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September 2004

President's Letter

Thank You for a Great Start to the Chapter Year. September is “Soft Skills” Month!!

First off, I want to personally say thanks to all of you who helped put on our first summer meeting for the Chapter at the University of Texas at Dallas. It was a huge success. Volunteers are critical to our success as a chapter. Thanks to all of you who devote your time and energy. And a special thanks to all the local companies and managers who provide the support to allow you to be involved.

If you are interested in volunteering, or have further suggestions, on what the Chapter can do to be even better, please feel free to e-mail me at JESEUTTE@JCPenney.com.

Our theme in September is “Soft Skills.” Soft skills are critical in helping auditors both develop and sell their findings. The lunch presentation is on “Emotional Intelligence and How to Deal with Difficult People,” presented by Scott Harris. If you can name a difficult person to deal with, this meeting is for you. Mr. Harris will also present the pre-meeting topic on “How to Make Meetings Work!” The post-meeting is on “Profiling” presented by Donna Kirby.

And remember, we are only a few weeks away from the Southern Regional Conference here in Dallas. The Conference takes place from September 12 -15. Information on the Conference can be found on our Web site at www.dallasiia.org. If you would like to volunteer to help at the Conference, please contact Pamela Krakosky at PKRAKOSKY@AOL.COM.

I look forward to seeing you at both the September 2 luncheon and the Regional Conference.

Sincerely,
Jeffrey E. Seutter
Dallas IIA 2004-05 President

Next Meeting

Thursday, September 2, 2004
CityPlace Conference Center

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

Emotional Intelligence

Scott Harris
Growth Masters

We have all dealt with emotions in the work place, they are inevitable. From difficult people to work load burnout and over stress, emotions can inhibit the performance of your people and your business. Learn to manage these emotions with yourself and with others in order to maximize your overall productivity. Join Scott Harris with Growth Masters, author, trainer and business coach as he teaches you the secrets to managing Emotional Intelligence in the workplace and in life.

Scott HarrisScott Harris has over 10 years of training and management experience with IBM where he managed over 30 people and several multi-million dollar accounts. His people skills and business techniques helped his division and clients soar to the top with effective results by maximizing their people skills.

An Entrepreneur, Scott has also started many small businesses including a photography business, which inspired his new book, Wedding Photography 101. This book gives the basic skills and education for growing and starting a business and achieving results that win against the competition. Most businesses don’t see a one year anniversary and Scott gives advice to potential business owners to reduce the alarming statistics and increase their rate of success.

Scott is also host of a business talk show on News Talk 660 KSKY in Dallas, Texas called The Business Doctor where he gives advice and helps business owners as well as corporate managers with growing business and people. His teachings and consulting has led to many speaking events with various associations and groups on topics from sales and marketing to team development and communication.

Scott also provides coaching, training and speaking through Growth Masters, which delivers leadership development to businesses of all sizes.


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

Making Meetings Work: How to Maximize
Meeting Effectiveness and Efficiency

Scott Harris from Growth Masters

When you think about the next business meeting on your agenda, what thoughts come to mind? If you’re like most people, you’re familiar with these reactions: “Oh brother, I have another meeting to go to” and “when am I ever going to get my work done?” The sentiments about meetings are unanimously negative, but they don’t have to be that way. If you want to know how meetings can work for you instead of against you, this workshop was designed for you.

The truth is, successful organizations can’t afford to have meetings that are unproductive and take up more than enough time. Since the average company spends 15% of its personnel budget on meetings, there is a significant amount of money at stake. Not to mention that unproductive meetings also cost meeting-goers their most valuable resource – time. The answer is to make your meetings as effective as they can be. Effective meetings don’t happen by accident but require careful thought, preparation, and discipline. In this workshop you’ll learn:

  • What’s wrong with most meetings
  • Why meetings are important
  • How to measure whether a meeting is successful
  • Comprehensive steps for organizing a meeting
  • How to create and utilize an agenda and minutes
  • What you need to know when attending a meeting
  • The different types of meetings and their processes

Don’t waste another minute of your valuable time in an unproductive meeting. Come see how your meetings can be more successful and efficient and yield tremendous long-term results!


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

Relationship Strategies

Donna Kirby

Relationship Strategies is designed to give you the ability to not only recognize your own behavioral pattern but the patterns of others you work with. How do you and your co-workers want to be treated according to your behavioral style?

