The Dallas Chapter - April eNews

April 2008

The President’s Letter

Greetings!

Spring is in the air and I want you all to know that I tried to get our April meeting moved to the shores of White Rock.  The Officers reminded me that an April day could be sunny and 70 or stormy and windy, and really there is no way to predict it. They are right - so I will plan to see you all at Cityplace on April 3rd to discuss the latest in internal audit trends from Scott Graham and Russ Collins from Protiviti, Scott Fargason, a Professor at Louisiana State University, and Steve McLaurin with Solomon Edwards Group.  We will be insulated from whatever the weather decides to provide for the day and will have a great opportunity to network with our colleagues and deepen our knowledge of the profession.

At this meeting we will honor the newest CIA’s in the Chapter! If you do not already have your CIA certification, make 2008 the year you step up to the challenge – there is no better way to show your commitment to the profession!  The computer-based testing will start in May with no testing-window constraints. This means that certification candidates will be able to take full advantage of computer-based testing anytime throughout the year.

Also at this meeting, we will honor the 100+ volunteers who have worked behind the scenes all year to make each Chapter event a success.  One of these volunteers will receive the “Volunteer of the Year” award! If you are not currently volunteering, I encourage you to seek out one of the Officers to discuss your interests and they will find a place for you to serve. We have a great Chapter and our strength is in the volunteers.  Check out this month’s Insight magazine for an article highlighting your Chapter!

If you attended the March meeting you were one of the first to hear about an exciting event we have been planning for May. We will join the Fort Worth Chapter on May 14th at the Ballpark in Arlington for a day of continuing education and baseball!  Clear your calendar for the day as the game starts at 1pm. Check the Chapter homepage regularly and the registration link will be up soon! Congratulations to each new CIA and many thanks to each volunteer who helped to make 2008 a great year for the Chapter!  I look forward to seeing you all at the April meeting!

Sincerely,

Melinda Lokey /b>
2007-2008 President - Dallas Chapter IIA

Next Meeting - Thursday, April 3, 2008
Cityplace Conference Center

Trends in Internal Auditing

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

Leading Internal Audit Trends and Practices
from Around the World

Scott Graham and Russ Collins, Protiviti

There is little doubt that the Internal Audit Profession has seen some of the most significant and sweeping changes over the last 6 to 7 years than at any time in the Profession’s history.  Because of the dynamics taking place world-wide, Internal Audit has had to adapt to new risks, more threats and faster change, all the while increasing the value addition to their organizations.  How do they do it?  In this presentation, Scott Graham and Russ Collins, Managing Directors at Protiviti, one of the world’s largest independent risk consulting and internal audit firms, will discuss leading trends and techniques employed by Internal Audit departments from around the world in order to answer the question, “How is the Internal Audit Activity aligning with today’s realities?”

Scott Graham, CPA, CIA is a founding Managing Director of Protiviti and leads the Dallas office internal audit and governance practice.  Prior to joining Protiviti, he spent seventeen years with Andersen serving as a partner for clients in two offices – Salt Lake City, Utah and San Jose, California. Scott has focused his career efforts on helping clients manage risk through an effective internal audit function, and has led a significant number of complex Sarbanes-Oxley engagements.  He has expertise in process improvement and mitigation of critical risks through effective business processes.  He has supervised and/or performed audit work for clients in over 20 countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Scott holds a degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.  He serves as an Executive Director and Treasurer at The Samaritan Inn, the largest homeless shelter in Collin County.  He is active in his church and enjoys his home life with his wife, Wendee, and their six children.

Russ Collins, CPA is a Managing Director in the Dallas office of Protiviti.  He has approximately twenty years experience serving clients as an external and internal auditor, including 5 years as a partner at two global accounting firms.

At Protiviti, Russ has provided services in internal audit out-sourcing and co-sourcing, Sarbanes-Oxley readiness and compliance, finance transformation, and assistance to companies with financial reporting matters. Russ focuses primarily on retail and consumer product industries.

