The Dallas Chapter - October 2005 eNews

October 2005

The President’s Letter

Hello,

We had a great meeting in September and should have another great one in October. We are covering topics that are important in our profession, including corporate governance, Enterprise Risk Management, and the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations for the Treadway Commission (COSO) Control Framework. Please encourage your colleagues to use the meetings and other Dallas Chapter events and seminars as resources to keep up with the current issues and developments.

Another resource available to members is The IIA Web site (www.theiia.org). The Internal Audit standards, professional practices framework, and other guidance are available at a click of the button. One article I came across was a prepared presentation aimed at corporate executives as to what an audit department can do for them. View it at http://www.theiia.org/index.cfm?act=content.page&DOC_ID=3994 . You will need your member number and password to access this presentation and some parts of the Web site. Your number/password is maintained by The IIA International, and not by the Dallas Chapter. Contact Customer Service at The IIA at custserv@theiia.org if you need help (I have mine memorized as I find myself visiting the IIA Web site regularly...
do you?)

Also in the October meeting, we will recognize the recent recipients of the IIA sponsored certifications, including the Certified Internal Auditor designation. Personally, having other certifications and many years of internal audit experience, I never thought I needed the CIA designation. However, I am very happy that I recently passed the CIA exams. I am currently working in a SOX compliance role outside of traditional internal audit. I think it helps with my credibility to others when I can point to designation and not have to go into a long description of my years of internal audit experience.

Congratulation to all members earning new certifications!!!

Sincerely,

Lynn Allsup, CPA, CFSA, CIA
President Dallas Chapter IIA
lynn.allsup@intervoice.com

Next Meeting - Thursday, October 6, 2005
CityPlace Conference Center

COSO

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

Enterprise-Wide Risk Management:
“Separating the Wheat from the Chaff -
Gleaning Best Practices in an Evolving Marketplace”

Paul Kanneman, Grant Thornton LLP

Much has been written regarding Enterprise-Wide Risk Management. Everybody seems to know something about it. Lots of companies are talking about it and considering it. Some companies are even implementing it – or at least something they are calling EWRM. Yet, when you take a long hard look – through the eyes of professional skepticism – you don’t find many real world success stories and many are left scratching their heads and asking, “How is this any different than what we are already doing or have done in the past?”

Mr. Kanneman, Regional Practice Leader for Grant Thornton LLP’s Business Advisory Services, has been “living in the trenches” – assisting clients in articulating what EWRM means for their business and how EWRM concepts and constructs can be applied uniquely to their environment. Using several recent engagements as starting points, Mr. Kanneman will explore the various dimensions that constitute Enterprise-Wide Risk Management and then identify many of the leading practices and pitfalls that are associated with implementing those concepts in “the real world.”

Paul Kanneman, Grant Thornton LLPPaul Kanneman, Grant Thornton Principal, has over 17 years of experience in management consulting and technology advisory services. He has worked with consumer product related companies ranging from manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors, to small independent retailers and national chains. Additionally, he has advised discrete and process manufacturers, energy companies, utilities, and financial service related institutions; focusing on technology-enabling the supply chain in the areas of customer service, store/branch operations, revenue accounting, and delivery logistics.

Retail-related clients include such firms as Service Merchandise, 7-11 Corporation, Lowe’s, Finlay’s, Zale Corporation, McDonald’s, a national office-supply retail chain, the convenience store divisions of two major oil companies, and the grocery division of a major food distributor. He has also assisted several “e-tailers” in their entry into the electronic commerce arena, including Dell Corporation. Lastly, Paul served for almost four years as the Chief Information Officer for one of the nation’s largest specialty retailers; responsible for managing the information technology environment supporting over 1,400 locations, corporate headquarters, regional credit centers, and a centralized distribution center.

Prior to his commercial career, Paul served as an intelligence officer for seven years, specializing in the area of signals/electronics intelligence, cryptology, and security. Paul recently joined Grant Thornton LLP and has been tasked with building the Technology Risk Management practice within the Central Region. He is responsible for the oversight and delivery of all technology related audit, review and advisory services performed on behalf of our clients within the Central region.


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

T– CSA & Matrix Methodologies
Al Bazis, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

Two methodologies that can be used for work within the COSO approach will be presented. What are they, how do they work, how are they similar and how are they different? How are they implemented and what are the benefits? Can one be a primer for the other? What skills do we need?

