The Dallas Chapter - September 2007 eNews

September 2007

The President’s Letter

How many of you know that there is an actual Ranch in downtown Dallas (and it is not affiliated with the 1970’s series Dallas)? Raise your hand…..

Okay, it’s not an actual working ranch, regardless of what our Yankee counterparts may think about Dallas.  However, it is a 36,000 square foot private event facility that hosts over 200 events annually.

It’s Eddie Deen’s Ranch and it is the site of our September 6 meeting!

As you have heard me mention, we are searching for additional venues for our monthly meetings since the Chapter is growing and our current location is reaching capacity.  I encourage everyone to plan to attend this event to help us decide if this is a venue we can use in the future. Your feedback is important to us!

Here are some interesting facts about Eddie Deen’s:

  • Eddie Deen & Company has catered BBQ to over 80,000 guests and friends of President George Bush.
  • Fed 14,000 guests in 45 minutes in 1995 and 15,500 people in 38 minutes at Governor Bush’s 1999 Inauguration in Austin plus 22,000 guests at three 2001 Presidential Inaugural Balls in Washington, DC.
  • During the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita disasters, Eddie Deen's catered to over 100,000 evacuees for the American Red Cross and over 65,000 for TXU in New Orleans and Lufkin, TX.  Each guest received a beneficial meal during this difficult time in our nation's history.

I hope to see you all there and look forward to your feedback!

Sincerely,

Melinda Lokey
2007-2008 President - Dallas Chapter IIA

Next Meeting - Thursday, September 6, 2007
Eddie Deen's

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

Going beyond SOx compliance – Internal Control Optimization

Phil Samson, Principal & Maanasa Jain, Senior Manager
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Internal controls optimization is a process of continuous improvement in controls that extends beyond financial reporting controls. As most organizations are mature in terms of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, management and compliance groups are now looking to understand if controls can actually result in tangible benefits both in terms of decreased costs and/or increased efficiencies. While Auditing Standard 5 (AS5) provides insight into company's controls structures and provides opportunity for improvement, without a sound methodology, it becomes difficult to glean the benefits. Each organization is unique, therefore controls optimization means something different to each.

Phil and Maanasa will share PricewaterhouseCoopers' point of view on controls optimization. They will share with you various drivers, potential business benefits and a high level approach that companies can consider. They will also discuss how Internal Audit and similar compliance functions can be strategic enablers of such a value added initiative within the company.

Phil Samson, PwCPhil Samson is a Dallas-based Principal in the Systems and Process Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has 22 years of auditing, consulting and IT experience in public accounting and industry. In his 18 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers he has lead projects to assess and/or implement IT and operational control environments as part of financial audits, internal audits, Sarbanes-Oxley 404 readiness / redesigns, and SAS 70 third party reviews. Phil's supports clients in the Retail & Consumer, Healthcare, Technology, and Financial Services industry sectors. Phil has a B.B.A. in Business Analysis and Research from Texas A&M University.

Maanasa Jain, PwCMaanasa Jain is a Dallas-based Senior Manager in the Systems and Process Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has over 11 years of combined experience in auditing and consulting within the business process and information technology fields. For the past four years, Maanasa has been focused on Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts, both from an external audit perspective as well as serving in an advisory capacity for non-audit clients. She has led engagements to assist clients with Sarbanes readiness for multi-billion dollar companies. Maanasa has also assisted clients though major business changes including business process and IT controls redesign for several high-technology, retail and consumer products companies. Most recently, Maanasa has been speaking to several companies in the marketplace regarding AS5 and its impact on their organizations. She is one of the local market leads for internal controls optimization. She has a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University. She is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).


Pre-Meeting 10:30am

Auditing Standard 5 – Effective and Efficient SOx Compliance
Christopher Williams, Partner and Colby Ton, Senior Manager
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Most companies have likely initiated the process of evaluating Auditing Standard No. 5, An Audit of Internal Control Over Financial Reporting That Is Integrated with an Audit of Financial Statements (AS 5). The goal of AS5 and the SEC interpretive guidance for management is on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the assessments performed by company's management and its external auditor. PricewaterhouseCoopers works closely with its clients to address the short-term and long-term impact AS5 has both on client Internal Audit/Compliance functions and management within the company.

