The Dallas Chapter :: August 2005 eNews

August 2005

The President’s Letter

Hello,

We are ready to start another year of events for the Dallas Chapter! Plans for 2005-2006 include:

  • Monthly lunches/meetings from August to November and January to May. Most of the monthly meetings are the first Thursday of the month. Exceptions are the months of November and January. August’s meeting will be held at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Other meetings will be held at Cityplace.
  • Social event in December will be hosted at UTD.
  • Seminars held periodically, including a fraud seminar in the fall and a few other seminars in the spring.
  • Certified Internal Auditor exam review classes and tests will be held in the fall and spring.

We are still considering other activities during the year. For example, we would like to help more effectively address the needs of the Chief Audit Executive (CAE) members. We need a CAE volunteer to organize an event. More to come on this topic.

Look for e-mail reminders of events and/or keep an eye on www.dallasiia.org  for updates.

I want to highlight to you the topic of the August Lunch Meeting: Quality Assessment Reviews. The deadline per the IIA Standards is fast approaching. The Dallas Chapter is considering options to help support the area internal audit departments meet this requirement. A suggestion is that, at a minimum, the Chapter could help develop a database of CAEs or members that would be willing to give time to perform peer reviews for others. Let me know your thoughts on this, or better yet, volunteer to coordinate!

Also, the Dallas Chapter and a Chapter member have won awards recently. Help me to congratulate Mark Salamasick for winning the IIA International Leon R. Radde Educator of the Year Award and the Research Committee for wining a first place award. Read more about these awards in the newsletter. I am looking forward to a great Chapter year and more chances to show everyone how great the Dallas Chapter is!

Sincerely,

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

Next Meeting - Thursday, August 4, 2005
University of Texas at Dallas

Meeting 12:00pm - 1:20pm
Executive Education Dining Room

Registration begins at 11:30pm

Quality Assurance Reviews:
The History, Process,
Alternative Methods, Timelines and Trends
Brian E. Kruk, CIA, CCSA, CGAP, CISA, Director,
Quality Audit Services for the Institute of Internal Auditors in Altamonte Springs, Florida

Brian will discuss the process for performing QAR reviews, discuss the alternatives (IIA, Public Accounting Firms, and peers) for obtaining a QAR, and trends of these activities.

Brian E. Kruk, CIA, CCSA, CGAP, CISA, is the Director of Quality Audit Services for the Institute of Internal Auditors in Altamonte Springs, Florida. In his current position, Brian is responsible for directing the Quality Audit Services (QAS) group at the IIA. In addition to leading the group, Brian’s functions as a QAS Field Representative, a QA team leader, and instructor to promote the furthering of the Institute’s continuing mission of disseminating the new quality assurance concepts and methodologies brought forth in the Professional Practices Framework. To accomplish its mission the QAS group provides three primary services for members: Quality Assessments, Independent Validations of Self Assessments, and Specialized Consulting Services.

Brian joined the Institute in February 2001 as a Field Services Manager after spending over 20 years in the business world. He was promoted to Manager – QAS and then took over the group as Director in January 2005. His career has provided him with a wide range of experiences including 10 years in internal auditing, seven years in management level finance, and six years of executive level management and consulting. He has held a variety of financial and operational positions during his career, including: Senior Vice President of Operations, Chief Financial Officer, Controller and Corporate Auditor. Brian has a diverse background with experience in the oil and gas, mining, hospitality, retail, real estate development, manufacturing, and architectural design industries.


Pre-Meeting 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 1.118

The Professional Practices Framework
Brian E. Kruk, CIA, CCSA, CGAP, CISA, Director, Quality Audit Services for the Institute of Internal Auditors in Altamonte Springs, Florida

Brian will discuss the current Professional Practices Framework-which serves as a basis for assessing an internal audit departments quality processes. All departments claiming to follow the Standards, must have a quality review every five years starting in 2007.