Donna Kirby has been in the corporate world for more than 30 years working in the world of finance. She has a BBA in Finance, MS in Human Resource Management and is currently working on an MS in Professional Counseling from TWU. She enjoys facilitating leadership workshops and giving people the tools to make them more successful both at work and in their private lives.


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

                            CityPlace Conference Center

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

Preferred Method:

The best method to place and confirm your reservation is via the web site at http://www.dallasiia.org/Reserve.htm.

Secondary Method:

An optional method is to use the telephone, fax, or e-mail. However, a $2 phone/fax/e-mail fee will be assessed to each reservation.

Contact:

Kari Reddick
Triad Hospitals
Phone: 214-473-3820
Fax: 866-855-0085 
kari.reddick@triadhospitals.com

Meeting / Luncheon Fees:

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

Reservations must be received by noon on Friday, August 27, 2004 or a $5 late fee will be charged.

Those who register by the deadline and attend the Pre-Meeting will be able to "pre" check-in for the luncheon from 9:25am until 10:10 am.

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 Melinda Lokey at 214-473-3823 or melinda.lokey@triadhospitals.com.

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

Chapter Seminars

Chapter News

IIA Research Foundation

The IIA Research Foundation has published a supplemental chapter, “The Pervasive Impact of Information Technology on Internal Auditing” to its 2003 report, “Research Opportunities in Internal Auditing.” The chapter helps researchers and practitioners better understand, evaluate, and promote why IT is important to internal auditing and how internal auditors can generate and use IT in innovative ways that provide value to their organizations.

This chapter can be downloaded free at http://www.theiia.org/iia/index.cfm?doc_id=4057.

The Research Foundation has recently published a book entitled Key Controls: The Solution for Sarbanes-Oxley Internal Control Compliance by Brad Vorhies. This book will assist you and your company in implementing a key controls process, which is an internal control evaluation and exception control process. The benefits of establishing such a process can include reduced risks related to internal control deficiency disclosures; minimizing costs related to the annual external audit of internal controls; and maximizing the benefit from your investment in developing an adequate internal control review process to comply with Sections 404 and 302 of Sarbanes-Oxley.

The author – Brad Vorhies – is a CIA, CISA, and CPA and works in Dallas at TXU. The book is in hardback form and totals 131 pages. You can order it online at – www.theiia.org/iia/bookstore.cfm?fuseaction=product_detail&order_num=489, or by calling toll free 1-877-867-4957. (Publication order # 489; IIA member price – $65; nonmember price - $75). I am sure that Brad will be happy to autograph the book for you.


University of Texas at Dallas Endorsed Internal Audit Program Expands After First Year

UTDThis year started out with a bang in more ways than one. If you missed the Chapter meeting on August 12, you missed the power outage at UTD in the middle of the Chapter lunch meeting. Fortunately everyone adjusted quickly and we were able to continue on with the presentation.

We were also able to recognize and present a certificate to those who completed the EIAP program at UTD this first year. I would also like to recognize them and their employers in this newsletter since they were all instrumental in the students taking officer roles in the Student Chapter.

- Barry Raju - EDS
- Roby Singh – Protiviti
- Rahul Rajas – Deloitte (India)
- Mark Neumann - Ernst & Young LLP
- Jay Joseph - UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
- Chris Boyett - Moving to China

They all completed at least the minimum of 12 credits of Internal Audit classes and sat for the CIA or CISA exams. We have about 20 students that started the program in the spring and another 20 during this fall semester.

The program is expanding this fall with the addition of new courses in Forensic Accounting Investigations, Ethics for Professional Accountants, and Corporate Governance and Accounting. We also plan on adding a course in Analytical Techniques and Audit Software which will start in the spring semester. All of these classes are at the graduate level and were designed with the internal audit practitioner in mind. They also provide an excellent source for continuing education. If you are interested in these courses, please refer to the programs Web site at som.utdallas.edu/eiap or contact Mark Salamasick.

In the second year we will be accelerating the recruiting process to begin in September and October for internships and full-time hires. Since both Internal Audit and IT Risk Management are offered in fall and spring, we will have students available for interviewing throughout the year. Similar to last year the Student Chapter will compile a resume book and offer resume information on-line.

We have a number of events that are in the planning phase. The UTD School of Management will be the site of a number of activities including the CIA Exam starting in this fall. Information on these events will be included in future newsletters.