Chris and Colby will share PricewaterhouseCoopers' perspectives on AS5 and the impact it has had on organizations. Their discussion will be centered on enabling a more effective and efficient audit as well as the opportunities AS5 provides to move towards controls optimization.

Chris Williams, PwCChris Williams is a Dallas-based Partner in the Systems and Process Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He serves clients primarily in the consumer and industrial products industry. He has more than 14 years of combined experience in auditing and consulting related to business process and information technology controls. He has a B.B.A. in Accounting from Stephen F. Austin State University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Texas.

Chris has served on a team Systems and Process Assurance PwC professionals to lead the update of the PwC audit methodology relating to information technology risks and controls. He has also appeared as a speaker or a panel member on a variety of topics including Fraud, Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance, and IT Controls for such organizations as Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA). His experience and knowledge includes evaluation of risk assessments, reviews of automated business process controls and their linkage to information technology controls, process walkthroughs and controls evaluation using the PCAOB guidelines.

Colby Ton, PwCColby Ton is a Dallas-based Senior Manager in the Systems and Process Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Colby has 10 years of combined experience providing companies with IT, financial, and operational auditing and consulting services. Colby’s primary responsibilities have included leading Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 readiness and optimization assessments, as well as external audits for national and international clients. Colby spent 19 months on a secondment in Europe where he was assisting PwC clients in Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Italy with the development and implementation of efficient and effective key controls in both the IT and business process domains. He is one of the local market leads for internal controls optimization.

Colby is a practicing Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). He has been a key speaker on internal controls at the ISACA Chapter in Stockholm, Sweden. He graduated with a B.S. in Management Information Systems, and a B.S. in Accounting from Louisiana State University.


Post-Meeting 1:30pm

Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance in 2007
Panel
Kirk Tryon, Manager - Texas Instruments, Inc.
William Hibbitt, retired Partner - KPMG
Danny Goldberg, Director - Tyler Technologies
John Trampe, EVP - Countrywide Financial Corporation

 This year the PCAOB and the SEC have both issued significant guidance for publicly traded companies governed by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Many companies have evolved their Sarbanes-Oxley compliance processes over the years since it was first made effective in 2004. A panel made up of members of a variety of companies will be sharing how their companies are currently structured to ensure compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley section 404. They will also talk about how this process has changed since the early days of year one (2004 for accelerated filers) and the various lessons they have learned along the journey.

Kirk Tryon is a manager in Texas Instrument’s internal audit department. Most of Kirk’s career has been spent working in the Asia Pacific region. Kirk joined TI in 1991 as an internal auditor. His initial responsibilities were to conduct internal audits for TI Japan. Kirk became an audit manager in 1995 with responsibility for auditing TI’s businesses in the US, Canada, and Latin America. In 1999, Kirk was named audit manager for TI’s Japan and Asia regions and led a team of auditors from Taipei, Taiwan, and later, Shanghai, China. Currently, Kirk is an audit manager for TI’s Japan region and in the US for TI’s semiconductor business and other corporate functions. Kirk is also a member of TI’s Sarbanes-Oxley 404 compliance team, which is tasked with leading TI’s internal control testing processes. Prior to joining TI, Kirk worked for the Auditor General’s Office for the State of Arizona. Kirk graduated from Arizona State University in 1988, and is a licensed CPA in Arizona.

William "Bill" J. Hibbitt retired as an active partner in KPMG LLP in February 2006. During his 30+ year career with the firm, he served in various capacities, including Vice-Chairman of tax operations for KPMG’s U.S. tax practice and national partner in charge of expatriate services. Mr. Hibbitt a licensed CPA in New York and Texas and is a graduate of The University of Louisville, The University of Louisville School of Law and New York University School of Law. Mr. Hibbitt served on the Audit Committee of the Triad board of directors.