Russ holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Baylor University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He also holds an accreditation in Internal Audit Quality Assessment Validation which allows him to conduct Quality Assurance Reviews as required by the Institute of Internal Auditors Professional Standards.  He has been involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations. Russ enjoys spending time with his wife, Julie, and their three children (Kylie, Grant & Grace).

1 Hour Continuing Education


Pre-Meeting 10:30am - 11:30am

Evolution of Audit Technology
Steve McLaurin, Solomon Edwards Group LLC

How do we best use technology to drive our audits?  Technology is inherent in the way we execute our audits today, ranging from the simple use of software to document audit procedures and workflows to drive the review.  CAAT’s have played a critical tool to increase the breadth and depth to which an auditor can analyze large and complex sets of data and draw conclusions.  Embedded in today’s ERP systems are thousands of controls that can be enabled to drive preventative controls.  Understanding the stacked layers of technology including applications, databases, network and operation systems presents a broader need to understand and use technology to audit effectively and efficiently.  But what is next, where is the future headed?  Some say that history is the best teacher.

Steve McLaurin, CISA, is the Managing Director at SolomonEdwardsGroup (SEG) for the Dallas/Fort Worth market.  Steve has been with SEG since March of 2006, when joined SEG to open the DFW office. Steve, who is a former PricewaterhouseCoopers partner and IBM executive, has over 19 years experience working with both CFOs and CIOs from middle market to Fortune 100 companies.  Steve’s areas of expertise include: financial accounting, auditing, information technology risk management, Sarbanes-Oxley, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and financial reporting system implementations./p>

Steve began his public accounting career with Coopers & Lybrand, after two years as a systems analyst with General Dynamics. He became a partner in the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) assurance practice where he focused on auditing and information technology risk management. Steve transferred to the PwC Consulting practice and, following IBM’s purchase of the PwC Consulting, he became an executive with the IBM BCS Financial Management practice.

Steve has been recognized for his accomplishment by The Business Press in its "40 Under 40" listing, and by Texas Business as one of its "Lone Stars." He is also a member of Leadership Fort Worth. Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Evangel University, where he also served as a Professor of Accounting Information Systems. In 2001, he was recognized as “Outstanding Young Alumnus” by Evangel University.

1 Hour Continuing Education


Post-Meeting 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Legal Trends and Issues Facing the Internal Audit Profession
Scott Fargason, Professor, Louisiana State University

Concerned with legal issues affecting Internal Auditors?  Ever had to audit the Legal Department and not known where to start?  Then, this session is for you!  Scott Fargason will discuss how to audit legal counsel, including methods for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the legal department.  This presentation will also address how to audit intellectual property, and some of the steps that should be included within the audit program.  Additionally, there will be some discussion on how to protect audit workpapers, and on current cases involving audit committees and internal auditors.

James S. (Scott) Fargason is on faculty at Louisiana State University, where he holds the Lee D. & Cynthia C. Bloch Distinguished Professorship.

Over the years, he has taught a variety of subjects including financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, fraud auditing, and cost accounting. Fargason has published works in the areas of auditing and accounting.  Fargason has worked for a variety of organizations including Deloitte, LWCC, Brunswick, General Motors, Chase, IBM, and The Federal Reserve Bank. He has conducted audit and/or legal related services in California, New York, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Ohio, & Arizona. He has lectured in Asia, Europe, North America, and Latin America to various professionals in fields of law and auditing.

1 Hour Continuing Education/p>


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


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

                            CityPlace Conference Center

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

Preferred Method:

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

Contact:

Jeri Baker

jeri.baker@tatumllc.com

Meeting / Luncheon Fees:

Dallas IIA Members: $35
Non-Members: $45
Students: $25
Walk-ins/late registrations (members or non): $45

Reservations and cancellations must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 28, 2008.

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

We Now Accept Credit Cards - Online Only

We accept most major Credit Cards

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

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

Chapter News

SAVE THE DATE:

The May Dallas IIA Meeting will be held on WEDNESDAY, May 14, at the
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington!  More details to follow!

Chapter Nominations for Officers and Board of Governors

Chapter nominations for officers and board of governors have been announced and elections will be held at the April monthly meeting.