If you need additional audit resources and would like to review the resumes, please contact Mark Salamasick at 972-883-4729 or mark.salamasick@utdallas.edu.


New Members

Please welcome our newest members:
 

May 2004 New Members
Laurent Mitton
Randy Lewis
Jodi Bonnett Walker
Kimberly McQueen
Fernando Blanco
Timothy Greene
Jennifer Phillips
Ashley Walker
Ronald Holmes
Stanley Kawai
David Martinez
Virginia French
Jared Chacon
Monique Callagy
Robert Hinerman
Jeff Lacey
Anoshe Sohrab
David Kent Lashley
Irene Parnell
Jennifer Hagood
Michael Stowers
Cullen O’Brien
Gangamma Chenanda
John Jefferson
David Crawford
Michael Shear
Cynthia Ray
Richard Huckaba
Robert Dunlap
Sheba Kurunilla
James H. Belcher
Brandyn LeBoeuf
Raymond Avent
Vishal Doshi
Richard Fidler
Anthony Mueller
Carole Dalton
David Gibbs
Kaisar Saleem
Tom Mattila
Thomas Donaldson
Michon King
Harith Shaikh
Thomas Moore
Shannon Scott
Paul Patterson
Julie Mastrangeli
Toni Clark
Joseph Tutt
Jane Jones
Richard Williams
Tara Childers
Hunter Henley
Katherine Drennan
June 2004 New Members
Bryan Finley
Paula Jourde
Carine Wells
Jacob C. Ho
David Coker
Antonio Rodriguez
Anatoli Douditski
Teresa Santosa
Franklin Rodgers
Mark Weicherding
Debbie Childers
Marshall Yates
Jonora Jones
Tahmuras Namiranian
Sheila Bell
Tammy Mancl
Monica Chidester
Christine Battist
Rickey Williams
Ranya Sabbagh
Tonya Wilborn
Pat Bassett
Joseph Leubitz
Stephen Thompson
Jordan Reed
Jennifer Hildebrand
Allan Derum
Tao Liu
Tara Stelluti
James Kollar
Dennis Epping
Carla VonVoss
Christy Cole
Lina Wang
Whitney Grissom
Carol Steinmuller
Benson Fowler
Brian Pence
Santiago Miranda-Nunez
Erin Hopper
Christina Zeigler

Report Your Speaking and Writing

It's time again for the survey to determine which IIA Dallas Chapter members have submitted articles or spoken in August. 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 September 15, 2004. Contact Magdalena Kovats (214-777-0581 or magdalena.kovats@resources-us.com) if you have any questions.

Career Opportunities


Imprimis Group  (8/23/04)

Documenters and Testers

We are currently searching for several Documenters and Testers- Contract Positions-

General Requirements:
Financial with a regional or Big 4 accounting firm- at least a year

Any internal audit background would be great as Internal Auditors will work the best for identification of controls

Combination of Internal Audit and Financial Operations would be the very best if they are good documenter

Documenters:
Identification of controls
Experienced with Visio
Understand financial statement assertions
Prevention and Detective controls
Differentiation of key and secondary controls
Familiar with test scripts- development of audit tests
Can identify weakness in controls and possible mitigating/compensating controls
Good written skills
Good interview techniques

Testers:
Can perform walkthroughs
Document results of test procedures
Understand how to perform test procedure
Can identify weakness in controls
Organized

For immediate consideration for these
opportunities email your resume to:

Lorena Reinschmiedt
Staffing Consultant
Imprimis Group Inc.
214-741-4652
214-741-3394 Fax
Lrein@imprimis.com


Internal Auditors

We are currently searching for several Internal Auditors- Full Time Positions-

Requirements:

Minimum 5 years experience, extensive background in Audit
Bachelor degree in Finance or Accounting
Big 4/5 experience preferred
Professional designations are a plus
Contract or Construction Audit experience is desirable
Industry experience in any of the following fields is also
desirable:

Education
Healthcare
Government
Financial Services

Sarbanes Oxley experience is desirable
For some of the positions travel may be required

For immediate consideration for these
opportunities email your resume to:

Lorena Reinschmiedt
Staffing Consultant
Imprimis Group Inc.
214-741-4652
214-741-3394 Fax
Lrein@imprimis.com