Post-Meeting 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 1.118

Perspectives – A Panel Discussion of QAR experiences
from those who have performed or been through a QAR
Panel discussion led by Jim Brigham, Deloitte & Touche – Risk Management Practice
Panel members TBA

Jim Brigham is a Senior Manager in Deloitte & Touche’s Enterprise Risk Management practice. He brings more than 29 years of internal audit and accounting experience. He currently provides internal control support to three national corporations. He also participates on several Sarbanes-Oxley engagements.

Prior to Deloitte & Touche, Jim was Senior Director of Internal Audit for Dollar General Corporation, a $7 billion retailer headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Jim’s experience includes leading internal audit and loss prevention functions for two international and three national corporations. He has served on the Internal Audit Boards of the National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association. He is a past officer of the Milwaukee and Nashville Chapters of the IIA and is an active member of the Dallas Chapter. His professional certifications include CIA, CPA and CCSA.


UTD School of Management This meeting is being held at University of Texas at Dallas, School of Management. UTD is at 800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080.  The School of Management is at the corner of Drive A and  University Parkway.  A map to and around UTD is at http://www.utdallas.edu/pdf/campusmap.pdf.

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 or e-mail. However, a $2 phone/e-mail fee will be assessed to each reservation.

Contact:

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

Meeting / Luncheon Fees:

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

Reservations must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, July  29, 2005 or a $5 late fee will be charged.

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

We Now Accept Credit Cards - Online Only

We accept most major Credit Cards

The IIA Dallas Chapter, in conjunction with PayPal, will now accept payment online for the monthly luncheons. There is no change in the cost to you for the lunch. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or eCheck. Note that some corporate-issued cards are not accepted by PayPal. This service is only available online at the time the reservation is made. This can be used to pay for individual or group reservations. Follow the instructions on our website. If you properly cancel a reservation before the meeting, the Chapter will either return the funds to you or reserve you for the next meeting. Any questions, contact Jay Blanchard at 972-917-6963 or  jayblanchard@ti.com

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

Chapter News

IIA Research Foundation - UTD Survey of DFW Internal Audit Shops

The UTD-IIA Student Chapter is conducting a survey of all Internal Audit shops in the DFW area. The 15 minute survey addresses issues faced by the Internal Audit field today and how they relate to recent college graduates. The survey includes such topics as staffing, recruiting, continuing education and CIA exam preparation.

In order to achieve the most accurate results, we need to have as many participants as possible. Therefore, the UTD-IIA Student Chapter needs to contact at least one person in each Internal Audit shop in the DFW area.

If you would like to participate in the survey, please contact the survey coordinator, David Gibbs at utd_iia_pres@comcast.net. David will then have a student from UTD’s Endorsed Internal Audit Program contact you.

The results of the survey will be presented at an upcoming Dallas IIA meeting.

THANK YOU to current and future participant volunteers!


Dallas Chapter And Member Win International Awards

Summer is the time when IIA International presents awards to organizations and members. The Dallas Chapter and a Chapter Member were honored with two awards this year:

Mark Salamasick was awarded the IIA International Leon R. Radde Educator of the Year Award. This is a very prestigious award given to one person from across the globe each year. Mark received this recognition for all the dedication and hard work that he has provided to establishing an Endorsed Internal Audit Program at UTD and promoting the Internal Audit profession.

The Dallas Chapter received FIRST PLACE for the Donald E. Ricketts Research Award. Congratulations to Tom Keils, the Research Committee, and Protiviti for their Quality Assessment Review paper. The final paper is at http://www.dallasiia.org/QARR_05.htm. Few Chapters worldwide even attempt a research project because of the work involved. This type of research work in the Dallas Chapter embodies the IIA motto: “Progress through Sharing.”


Endorsed Internal Audit Program at the
University of Texas at Dallas Update
Year Three of Program Starts out with a Bang!