The nominees for Chapter Officers for 2008 to 2009 are:

Jay Blanchard (CPA) for President: Jay is Audit Manager for Texas Instruments. Jay currently serves as the 1st Vice President and has responsibility for the programs, seminars, facility arrangements, and certificates of education. He previously served as 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Tom Keils (CPA) for 1st Vice President: Tom is the Director of Internal Audit at Builders FirstSource. Tom currently serves as the 2nd Vice President and has responsibility for academic relations, research project, community service project, and certifications. He previously served as Treasurer and Secretary.

Marc Winandy (CIA, CPA) for 2nd Vice President: Marc is Audit Manager for McKesson Corporation. Marc currently serves as Vice President/Treasurer and has responsibility for financial statements, registration, socials, name badges, and employment committee. He previously co-chaired the programs committee and served several years on various other committees.

Abe Paul (CPA) for Vice President/Treasurer: Abe is Director at Tatum. Abe currently serves as Vice President/Secretary and has responsibility for membership, the website, communications, directory, and advertising. He previously co-chaired the programs committee and served several years on various other committees.

Holly Villanueva (CISA) for Vice President/Secretary: Holly is Audit Manager at JCPenney. Holly currently serves as the co-chair for the programs committee and has been instrumental in organizing and planning the chapter’s monthly meetings. She previously co-chaired the academic relations committee.

The nominees for the Board of Governors with terms from June 2008 through May 2011 are:

Corinne Bryan (CIA, CPA, CBA): Corinne is Internal Audit Director of Chase Paymentech Solutions. Corinne is a current member of the board, the district advisor for the southern region, chair of the chapter support sub-committee of CRCNA and responsible for the CAP (Chapter Achievement Program) reporting to the IIA. She previous served as district representative and president of the chapter.

Chris Desjardins (CPA): Chris is Director, Audit and Consulting Services at Essilor of America. Chris has been a member of the IIA for over 20 years and was instrumental in organizing the CAE roundtable for small audit shops.

Randy Earley (CIA, CISA): Randy is Vice President of Internal Audit at Idearc Media Inc. Randy has been a member of the IIA for over 20 years and is actively involved in several CAE roundtables. He previously chaired the newsletter committee.

John Morgan (CIA): John is a Partner with Deloitte & Touche. John has served in internal audit leadership roles for most of his career. He has been a volunteer on IIA international committees and previously served on the Board of Governors of the Raleigh North Carolina Chapter.

David Shackelford (CIA, CISA): David is Director of Internal Audit at Fossil, Inc. David is a current member of the board, a member of the IIA professional issues committee, and chair of the chapter’s designated funds committee. He previous served as the co-chair for the speakers committee for the SMART Conference.

Vickie Tesmer (CPA): Vickie is Director, Audit and Consulting Services with American Heart Association. Vickie has been a member of the chapter for 5 years. She currently serves on the board and is the audit committee chair of a local credit union.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering for the Dallas Chapter, please contact Pamela Krakosky at pkrakosky@verizon.net.


IIA Research Foundation

The IIA Research Foundation has on its website a place where downloadable research reports are available.  The download is free but they do request a tax-deductible contribution to The IIA Research Foundation. 

The link is:  http://www.theiia.org/research/research%2Dreports/chronological%2Dlisting%2Dresearch%2Dreports/downloadable%2Dresearch%2Dreports/.


Certification News - New Certifications

Mark your Calendars
Ceremony for Those Passing November 2007 Exam – APRIL 3!

A ceremony to honor the Dallas Chapter members who passed the November 2007 certification exams is scheduled to be held at the April 3, 2008 Dallas Chapter meeting. If you passed the November exam, you will receive an e-mail soon with further instructions. If you cannot attend the meeting, or have questions, please contact Toni Messer at tmesser@utdallas.edu or 972-883-2693 for assistance.

CIA Review Course

The next Dallas Chapter CIA Review course will presented by Dr. Glen Sumners, will be held at UTD on September 4-7, 2008.  The cost will be $150 per part for members and $175 for nonmembers.  Registration will be available soon at Dallas Chapter website.

Why Become Certified?

