial statement fraud, asset misappropriation and corruption; acting as a fraud specialist in financial statement audits; assisting clients in developing antifraud programs and controls; and acting as an arbitrator or advisor in purchase price disputes. Bryan’s experience in these service areas includes several years of practice in New York and London. Bryan has provided these services to a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, media, high technology, consumer business, real estate, manufacturing, banking, oil and gas, energy, and the public sector.


Post-Meeting 1:30pm

Data Analysis to Detect and Deter Fraud
Edward P. Glynn, PricewaterhouseCoopers Forensic Technology Solutions

How can you leverage today's technology to detect & deter fraud in your organization? Do you expect to discover fraud using data analysis tools & techniques, or do you expect to develop a program to deter potential fraud? This session explores the use of technology to gather and analyze data for testing controls designed to detect and deter fraud. A framework for performing data analytics using multiple sources of data will be presented along with suggestions for establishing processes to follow-up on leads identified through data analysis.

Edward Glynn is a Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers Forensic Technology Solutions practice. He has extensive electronic discovery consulting, forensic computer science, data mining and analysis experience. He has testified in federal courts as an expert in forensic computer science and data analysis. He has directed the preservation and review of electronically stored information in connection with independent accounting investigations, litigation matters, and criminal matters. He has also assisted in several employment litigation matters involving harassment, discrimination and stolen intellectual property such as trade secrets, confidential and proprietary information including aircraft designs, software code, customer data, etc. Ed is also an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) with an MBA from Southern Illinois University.


Optional activities following the Post-meeting

  • Round of Golf including cart (club rental not included but available for additional fee) - $45
  • 45 minute massage - $40
  • Tennis (equipment rental not included but available for additional fee) - $20
  • Racquetball (equipment not included but available for additional fee) - $20

This meeting is being held at Brookhaven Country Club, 3333 Golfing Green Drive, Dallas, TX 75234.

Directions to the Brookhaven can be found at the club web site: http://www.brookhavenclub.com/about/directions.htm.

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/ACFE Members: $25
Non-Members: $35
Students: $15
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, February 23, 2007.

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 encourages research of discovery, integration, and application along the broad areas included in The IIA definition that identifies internal audit as an integral part of an organization's governance, risk, and control processes.

While the Research Foundation encourages broad topics, they also encourage researchers to make a link to the internal audit activity in the research. The Research Foundation is seeking authors to share their ideas and practical experiences in internal auditing. They are currently seeking authors for The IIA Handbook Series and other publications related to the topics outlined below.

Internal Audit Research and Education Priority Topics

  • Quality Assessment (QA)
  • Executive Compensation
  • Fraud
  • Internal Audit's relationship with the compliance function
  • Extended business relationships
  • Ethics
  • Human Resources
  • Auditing entity-level controls
  • Corporate social responsibility

To submit a proposal, refer to the Research Foundation Proposal Submission Guidelines (http://www.theiia.org/download.cfm?file=47544

Additional questions, contact:

The IIA Research Foundation 
247 Maitland Avenue
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701-4201
Tel: +1-407-937-1358
Fax: +1-407-937-1101
E-mail: research@theiia.org


Certification News - 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. For more details, and to register online, go to http://dallasiia.org/CIA_Review_S07.htm.

Note that eight hours of CPE is offered by the IIA for this course; however, it does not qualify as CPE from the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for CPAs.

The next review course will be offered September 5-8, 2007.

May 2007 Exams – Register by March 31!

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

Congratulations to Newest CIA’s, CCSA’s, CFS’s, and CGAP’s!

By now you should have received your exam results from the November exams. Congratulations to everyone who completed their exam requirements, or just passed parts! A ceremony to honor those who completed their full examination requirements will be held at the May Dallas Chapter meeting. Details on the ceremony will be e-mailed to those receiving certificates in April.

New Computer-based Testing Begins February 2008

IIA - January 8, 2007

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.


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 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 March 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 $25 if you register by February 28, 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.