We accomplished a lot in the first two years of the program, but we have a lot more to do. After a refreshing summer at the International Conference in Chicago and a new Endorsed Internal Audit Symposium introduced to over 75 educators, students and practitioners, I had the opportunity to co-chair the event and also talk to a lot of practitioners during the conference. There was an overwhelming response to support Internal Audit education and recruiting new staff. I really appreciate the support of the Dallas Chapter and the continued efforts to be on the forefront of audit education and research. The program at UTD could not have grown at the rate it has without all of your support.

We are planning for an even bigger event for Internal Audit educators during the International Conference in Houston. Plan to register early if are attending next year as many individuals could not attend this year’s conference as registration closed out two months in advance.

We have three major events planned with the Dallas Chapter at UTD this fall. The first is the August 4 Chapter meeting. The next is the first seminar of the year, October 21, which will be on “Fraud: Follow the Money.” The event is sponsored by the Chapter and the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Internal Revenue Service. We have seven speakers lined up on the topic of fraud investigation with a special guest speaker on Identity Fraud for lunch. This will be a great program to earn seven hours of CPE and help support the program at UTD. We will close out the year on December 8 with another Chapter meeting with a social event.

If you are taking the CIA exam you will be spending even more time at UTD as the review session in September and then exam in November is at UTD. All these events are at the School of Management.

From the numbers of early registration the Internal Audit Class this fall, we should have well over 50 students in the class and over 100 in the Student Chapter. Recruiting for full time and internships will begin this September. If you are interested in recruiting on campus or assisting the programs in any way, please contact Mark Salamasick at 972-883-4729 or mark.salamasick@utdallas.edu. Also, we are always looking for additional site tours of Internal Audit groups. Please contact Mark for scheduling a student tour of your site.


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 May. 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 August 15, 2005. Contact Corinne Bryan (214-349-7903 or C2B@sbcglobal.net) if you have any questions.

Chapter Seminars

CIA Review Course

The Certified Internal Auditor exam is scheduled for November 16-17, 2005. Deadline to register is September 30th. The Dallas Chapter will once again sponsor an interactive CIA review course to help prepare candidates. This four day course will be taught by Dr. Glenn Sumners, Director of the Center for Internal Auditing at LSU. Comprehensive printed study materials will be provided for the course. Register On-line for this review course by September 2nd to reserve your space and course materials.

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

  • September 9, 2005 – Part I – Internal Audit Activity’s Role in Governance, Risk, and Control
  • September 10, 2005 – Part II – Conducting the Internal Audit Engagement
  • September 11, 2005 – Part III – Business Analysis and Information Technology
  • September 12, 2005 – Part IV – Business Management Skills

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

Four hours of continuing professional education (CPE) will be given for each full day session. The course will be taught at the UTD School of Management (SOM) Room 1.502. A map with directions to UTD can be found at: http://www.utdallas.edu/campusmap.html

If you need hotel arrangements, please see a list of nearby hotels at the following: http://www.utdallas.edu/visitors-index.html

Cost for the course is $150 for each part if you are a Dallas IIA Chapter member, and $175 for each part for non-members and members of other chapters. For students who are members of the IIA, the course will be offered at $30 per part. The cost of the course will include morning and afternoon snacks and beverages. Lunch will be on your own.

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

If you choose not to pay on-line with a credit card, the registration fee must be received by Toni Messer at the address below in order to reserve your place at the course. Checks should be made payable to the Dallas IIA:

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

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.



Celanese  (7/14/05)

About Celanese . . .
Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE) is an integrated global producer of value-added industrial chemicals based in Dallas, Texas. The Company has four major businesses: Chemicals Products, Technical Polymers Ticona, Acetate Products and Performance Products. Celanese has 29 production plants, with major operations in North America, Europe and Asia.

In 2004, Celanese Corporation and its predecessor had combined net sales of $5.1 billion. The presentation of combined net sales of Celanese Corporation with its predecessor is not in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

For more information on Celanese Corporation, including a reconciliation of the combined net sales, please visit the company's web site at www.celanese.com.