Auditors

We are currently searching for several Auditors- Direct Placement Positions-

Job Summary:
Several Auditors positions open in the Dallas area. Primary responsibilities include conducting financial and operational internal audits throughout the organization.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrated ability to identify financial and operational process improvements
and develop meaningful solutions
Exceptional interpersonal skills focused on developing strong client relationships and
interaction with all levels of individuals in the organization
Ability and willingness to travel 75% of the time

Qualifications:

BA or BS in Accounting
Minimum 2 to 5 years experience in internal audit/or external audit
One or more of the following designations (or demonstrated progress towards): CPA,
CIA, MBA, CFE
Exposure to manufacturing and/or food products and distribution environment preferred
Strong ability in risk assessment, audit program penetration and evaluation of internal accounting controls and business processes
Strong U.S. GAAP and accounting knowledge
Strong proficiency in PC applications, including use of database software
Ability and willingness to travel 75%

For immediate consideration for these opportunities email your resume to:

Lorena Reinschmiedt
Staffing Consultant
Imprimis Group Inc.
214-741-4652
214-741-3394 Fax
Lrein@imprimis.com


Mary Kay, Inc. (8/17/04)

Internal Auditor

POSITION SUMMARY

This position is accountable for performing and documenting audits and special assignments. Verifies the adequacy of financial and operational procedures and controls and to determine their compliance with Corporate policies and good business practices. May make recommendations for improvements in the areas of control, efficiency and cost savings subject to review by audit management.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Reviews and analyzes Company records and procedures. Identifies and defines operational problems and documents internal accounting/financial and operational controls for departments with or without written policies. Determines whether systems of financial and operating controls are functioning properly and are in compliance with established policies and procedures and if changes or definitions of policies and procedures are needed. Utilizes Company policies and procedures, generally accepted accounting principles, good business practices, and generally accepted auditing standards to perform auditing functions. Provides suggestions for improvement and reviews them with the audit management.

2. Documents the results of audits, special assignments, and research activities and reviews them with audit management. After completing audits, drafts report using a personal computer to perform word processing, spreadsheet analysis, and develop graphs for areas examined. Details areas needing improvement and recommends corrective action. Assists other department staff members by gathering data or performing other assignments as directed and works with or in lieu of the Corporation's external auditors as required. Performs all functions of the job within the established time deadlines and schedule constraints.

3. Interacts frequently with the audit management to receive assignments, discuss specific areas assigned, and discuss adequacy of work paper documentation. Also interacts with all levels of personnel within the various departments in the Company when performing audits, special assignments, and research and advisory projects. May present audit findings to company officers and directors during close meetings. External contacts include external auditors when participating in interim and year-end audit activities.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

1. Job requires a Master’s degree or equivalent in Accounting with six hours of computer science course work and two to five years of audit or accounting experience in order to understand generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS), audit techniques and testing and financial/operations controls. Experience in public accounting is desirable. Must be a CPA or be actively pursuing exam.

2. Must have good computer skills and knowledge of various word processing, spreadsheet and graphics software packages such as Microsoft Word, Excel, etc. in order to prepare audit reports and presentations.

3. Must have good communication, time management, and strong interpersonal skills to effectively secure information from various departments to perform audits and present findings to management.

4. Must be willing to travel 15 to 30% depending on department requirements.

5. Proficiency in foreign language(s) preferred but not required.

Please forward resume to:
Mary Kay, Inc.
Human Resources
P.O. Box 799045
Dallas, Texas 75379

Fax to (972) 687-1609

Or e-mail to hrrecp@mkcorp.com


Children’s Medical Center Dallas  (8/17/04)

Children’s Medical Center Dallas is currently looking for a Senior Internal Auditor for our Internal Audit Department. Internal Audit reports to the Corporate Compliance Officer and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. This position will report to the Director of Internal Audit and will be responsible for the following:

  • Documenting and flowcharting business processes and related internal controls.
  • Developing audit programs and conducting audits of financial and operational areas.
  • Documenting and evaluating audit results.
  • Drafting audit reports and making recommendations for improvements in business processes or internal controls.
  • Performing follow-up audits to evaluate status of agreed upon recommendations.
  • Assisting the Compliance Department with special projects.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a CPA with a combination of Big 5 public accounting and internal audit experience. Qualified candidates must possess the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting required. Master's degree in Accounting or MBA preferred.
  • 3-5 years recent public accounting or internal audit experience required.
  • CPA or CIA certification required.
  • Ability to plan and complete audits within established deadlines while working independently as an individual contributor.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of management.
  • Ability to step back from details and consider the "big picture."
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office (Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word).
  • Knowledge of flowcharting software (Visio) preferred.