BurnsSearch, LLC  (2/16/07)

4 yr Accounting Degree
Retail experience
GAAP

$100-130K plus bonus

MBA
CPA or CIA 3
3 to 5 years of Public Accounting experience

Successful candidate will be involved in establishing and maintaining the internal audit function, including monitoring, evaluating, and ensuring adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls and disclosure controls, including related systems and procedures. The results of these audits will help the Company manage strategic risks, improve or develop efficient and effective business processes, identify and communicate best practices, and foster appropriate control levels for business and financial risks.

  • Maintain internal audit function, organizing and overseeing sequential audits of all divisions. Establish internal control best practices, policies and procedures.
  • Perform and coordinate a variety of financial, operational, tax, data processing, compliance and financial statement audits and reviews.
  • Identify control weaknesses and recommend appropriate resolution, including best practice analysis and implementation.
  • Evaluates the relevance, reliability, and integrity of financial reports and information systems.
  • Reviews existing as well as new projects, services and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory authority.
  • Communicate audit findings by preparing periodic reports. Direct the process for on-going compliance testing and process improvement to ensure Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.
  • Due diligence, special projects and merger / acquisition involvement.
  • Provide coordination and audit assistance to the Company’s public accounting firm and banking relationships.
  • Ensure compliance with all federal, state and local legal requirements.
  • Advises management on appropriate systems controls and other account and operational matters.
  • Completes all activities and internal audits in an effective, professional, and timely manner.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all information processes.
  • Keep abreast of all accounting pronouncements, changes, etc., and evaluate their impact on the financial statements of the various entities.
  • Participate in strategic planning process with other executives and Senior Management.
  • Maintain courteous, professional and effective working relationships with associates at all levels of the organization and all operating divisions.
  • Show respect for the opinion of others and behave in such a way as to encourage an atmosphere free of discrimination and harassment.

Ann Burns
BurnsSearch, LLC
972-529-6170 direct
469-737-5620 office
214-213-4053 cell
214-889-6176 fax
aearls@burnssearch.com


City of Denton  (2/13/07)

Internal Auditor

The City of Denton City Council is seeking to appoint an experienced, dynamic Internal Auditor who will be responsible for reporting financial, internal control and compliance auditing to the City Council & assisting city management with reviews related to the operations and performance of the organization and its programs.  Additionally, the Internal Auditor is responsible for directing all Internal Audit functions for the City of Denton, through subordinate staff, to eliminate waste, fraud & abuse.

Requires a related Master’s degree & two years internal or external audit experience (preferably in local government) OR any combination of education, experience, and/or certification that will provide the necessary knowledge & skills to be an effective Internal Auditor. Must also have excellent analytical, verbal and written skills.

Preference(s): CIA; strong background in financial analysis and auditing; proficient in MS Office products & in data analysis software (ACL); and familiar with flowcharting software. The job will be open until filled; however, first review of applicants will begin on or about March 15, 2007. Annualized salary; 85K-114K DOQ + benefits.

Résumé, cover letter and salary requirements should be mailed to:

City of Denton
Human Resources Department
601 E. Hickory, Suite A
Denton, TX 76205

For more info, please call 940-349-8340 or visit our website at www.cityofdenton.com.


Michaels Stores, Inc.  (2/13/07)

Creativity. Fun. Inspiration.
YES THAT’S MICHAELS.

At Michaels Stores, Inc., creativity is at the center of everything we do. We’re the world’s largest specialty retailer of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator. Since 1984, we’ve made an art of pursuing a unique purpose – To Inspire Creativity and Fun! Providing crafters of all ages with the fullest range of quality products, we’ve discovered a design for continual growth, one that is inspired from within.

Beginning with just 16 locations, Michaels has expanded to over 920 retail stores that span the whole of North America, from Miami, Florida to Vancouver, British Columbia. With over 40,000 specialty items, the Michaels brand has rapidly become the first choice in crafts and creative supplies. Additional subsidiaries include 166 Aaron Brothers stores, 11 Recollections stores and four Star Wholesale operations to further our scope of product offerings.