Internal Staff Auditor
Position Summary:

  • Conducts financial, operational, and management system audits by examining and verifying accounting, statistical, and operational records, and procedures, processes, and systems of internal and/or external organizations to assess reliability, effectiveness and efficiency of risk and control systems pertaining to governance, compliance, risk, security, information, safety, safeguarding of tangible and intangible assets and resources, and financial areas such as net worth, liabilities, capital stock, income, and expenditures. Recommends process improvements to business practices, processes and control procedures.
  • Develops detailed scope, objectives, and individual responsibilities for each assigned audit. Consults with management on specific audit requirements or other circumstances surrounding assigned audit such as resource and timing issues. Writes and issues the letter announcing audit to client and to external auditors. Plans travel requirements and audit kick-off meeting. Conducts opening audit kick-off meeting with audit client.
  • Participates on audit teams and conducts individual portions of internal risk and control reviews, financial audits, operational audits, management system audits, Sarbanes-Oxley testing, and/or other advisory projects globally throughout the corporation. Develops recommendations that positively impact company's performance and solve identified deficiencies. Conducts audit closeout meetings to advise local management on observations and recommendations. Resolves on-site problems that arise from time-to-time between audit team and client.
  • Develops audit work-papers that document scope, objectives, activities, and evidence of audit in conformance with Celanese Global Audit requirements and Internal Audit best practices. Writes an audit report that communicates best practices, and audit observations and recommendations for improving operations and controls that impact company or individual businesses, functions, or individual areas. Distributes audit report to corporate and business management. Implements Celanese Global Audit follow-up policy to track and report audit client's resolution of each audit observation and recommendation.
  • Develops and maintains technical, functional, process, system, and/or company specific expertise to be an expert advisor for business, financial, information technology, risk and control, management theory, and/or other required techniques and practices.
  • Assists Celanese Global Audit management develop risk-based annual audit plan for Audit Committee approval by:
    • Soliciting input from Celanese corporate and business management, and external auditors,
    • Contributing own independent experiences and knowledge of Celanese practices and risk and control activities,
    • Researching new global audit developments, and
    • Analyzing and risk assessing potential audits.
  • Assists Celanese Global Audit management design, develop and maintain departmental audit standards, policies, procedures, systems, and approaches to achieve best practices with evolving functional and industry guidelines.
  • Contributes to effective, comprehensive worldwide audit coverage by executing audit procedures and coordinating with external auditors. The position has a contributory impact on the assets and operations of facilities and functions worldwide because incumbent is concerned with efficiency of operations and effectiveness of controls.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance; MBA preferred.
  • CPA is required; Audit related certification or license such as CIA or CFE are preferred.
  • Minimum 3 to 5 years of business experience in accounting, auditing, information systems, manufacturing or public accounting. Familiarity with various audit concepts, practices and procedures is essential.
  • Highly effective oral and written communication skills are essential.
  • Leadership potential.
  • Must be a problem solver; ability to work independently or with a team in unstructured environments; effective negotiation skills are essential.
  • Experience working with SAP, Windows, and MS Office Suite, and other IT Audit tools. CISA certification is desirable.
  • Must be willing to travel approximately 50 - 70 %.
  • Open to career advancement – i.e., transfer, rotation and relocation opportunities.
  • Fluency in Spanish and / or German and / or a Chinese dialect highly desirable.

Reporting Structure: Reports to Director of Internal Audit

Dress Code: Business Casual

Compensation & Benefits: Celanese Corporation offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

For detailed information visit: http://www.celanese.com/index/career_portal_america/career_portal_us_benefits
/career_portal_us_benefits_rewards.htm
 

How to Apply: Submit resume and brief cover letter to Careers@Celanese.com

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RWS Partners In Search  (7/13/05)

Title: Director of Internal Audit, a new position reporting to the Audit Committee of the Board. The client is a Dallas based profitable and growing NYSE manufacturer.