Al Bazis, CPA, began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co where he was an Audit Manager. He then joined Associates First Capital Corp., an $80 billion financial services company, where he was Senior Vice President of Corporate Audit. Associates utilized many best practices in the internal audit department and was an early implementer of control self assessment (CSA) which was used successfully in all phases of audit work. Al is currently with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) where he is the Director of Internal Audit. DART has recently adopted a COSO-based approach to audits which utilizes a risk/control matrix. This approach would allow for an easy transition to CSA in the future. Al has served on the IIA International committees, has served the Dallas Chapter of the IIA as president and is currently on the Chapter’s Board of Governors. He is the Chairman of the University of North Texas Internal Audit Advisory Board.


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

Panel - Best Practices and What, If Anything,
Has Changed Since SOX Has Been Implemented

The Panel will discuss their insights into changes that have arisen from SOX implementation. Our distinguished panel includes:

Moderator:  Kathryn Barton, Lone Star Technologies - Internal Audit Director, joined Lone Star Technologies, Inc. in July 2002, which is a producer and marketer of premium casing, tubing, line pipe and couplings for the oil and gas industry; specialty tubing for the industrial, automotive, and power generation industries; and flat rolled steel and other tubular products and services. Kathryn leads the Internal Audit team which is responsible for all Internal Audit activities.

Kathryn has over 22 years of experience in various Internal Audit positions primarily in the Electric Utility and Oil and Gas Industries. During her 16 year career with Central and South West Corp., Kathryn pioneered the practice of Control Self Assessment (CSA). She developed a CSA program in 1996 and managed the processes until the company was acquired in 2000.

Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Kathryn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Internal Systems Auditor and attained Certification in Control Self-Assessment.

Brad Bates, Deloitte - Senior Manager, is based in Dallas within Deloitte’s Enterprise Risk Services (“ERS”) practice and an internal audit specialist with 19 years of Internal Audit experience in a variety of industries. Brad has worked at Deloitte for approximately six years, where he manages all aspects of internal audit engagements for Deloitte’s fully-outsourced internal audit clients. Prior to joining Deloitte, Brad worked in a similar capacity with another Big Four professional services firm where he managed full-outsourced internal audit engagements, performed risk assessments, and developed internal audit plans for organizations in a variety of industries.

Brad is a Certified Internal Auditor and has been active in the IIA for his entire 16-year career. He has served on many committees and has held various officer positions in the Dallas Chapter. Brad was the President of the Dallas Chapter for the 2000-2001Chapter year. Brad is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Shreveport where he received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

Gwen Land, Jefferson Wells International - Director of Internal Controls, joined Jefferson Wells, a professional services firm, in 1998 with the opening of the Dallas office. Gwen is responsible for developing the firm’s Internal Audit practice in the Dallas market and managing a staff in excess of 70 professionals. Service offerings include Internal Audit Co-sourcing, Internal Audit Outsourcing, and Sarbanes-Oxley Assistance.

Prior to joining Jefferson Wells, Gwen was in Internal Audit management in the financial services industry for 15 years. She worked with Comerica Bank, Lomas Mortgage USA, and Bank of America. She started her career in public accounting with BDO Seidman.

Gwen graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio with a B.S. in Business Administration. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

Clint McPherson, Protiviti, Inc. – Internal Audit Services Director, from the Ft. Worth office, has over 15 years of experience in internal audit, business operations, and information technology. Clint has experience in the areas of enterprise risk assessments and planning, internal audit quality assessment reviews and transformation efforts, and numerous comprehensive internal audit business process and IT operational reviews.

Prior to joining Protiviti, Clint held an Internal Audit practice leadership position within a “Big 5” accounting firm, as well as, serving in Internal Audit leadership positions within both a publicly-traded Fortune 15 consumer products/manufacturing organization and a large insurance based holding company and as a senior consultant with Accenture’s Financial Services practice.

Clint received is Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from the University of Oklahoma. Clint is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Project Management Professional (PMP), and is accredited in Quality Assessment from the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Kirk Tryon, Texas Instruments - Internal Audit Manager, joined TI in 1991 as an internal auditor with responsibility for auditing TI Japan. Kirk has been an audit manager for the last 11 years and most recently, was responsible for managing audits in TI’s Asia and Japan regions, and TI’s Semiconductor business. 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.