In 2006, Michaels went to the next level, with the $6 billion dollar merger with the private investment firms, Bain Capital Partners LLC and The Blackstone Group. Expanding by nearly 50 new stores each year, Michaels sustains an average annual sales and earnings growth of 11.4%, and 22.9%, respectively.

For our dedicated managers and associates, this means unprecedented opportunities for creativity in their own lives and the chance to design a rewarding career unlike any other.

Creating Work/Life Balance

For over 20 years, we have provided tools for creative living for Michaels’ customers. We are equally committed to providing benefits that allow each of our associates to design their personal and professional lives with more choices, including:

Flexible Work Schedules
Competitive Vacation Policy
Medical Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield)
Dental Insurance (CIGNA)
Vision Insurance (EyeMed)
401(k) plan with company match (up to 6% at $0.50 per Dollar)
Flex Spending Accounts
Day Care Facility Discounts
Business Casual Environment/Jeans Fridays
Employee Merchandise Discounts
Employee “Sample Sales”
On-Site Development Training and Classes
On-Site Fitness Center (Weights and Cardio Machines)
On-Site Weight Watchers Meetings
On-Site ATM (Automated Teller Machine)
On-Site Cafeteria

To apply for these and other current open positions, please visit www.michaels.com/jobs


COMPLIANCE SPECIALIST
Job Overview:

The Compliance Specialist position will perform efforts required to sustain Sarbanes-Oxley 302 / 404 quarterly & annual requirements, participate in the design and implementation of identified control improvements and ongoing process improvement throughout the organization while ensuring applicable internal controls remain intact.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • A) SOX 404:
    1. Participate in annual risk assessment and control walkthrough process
    2. Perform tests of internal controls over financial reporting in accordance with professional audit standards (PCAOB AS2)
    3. Review and assessment of SAS 70 documents from required external vendors
  • B) SOX 302:
    1. Administer intranet survey tool
    2. Assist management with researching survey responses for appropriate conclusions related to financial reporting
      1. Participate on project teams and assess process change requests for determination of impacts to internal controls over financial reporting.
      2. Develop new internal controls / retire unnecessary controls as needed.
  • Administer Oracle Internal Control Manager Risk Library for updates to internal controls over financial reporting.
  • Prepare status reports and facilitate delivery of requests to Internal and External Audit.
Job Requirements:
  • 1-3 years applicable experience in Accounting / Audit.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills Strong analytical, accounting and problem solving skills
  • Flexible to changing goals and direction
  • Customer Service orientation

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science (or Business Admin)
  • Accounting (4-year degree) or equivalent (i.e. 30 hours in Accounting)
  • Automated financial accounting systems; Prefer Oracle Financials, Retek
  • Strong Excel skills with basic knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
  • CIA or CPA a big plus

SR. TECHNICAL ACCOUNTANT – SEC REPORTING

Basic Function/Job Overview:

Creation of internal and external financial reporting, including supporting documentation, while maintaining compliance with internal accounting controls, established policies, and accounting and reporting requirements. Implement monthly reporting to management on emerging technical accounting and SEC reporting requirements. Assist in representing the accounting department on cross functional projects and initiatives.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Create internal and external financial reports. Obtain and maintain supporting documentation for such reports. (30%)
  • Develop, implement, and maintain a monthly reporting process to management on emerging technical accounting and SEC reporting requirements, and their anticipated impact on the company. (30%)
  • Assist in representing the accounting department on cross functional projects and initiatives, including preparation and/or review of technical position papers and related research activities. (25%)
  • Play a back-up role in maintaining Essbase and Hyperion reporting tools, including updating structural outline & refresh data per a pre-determined schedule, creating and maintaining Hyperion reports, & coordinating issue resolution in a timely manner (as needed). Assist other Essbase users with data retrieval questions. (10%)
  • Interact with external auditors during quarterly reviews and year-end audits, as needed. (5%)
  • Prepare and complete special projects, as needed.

