The Dallas Chapter - September 2005 eNews

September 2005

The President’s Letter

We are off to a great start of our Chapter year. Our August meeting was attended by more than 170 people, which is well above the average. Let’s try to continue the high attendance! Attending monthly meetings is the easiest way to keep current with your profession and network with colleagues.

Keep an eye on our Website www.dallasiia.org. Updates will be posted in the next month for committees, programs, seminars and the membership directory. The directory will be long – our membership is now around 1,500! Unbelievable! We are very lucky to have several members volunteering on committees this year. I want to express thanks to area Chief Audit Executives and Audit Management that support the volunteers in their departments. Volunteering will benefit the individual, as well as the department. Also, thanks to the student volunteers – this activity should be a win-win for us all.

I want to leave you with a challenge from the recent article in the July/August Auditwire at http://www.theiia.org/ entitled, “Internal Auditing: Raising the Profile.” IIA President Dave Richards states that: “IIA chapters and affiliates should ride this wave of heightened awareness of internal auditing.” The time is right for audit professionals to educate others about the value of internal auditing. Use the resources at the IIA Website and support from the Dallas Chapter to help you do just that.

Sincerely,

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

Next Meeting - Thursday, September 1, 2005
CityPlace Conference Center

Corporate Governance

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

What Audit Committees Need from the Auditors
Larry Worthy - Senior Manager Internal Audit-Trinity Industries

Larry will be presenting his insights on audit committee expectations from his position as a Senior Manager with Trinity Industries.

Larry Worthy has recently assumed the position of Senior Manager with Trinity Industries, where he directs financial, operational and information technology audits. Prior to joining Trinity, Larry was the Vice-President of Internal Audit for Clear Channel Communications, Manager of Internal Audit for the H. E. Butt Grocery Company and an Operational Auditor with the Air Force Audit Agency.

Larry is past president of the San Antonio IIA Chapter, and has been a frequent speaker at IIA conferences. He is a volunteer instructor for the IIA, presenting seminars throughout the nation on various internal auditing topics. Larry earned the Distinguished Faculty Member designation in 1997.

Larry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Larry has obtained the CIA, CISA and CFE.


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

The Internal Auditor’s Role in Corporate Governance
Roger Steltzlen, Director of Internal Audit, Jefferson Wells

Roger Steltzlen is Director of Internal Audit for Jefferson Wells’ Fort Worth office. He has over thirteen years of internal audit and accounting experience in both public accounting and private industry. He is one of Jefferson Wells’ most experienced Sarbanes-Oxley advisors directing over a dozen Sarbanes-Oxley engagements. He is a member of Jefferson Wells’ national practice development team related to Sarbanes-Oxley Ongoing Monitoring. Mr. Steltzlen is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas and is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor


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

Corporate Governance - Audit Committee Best Practices
Panel Discussion facilitated by Steve Bargmann

Panelists are scheduled to include:

Rob Addison - Director, Internal Audit Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Rob is a Director in the Internal Audit Services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas, and has over 19 years of risk and control assessment experience in numerous industries. While in industry, Rob served in numerous internal audit roles with companies such as the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, May Department Stores, and Anheuser-Busch. Since joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rob has assisted organizations such as Caterpillar, Waste Management, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and Norwest Mortgage in audit-related projects including numerous risk assessments and the implementation of risk management frameworks within their organizations. Most recently, Rob has served as the Director of Internal Audit Services for two different multi-billion dollar healthcare organizations, where he oversaw the entire audit function and reported to the Audit Committee. He also led a 100,000 hour Sarbanes-Oxley 404 compliance engagement for a global oilfield services company. Rob is a Certified Internal Auditor, and an experienced facilitator comfortable with discussing risk and control issues at all levels of organizations, including the CEO and Audit Committee.