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, September 30, 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 Dallas 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 luncheon are being emailed to new CIA’s. If you have any questions, please contact Toni Messer at tmesser@utdallas.edu or 972-883-2693


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 Research Foundation has issued a report entitled Factors Affecting Corporate Governance and Audit Committees in Selected Countries (France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States). The issues of corporate governance and audit committees related to it and their impact on corporate performance have continued to gain widespread prominence in the capital market economy. Strong actions have been undertaken in both the United States and the European Union to enhance the public confidence in the area of governance. This new research study:

  • Identifies significant differences in corporate governance and their impacts on corporate structures.
    Provides an overview of corporate governance and audit committees.
  • Discusses the factors affecting the efficiency and effectiveness of corporate governance and the audit committee.
    Reviews the major features of corporate governance and audit committees in the selected countries.

The report is in paperback form and can be ordered online at – www.theiia.org/?act=form.bookstore, or calling toll free 1-877-867-4957. (Order number 505, IIA member price - $65, non member price - $80.)


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

Recruiting Season!

Never before in history has the demand for qualified internal auditors been greater. I don’t think anyone will dispute that statement, but the question that comes up periodically is will this trend continue. My belief is that the gap between the supply and demand will only get larger in future years. The mission for the program at UTD has continued to be: “Provide an internationally recognized internal audit program that provides well trained internal audit candidates from cross disciplines.” During this past year I feel we have moved to this stature as I continue to work with employers beyond DFW that want strong Internal Audit candidates.

Recruiting is starting the week of September 20. Recruiting is starting the week of September 20. I’m proud to say that we should reach over 75 students in the UTD Student Chapter and Program this fall. We are in the process of placing those students around the world, although many of them would prefer the DFW area. As we saw last spring semester, some of the students will even adjust their schedules to start immediately.

The first seminar of the year, “Fraud – Follow the Money” is scheduled for October 21. We need all of your support with this exceptional seminar. Proceeds of the seminar provide ongoing support of the Student Program and help fund graduate assistants that support the Program and help in its growth. The event is sponsored by the Dallas Chapter and the Criminal Investigation Unit of the IRS. We have seven speakers presenting on the topic of fraud investigation with a special luncheon guest speaker presenting “Identity Theft.” This will be a great program to earn eight hours of CPE and help support the Program at UTD. You still have time to take advantage of a discount if you make your reservation and payment by September 30, 2005.

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. The Student Chapter has a completely new look on the Web site and resumes of those in the program are now available on-line. The Web site is www.utdallas.edu/orgs/iia.


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 September 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 October 15, 2005. Contact Magdalena Kovats (214-777-0581 or magdalena.kovats@resources-us.com) if you have any questions.

Seminars

FRAUD SEMINAR

Fraud! Follow the Money and Techniques for Forensic Accounting Investigations

October 21, 2005 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.


Introduction to ACL for Windows
(Expanded Edition)

The City of Carrollton in conjunction with Pro-Info Associates, invites you to attend an expanded edition of the Introduction to ACL training course to be held on November 1 - 3, 2005. This “hands-on” class will be held at the EOC training room, which is located on the lower level of City Hall, 1945 E. Jackson Road, Carrollton, Texas. Each class participant will have access to a computer and the most current version of ACL for Windows software during the class. Course participants will earn 24 hours of CPE credit. The fee for this three-day course is $550. A discount of $25 is available for IIA members, government attendees, or group registrants (2 or more). Class size is limited to 10 participants, please register early. The course fee includes a comprehensive course manual and CPE certificate. Participants will be on their own for lunch. Course hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

This highly rated course will acquaint the participants with basic to intermediate ACL concepts and procedures. No prior ACL experience is required. For more information, to view a full course description and outline, or to register please visit the Pro-Info Associates Web site at www.pia-consulting.com or you may contact Pro-Info Associates by phone at (512) 343-2866. For more information on the training facility, please contact Martha Baucom, City of Carrollton’s Office of Budget and Management Analysis at 972-466-3494.