Job Requirements:

  • SEC reporting experience and knowledge of SEC reporting requirements.
  • Strong analytical and accounting (GAAP) skills.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel & PowerPoint. Oracle, Access & Essbase experience a plus.
  • Good oral and written communication skills. • Ability to work independently and in a group environment.
  • Willing to work overtime when necessary.

Educational Requirements:

  • 4 year accounting degree.
  • CPA or CPA candidate highly preferred.
  • 3-5 years of general accounting experience (retail experience a plus).


McAfee, Inc.  (2/9/07)

Senior Auditor, McAfee, Inc.
Plano, Texas

For immediate consideration in this role, please send your resume in a Word format to Judi Keene at Judi_Keene@McAfee.com. Reference Code: B863774

Description of Function and Responsibilities:

This Senior Auditor position will help the McAfee Global Audit Services Group bring value-added services to McAfee management in the form of recommendations for improved control and enhanced business efficiency.

Qualified candidates should bring a broad perspective, financial reporting skills, risk analysis experience, and quantitative / analytical techniques to understand McAfee’s financial and operational processes / systems as a whole.

Responsibilities include:

  • Financial, operational, and compliance audits
  • Investigations
  • Business process improvement projects
  • Preparation of workpapers and audit reports

Travel up to 30% (Domestic and International).

Experience Required:

  • 6 to 8 years audit experience (preferably in the technology sector)
  • Strong GAAP knowledge and financial experience (software revenue recognition a plus)
  • Knowledge of and past experience with CAATs a plus
  • Ability to quickly identify process issues and help develop solutions
  • Ability to communicate / present ideas in a clear, concise manner to a variety of audiences and level of management

Qualifications/Education:

  • BA/BS in Accounting or Business
  • CPA, CIA, CFE, CISA and/or MBA preferred

Essilor of America, Inc.  (2/9/07)

Essilor of America, Inc. (Essilor), is the leading manufacturer and wholesaler of prescription lenses in the United States. Through its subsidiary, Essilor Laboratories of America, Inc., (Essilor Laboratories), Essilor owns the largest and most comprehensive optical laboratory network in the United States. Essilor of America, Inc. (Essilor) is a subsidiary of Paris-based Essilor International, S.A., a publicly held company traded on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (Reuters: ESSI.PA).

Three key factors – research, product innovation and service to the eye-care professional – distinguish Essilor from its competitors and characterize Essilor as the world leader in ophthalmic optics. Essilor is committed to the research and development of innovative products, and the company continues to set new standards within the industry. Essilor International is the Official Worldwide Supplier of Ophthalmic Lenses to Special Olympics-Lions Club International Opening Eyes Program.

We currently have a Internal Auditor career opportunity at our Dallas, TX location.

PURPOSE:

Perform internal audit and consulting engagements within a $1.0B foreign-owned manufacturer and distributor of eyeglass lenses. The successful candidate will have strong technical knowledge of accounting and auditing as well as experience in creating audit programs and performing internal audit engagements independently. Demonstrated ability to develop testing criteria based on audit objective; to consider business impact in the evaluation of test results; formulate practical recommendations is required. Must be able to work independently and handle multiple projects simultaneously.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Lead or assist in audit and consulting engagements individually or as part of a team. Create and/or execute audit programs and tests to address specific engagements and situations. Develop or assist in the development of solutions, with operations personnel, to address internal control and operating deficiencies. Communicate audit findings and prepare audit reports. Perform special projects as needed. Perform administrative duties as required.

REQUIREMENTS:

One to seven years internal audit or public accounting and related experience required depending upon level Working knowledge of manufacturing and distribution operations. Demonstrated understanding of internal controls and operational procedures in a growing, dynamic organization. Comfortable in an integrated audit environment, incorporating financial, operational and IS procedures. Ability to quickly develop conclusions from vast but incomplete data. Knowledge of financial due diligence procedures relative to acquisitions of small companies. Knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley or control self-assessment procedures, familiarity with International Accounting Standards, foreign company exposure and international auditing experience are pluses.