Did you know that results from The IIA’s 2006 job market survey showed that CIAs make an average of 12 percent more than non-certified internal auditors?  And, according to Robert Half International’s 2007 Salary Guide, employers are seeking candidates with designations such as the CIA. With today’s competitive job market, candidates need to have more than just experience. Certification gives you the professional advantage.

Certification enables you to do your job more effectively as you are able to access information, resources, and the most valuable tools in internal auditing. When communicating the value of certification to your internal audit community, share some of the benefits reported by those with an IIA certification, including:

  • Broader range of job opportunities
  • Commitment to the profession
  • Greater earning potential
  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Professional prestige or status, and
  • Validation of knowledge.
What Are the Requirements for Becoming a CIA?
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Character references.
  • Agree to abide by The IIA’s Coe of Ethics.
  • 24 months of internal audit experience (or a master’s degree or work in a related field can be substituted for 12 months of experience).
  • You can sit for the exam before completing the requirements.
What Are the Requirements for the CFSA, CGAP, or CCSA?

These certifications have the same requirements, but may have additional as outlined at www.theiia.org/certification/specialty-certifications.

How Do I Register for the Exams?

See the “Six Steps to Certification” at http://www.theiia.org/certification/why-become-certified/six-steps/.

Computer-based Testing

The IIA is transitioning its certification programs to computer-based testing (CBT) beginning May 5, 2008. Registration will begin April 1, 2008. Check their Website for more details on the registration process. For more information on the transition to CBT, follow this link: http://www.theiia.org/certification/computer-based-testing/.


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 March 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 April 15, 2008.

Seminars

Dallas IIA – Almost Free Seminar
Full-Day Business Ethics, Fraud & Critical Thinking
Skills Workshops for the Auditing Profession!!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Cityplace, Dallas, TX
Cost:  $50 for 8 Credit Hours

Presenter: Patrick J. Kuhse
International Speaker, Trainer & Writer

The objective of this interactive program is to give the auditing practitioner audience a better understanding of why good people do bad things.

We’ll discuss what goes on in someone’s mind that allows them to think they can go undetected while committing a fraudulent act.

Patrick will share insights from his own experiences as well as the myriad of interviews he conducted with his fellow inmates who were convicted of fraud.

What he found was a common set of thinking errors and patterns that each of us can be susceptible to on a regular basis.

You’ll learn what fraud perpetrators know - that you don’t, why they do it, how they do it, why they don’t think you will catch them, and the things you should know about perpetrators of fraud that will make you a more effective auditor.

Patrick also examines the common ethical dilemmas that auditing practitioners face in today’s workplace.

The full-day ethics and fraud workshops also include a talk and discussion on the consequences of unethical and illegal behavior.

Patrick Kuhse will share his life story of prominence as a stockbroker, his involvement in a bribery scheme with the Oklahoma State Treasurer’s Office, his subsequent flight and life as an international fugitive, eventual self-surrender and incarceration in both a foreign jail and US Federal Prisons.

He will conclude with a proven ethical decision-making tool that guarantees one will do the right thing.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone working in the auditing or accounting sector including management.

Why You Should Attend?

The end objective of this workshop is to give the participants a deeper understanding of ethical dilemmas and fraud in the workplace and why good people do bad things.

The goals are to be able to identify these dilemmas, process the options, and make a clearly defined decision as to the right thing to do.

What we’ll cover?

  • We’ll learn to recognize these ethical dilemmas, process the options, and make a clearly defined decision path as to the right thing to do.
  • We’ll discuss what goes on in someone’s mind that allows them to think they can go undetected while committing a fraudulent act.
  • Patrick will share insights from his own experiences as well as the myriad of interviews he conducted with his fellow inmates who were convicted of fraud.
  • What he found was a common set of thinking errors and patterns that each of us can be susceptible to on a regular basis.
  • You’ll learn what fraud perpetrators knew - that you didn’t, why they did it, how they did it, why they didn’t think you would catch them, and the things you should know about perpetrators of fraud that will make you a more effective auditor.
  • He will also examine the common ethical dilemmas that auditing practitioners face in today’s workplace.
  • Including Patrick’s remarks, the program will emphasize “real world” ethical dilemmas and examples from Martha Stewart to Enron.