We have listed on our website other audit related seminars presented by other local professional organizations as well as other Texas IIA chapters. Please visit http://dallasiia.org/Seminars.htm for all the details.

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.


Belo Corporation  (9/20/05)

Belo Corporation is seeking talented Senior and Staff auditors who want to gain exceptional experience in the field of internal audit in our Dallas, Texas office. Ideal candidates must work well in a team environment and possess or are pursuing their CPA or CIA certification.

Senior Auditor

Responsible for overseeing operational, financial and compliance audits and evaluating internal controls in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Responsibilities

  • Complete preliminary audit survey, risk assessment, and analytic reviews 
  • Define audit objectives, scope and audit approach based on risk assessment, and initial internal control evaluation 
  • Draft audit plan for approval, including time budget, schedule, and personnel resources. Coordinate with IS auditor and other technical specialists in accordance with system risks 
  • Perform or lead financial and operational audits in a professional manner, in accordance with the professional practice of Internal Audit and the Internal Audit Departments risk assessment 
  • Provide revision of audit programs where necessary to accomplish audit objective 
  • Prepare or lead the preparation of audit workpapers documenting each step in the audit program. Ensure that information is presented clearly, concisely, accurately, in logical format, timely, and in accordance with standards and reviews workpapers of others 
  • Make oral and written presentations to management during and at conclusion of an audit, discussing deficiencies, recommending corrective action and suggesting improvements in internal controls 
  • Interview persons in area under audit to gain understanding of how the system operates 
  • Perform transaction and compliance testing to evaluate the existence, efficiency and effectiveness of internal control procedures 
  • Lead and participate in special projects and system reviews as assigned 
  • Maintain updated knowledge of rules, regulations and standards in the fields of internal audit and accounting and related matters of interest to the department

Minimum Qualifications

  • Certification as a Public Accountant or Internal Auditor 
  • Considerable knowledge of accounting/auditing theory and practices and of company financial analysis and reporting 
  • Ability to perform audit work of moderate to extreme complexity; to read and interpret bookkeeping and accounting records and reports; to work under pressure; and to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally, in person and by telephone 
  • Analytical ability sufficient to systematically appraise and verify the accuracy of accounting/auditing records and reports, to evaluate the systems of internal control, and to ensure the consistent application of accepted accounting/auditing theory 
  • Ability to plan and lead the performance of standard audit procedures i.e. recalculations, documentation, interviews and confirmations and to organize and logically present all findings 
  • Knowledge of and ability to use automated systems, including personal computers and spreadsheet software. Ability to travel. 
  • Bachelors degree in accounting, finance, business or related field with a minimum of 12 semester hours of accounting and one financial auditing course.
Staff Auditor

Under general direction performs and assists in detailed operational, financial, and compliance audits. Assists in the evaluation of internal controls in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Responsibilities

  • Assists and performs detailed operational, financial and compliance audits. 
  • Assists in evaluating internal controls in areas audited in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. 
  • Summarizes findings identified in completed audits. 
  • Develops workable recommendations to correct identified findings. 
  • Develops drafts of internal control questionnaires and work programs. 
  • Prepares audit report drafts and special studies for management. 
  • Evaluates management responses to audit recommendations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Knowledge of financial and managerial accounting techniques and procedures. 
  • Ability to operate personal computers and calculators 
  • Word processing, spreadsheet and graphic software skills 
  • Analytical ability 
  • Organizational skills  Oral and written communication skills 
  • ACL experience a plus 
  • Bachelors degree in accounting, finance, business or related field with a minimum of 12 semester hours of accounting and one financial auditing course.

If interested, please submit your resume to Belo Human Resources at jobs@belo.com. Belo is an equal opportunity employer. Background investigation required as a condition of employment.


Jericho HR Group  (9/19/05)

Senior IT Auditor (multiple openings)
Location: Dallas, TX
Salary: Market & bonus DOE

General Description:
Within our client’s Technology & Security Risk Services (TSRS) practice, they are currently seeking a Staff professional to serve as a member of multiple client engagement teams that assist clients in employing proper information systems, resources, and controls to maximize efficiencies and minimize risk. The Staff professional will work with client personnel to analyze, evaluate, and enhance information systems facilitating the business internal control process. The successful candidate will assist clients and other TSRS professionals in performing information technology (IT) control and security engagements, as well as in performing audits of financial statements and other attest services.