PRIMARY FUNCTIONS:

Primary focus of this ‘position is to develop and administer a comprehensive audit program within the corporation to insure compliancy, identify best practices, and report objective findings to top management to include the Board of Directors, Executive Office, and Audit Committee.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Develop and implement company audit policies and procedures.
  2. Designs, administers and personally conducts a comprehensive battery of internal audits to the support the responsibilities of the Audit Committee.
  3. Audits will include, but are not limited to, accounting data, statistical performance data, and operational practices of various departments, divisions, and locations to insure compliance with management prescribed policies.
  4. Meet periodically with the Audit Committee, or as required, to present complete and comprehensive audit results in a timely manner.
  5. Establish and prioritize monitoring mechanism to ensure all phases of the audit process meet or exceed performance standards and expectations; including, but not limited to, audit planning, risk assessment, control analysis, budgeting, testing, reporting and timely follow-up.
  6. Must be able to effectively identify resources needed to conduct a successful and meaningful audit, either in a personally conducted audit or in an audit involving outside contacts to keep pace with the business pace and needs.
  7. Makes recommendation to management for change in financial control systems, improvements in accounting procedures, potential operating cost savings, and other factors based on audit results.
  8. Coordinates company testing and maintenance requirements of Sarbanes Oxley Section 302 and Section 404 documents.
  9. Supervise all internal audit staff and/or outsourced internal audit personnel or audit firms as the company may employ from time to time.
  10. Work closely with outside auditors and coordinates external audit programs.
  11. Develop strategy with audit program that goes beyond “numbers” to operational, compliance and risk management/factors in a broad sense.
  12. Inspects work and corrects as necessary to meet the Quality Requirements specified by the customer, the supervisor and corporate specifications.
  13. Supports other team members and conducts self in such a manner that he/she is respected by others.
  14. Knows all company accepted and mandated management principles and strives constantly to meet Quality Requirements, to learn new things related to the job and to improve at all times.
  15. Performs all operations in a safe manner and makes every reasonable effort to prevent others from committing unsafe acts.
  16. Makes every effort to utilize all of the corporation’s training resources in an effort to continuously learn and have the ability to train others.
  17. Manages time to optimize productivity.
  18. Communicates with other team members and supervisors in a clear, friendly, honest and timely manner.
  19. Strives to reduce costs. 20. Performs other work-related duties as assigned.

CHARACTERISTICS, DEMONSTRATED COMPETENCIES & EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Prior hands on experience personally preparing, conducting and reporting financial and operating audits of manufacturing operations.
  2. Prior effective working relationship with Audit Committee members in a mid-sized publicly-held corporation.
  3. Proven successful development and implementation of an internal audit function in a multi-location manufacturing environment.
  4. Working knowledge and prior application of federal and state compliance regulations though a variety of auditing concepts, practices and procedures.
  5. Demonstrated expertise in a variety of management concepts, practices, and procedures.
  6. A current CPA designation with all required continuing education credits is strongly preferred.
  7. Must have a Bachelor’s degree in business or accounting, and must have a minimum of eight years of professional experience in public accounting and/or as an internal auditor in a publicly-held company.
  8. Must possess proven analytical abilities (inductive and deductive).

Qualified and interested parties should e-mail Roland Stuebner at RWS Partners In Search in confidence at: rolands1@verizon.net.


Triad Hospitals  (7/13/05)

Triad Hospitals, Inc., through its affiliates, owns and manages hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in small cities and selected larger urban markets. The Company currently has 52 hospitals (including one under construction) and 14 ambulatory surgery centers in 15 states with approximately 8,340 licensed beds. In addition, through its QHR subsidiary, the Company provides hospital management, consulting and advisory services to more than 200 independent community hospitals and health systems throughout the United States.