Danny Goldberg, CPA, CCSA is currently the Director of Internal Audit at Tyler Technologies in Dallas. Mr. Goldberg started the internal audit department at Tyler and also assisted in the establishment of the SOX compliance department at Tenet Healthcare. Danny began his career at Arthur Anderson and is a graduate (BS – Accounting, 1997, MS – Finance, 1998) of Texas A&M University. Mr. Goldberg serves on the board of directors of a non-profit organization and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the IIA, Information Systems Audit and Control Association and the Texas Society of CPA's. Mr. Goldberg’s article, “The SOFT Approach to Auditing” appears in the August 2007 issue of the Internal Auditor and discusses the positive affects AS 5 can have on internal auditors.

John Trampe joined Countrywide in 2006 and leads the Retail Production Audit group. Before joining Countrywide, John was a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Advisory Practice, specializing in Internal Audit Services. Before PwC, John was a Senior Vice President for Bank of America (NationsBank) in internal audit, risk management and on acquisition teams. John was also in public accounting with legacy Price Waterhouse and Ernst and Young, serving as a financial services industry specialist. John is a CPA, a CIA, and past president of the Dallas Chapter of the IIA. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Accounting.


Eddie Deen's - The RanchThis meeting is being held at Eddie Deen’s – The Ranch
944 South Lamar
Dallas, Texas 75202
888-535-DEEN (3336)
214-741-4211

Eddie Deen’s Ranch is located behind the Convention Center in Downtown Dallas at the corner of South Lamar and Canton.  Please find the website at http://www.eddiedeen.com/the_ranch.asp

Directions to Eddie Deen's Ranch:

DART Directions:
The Dart Red or Blue rail line to the Convention Center stop. Walk south on South Lamar to Eddie Deen’s Ranch.

Parking Info:
Free parking will be provided to those attending the Dallas IIA meeting in the surface lot adjacent to Eddie Deen’s Ranch.

Driving Directions:
(From the North)
N. Dallas, Richardson, Plano

Take Central Expressway (us75) southbound to I-30 west; take Ervay street exit to the right; go straight on Ervay, which will become Griffin Street; make a left on Canton Street – Eddie Deen’s Ranch will be on your right on the corner of Canton and Lamar. After turning right on Lamar, the parking lot will be on your right.

North Toll Way
Southbound I-35 to I-30 east (Texarkana) exit Lamar/Griffin street take the Lamar street exit; go north (right) on Lamar; after you cross over I-30 Eddie Deen’s Ranch will be on your right.

(From the south)
Duncanville, DeSoto

Take Stemmons (I-35 north to I-30 East (Texarkana); exit Lamar/Griffin street take the Lamar street exit turn right on Lamar. Eddie Deen’s Ranch will be on your right after you go over I-30.

(From the east)
Mesquite, Garland, Greenville

Take I-30 west to Dallas, from the left lane of the freeway, take Ervay street exit, keep straight on Ervay which will become Griffin Street, make a left on Canton.  Eddie Deen’s Ranch will be on your right at the corner of Lamar and Canton turn right on Lamar to locate parking.

(From the west)
DFW Airport, HEB, Irving

Take state highway (I-183) to Stemmons (I-35e) southbound to I-30 east (Texarkana) exit Lamar/Griffin Street, take the Lamar street exit turn right on Lamar you will see Eddie Deen’s Ranch on your right after you go over I-30.

Arlington, Grand Prairie, Fort Worth
Take I-30 East (Texarkana) exit Lamar/Griffin street; take the Lamar exit. Turn right on Lamar. You will see Eddie Deen’s Ranch on your right after you go over I-30.

Preferred Method:

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

Contact:

Jeri Baker

jeri.baker@tatumllc.com

Meeting / Luncheon Fees:

IIA Members: $25
Non-Members: $35
Students: $15
Walk-ins/late registrations (members or non): $35
Phone/E-Mail Fee: $2

Reservations and cancellations must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, August 31, 2007.