Specific Role Description:
Seeking an experienced Staff professional to assist with the documentation, design and testing of general IT controls. Individuals will be working to assist clients with Sarbanes-Oxley 404 compliance. Producing documentation will be a large part of this position.

Responsibilities:
Demonstrate an understanding of the client's platform structure, security software used, and how information systems are used at the client and within the client's industry.

Execute procedures, perform detailed data analysis, reach conclusions, document results, and suggest ideas for efficiencies. Recognize relevant financial statement issues from basic analysis and identify potential non-compliance with standards.

Maintain relationships with the client at appropriate levels. Demonstrate teamwork and responsibility with engagement team members stay abreast of the current IT environment and industry IT trends relevant to client's business, and use current technology/tools to enhance the effectiveness of deliverables and service.

Requirements:
To qualify for this excellent career and learning opportunity, candidates must have:

  • a Bachelor's or Master's degree in business, accounting, finance, computer science, information systems, engineering and/or other appropriate academic major 
  • approximately 3-5 years of related IT auditing experience 
  • Experience with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 compliance preferred. 
  • Understanding of COSO & COBIT preferred. 
  • Experience documenting, designing and testing of general IT controls. 
  • Understanding of key IT processes: program changes, user admin, backup/recovery 
  • Prefer CISA or CPA certifications 
  • An executive presence and ability to interact with clients. 
  • Willing and capable to produce documentation. 
  • Knowledge of MS Office and Visio. 
  • Willingness to travel up to 50%

If you are interested, please send a “Word” copy of your resume/CV and salary requirements to the address below. If this position is not for you and you know of someone who might be interested, please forward this to them.

JOSH SLIMMER
Principal
Jericho HR Group
www.jerichohr.com
jobs@jerichohr.com


Conselium  (9/12/05)

Audit Director - Fortune 500 – Dallas, TX

We consistently make Fortune's list "Most Admired Companies". We are also an industry leader that consistently grows revenue and profits.

Promotional opportunities exist in the audit department, the accounting/finance department or the business units.

The Audit Director will be responsible for the daily department direction reporting to the Chief Audit Officer. Responsibilities include: developing the audit plan, directing the department in operational, financial and compliance audits, and presenting findings to the Audit Committee.

Salary up to $130,000 + 20% bonus + discount stock purchase

Relocation is negotiable

Minimum requirements include:
-CPA or CIA designation
-10 years audit experience; minimum 5 years in management
-degree in accounting, finance or internal audit

For consideration submit your resume to:

Maurice Gilbert, CPA
Conselium
Email: maurice@conselium.com
Web: www.conselium.com
Phone: 214-540-8428
Mobile: 214-213-8875


PNM Human Resources  (8/26/05)

Auditor Supervisor
Job I.D. #728
Fort Worth, Texas

Supervises a group performing Financial, Operational, Regulatory, Compliance, and Information Systems audit and consulting engagements on an integrated audit basis including planning, fieldwork, report writing, report reviewing, and team leadership. SOX experience strongly preferred. Big Four accounting experience preferred. Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field with six to eight years related experience and certification (CPA, CIA, etc.) is required. For a full description of job requirements and to apply visit us online at www.pnm.com/careers.

PNM Resources is an EEO/AA Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.


City of San Antonio  (8/23/05)

San Antonio is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest city in Texas, with a population of more than 1.2 million. The City of San Antonio employs more than 12,000 employees and has an annual consolidated budget for fiscal year 2005 of more than $1.5 billion.

The City of San Antonio Internal Audit Department is seeking general and information technology auditors to work locally in San Antonio. Candidates will be considered for positions from level II through V. The City of San Antonio offers competitive salaries and excellent employee and retirement benefits.

Assistant Auditor II has a salary range of $42,444 through $63,672.
Assistant Auditor III has a salary range of $51,924 through $77,892.
Assistant IT Auditor III has a salary range of $56,352 through $84,528.

Requirements:

Candidates should have prior internal auditing or information technology experience. Certifications such as CIA, CPA, CISA, CGAP or CFE may be required. Candidates must have a minimum of two years of recent internal audit experience. Advanced degrees and government auditing experience a plus.