SENIOR AUDITOR

Description
Senior staff level position established to assist management in identifying, analyzing and managing risks and opportunities, including:

  • Conducting work in the field and in the office to accomplish audit objectives identified during risk analyses.
  • Conducting Sarbanes-Oxley related testing activities
  • Conducting audit follow-up activities.
  • Communicating results of audit projects to management and operations personnel directly involved with department projects, and as requested, to company senior management and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Adhering to the department’s quality assurance process for planning, analysis, and documentation and reporting on all audit projects.

Job Requirements
Education: Bachelors degree in business or healthcare-related field.
Skills: Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal. Experience: Minimum three years prior experience.
Special Requirements: Professional certifications such as CPA, CIA, and/or CISA desirable. Familiarity with personal computer operations.

Interested, qualified candidates may forward a resume with cover letter via mail to:

Human Resources
Triad Hospitals, Inc.
5800 Tennyson Parkway
Plano, TX 75024 or
e-mail to: corphr@triadhospitals.com


Perot Systems  (6/27/05)

Internal Audit (2 Positions Available) Req# 1DAL31612

Target Candidate: The ideal candidate for this opportunity will have 3-5 years audit experience, looking for a path from Internal Audit to a business support, operational or management role, via hands on exposure to multiple facets of the IT outsourcing business. This is a rotational position working with the Internal Audit Team as a training ground. Applying a semi-structured 18 to 24 month training program, the goal for the candidate is to be prepared to move directly into a business support, operational or management role.

Required Skills:

  •  3-5 years experience private or public accounting, internal auditing, information security and/or business process consulting. 
  • Ability to document, analyze and make recommendations for improvements on operational, IT, security and financial controls. 
  • Demonstrated ability to plan/execute assignments including ensuring deliverables meet specifications and deadlines. 
  • Candidate must have outstanding verbal and written communication skills, demonstrate strong relationship building skills, and be comfortable working with all levels of management.  High energy, team oriented, and self-motivated. 
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration.

Desired Skills:

  • * Demonstrated ability to evaluate department and organization operating and financial status, and measure impact of business decisions *
  • Any of the following certifications:
    • CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
    • CMA (Certified Management Account)
    • CIA (Certified Internal Auditor)
    • CGAP (Certified Government Auditing Professional)
    • CCSA (Certification in Control Self-Assessment)
    • CFSA (Certified Financial Services Auditor)
    • CISA (Certified Information Security Auditor) is preferred.
    • PMP (Project Management Professional).
Position Responsibilities & Duties:
  • Travel 25 – 30%.
  • Participate on internal audits with scope including (but not limited to) operations, contract compliance, finance/accounting, information technology, security, project management, and human resources.
  • Activities include:
    • Examining records to ensure proper recording and authorization of transactions, compliance with policies, applicable laws and contractual agreements
    • Conducting interviews with key personnel and gathering information for testing effectiveness of processes and controls
    • Performing detailed review of documentation gathered to validate processes and controls are in place
    • Identifying opportunities for enhancement in policies, procedures and processes to improve internal controls, efficiency or effectiveness of operations
    • Making recommendations for improvement Assessing risks and determining the effectiveness of internal controls and the potential impact of control failures
    • Preparing detailed documentation of audit fieldwork and findings
    • Preparing reports of findings and recommendations for management
    • Various audit follow-up activities

Please apply at www.perotsystems.com to REQ # 1DAL31612


Grant Thornton  (1/13/05)

Grant Thornton LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Founded in 1924, Grant Thornton serves public and private midsize clients through 48 offices in the United States and in 585 offices in 110 countries. Grant Thornton LLP's web site is www.GrantThornton.com.