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

We Now Accept Credit Cards - Online Only

We accept most major Credit Cards

The IIA Dallas Chapter, in conjunction with PayPal, will now accept payment online for the monthly luncheons.  There is no change in the cost to you for the lunch.  We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or eCheck.  Note that some corporate-issued cards block internet transactions, including PayPal; be sure you enter the billing address associated with the card when prompted.  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 Marc Winandy at marc.winandy@mckesson.com.

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

Chapter News

Volunteer in the Spotlight

Danny Goldberg is the Director of Internal Audit at Tyler Technologies, Inc. and a volunteer assistant treasurer at our chapter meetings and will be one of the panelists at this month's post meeting. But Danny doesn’t stop there with his volunteer efforts. Danny wrote an outstanding article that is published in the August edition of Internal Auditor.

The SOFT Approach to Auditing is a brief description of how the PCAOB’s Auditing Standard No. 5 will greatly affect internal audit departments in a positive fashion, if the right audit approach is utilized. The SOFT Audit approach is a risk-based audit approach that intertwines the key and material pieces of several audit types into one to gain efficiencies. A SOFT audit brings together financial, compliance, and operational objectives. To read the article in its entirety, you can click here, read your latest Internal Auditor, or visit Danny’s Web site: www.thesoftaudit.com.

Volunteers are Priceless!

Someone once said “Volunteers are not paid -- not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” The Dallas Chapter of The IIA is very fortunate to have so many volunteers that are willing to give a little of their time. Without them and their company’s support, our chapter would not be the success that it is.

There are still a few opportunities to volunteer. The following committees currently have openings:

  • Assistant Treasurer - help at the registration tables at the meetings
  • Academic Relations - plan and help with student-related events
  • Awards - assist the officers in the selection and procurement of awards for chapter volunteers
  • Elections - hold election of officers and board of governors at chapter meetings
  • Membership - help welcome members, handout name tags at the meetings, and perform other recruitment duties
  • Social - help plan and organize the annual member social

If you are interested in one or more of these committees or just looking to get more involved in the Dallas Chapter, please contact the Dallas Chapter Volunteer Coordinator Pamela Krakosky at pkrakosky@verizon.net.


IIA Research Foundation

The Research Foundation has recently issued a report entitled What Have Organizations Done in Regard to External Quality Assessments?  Are you curious as to what other organizations have done in regard to their external quality assessments?  Are you wondering how your organization measures up against other organizations?  The IIA Research Foundation's revived Emerging Issues Series report entitled "IIA Standard 1312 - External Quality Assessments: results, tools, techniques and lessons learned" can help you answer these questions and more.

This report is provided as a free service to members of The IIA.  IIA members may reproduce and distribute copies for use within their organizations.  Non-members are asked to make a tax-deductible contribution to The IIA Research Foundation before downloading the files.

 The link to the publication is http://www.theiia.org/research/rfnews/index.cfm?i=3884.


Certification News - CIA Review Course!

Upcoming CIA Review Courses!

The CIA review course registration information can now be found on the Dallas Chapter Web site:  http://www.dallasiia.org/CIA_Review_F07.htm  the dates are September 5-8, 2007

The next Dallas Chapter review courses, featuring live training by Dr. Glen Sumners of Louisiana State University, will be offered as follows at UT Dallas:

  • March 28-31, 2008
  • September 5-8, 2008
CIA and Other Specialty Exams – November 14-15 , 2007

CIA and other specialty exams will be held in the UTD School of Management (SOM) Building, Room 1.502. For information on how to get to UTD and nearby hotels, please see http://www.utdallas.edu/visitors-index.html. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the exam to allow time for parking and room assignment. If you enter via the University Parkway entrance, a guard will give you a parking pass and direct you to the SOM building.

Reminder…New Computer-based Testing Begins February 2008

Visit the IIA’s Web site for more information: www.theiia.org.

The IIA Announces New CIA Exam Preparation Materials

If you are planning to take the CIA exam this year, now is the time to begin preparing and there’s no better way than through The IIA CIA Learning System. Orders will begin shipping April 1, so place your order today. Visit www.learncia.com or call +1-877-442-2425.