Rick Craft - Audit Partner, KPMG
Over the last two years, Rick has served as the Sarbanes-Oxley Resource Partner for the Southwest Region of KPMG and has been responsible for several Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 Advisory engagements. Rick is also an Audit Partner for several public companies required to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404. He has spent his career working with manufacturing, distribution, and transportation companies. His specific project experience includes serving as an advisor to clients regarding financial, accounting, and business matters; assisting clients with acquisitions and divestitures; and assisting with the preparation of business plans, financial projections, and funding proposals. Rick has extensive experience in all phases of SEC reporting, from the preparation of S-1 and S-4 Filings and initial public offerings to reviews of reports filed on Forms 10-K, 8-K, and 10-Q. Rick has also worked with clients to evaluate and improve internal control and financial information systems.

Rick graduated magna cum laude from the honors business program at the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in accounting. He is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Kevin Kerns - Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP
Kevin is a partner in Ernst and Young’s Southwest Area Business Risk Services (BRS) practice and is based out of the Dallas office. His areas of focus include Sarbanes Oxley compliance (Section 302, 404), corporate compliance support and related monitoring, internal control analysis, business process re-engineering, operational effectiveness reviews, organizational infrastructure controls and numerous specialized projects. In addition, Kevin has assisted client organizations identify areas of exposure and risk, and complete re-designs of operations and processes to ensure system/process efficiencies and effectiveness.

Kevin has significant experience working closely with Audit Committees, Executive Management and Internal Audit departments.

Kathy Schrock - Partner, The Controller Group, LLP
Kathy joined The Controller Group, LLP in February of 2004 after spending 10 of the previous 11 years with Ernst & Young’s assurance and advisory practice in Fort Worth. Kathy leads TCG’s Sarbanes-Oxley practice and has been a featured speaker at various SOX-related seminars. Kathy graduated cum laude with a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington and received the 2003 YWCA Tribute to Women in Business Honoree for Tarrant County. Kathy is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, a member of the AICPA and Texas Society of CPA's (Fort Worth Chapter) and is a Certified Jazzercise Instructor and Personal Trainer


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

                            CityPlace Conference Center

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

Preferred Method:

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

Secondary Method:

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

Contact:

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

Meeting / Luncheon Fees:

IIA 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, August 26, 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

Congratulations to Our New Certified Internal Auditors!

Most of the 28 new CIA’s that passed the May 2005 exam will receive their certificates and be honored at the October 6 Chapter luncheon. If you are a new CIA, and you have submitted the necessary registration, character reference, experience, and education requirements to the IIA, you will get your certificate and get a free lunch for you and a guest! Details on how to register for the October 6 Chapter luncheon will be e-mailed to the new CIAs soon.


November 2005 Exams

The CIA and other certification exams will be held on November 16 (Part I and II) and 17 (III and IV) at The University of Texas at Dallas School of Management (SOM) Building, rooms 1.502, 1.508, and 1.517. The SOM building is located at Campbell Road. and University Parkway in Richardson. For directions and a map, see the Website: http://www.utdallas.edu/campusmap.html . If you are taking the exam, please allow plenty of time to arrive and find the room that you will be assigned. We have added an additional room.

CIA Exam Times

Part I and Part III:
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
(08:30 – 12:00) Local Time

Part II and Part IV (and other certification exams):
1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
(13:30 – 17:00) Local Time

For other certification exams, see The IIA’s website at http://www.theiia.org/index.cfm?doc_id=12.


IIA Research Foundation

The IIA Research Foundation has recently published two new reports:

  • Continuous Auditing: An Operational Model for Internal Auditors – this report includes a wide range of topics, including definitions and concepts of continuous auditing, its application areas, data warehousing and data mining techniques, validation and training issues. It is 159 pages in paperback form. (Order number 5001, IIA member price - $75, non member price - $90.)
     
  • Audit Committee Effectiveness—What Works Best, 3rd Edition - this report has been prepared to help audit committee members effectively and thoughtfully discharge their duties. It provides direction on how best to carry out their responsibilities by providing numerous examples of how leading audit committees are not just coping, but succeeding. It is 149 pages in paperback form. (Order number 5000, IIA member price - $65, non member price - $85.)

Both reports can be ordered online at – www.theiia.org/?act=form.bookstore, or calling toll free 1-877-867-4957.