Title: Internal Audit Senior Associate

Grant Thornton is the leading global accounting, tax, and business advisory organization dedicated to serving the needs of midsize companies. Our goal is to help our clients grow faster by providing business services that deliver measurable value. To do this, we look for exceptional candidates who want to make a difference and be an important part of our future. If we sound like the type of organization you would like to join, we invite you to visit our Web site at www.GrantThornton.com and consider the following career opportunity.

We are seeking a Business Advisory Services Senior Associate. The responsibilities will include : Plan, execute, direct and complete internal audit and business process control review engagements in a variety of industries. Must proactively interact with key client management to gather information and make recommendations for business and process improvements; gain strong comprehension of client operations, processes, and business objectives and utilize that knowledge on engagements. Will train and supervise staff, assess performance of staff for engagement reviews and participate in recruiting efforts as needed.

Qualifications:

  • 3-4 years of experience
  • BS in Accounting
  • CPA license or ability to sit for the exam
  • CIA certification a plus
  • Must have internal or external audit experience specifically dealing with financial/operational audits.
  • Strong leadership ability with a positive team player attitude. Flexibility to travel. (25-45%)

For immediate consideration please submit your resume to texasbascareers@gt.com

Grant Thornton LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Founded in 1924, Grant Thornton serves public and private midsize clients through 48 offices in the United States and in 585 offices in 110 countries. Grant Thornton LLP's web site is www.GrantThornton.com 


Title: Internal Audit Associate

Our Business Risk Services (BRS) group, a specialty advisory practice within Assurance and Advisory Business Services, is a growing practice providing strategic solutions, operational performance improvement and assurance support to our clients. Grant Thornton seeks a team player with a strong work ethic and excellent professional skills for the role of Associate- Internal Audit Services.

This professional will perform internal audit procedures under the direction of the internal audit management team and in accordance with the client's audit plan, risk management strategy and Grant Thornton's internal audit methodologies.

Responsibilities:

Maintain a strong client focus by effectively serving client needs and developing productive working relationships with client personnel.

Stay abreast of current business and economic developments relevant to the client's business.

Deliver high-quality client service by directing the daily progress of fieldwork and informing Managers of engagement status.

Respect and protect confidential client information.

Display teamwork, integrity and leadership.

Support colleagues and value others' contributions.

Provide constructive on-the-job feedback and coaching.

Utilize technology and tools to continually learn and innovate, share knowledge with team members and enhance the delivery of services.

Bring potential business opportunities to the internal audit management team's attention.

Actively encourage team members to contribute ideas and identify potential business development opportunities to sell Grant Thornton's services.

Requirements:

  • a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or a business-related field
  • 1-4 years minimum of related audit, business or financial experience
  • CPA, CIA or a desire to pursue applicable professional development and certification(s)
  • strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills
  • demonstrated consistency in values, principles, and work ethic

Candidates must be available to travel 30-45% and work in excess of standard hours when necessary.

Interested Candidates should submit a resume in confidence to TexasBASCareers@gt.com or fax 214-561-2370.

Grant Thornton is an equal opportunity employer.


Ashford Hospitality Trust  (6/23/05)

ASHFORD HOSPITALITY TRUST
Internal Auditor

The Internal Auditor is responsible for planning, organizing, and conducting internal audit assignments and evaluations of the company’s financial and operational control systems to determine compliance with established policies, procedures, laws and governmental regulatory agencies.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plan audits by obtaining an understanding of audit objectives, interviewing management, reviewing prior audit work, reviewing related accounting rules and having a thorough understanding of the policies, procedures, processes, transaction flows and supporting systems. 
  • Organize audits by coordinating audit fieldwork and providing status updates to management. 
  • Conduct audits by ensuring audit steps are correctly performed, audit findings are sound and supported, and that overall audit objectives are being met. 
  • Validate audit findings, obtain management responses, and prepare summary audit reports. 
  • Present audit findings at audit closing meeting. 
  • Assist with on-going Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelors degree in Accounting or Finance. 
  • 3+ years experience in a public accounting firm, corporate headquarters accounting or a property level controller/assistant controller. 
  • Hospitality or REIT experience required. 
  • Experience working with financial and operational auditing. 
  • CPA or CIA certification is preferred. 
  • Working knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley 404 compliance documentation and testing. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  Ability to work independently. 
  • Up to 70% travel required.