Patrick J. Kuhse Resume

Patrick was born and raised in Iowa farm country.  In the mid-70’s he attended Arizona State University as a business major; leaving in his third year to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams of success.  The lessons learned on his path to success – one that led him from prominence to prison – are lessons that everyone is vulnerable to and no one needs to experience first-hand.

Patrick’s professional background includes a mix of corporate and entrepreneurial experiences:

  • 1980 to 1987 - Financial Planner and regional manager with two national securities firms. He earned his Certified Financial Planner designation in 1986. 
  • 1987 to 1993 - Co-owner and Financial Principal of a San Diego securities firm where he maintained a personal client base as well as providing financial products for independent brokers nationwide.
  • 1993 - While one of his professional activities was under investigation by the FBI, he relocated his family to Costa Rica. Shortly thereafter, 32 federal indictments were filed against him.
  • 1997 - After living in Central America as an international fugitive for nearly 4 years, Patrick self-surrendered to the American Embassy in Costa Rica and was immediately incarcerated in the infamous prison – San Sebastian. He was subsequently returned to the US where he was convicted of numerous federal felony counts involving money laundering, bribing a public official and conspiracy.
  • 2001 - Patrick was released from incarceration after serving four years in foreign and federal prisons.
  • To fulfill his community service obligation, he began giving talks on business ethics to various groups.
  • He recognized a strong national interest in personal and business ethics and the causes of white-collar crime. Utilizing his own personal experiences and observations, he’s able to share with his audiences unique insights into the causes and effects of unethical behavior.
  • Since 2001, he has given nearly 1,000 presentations and workshops both nationwide and internationally on business ethics and critical thinking skills in leadership. His clients include such diverse groups as major universities including Harvard, Stanford, MIT and UCLA, businesses including Boeing, Sempra Energy, National City Bank and MetLife, civic groups, international professional associations and law enforcement agencies.
  • BA Western Illinois University
  • Ethics Fellow – Poe Center for Business Ethics – University of Florida
  • Ethics Fellow – Sawyer School of Management – Suffolk University – Boston

www.speakingofethics.com
Patrick@speakingofethics.com


Dallas ACFE Seminar ~ May 9, 2008 ~ Cityplace

Career Opportunities

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

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


Stanton Chase International  (3/17/08)

Stanton Chase International

Manager, Financial Audit

Dallas, Texas Location
Excellent compensation package

Dallas-based, rapid growth public energy company is seeking a Manager of Financial Audit.

The company is led by an impressive team with track record for success and delivering outstanding shareholder value.  They are continuing an aggressive acquisition path.   Therefore our client is seeking to expand its accounting and finance infrastructure to support continued growth and build a “best in class” internal audit function.  This is an outstanding and high-visibility opportunity for a high-performer in internal audit to join a top pedigree organization and to gain broad exposure into all aspects of the company.  Experience in O&G/E&P is preferred, but other related fields will also be considered (i.e., mining, minerals) with highly acquisitive companies and complex business structures -- a rare port-of-entry into high-opportunity Oil & Gas sector.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • CPA
  • 7-10 years of experience designing and leading audits
  • Career foundation in Big Four public accounting and/or public company Internal Audit
  • Oil & Gas E&P industry experience preferred, but will consider related industries (i.e., mining/minerals) with complex business structures that are highly acquisitive
  • Mastery of financial and SEC reporting
  • Must thrive in explosive growth environment

Qualified candidates should email resume to: Stanton Chase International - MgrIntAud.stanton@hiredesk.net


Texas Mutual  (3/12/08)

Texas Mutual

Position Senior Auditor Finance and Operations
Location Austin, Texas
Pay Range Low to mid 70s, commensurate with skills and experience

Summary

  • Performs complex Financial and Operational integrated audits, Control Self-Assessments (CSAs), consultations and special projects under the broad direction of the Senior Audit Manager.
  • Ensures that auditing standards are followed and that working papers are accurately documented to support conclusions.
  • Drafts audit reports and communicates with auditees and Internal Audit management staff related to the progress and status of audits, CSAs, consultations and special projects.
  • Requires frequent contact with company employees, company management staff, third party vendors and external auditors.  Interactions often require negotiation skills.
  • This is a non-supervisory position; however, employee might occasionally supervise the work of other auditors.
  • Identifies internal control strengths and weaknesses, opportunities for operational efficiency and effectiveness, and organizational process improvements;
  • Performs other duties as detailed in job description.

Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Management, Business Administration, or related field, plus five years auditing experience is required.
  • Knowledge of insurance industry and workers' compensation insurance is desired.
  • One of the following designations is desired:  Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)./EEO

Please send resumes to jobs@texasmutual.com

For more information, please visit our website at www.texasmutual.com


Regency Energy Partners  (3/6/08)

Regency Energy Partners

Internal Auditor III

Regency Energy Partners is a Dallas based growth-oriented public limited partnership engaged in the gathering, processing, contract compression, marketing and transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids.  Regency provides these services through systems located in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and the mid-continent region of the United States, which includes Kansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado.

Internal Audit Description: Provides objective evaluation and advisory services designed to add value and assist all levels of management in achieving Regency’s objectives by striving to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the business processes and relate internal controls designed, implemented and operated by management.  The internal audit position will be responsible for providing internal audit services including:

  • gathering information and documenting processes, risks and related internal controls,
  • assessing the design internal controls,
  • preparing an audit approach to assess the effectiveness of internal controls,
  • executing the audit approach to assess the function of internal controls,
  • documenting the procedures performed and resulting findings,
  • assisting management in developing remediation plans, and
  • assisting with reporting of internal audit results.

Position Requirements: To be considered the candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or similar area plus a minimum four years auditing experience and be willing to travel.  Also, a CPA or CIA certification and internal audit experience with a Mid-Stream gas or related energy industry experience is desirable.

Please e-mail resumes to: mary.matice@regencygas.com.


Resources Global Professionals  (3/6/08)

Resouces Global Professionals

Position Specification
Director of Client Service – Accounting/Finance
Dallas, Texas

The Company

Resources Global Professionals is an international professional services firm that provides finance and accounting, human resources, information management, internal audit, supply chain management, and legal services on a project basis.  Resources was founded as a division of one of the Big Four professional service firms in 1996, and is now an independent, publicly traded company (RECN).  In addition to its project professional services, Resources Global Professionals has established itself as a leading business services provider for companies seeking independent and cost effective assistance for meeting or complying with many of the complex business and regulatory issues in today's marketplace.

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Resources Global Professionals operates from over 80 offices worldwide.  The U.S. client portfolio boasts 81 of the Fortune 100 companies.  Resources was named to Forbes 200 Best Small Companies list in 2006 for the fifth consecutive year.  Resources has also been ranked #3 on Forbes’ The Best Mid-Cap Stocks, #21 on BusinessWeek's Hot Growth Companies, and #61 on Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies lists.

The Position

The Director of Client Service - Accounting/Finance has primary responsibility for the development of new business; the management of existing clients, engagements and Associates; and participates in recruiting of Associates.  This is a unique opportunity to leverage your existing technical skills, tap into your creativity, and satisfy that entrepreneurial drive.