Endorsed Internal Audit Program at the
University of Texas at Dallas Update

Be Involved!

This new Chapter year has brought a very large group to the first Dallas Chapter IIA meeting of the year with over 170 at the August meeting. I told the Chapter officers for this year to expect over 200 at future meetings. To run an organization now with over 1,500 members involves a lot of volunteers and we need even more help going forward. If you aren’t on a committee now, I would recommend you contact one of the officers or committee chairs as they need a lot of help to make this year one of the most successful. The more you get involved the more you will get out of “Progress through Sharing.”

The first seminar of the year, scheduled on October 21, is entitled, “Fraud Follow the Money.” We need all of your support on this exceptional seminar. Proceeds of the seminar go to ongoing support of the EIAP and help fund graduate assistants that support the program. The event is sponsored by the Chapter and the Criminal Investigation Unit of the IRS. We have seven speakers lined up on the topic of fraud investigation with a special guest speaker on “Identity Theft” for lunch. This will be a great program to earn eight hours of CPE and help support the program at UTD.

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 in September. If you are interested in recruiting on campus or assisting the program in any way contact Mark Salamasick at 972-883-4729 or mark.salamasick@utdallas.edu. We are always looking for additional site tours of Internal Audit groups. We are also looking for Internal Audit groups to work with as part of the Internal Audit class.


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 August or earlier if not reported. Each speaking engagement on internal auditing that a Dallas Chapter member completes will earn the Chapter 1 credit per CPD hour. Each full article, Roundtable article, Fraud Finding, etc. submitted that meets basic editorial guidelines will earn 5 credits. For each full article published 20 credits are earned. Each internal audit related article published in any other trade or professional journal that is authored by a chapter member is 5 credits.

To report your writing and speaking go to http://dallasiia.org/Speaking.htm and complete the provided form by August 15, 2005. Contact Corinne Bryan (214-349-7903 or C2B@sbcglobal.net) if you have any questions.

Chapter Seminars

FRAUD SEMINAR

Fraud! Follow the Money and Techniques for Forensic Accounting Investigations

at The University of Texas at Dallas Continental Breakfast and Lunch

Every year criminals cost our society billions and billions of dollars. As criminals involved in fraud and corruption become sophisticated in the ways they infuse their illegal proceeds into the banking systems, financial investigators must be able to employ forensic accounting to look behind the appearance of legitimacy and examine the underlying flow of funds. This seminar is designed to provide an overview of a systematic financial approach to uncovering fraud and solving crimes.

This seminar will provide the latest in techniques for the investigation of financial fraud. Seven different speakers will cover a range of topics including sources of information, methods of proof, interviewing techniques, investigation techniques, money laundering, financial transaction reporting, asset tracking, schemes and scams. Come learn from the experts with hands on Forensic Accounting experience and hear a special guest speaker at lunch on the State of the Union of Identity Theft.

Earn 8 hours of CPE and help support the Endorsed Internal Audit Program at UTD. Program sponsored by the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Internal Revenue Service and the Dallas Chapter of the IIA .

Register for seminar on-line at http://dallasiia.org/Semimar_Reserve.htm. For groups of 5 or over contact Mark Salamasick at 972-883-4729 to arrange special discount. Cost for paid registration prior to September 30, 2005 is $140 per person. After September 30th registration fee is $180 per person.

Registration and Continental breakfast at 7:30 with program beginning promptly at 8:30. Seminar will conclude at 5 pm.
 


Don't Forget: 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. Time is running out!

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.


Hibernia Bank (8/16/05)

Hibernia Bank
New Orleans, Louisiana
ASSISTANT GENERAL AUDITOR (IT/IS)

This challenging, high profile position supports the General Auditor in formulating and maintaining a process evaluation program, over the Information Technology (IT) audit function designed to ensure that the Bank achieves optimum internal control and minimal risk to assets.