Please forward resumes to: cherylbeuttas@ahtreit.com


Lower Colorado River Authority  (6/23/05)

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) plays a variety of roles in Central Texas: delivering electricity, managing the water supply and environment of the lower Colorado River basin, developing water and wastewater utilities, providing public recreation areas, and supporting community and economic development.

The mission of LCRA is to provide reliable, low-cost utility and public services in partnership with our customers and communities and use our leadership role and environmental authority to ensure the protection and constructive use of the area’s natural resources.

SENIOR AUDITOR (Auditing Services - General Manager's Office)

Essential Functions: Plan the scope and objectives of assigned audit projects with the General Auditor. Interview management and supporting staff to gain an understanding of procedures, controls, and operations. Evaluate the adequacy of financial and operational controls including the management, security and control of information technology and data resources. Analyze operations and business processes to identify opportunities for improvement. Determine if goals and objectives of the business unit are being achieved, and appropriate operational performance measures are monitored and reported. Draft written reports to management describing audit findings and recommendations. Assist the General Auditor, as requested, in making presentations of audit reports to the Board of Directors or senior management. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements: Bachelor's Degree with specialized study in Accounting, Business Management or a related field with at least five years progressively responsible experience conducting audits of management and operations. Requires a CPA or CIA with thorough knowledge of current internal audit standards and techniques, accounting principles, internal controls, and preferred business practices. Requires good listening, interviewing, negotiation, and problem solving skills and the ability to work in a professional manner with all levels of employees, even under the most difficult circumstances. Must have good verbal and written communication skills with the ability to write audit findings and recommendations in a clear and well-organized manner. Requires valid Texas driver's license and a good driving record.

JOB # 050618 (replacement position). Closing date: 7/15/05.
(PM30)

Interested candidates apply to: www.LCRA.org.


The Controller Group  (6/23/05)

Director/Senior Manager Internal Audit

Because of our growth, The Controller Group (TCG) is seeking an outstanding Senior Manager/Director to join our Management team to deliver superior client services to our Dallas/Fort Worth area clients. We have been engaged by multiple clients to perform numerous Sarbanes-Oxley and Internal Audit projects and have a need for leadership talent with Financial Accounting and Auditing experience.

We are an innovative professional services firm delivering operational, financial and accounting solutions at a low cost without sacrificing quality. Our business is based upon delivering Big Four quality at affordable rates. We are dedicated to giving our clients the personal attention they deserve through the expertise of high-caliber, results-oriented professionals. We hire only select Associates who share our values and create an environment in which top professionals choose to work. The result is truly superior service for our clients and a challenging and rewarding environment for our Associates.

For more details on The Controller Group, LLP visit our website at www.controllergroup.com.

REQUIREMENTS
10+ years of audit/accounting consulting experience (Big 4 or Regional Public firm experience preferred).

4+ years of industry experience

1+ years in a management role on a Sarbanes Oxley project.

Recent audit experience and/or recent experience and expertise in the evaluation and testing of internal accounting controls and business processes.

Strong communications skills and ability to interact with all levels of management.

Ability to be a team leader and motivate Associates in a fast-paced, time sensitive and client-driven environment.

Ability to create tools, tactics, and methodologies that will be utilized in the Internal Audit Practice

Prior hands on experience personally preparing, conducting, and reporting financial and operational audits.

Proven successful development and implementation of an internal audit

Demonstrated expertise in a variety of management concepts, practices, and procedures.

Ability to develop relationships with clients and be involved in business development.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), or MBA required.

Interested candidates should e-mail their resume to: ndrucker@controllergroup.com.

The Controller Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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