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:

BA in Accounting or Finance. Proficiency in MS Office suite of applications. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Willingness to travel up to 50%. Professional certification (CPA, CIA, CMA) or MBA are pluses. Knowledge of Oracle, MS Access and Monarch are desirable. Conversational ability in Spanish within a business setting is also a plus.

If you are interested in applying for this position please visit our website: http://www.prohire.com/candidates/default.cfm?szWID=10099&szCID=45447 or www.essilorusa.com.

As the worldwide leader in the ophthalmic industry, we are dedicated to growing our business and enhancing our customers’ quality of life.


Reddyice  (2/6/07)


Who we are:

Reddyice® has a nationwide presence, three times larger than our nearest competitor, servicing approximately 82,000 customer locations in 31 states and the District of Columbia. To accomplish this, our 58 manufacturing facilities are capable of producing approximately 17 thousand tons of ice daily. In addition to our manufacturing facilities we have a network of 52 distribution centers, which together distribute through all significant channels to supermarkets, convenience stores, club and mass merchandisers, drug outlets, restaurants, special entertainment events, commercial users and the agricultural sector. Reddyice® also owns and operates 5 cold storage warehouses and 1 bottled water plant.

Internal Auditor


Location: Dallas, TX Job Type: Staff
Base Pay: 50K-65K + bonus Req’d Education: Accounting Degree + CPA
Employee Type: Full Time Employee Req’d Experience: See below
Industry: Food Manufacturing Manages Others: No

Contact Information: Richard Godfrey
Email: rgodfrey@reddyice.com

SUMMARY
Plans and performs financial, operational and compliance audits as well as SOX testing and documentation.

Description: (Not necessarily in order of importance)

  • Plan and perform financial, operational, and compliance audits on-site.
  • Draft audit reports to communicate findings to area and corporate management.
  • Assess risks and determine the effectiveness of internal controls and the potential internal control deficiencies.
  • Examine records to determine if transactions are properly recorded and authorized.
  • Ensure that corporate policies and procedures are followed.
  • Assist in the development of risk based audit plan.
  • Assist in the SOX documentation and internal control testing process.
  • Performs due diligence on potential acquisitions.
  • Perform other special projects as assigned.

Requirements:

  • BBA/BS in accounting or auditing
  • CPA/candidate and/or CIA required
  • CFE and CISA a plus
  • Strong Business analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong computer skills including Excel, Word and Outlook
  • Willingness to travel (50% min, all domestic)
  • Ability to communicate at all levels of the organization
  • Excellent writing skills
  • 2-5 years of internal audit experience preferred

American Physician Services Group, Inc.  (2/6/07)

DIRECTOR-INTERNAL CONTROLS & SPECIAL PROJECTS – AUSTIN, TX

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Founded in 1974, American Physician Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMPH) through its subsidiaries provides financial services that include brokerage and asset management services to individuals and institutions (APS Financial Corporation) and insurance services that consist of management services for a malpractice insurance company (APS Insurance Services).

APS Insurance Services, through its wholly owned subsidiary APMC Insurance Services, Inc. (APMC) provides management, agency, underwriting, claims handling, and administrative services to American Physicians Insurance Exchange (“APIE”), a reciprocal insurance exchange.

APS Financial Services, Inc. division provides investment and investment advisory services to institutions and individuals throughout the United States through the following subsidiaries:

  • APS Financial is a fully licensed broker-dealer that provides brokerage and investment services primarily to institutional and high net worth individual clients. In addition, it also provides portfolio accounting, analysis and other services to insurance companies, banks and public funds
  • Asset Management manages fixed income and equity assets for institutional and individual clients on a fee basis

POSITION DESCRIPTION

With initial Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) compliance required for the December 31, 2005 year-end, the APS Group has engaged a Sarbanes-Oxley (Internal Audit) Consulting Firm and is currently hiring a newly created position, Director of Internal Audit & Special Projects (“DIA”). The DIA will assist the Board of Directors and the CFO with all aspects of accounting procedures and controls.