Requirements include: Four Year College degree in Finance or Accounting, , 8+ years IT audit and/or IT Audit consulting which includes compliance audit experience, 5+ years supervisory/management experience, 5+ years in the financial services industry preferred, Audit related professional certification such as a CISA, CISSP, CPA, CIA, CBA etc. Must have knowledge of IT auditing techniques, the standards (COBIT) established by the ISACA, GAAS, and Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing. Knowledge and practical experience in dealing with mainframes, platforms, networking, systems development life cycle, and general computer controls.

Hibernia offers excellent benefits and career advancement. With our pending acquisition by Capital One Financial Corporation, a Fortune 200 company, we are set to offer even greater opportunities to our employees. Please apply on-line at www.hibernia.com/careers and choose the New Orleans region. Include your salary requirements in your response. E.O.E./A.A.


7-Eleven  (7/27/05)

Position: Internal Auditor

Location: Dallas, TX

Position Description:

Under direct supervision, conducts and documents audit procedures of primarily financial and operational activities (may include some information technology audit activities). Evaluates company processes to ensure adequate controls, proper safeguarding of assets and compliance with corporate policies and pertinent regulations. The Auditor is responsible for working as part of a team and to ensure the team, as a whole, meets its goals. The Auditor should be highly energetic, flexible, innovative and willing to work in a fast paced, evolving environment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Audits financial and operational business processes of the company to ensure controls are adequately designed and operating effectively.
  2. Works closely with Information Technology Auditors to ensure an integrated business process/information system audit approach.
  3. Conducts interviews with personnel at all levels of the organization gathering information in the testing and assessment of the internal control environment.
  4. Evaluate the adequacy, effectiveness and efficiencies of business processes including internal control systems and compliance with company policies and related regulations.
  5. Determines whether accounting records are adequate, reliable and accurately reflect the transactions of the organization. Ascertains that corporate assets are properly safeguarded from loss.
  6. Documents audit results in work papers ensuring adequate supporting documentation of audit recommendations and findings including accuracy, completeness, sufficiency of scope and satisfactory disposition of all issues.
  7.  Assures effective and efficient audit coverage by audit team within accepted auditing standards, budgeted hours and established deadlines. Informs audit management of job administration status, significant audit problems and finding and suggests (with the approval of the Audit Manager) appropriate corrective action steps.
  8. Ensure effective and timely communication of audit results by discussing with management control weaknesses identified and recommended corrective action. Provides management with objective analysis and practical improvement recommendations to the control environment.
  9. Assist audit management in maintaining visibility with management both during audits and outside audit process.
  10. Keep abreast of current developments in auditing, accounting, information technology, security and fraud detection concepts and emerging issues.
  11. Conducts special projects and perform other duties as required.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  1. Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or related field.
  2. Holds or currently pursuing a professional certification (e.g., CPA, CIA, or CMA).
  3. 2-5 years of related experience in external, public accounting or internal audit performing business process auditing.
  4. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  5. Strong analytical and problem solving ability. Ability to analyze a process and formulate sound, business recommendations.
  6. Sound interpersonal skills. Able to work in a team environment.
  7. Knowledge of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) practice and quality assurance standards, COSO internal control framework and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  8. Proficient PC skills. Good working application of Microsoft Word and Excel. Microsoft Access and/or Audit Command Language (ACL) a plus.
  9. Sarbanes-Oxley and/or retail industry experience a plus.
  10. Travel approximately 10 – 20%.

Please contact Kathy Armey, Internal Audit Manager at Karmey01@7-11.com.


Position: Internal Information Systems (IS) Auditor

Location: Dallas, TX

Position Description:

Under direct supervision, conducts and documents audit procedures of primarily information technology activities (may include some financial and operational audit activities). Evaluates company processes and systems to ensure adequate controls, proper safeguarding of assets, segregation of duties and compliance with corporate policies and pertinent regulations. The IS Auditor is responsible for working as part of a team and to ensure the team, as a whole, meets its goals. The IS Auditor should be highly energetic, flexible, innovative and willing to work in a fast paced, evolving environment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Audit information technology systems and processes to ensure controls are adequately designed and operating effectively.
  2. Works closely with Business Process Auditors to ensure an integrated business process/information system audit approach.
  3. Conducts interviews with personnel at all levels of the organization gathering information in the testing and assessment of the internal control environment.
  4. Evaluate the adequacy, effectiveness and efficiencies of information technology processes including internal control systems and compliance with company policies and related regulations.
  5. Determines whether automated controls are adequate, reliable and provide sufficient segregation of duties. Ascertains that corporate assets are properly safeguarded from loss.
  6. Documents audit results in work papers ensuring adequate supporting documentation of audit recommendations and findings including accuracy, completeness, sufficiency of scope and satisfactory disposition of all issues.
  7. Assures effective and efficient audit coverage by audit team within accepted auditing standards, budgeted hours and established deadlines. Informs audit management of job administration status, significant audit problems and finding and suggests (with the approval of the Audit Manager) appropriate corrective action steps.
  8. Ensure effective and timely communication of audit results by discussing with management control weaknesses identified and recommended corrective action. Provides management with objective analysis and practical improvement recommendations to the control environment.
  9. Assist audit management in maintaining visibility with management both during audits and outside audit process.
  10. Keep abreast of current developments in auditing, accounting, information technology, security and fraud detection concepts and emerging issues.
  11. Conducts special projects and perform other duties as required.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  1. Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Management Information Systems or related field.
  2. Holds or currently pursuing a professional certification (e.g., CISA).
  3. 2-5 years of related experience in external, public accounting or internal audit performing General Computer Controls (GCC) and application controls auditing.
  4. Knowledge of IT network firewall and internet security trends. Unix, Oracle ERP, RACF, Microsoft XP a plus.
  5. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  6. Strong analytical and problem solving ability. Ability to analyze a process and formulate sound, business recommendations.
  7. Sound interpersonal skills. Able to work in a team environment.
  8. Knowledge of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) practice and quality assurance standards, COSO internal control framework and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  9. Proficient PC skills. Good working application of Microsoft Word and Excel. Microsoft Access and/or Audit Command Language (ACL) a plus.
  10. Sarbanes-Oxley and/or retail industry experience a plus.
  11. Travel approximately 10 – 20%.

Please contact Kathy Armey, Internal Audit Manager at Karmey01@7-11.com.


Fannie Mae  (7/21/05)

Accountant
Single Family Mortgage Business
Dallas, TX

THE COMPANY

Fannie Mae is a private, shareholder-owned company with a public mission: to tear down barriers, lower costs, and increase the opportunities for homeownership and affordable rental housing for all Americans. Over our 65-plus year history, Fannie Mae has worked with housing partners to provide low-cost financing for more than 60 million American families to own or rent a home. For more information about Fannie Mae and our career opportunities, please visit www.fanniemae.com 

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

The Credit Loss and QA Management Controller ensures the consistent application of generally accepted accounting principles over Fannie Mae’s foreclosed assets and provides analysis and reporting of financial activity. The Controller is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive compliance function over the National Property Disposition Center (NPDC) and National Underwriting Center (NUC) by ensuring that policies and procedures in each unit are operating properly. The Accountant position will play an integral part in the success of the group. Specifically s/he will be responsible to:

  • Support the restatement of credit loss accounting activity by performing analysis and preparing financial statement information. Perform analysis and prepare documentation to support the work of external auditors, engaged in the audit of Fannie Mae’s financial statements, and support other reviews by internal audit and external regulators.
  • Work with NPDC Operations and Financial Reporting to prepare results of monthly accounting activity including reviewing and approving complex spreadsheets to prepare monthly journal entries.
  • Provide analysis of monthly accounting results related to charge-off and foreclosed property expenses to present information to management in a manner that is transparent. Develop performance reports by extracting data from various systems and creating databases to track accounting information. 
  • Participate in integrated systems projects by defining accounting requirements, reviewing technical documentation, and planning and executing systems tests.  Create and maintain policy documentation for all accounting practices for foreclosed properties as applied by Fannie Mae. Ensure that any changes to accounting practices are documented and consistent with corporate policy. Interface with Financial Reporting, NPDC Operations, and Accounting Standards group to research accounting issues.
  • Develop audit guides and perform compliance reviews of NPDC and NUC operations. Work with departmental managers to ensure appropriate controls and procedures are in place and to follow up on any issues identified from the compliance reviews.
  • Maintain documentation and related evidence associated with financial reporting controls required by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
  • B.S. degree in Accounting, MBA or CPA preferred.
  • 5 to 7 years of progressive experience in accounting and application of accounting principles, with mortgage industry experience preferred.
  • Expertise in using spreadsheets to manipulate data from various systems to perform analysis and create reports; proficiency required in MS Office applications including Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.
  • Knowledge of database query packages such as Business Objects to extract data for analysis.
  • Experience documenting, flow-charting, and testing internal control procedures.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to prepare memos and procedure documentation and to present financial results in meetings with management.
SUCCESS QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must be responsible for work that requires advanced level of skills and knowledge in field of specialization.
  • Demonstrated organizational, analytical and research skills as well as the ability to conceptualize issues and develop complex processes, procedures or solutions.
  • Ability to analyze trends and compare current and prior situations to create new solutions.
  • Ability to use several techniques to systematically break down complex problems or processes into component parts.
  • Ability to work with others in an integrated way to achieve individual objectives as well as organizational results.
  • Accountable as a team member on multiple work area or cross-functional teams and/or may serve as a team leader.
COMPENSATION

Fannie Mae’s compensation and benefits package is very competitive. It is designed to help employees meet varying needs throughout their careers and to reward employee’s skills, experience, and potential.

Fannie Mae is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.

Toni Mitchell-Morgan
Recruiter
972-773-7535
toni_mitchell-morgan@fanniemae.com


The Hire Group  (7/20/05)

Sarbanes Oxley Consultant

Job Description:
Client with headquarters here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area is searching for 2-4 Sarbanes Oxley consultants. The project is expected to last thru September. The scope of the project involves Sarbanes Oxley testing. Little to no travel involved.

Job Requirements:
Sarbanes Oxley testing experience is a must. Prior audit experience and certification desired.

Salary:
Negotiable

SOXA Program Management Office (PMO)

This group reports to the manager of Accounting Process Leadership and is part of the Controller’s Organization. The PMO oversees the Company’s compliance with section 404 and 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The key function of the PMO is the global coordination of the Company’s compliance with Section 404 of the Act. Section 404 of the Act requires U.S. public companies to assess the design and operating effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting. Additionally, the Company’s external auditors are required to give an opinion on management’s assessment and the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. SOXA PMO responsibilities entail, among other things, global planning; assessing scope of processes to test; risk assessments; evaluation of results; coordination with process owners, internal audit, and management; and status reporting. There are several openings on the PMO team:

Senior project analysts
This position will participate in all aspects noted above. The key requirements are:

  • 3-5 years public accounting experience (audit senior in public accounting)
  • Experience with the internal controls and the Sarbanes-Oxley act
  • US GAAP experience • Project management experience
  • Experience with financial processes
  • Strong communication skills

An audit senior looking for a career change would be a good candidate for these positions.


I.T. auditor

This position will function as a member of a team which will be responsible for application reviews of core financial business processes and technical reviews of general computer controls The audits/projects will entail varying degrees of involvement with business processes that reside on various distributed computer platforms with a focus in the areas of application and general computer controls which provide security, audit ability, and continuity over corporate and customer information. Key requirements:

  • 3-5 years accounting/auditing experience
  • 1+ years on a Sarbanes Oxley project
  • Experience in the technical evaluation and testing of internal accounting controls and business processes • Knowledge of General Computer Controls
  • Experience auditing UNIX and/or NT environments
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Strong written & verbal communication, validation and interpretation skills to collect and evaluate information and then articulate issues at the appropriate level. • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Contact:
Susan Parker
Recruiting Manager
12770 Coit Road, Suite 400
Dallas, TX 75251
Phone: 972-980-4700 ext. 5494
sparker@hiregroup.com


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