Responsibilities
  • Continually develop new business by identifying target clients, networking, meeting with target clients, and selling all Resources’ service lines.
  • Cultivate and expand existing business relationships through frequent communication and regular client visits.
  • Sell projects to new and existing clients, clarifying the scope of projects with clients, identifying business solutions, presenting qualified Associates to the client, and negotiating billing arrangements.
  • Represent Resources in appropriate professional and community organizations.
  • Identify future project needs of clients and ensuring clients’ expectations are met.
  • Minimize Associates “unassigned time” by managing Associate roll off dates and communicating regularly with Associates regarding additional client needs and/or other appropriate engagements in the pipelines.
  • Assist in the recruitment of Associates, conduct interviews and assess skill set and competencies of candidates, negotiate Associates’ compensation.
  • Ensure approved business contracts are executed by taking responsibility for the completion of all engagement paperwork, including the timely receipt of signed engagement letters.
  • Support team goals of office by participating in strategy meetings, including discussing candidate and Associate pipeline, marketing strategies, and current challenges.
  • Provide for timely collection of receivables by monitoring payment of client invoices.
  • Maintain strong communications with Associates assigned to client engagements.
Professional Qualifications
  • Minimum Requirements
    • Ten (10) years of experience, including Big Four public accounting/ auditing experience and management level experience in Accounting/Finance and/or Internal Audit.
    • A professional network in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
    • 4-year bachelor degree.
  • CPA strongly preferred.
  • Experience identifying opportunities with clients, networking and generating leads.
  • Demonstrated track record of positive change in all positions held.
Personal Characteristics
  • A high level of enthusiasm for building a business and a personal sense of urgency and capacity to overcome obstacles.
  • Ability to respond effectively and quickly to clients’ needs and issues.
  • Ability to negotiate and communicate complex concepts/business issues verbally and in writing to clients, Associates and management.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities/projects and proven ability to develop business relationships.
Reporting

The Director of Client Service - Accounting/Finance reports to the Managing Director located in Dallas/Fort Worth.

Compensation

Resources Global Professionals offers an attractive compensation and benefits package that includes: competitive base salary, medical/dental, bonus incentive plan, 401(k), employee stock purchase plan, and stock options.  The long-term success of this individual will only be limited by his/her performance.  For this position, we do not offer relocation assistance.

Contact Information

Please indicate DCS-AF-DFW on the subject line.

Email: dallasrecruitingmanager@resources-us.com

Additional Company Information:

For additional information please refer to the Resources Global Professionals website: www.resourcesglobal.com.

The NASDAQ symbol is RECN.

Resources Global Professionals is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Fossil  (2/29/08)

Fossil

Fossil is a design, development and sales company which includes 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 and 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.

Fossil is searching for a Sr. Internal Auditor to join their growing team! This star candidate will assist in performing risks assessments, developing and executing audit programs,  managing audit plan projects, making recommendations and providing 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/or process changes.

Fossil is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Requirements Minimum:

  • Bachelors degree in Accounting/Finance
  • 5 plus years internal audit work experience or including 2-5 years of project management experience developing and implementing audit and risk assessment programs.
  • Additional Preferred Skills:
    • SOX, Section 404 preferred
    • CIA or CISA preferred.
    • Public Accounting experience a plus.
  • Proven track record in building relationships and partnerships with internal teams
  • Minimal local travel

Interested applicants can apply at www.fossil.com or submit resumes directly to kmcconnell@fossil.com.


Omni Hotels  (2/19/08)

No Job Description for a position can possibly include all duties that may be requested by guests or required by the hotel or corporate office. The objective of all positions is to effectively provide the services personally, or to immediately refer requests to the appropriate department manager. The following is a summary of the major responsibilities of the position

Internal Auditor

Job Description

Omni Hotels is seeking an Internal Auditor. This position requires extensive travel. Candidates can be based out of any area of the US with convenient access to any major airport.

Responsibilities include:

  • Examine the effectiveness of all levels of management in their stewardship of company resources and their compliance with established policies and procedures.
  • Recommend improvements in management controls designed to safeguard company resources.
  • Review procedures and records for their adequacy to accomplish intended objectives, and appraise policies and plans relating to the activity or function under audit.
  • Prepare detail reports on the results of audit examination, including recommendations for improvement upon conclusion of the audit.
  • Appraise the adequacy of the action taken by operating management to correct reported deficient conditions.
  • Assist operating management in identifying business strengths and improvement opportunities.
  • Prepare and give oral presentation of findings in an audit wrap-up meeting to the property, area controller and Director of Internal Audit.
  • Be flexible with audit schedule to be able to work around special needs of the property being audited.
  • Conduct special examinations at the request of management, including the reviews of representations made by persons outside the company.

Job Requirements - Qualified candidates will have held the position of Internal Auditor, Assistant Director of Finance or Director of Finance within the hospitality industry. Must have working knowledge of a balance sheet. Must be willing to travel up to 100%. Prefer candidates in the Dallas Metroplex but will consider someone living in close proximity to a major airport in other locations.