Internal Auditor Publication Links (1991-2007)

Have you ever wanted to go back to an article you read in the Internal Auditor but didn't know where to look for the lost publication?  Thanks to Kerry Bogard, a Dallas Chapter member who works at AAFES, has made life easier for us.  Kerry put together the links for Internal Auditor for the past 16 years!  Just click here or go to the Members tab of our website.


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 1 Each speaking engagement on internal auditing that a Dallas Chapter member completes will earn the Chapter 1 credit per CPD hour. Each full article, Roundtable article, Fraud Finding, etc. submitted that meets basic editorial guidelines will earn 5 credits. For each full article published 20 credits are earned. Each internal audit related article published in any other trade or professional journal that is authored by a chapter member is 5 credits.

To report your writing and speaking go to http://dallasiia.org/Speaking.htm and complete the provided form by September 15, 2007.

Seminars

On behalf of the IIA’s 2007 Southern Regional Conference Coordinating Committee and the Austin Chapter, we’d like to invite you to attend this year’s conference at the Omni Southpark Hotel in Austin, Texas.

We have a great conference scheduled, featuring four informative tracks:

  • Governance – “Tone at the Top”
  • Information Technology and Information Management
  • Risk Management
  • CGAP Review

The CGAP review track is designed as a 16-hour review that starts on Sunday afternoon, culminating with the option for you to take the exam on site Wednesday morning. If you sign up for the review track, you may also attend the Monday and Tuesday general sessions and luncheons.

The “fun” activities start on Sunday evening with a pool-side reception, and continue on to Monday evening when we will provide transportation to either the downtown area for fine dining and live music, or a family-style barbeque restaurant in the hill country.
Tuesday evening’s “gala” will be a “Texas-style” evening at the Bob Bullock museum of Texas History. Along with a buffet and cash bar, you’ll have access to three floors of exhibits and the Texas Spirit Theatre, an interactive multi-media experience focusing on the “stories of determination, perseverance, and triumph that have formed the Texas spirit."

In addition to the conference, we are pleased to announce that The IIA will present a free Internal Audit Educator’s forum on Sunday. On Wednesday afternoon, the Sloan Foundation will offer a workshop on Performance Measurement for a small additional fee.
We hope to see you in Austin!

Robert Cates, CIA Robert Elizondo, CIA, CGAP
Conference Co-Chair Conference Co-Chair

Career Opportunities

Are you currently in the job market either voluntarily or involuntarily? Let the Employment Committee help you. Send us your resume and we will include you in our resume database. We receive calls from recruiters and hiring managers for open positions and will forward your resume if there is a match. We get calls for staff to director levels, IT to finance, local to out of town. All inquiries will be handled confidentially.  If you have any questions, please contact Greg Dubis at 972-431-5946 or send him an e-mail at gdubis@jcpenney.com.  We look forward to helping you.


JCPenney  (8/17/07)

HR/BENEFITS AUDITOR

The world of JCPenney is exciting and fast-paced. It's a world of stability and growth. A world where traditions established at the turn of the century guide one of America's largest, most successful, and technologically advanced retailers.

Today, JCPenney commands more than 100 million square feet of premiere retail space - the majority of this in the nation's leading malls. The Company generates double-digit sales in the billions, making it a perennial leader among the nation's retailers.

It's a world worth exploring - where dedication, persistence, and teamwork are encouraged...and rewarded. Where do you fit in? Take a look and see. JCPenney may be just the place you need to be ...a world of opportunity.