Children's Medical Center Dallas is a private, not-for-profit facility dedicated to making life better for children. Children's offers a competitive benefits package and a superb working environment. As the pediatric teaching hospital for the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the physicians on the Children's medical staff are known for their expertise in areas such as pediatric heart disease, childhood cancers, critical care, organ transplantation, kidney disease and many other childhood diseases. We anticipate sustained growth through the next decade and beyond. We invite you to join us and help shape the future of Children's Medical Center as we enter the 21st Century.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Please apply on-line at www.childrens.com/join_our_team (preferred method) or e-mail your resume to carrie.smith@childrens.com.


TXU (8/17/04)

AUDIT SPECIALIST

Job Number: 421085289

Description Accountabilities of an Audit Specialist include planning and directing a wide range of complex audits of TXU's policies, procedures, and business processes using advanced audit expertise. Frequently, this position will utilize sophisticated audit and risk management techniques to perform required duties. This position will typically serve as the Auditor-In-Charge (AIC) of an audit project team, with responsibilities that include: developing audit programs, planning and directing audits, preparing audit reports, briefing all levels of management, and preparing accurate and complete audit work papers. In addition, this position will be required to identify business risks and provide advice and consultation to management on internal controls to manage these risks.

Additional accountabilities include:

  • Using integrated auditing techniques to audit computer dominant business processes.
  • Participating in the development and implementation of the annual audit plan.
  • Monitoring developments within the industry and advising management of potential risks to their business objectives.
  • Actively participating in client teams in the re-engineering and design of business processes.
  • Developing an open and positive relationship with all levels of line and executive management based on mutual trust and respect and focus on common business objectives.

Qualifications Are you ready for a challenge and changing environment? Want an opportunity to expand your auditing skills and learn a regulated and deregulated utility industry? TXU is the place for you. TXU manages a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy businesses in North America, primarily in Texas. TXU is looking for an auditor that can bring experiences and knowledge to an ever changing environment.

Relocation assistance may be available for selected candidate, per manager discretion.

  • Bachelors degree in Accounting or other appropriate discipline.
  • 5-8 years of relevant audit experience is preferred.
  • Utility (specifically Production) experience is desirable.
  • Graduate degree in a business discipline and /or certification (CPA, CIA, CCSA) is preferred.
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills.
  • Effective interpersonal skills (i.e., relates well to people and builds appropriate rapport).
  • Ability to plan, organizes, analyze, and conceptualize.
  • Effective time management.
  • Ability and presence to effectively lead self-assessment workshops with all levels of management.
  • Ability to consult in all areas of risk management.
  • Broad-based business knowledge and audit experience that combines the ability to see the big picture with appropriate attention to detail.

Weaver and Tidwell, L.L.P. (8/8/04)

Sarbanes-Oxley / Internal Audit Consultants
Risk Assessment and Sarbanes-Oxley Solutions Group
Weaver and Tidwell, L.L.P. Dallas, Texas

Due to rapid growth, Weaver and Tidwell’s Risk Assessment and Sarbanes-Oxley Solutions Group needs motivated, energetic, and enthusiastic contractors to consult with clients from a variety of industries. Internal audit engagements include:

  • Risk assessment of client business processes and organizational components
  • Section 404 project plan customization for compliance and pre-assessment work
  • Development of Section 404 internal control documentation
  • Documentation of internal audit programs
  • Proposing audit priorities to address processes, associated risks and test of internal controls
  • Monitor compliance with SEC and other regulatory requirements

We are seeking consultants with:

  • Significant industry and public accounting experience combined;
  • Internal audit or risk management experience in retail, manufacturing, or other inventory/distribution-based businesses;
  • CPA or CIA preferred; and
  • Excellent Interpersonal and written communication skills.

Consultants must be willing to travel throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Please visit our website at www.weaverandtidwell.com/services/raso-solutions.shtml  to learn more about this dynamic service group. We look forward to receiving your resume!

Please submit resumes to: Glory Meyer Email: gameyer@weaverandtidwell.com  Human Resources Fax: 972-702-8321


Verizon  (8/4/04)

Do more than just survive – thrive. If you’re a forward-thinking, resourceful individual who is equal parts team player and individual achiever, you just may find that Verizon can help you experience progress on a completely different level. The following positions are currently available in our Irving, Texas location. (Check corporate website or inquire for other available locations.)