Please apply at: https://omnihotels.ats.hrsmart.com/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi?jobid=2861


Texas Capital Bank  (2/19/08)

Texas Capital Bank is a publicly traded commercial bank headquartered in Dallas that delivers highly personalized financial services to Texas-based businesses and private client individuals. The Bank currently has $4.3 billion in assets and has full service locations in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.

Come join the “Best Business Bank in Texas” as the Director of Internal Audit in our Dallas, Texas headquarters.

Director of Internal Audit

Responsible for designing, developing, managing and administering the Bank’s internal audit programs to ensure a high level of operational and financial compliance.

Responsibilities

  • Serves as primary liaison between Audit Committee and any internally outsourced audit provider.
  • Ensures the periodic completion and continuing effectiveness of an internal risk assessment document to guide the scope and relative priorities of all internal audit work.
  • Coordinates the completion of a comprehensive internal audit plan and schedule consistent with the results of the Bank’s internal risk assessment.
  • Assists in the planning of specific audits as required, ensuring that all activities conform to established audit policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Works with Executive Management and managers of various business units to coordinate responses and develop action plans, as necessary, to respond to deficiencies and/or recommendations included with the results of all internal audits.
  • Participates as a key member of all Committees designed to increase awareness of critical control issues.
  • Provides direct reports to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors to ensure the establishment and maintenance of internal controls.
  • Schedules and manages internal compliance audits, directing specific audit assignments as requested.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or Business and a minimum of fifteen years audit or regulatory experience with at least five years in an audit managerial role.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.
  • Strong experience in banking or regulatory compliance with excellent knowledge of consumer and other banking regulations, legal and audit issues.
  • Ability to interact effectively with subordinate staff, executive management, the external audit firm, as well as regulatory agencies.
  • Effective communication (both verbal and written), negotiating and presentation skills.
  • Ability to readily identify needs and requirements, and establish plans and processes to ensure successful results.
  • Proficiency in the use of PC software tools for reports, audits, analysis and presentations.

For immediate consideration, please email resume to: careers@texascapitalbank.com 

For more information, please visit our website: www.texascapitalbank.com 

Texas Capital Bank is an equal opportunity employer.


Credit Union of Texas  (2/25/08)

Credit Union of Texas

The Credit Union of Texas, a $1B credit union with 11 branch locations throughout the Dallas Metroplex has an opening for an Internal Auditor and a Staff Accountant.  Please note that all candidates must be in good credit standing if credit is established.  A credit check will be conducted on all candidates.

Internal Auditor Description/Requirements:
Responsible for performing independent assessments of the effectiveness of controls, accuracy of financial records, and efficiency of operations to ensure adherence to credit union policies, procedures and regulatory guidelines.  The right candidate will be able to develop creative recommendations toward improving program efficiency, as well as effectively communicate audit findings to audit area management.

  • Must possess a firm knowledge and understanding of auditing techniques along with strong analytical and technical abilities.
  • Must have knowledge and ability to apply the Standards for Professional Practice as set forth by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
  • Must have the ability to understand complex processes and create enhancements.
  • Must have strong communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Highly skilled with Microsoft Office and common database applications.
  • Familiarity with Credit Union Regulations is desirable.

To be considered the candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in Accounting or similar area plus 2-3 years of related experience in auditing, preferably with a financial institution.  CIA, CISA, CFSA, CPA or other relevant certification is desirable.

Staff Accountant Description/Requirements:  The Staff Accountant will assist with the development of financial statements, various management reports, analysis, cash forecasting, budgeting, general ledger maintenance and reconciliation, and internal/external audits and examinations.  Their primary responsibility is to perform complex activities associated with the general ledger system including the sub-modules and departmental reporting requirements.

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance from a four-year college or university with 3 years related experience and/or training.

To apply for the above position(s), please forward resumes to:
resumes@cuoftexas.org or fax to 972.301.1930. 
We encourage you to visit our website at:  www.cuoftexas.org.
Please note that we are an equal employment opportunity employer.

 


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