JCPenney is currently seeking an HR/Benefits Auditor who will be responsible for coordinating and conducting audits as assigned, including specialized activities with a high degree of professional competence and technical HR, Payroll and Benefits expertise.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Determines and/or recommends the scope and objective of specialized audits utilizing professional resources and technical tools/techniques most appropriate and productive.
  • Analyzes complex HR and Benefits Plan administrative processes in relation to the regulatory requirements stipulated by the IRS, DOL, ERISA and/or other Federal and State related laws to determine compliance within both manual and automated processes.
  • Participate as consultant in the development, testing and implementation of mission critical HR, Payroll and Support Services systems, as well as post implementation verification of operating control for newly automated processes. Participate in the development of requirements for enhanced or additional outsourced services with the third party benefits administrator.
  • Documents findings to fully substantiate recommendations for changes and improvements to HR/Benefits processes, systems, controls and/or procedures. Communicates audit concerns and findings to the appropriate levels of operating and senior management. 
  • Identifies and recommends new and/or improved technical audit techniques, and provides technical assistance and training in specified methods to the Department and external auditors.
  • Assists Audit Manager in preparing and establishing priorities based on specialized knowledge of key risks and exposures, and participates in developing the schedule of audit assignments and audit plans. Maintains a high degree of knowledge about HR/Benefits practices and related regulatory requirements that directly impact the Company, as well as maintains fundamental knowledge about the business and remains aware of trends in the industry.
  • Communicates overall summary of audit results to operating management on a regular basis and alerts management to unusual or high-risk situations requiring immediate action.

Qualified candidates will possess:

  • Bachelor's degree with 3 – 4 years of Human Resource and/or Benefits Administration auditing.
  • Two years of project management for large, complex projects with significant dollar impact at the Senior Auditor level or its equivalent.
  • Understanding of ERISA requirements for qualified retirement plans and Federal requirements for basic employment practices.
  • Possess basic data mining/query skills of HR, Payroll and Benefits related data using PeopleSoft, Queryman, Access and/or ACL.
  • Familiarity PeopleSoft HR/Payroll, Workbrain and Oracle Incentive Compensation Systems.  Ongoing education and/or self-study of changing employment practices and regulatory requirements for HR, Payroll and Benefits plan administration.
  • CIA and CEBS certification is desirable.

To apply, please go to our website at: www.jcpenneycareers.com > Home Office > Home Office Support > Finance & Accounting > HR/Benefits Auditor


AT&T  (8/17/07)

Corporate Auditor
Dallas, TX

An exciting opportunity to advance your career with the World’s Most Admired Telecommunications Company, AT&T.  As a Corporate Auditor you will be responsible for planning and performing reviews of business operations and evaluating internal controls that result in cost-effective, value-added audits.  Additional challenges include developing innovative audit plans based on risk analysis, testing and evaluating key business controls and communicating audit results to various levels of management.  This position allows exposure and potential transition to other business units within AT&T across a wide range of operations and locations.  There is 10-20% travel associated with this position.

Qualified candidates have a minimum of 2 years experience in Public or Industry audit along with a functional business understanding in some of the areas of sales, finance, procurement, billing, inventory management, risk analysis, information systems, network, marketing, customer service and operations.  The selected candidate will have strong critical thinking and analytical skills coupled with strong interpersonal, oral and written communication expertise.  Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel along with the ability to adjust to a constantly changing environment are necessary in this role.  The final candidate will also possess a Bachelors degree in Accounting, Finance or Business; however, a CPA, CIA, or CFE is most desirable.

At the AT&T family of companies, our success depends on the determination and dedication of our employees, and it's important that our employees know we value them. We recognize that work is just one of many important things in your life and your needs may change over time. So we've designed a benefits package that allows our employees to plan for their future, offering protection and value today and tomorrow.

Not only does the AT&T family of companies offer excellent compensation packages, but we also have outstanding benefits (medical/dental/vision insurance, education assistance, family care benefits, pension, savings plan), and an environment conducive to personal and professional growth.

If interested, please submit your resume to zc2716@att.com.  Please reference Dallas, TX  Corporate Auditor position.

AT&T Communications Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive full and fair consideration for employment.

Ericsson  (8/17/07)

Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.

We are currently seeking an Internal Auditor to be based in our North American Headquarters location in Plano, TX.