Internal Audit - Specialist

The Audit Specialist is responsible for analysis of financial reports, trend, and opportunities. Responsibilities relate to developing and implementing company audit programs; reviewing accounting and statistical data throughout the organization; and reviewing activities of the organization for compliance with plans, policies, and procedures.

Job Description:

  • Reviews moderately to very complex business processes.
  • Develops an in-depth understanding of the function to be audited, and uses business knowledge, analytical skills and experience in identifying control risks to improve efficiencies.
  • Responsible for consolidating issues for management level review; developing clear and concise written recommendations, presenting recommendations and resolving issues with management.
  • May supervise routine projects/audits and completes special projects as required.

Proven Skills/Experience:

• 2- 4 years public or internal auditing work experience or 3-6 years related work experience. • BS in Accounting, Finance, at least a 3.0/4.0 overall GPA or equivalent. • Demonstrated effective leadership and interpersonal skills; excel in a team environment. • Demonstrated creative and innovative solutions to strategic business issues. • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. • Ability to travel 50% (domestically). • Proficient in PC skills (preferably with the Microsoft Office suite of products). • CPA or pursuing CPA

For immediate consideration for these opportunities email or fax resume to john.h.maley@verizon.com .


Internal Audit – Analyst

The Audit Analyst reviews moderately to very complex business processes, develops an in-depth understanding of the function to be audited, and uses business knowledge, analytical skills and experience in identifying control risks to improve efficiencies. The position is responsible for consolidating issues for management level review; developing clear and concise written recommendations, and presenting recommendations and resolving issues with management. Also will have opportunities to supervise routine projects/audits and complete special projects as required.

Required Skills/Experience:

  • Proficiency in Legacy systems
  • Experience in Network Services Provisioning/Maintenance processes.
  • BS in Business, Accounting, or Finance at least 3.0/4.0 overall GPA or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated effective leadership and interpersonal skills; excel in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated creative and innovative solutions to strategic business issues.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to travel 50% (domestically).
  • Proficiency in PC skills (preferably with the Microsoft Office suite of products).

Desired Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years telephony, public or internal auditing work experience.
  • MBA, CPA or CIA a plus
  • Familiarity with Verizon Products & Services is a plus

For immediate consideration for these opportunities email or fax resume to john.h.maley@verizon.com.


IT Auditor – Irving

Job Description:

The IT Auditor will be responsible for reviewing moderately to very complex business processes. The candidate will develop an in-depth understanding of the function to be audited, and use business knowledge, analytical skills and experience in identifying control risks to improve efficiencies. Also responsible for consolidating issues for management level review; developing clear and concise written recommendations, presenting recommendations and resolving issues with management. Will also be responsible for supervision of routine projects/audits and completion of special projects as required. Also, assists in orienting new team members.

Proven skills/Experience

  • BS in Accounting, Finance, and Computer Science/MIS/CIS majors. At least a 3.0/4.0 overall GPA or equivalent
  • Demonstrated effective leadership and interpersonal skills; excel in a team environment
  • Demonstrated creative and innovative solutions to strategic business issues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to travel 50% (domestically)
  • Proficiency in PC skills (preferably with the Microsoft Office suite of products)
  • 2 - 4 years IT auditing work experience and/or 3 - 4 years work experience in any of the following (in order of importance): -Client server-type application development -SAP product knowledge -Security administration or system support of large-scale mainframes (IBM) -Large-scale mainframe application development -Design, maintenance or administration of LAN/WAN or data communication networks -Management of software development projects
  • CISA preferred
  • MBA, CPA, and/or CIA a plus

It is our goal at Verizon to make progress every day – progress in strengthening our position as a communications leader, and progress in advancing the individual careers of our people. Verizon offers an aggressive, outstanding benefits package and opportunities for career advancement inside and outside of internal audit.

For immediate consideration for these opportunities email or send resume to:

John Maley Search Consultant Verizon Account Team john.h.maley@verizon.com Fax: 214-200-0745


Walgren & Preston  (8/4/04)

INTERNAL AUDITOR

Our search firm has an outstanding opportunity in Dallas for someone with at least five years of operational or finance experience to join the Audit group of a major multinational company.