Reporting to the Chairman of the Audit Committee, and working closely with other C-Level Management, the DIA will serve as Internal Project Manager for the Sarbanes-Oxley Initiative. Specific roles and responsibilities related to Sarbanes-Oxley 404 will be:

  • Coordinate all activities related to the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002
  • Facilitate the Section 404 process:
    • Ensure milestones and deadlines are met for Section 404 compliance by working closely with outside SOX consulting firm
    • Serve as a liaison with External Auditors regarding SOX compliance
    • Review Company documentation and note gaps in controls
    • Organize the testing process and test key processes and controls as deemed appropriate
    • Project Manage (“Quarterback”) the remediation process by modifying key controls as necessary
    • Coordinate and efficiently manage documentation, testing and remediation on an on-going basis
  • Develop and present findings to the Audit Committee regarding Sarbanes-Oxley compliance

In addition, to the leading the SOX initiative, this person will lead the internal audit function for the Company. Audit results will reflect value-added recommendations, process improvements, strengthened internal controls, compliance with Company policies and procedures, and assessments/evaluations of business objectives and results. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Lead the internal audit function with the objective of strengthening the control environment and safeguarding the Company's assets
  • Implement an audit plan that ensures sufficiency of controls and promotes compliance with the Company's code of ethics and applicable laws and regulations
  • Develop and present to the Audit Committee an annual internal audit plan and budget and periodically monitor the effectiveness of results
  • Plan and conduct operational and financial audits for select business units, subsidiaries and other affiliates
  • Draft audit reports, identify and gather support for issues and recommend solutions
  • Communicate audit results to the audit committee, corporate management and other relevant parties
  • Coordinate with external auditors regarding quarterly and annual external audits and requirements to complete such audits o Establish and maintain strong relationships with internal and external constituents
  • Conduct training and maintain manuals, internal control questionnaires, and other related documentation
  • Oversee the compliance function for the Company

Qualifications

American Physicians Services Group is looking for a hands-on person with recent INSURANCE EXPERIENCE to step in and take full charge immediately of all SOX 404 requirements, develop a comprehensive internal audit program and assist with other special projects.

The successful candidate will possess the following credentials/qualifications:

  • Education
    • Bachelors Degree in Accounting or Finance
    • CPA is a plus
    • Insurance Designation a Plus
    • CIA or CFE a Plus
  • Experience
    • Superior business acumen with a minimum of 7-10 years total experience
    • Insurance industry experience, preferably property & casualty (med mal), is required
    • Experience with Broker-Dealer and Asset Management Services is Preferred
    • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), COSO, COBIT and familiarity with IT auditing skills and concepts
    • TDI Experience – Working knowledge of Texas Department of Insurance rules and regulations is a plus
    • Big 4 CPA preferred or related business experience is preferred
    • Public Company/SEC Experience preferred
    • Sarbanes-Oxley Experience with compliance issues is a real plus
    • Strong financial and analytical skills
  • Technology
    • Experience with system implementations and related controls a plus.
    • Microsoft products required, including strong user skills in Excel.
  • Leadership
    • Ability to demonstrate proficiency in project management
    • Strong business management skills with the ability to balance business needs with solid financial control.
    • Hands-on, self-motivated team player, who can wear many hats and is a lateral thinker, who can grow with the organization and is a leader and a manager, willing to get into the detail
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and proven interpersonal and organizational skills
    • Strong work-ethic and willingness to work long hours as needed

COMPENSATION

Working with Senior Management in this highly visible role, compensation for this position consists of:

BASE SALARY: commensurate with experience BONUS: based on company and individual performance
BENEFITS comprehensive package including:
401K with a Company match
Insurance - Company Subsidized PPO, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Disability
Vacation – Two (2) Weeks of Vacation initially, then sliding scale based on years of experience
CPA Expenses - Reimbursement of All Necessary and Approved CPA and CPE Expenses
Dress - Business Casual/Appropriate Dress Every Day

Interested parties should submit a resume with cover letter to careers@apmc.us


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.


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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