Principle Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Help define scope of assigned audits and prepare audit program,
  • Prepare engagement letters, information requests and other planning documentation,
  • Conduct audits in accordance with the approved audit program and in accordance with auditing standards,
  • Add value to the organization by identifying improvement opportunities and providing clear recommendations,
  • Make oral and written presentations to auditee during and at the conclusion of the audit,
  • Prepare formal written audit reports utilizing standard reporting format,
  • Reviews audit work papers and oversees preparation of audit findings.

Skills Required:

  • Strong experience in the use of PC software as audit tools,
  • Experience with ERP systems such as SAP/R3 and audit tools (e.g.: ACL),
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office Applications; strong analytical abilities,
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills,
  • High level of SOX knowledge,
  • Works well individually and with others;
  • Ability to travel international/domestic (20-50%),
  • High integrity and ethics.

We Desire:

Bachelor degree in Business Administration or equivalent with a minimum of 3 years audit experience (including some combination of internal/external financial, operational and information system audit experience) or 3 years experience in Ericsson's operations. Professional certification preferred.

Read more at www.ericsson.com and apply at www.ericssonusjobs.com. Reference job #11420.We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.


Ratliff Associates  (7/24/07)


214-570-8483

Job Description
Fortune 100 Financial Auditor

Ratliff Associates, recruiters of Accounting and IT professionals, is immediately seeking a Financial Auditor with a minimum of four years experience for the following opportunity. Client is a Fortune 100 company. Excellent benefits (valuable stock options and matching 401k) are included!

General Summary
The Financial Auditor will conduct integrated financial, operational and basic IT audits throughout multiple business units in order to identify risks and controls that may impact the integrity of reported financial information and/or the achievement of business objectives. The role will require strong analytical and presentation skills.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct Financial Audits relating to all P&L Balance Sheet Accounts, Inventory etc.
  • Consult with and advise internal clients on the development and implementation of effective and cost efficient internal controls to manage business risks and improve their business processes.
  • Following COSO guidelines determine organizational compliance with Company standards, policies and commonly accepted business and IT practices.
  • Identify opportunities for increasing efficiency of business and administrative functions.
  • Continually monitor compliance with the existing system of internal controls and make recommendations for change as appropriate.
  • 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

  • Bachelors Degree required (Accounting, Finance or Business) Masters in Business Administration (MBA ) is Preferred
  • 4-7+ years Audit experience required
  • Certification (CPA, CIA) is STRONGLY preferred
  • Previous Public Accounting experience preferred
  • Previous experience with field level controls in a large corporate manufacturing and distribution environment of packaged goods
  • Exposure to COSO guidelines preferred
  • Strong communication skills are required (both written and verbal)
  • Highly Analytical and Organized
  • 50% travel required (mostly domestic)
  • Target salary: $70-$80k negotiable based upon experience and past earnings history

Candidates must be within commuting distance to North Dallas and be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident as no relocation or sponsorship assistance will be offered. Qualified candidates, please forward your resumes to connie@ratliffassociates.com 


Senior Audit Analyst

Ratliff Associates, recruiters of finance, accounting and IT professionals in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, is immediately seeking a senior audit analyst with a minimum of one year experience using Audit Command Language (ACL) for the following fulltime opportunity. Local client is a multi-billion dollar financial services company. Excellent benefits, employee friendly environment!

Description:

  • Continuously monitor audit data and business processes to assure that compliance mandates are met
  • Using ACL, gather, analyze and present data to assist the audit team
  • Interpret trends and recommend systems and procedures improvements
  • Interface with auditors, process owners and management

Requirements:

  • BS in Accounting or related degree
  • Minimum two years of internal audit and SOX experience
  • Demonstrated, expert level ACL (preferred) or other analysis tools such as Approva, SAS, Netmap, Matlab, or i2/iBase
  • Strong written and verbal skills is a must
  • Travel requirement is zero to 10%

Compensation:

Negotiable based upon experience level. Target $55k-$75k negotiable based upon experience and earnings history.

Qualified candidates, who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents, please forward your confidential resume to connie@ratliffassociates.com


Southwest Airlines  (6/7/07)


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