Primary Responsibilities: Audit financial and operational processes and review those processes to determine whether risks are properly controlled.

Management/Organizational Skills: The internal auditor is primarily an individual contributor, working on teams with other auditors. At times, the internal auditor will be responsible for leading audit projects and other times will participate as a member of the audit team. Over time, as the auditor demonstrates the ability to lead projects, successfully completes them on time, and performs appropriate risk assessments, project lead opportunities will become more frequent.

Complex Tasks: The most significant challenge as an internal auditor is the initial learning curve. Every six to eight weeks the internal auditor will be assigned to a new audit project auditing a different business or process. Auditors are expected to quickly analyze and understand the areas they are auditing, identify key process risks, and test the effectiveness of internal controls. Deadlines are critical for each project in order for the department to complete its plan for the year. The next most significant challenge is for the auditor to have a healthy skepticism, which requires an auditor to challenge conventional processes and policies. The third most critical challenge is learning to write in a concise and succinct manner the critical information necessary to analyze a process.

Technical Abilities: Technical skills and abilities include a fundamental knowledge of SAP/Oracle and how to extract information from SAP/Oracle through standard reporting functions from other electronic storage media. Good business writing and analytical thinking skills are very important.

If qualified and interested, please email your résumé, including daytime phone, in confidence to Stephen Preston, spreston@walgrenpreston.com.


Xanser Corporation  (8/4/04)

Date: July 2004
Department: Internal Audit
Title: Senior Internal Auditor
Reports To: Director of Internal Audit

General Summary

The senior internal auditor will: plan and direct audits related to the companies’ policies, procedures, information technology (IT) systems, and business processes; develop audit programs, prepare reports, briefs all levels of management, and maintain high standards for workpaper accuracy and completeness; and identify business risks and provide advice and consultation to management on internal controls to manage their business risks.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Consult with and advise clients on the development and implementation of effective and cost efficient internal controls to manage business risks and improve their business processes.
  • Determine organizational compliance with Company standards, policies and commonly accepted business and IT practices.
  • Effectively communicate with the client regarding identified risks and jointly develop solutions to mitigate the risks.
  • Performs risk assessments at the project and entity levels.
  • Identify opportunities for increasing efficiency of business, IT, and administrative functions.
  • Continually monitor compliance with the existing system of internal controls and make recommendations for change as appropriate.
  • Continually monitor, review and support the company’s compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley.
  • Develop an open and positive relationship with all levels of line and executive management based on mutual trust and respect and a focus on common business objectives.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline such as accounting or computer science
Certification (CPA, CIA, CISA) or working towards is preferred
Knowledge of generally accepted accounting, financial, operational and information auditing concepts, techniques, and terminology (e.g., GAAP, COSO, COBIT)
Experience in IT auditing in a client/server environment
Three to five years audit experience in a combination of public accounting and industry
International and energy company experience are desirable
Ability to work independently
Highly analytical and organized
Strong work ethic and high degree of initiative
Willingness to travel

Please fax resumes to 972-699-6102, or email Debi Piper at Debi.Piper@kaneb.com.

About Our Companies

Xanser Corporation (NYSE: XNR) provides technology-based and technical services worldwide. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Xanser’s operations consist of an information technology company, Xtria, and an international technical services firm, Furmanite. Xtria provides information technology solutions and services in three distinct markets: healthcare, financial and insurance, and agencies of federal, state and local government. Furmanite, one of the world’s largest specialty technical services companies, delivers a broad portfolio of engineering solutions that keep facilities operating. Furmanite’s diverse, global customer base includes offshore and land-based drilling operations, pipelines, refineries and power generation facilities, steel mills, automotive manufacturers, pulp and paper mills, food and beverage processing plants, semi-conductor manufacturers and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Kaneb is a single business represented by two separate publicly traded entities. Kaneb’s business is focused on mid-stream energy assets – refined petroleum products and fertilizer pipelines, and petroleum and specialty liquids storage and terminaling facilities. Kaneb is a major transporter of refined petroleum products and other commodities via pipeline in the Midwest. Kaneb is the third largest independent liquids terminaling company in the United States and one of the largest in the world. Worldwide operations include facilities in 29 states, Canada, the Netherlands Antilles, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Its publicly traded entities are Kaneb Services LLC (NYSE: KSL) and Kaneb Pipe Line Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KPP).

 


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