Information technology auditor’s experience should include assessing information technology risks, control responses and audit techniques for ERP, internet/intranet, mainframe and/or client server systems.

To apply:

Qualified applicants should complete a City of San Antonio application on-line. City of San Antonio on-line application, detailed job descriptions and requirements are available at:

https://ww4.sanantonio.gov/jobs/jobvacs/openpositions.aspx

Applicants may also send a resume with salary history and references to the City Internal Auditor via E-mail at pmajor@sanantonio.gov, fax (210)223-0173 or mail to 111 Soledad, Suite 600, San Antonio, TX 78205.


LandAmerica  (8/23/05)

Employees at LandAmerica Financial Group, Inc. take pride in the strength of a company with over 125 years of success in the title insurance and real estate transaction services industry. Four business imperatives remain important to corporate and individual success at LandAmerica: superior service, growth, unity, and operational excellence.

We are seeking a Sr. Auditor for our corporate office in Richmond, VA and also in Dallas, TX. These positions will be responsible for overseeing both operational and financial audits within the Audit and Advisory Resources department. Ideal candidates must work well in a team environment and possess their CPA, CIA, or CISA.

Responsibilities

  • Complete preliminary audit survey, risk assessment, and analytic review around statutory and compliance type audits
  • Define audit objectives, scope and audit approach based on risk assessment, and initial internal control evaluation
  • Draft audit plan for approval, including time budget, schedule, personnel resources, and IS audit applications. Proposes materiality limits and sampling plan. Coordinate with IS auditor and other technical specialists in accordance with system risks
  • Perform or lead financial and operational audits in a professional manner, in accordance with the professional practice of Internal Audit and the Internal Audit Departments risk assessment
  • Provide revision of audit programs where necessary to accomplish audit objective
  • Prepare or lead the preparation of audit workpapers documenting each step in the audit program. Ensure that information is presented clearly, concisely, accurately, in logical format, timely, and in accordance with standards and reviews workpapers of others
  • Make oral and written presentations to management during and at conclusion of an audit, discussing deficiencies, recommending corrective action and suggesting improvements in internal controls
  • Interview persons in area under audit to gain understanding of how the system operates
  • Perform transaction and compliance testing to evaluate the existence, efficiency and effectiveness of internal control procedures
  • Assist external auditors by preparing workpapers and schedules
  • Lead and participate in special projects and system reviews as assigned
  • Maintain updated knowledge of rules, regulations and standards in the fields of internal audit and accounting and related matters of interest to the department

Minimum Qualifications

  • Certification as a Public Accountant, Internal Auditor, or Information Systems Auditor
  • Considerable knowledge of accounting/auditing theory and practices and of company financial analysis and reporting
  • Ability to perform audit work of moderate to extreme complexity; to read and interpret bookkeeping and accounting records and reports; to work under pressure; and to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally, in person and by telephone
  • Analytical ability sufficient to systematically appraise and verify the accuracy of accounting/auditing records and reports, to evaluate the systems of internal control, and to ensure the consistent application of accepted accounting/auditing theory
  • Ability to plan and lead the performance of standard audit procedures i.e. flowcharting, recalculations, documentation, interviews and confirmations and to organize and logically present all findings
  • Knowledge of and ability to use automated systems, including personal computers and peripherals and spreadsheet software • Ability to travel by various modes of public transportation. Ability to travel for extended periods • Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Preferred Qualifications

  • Significant experience in an external/internal auditing environment and in the title insurance industry is preferred

If interested, please submit your resume online at www.landam.com. LandAmerica Financial Group, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer M/F/D/V. Background investigation required as a condition of employment.


Grant Thornton  (8/22/05)

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

Title: Internal Audit Associate

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

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

Responsibilities:

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

Stay abreast of current business and economic developments relevant to the client's business.
Deliver high-quality client service by directing the daily progress of fieldwork and informing Managers of engagement status.

Respect and protect confidential client information.

Display teamwork, integrity and leadership.

Support colleagues and value others' contributions.

Provide constructive on-the-job feedback and coaching.

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

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

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

Requirements:

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

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


Title: Internal Audit Manager

Our Business Advisory Services (BAS) group, a specialty advisory practice within Assurance and Advisory Business Services, is a growing practice providing strategic solutions, operational performance improvement and assurance support to our clients. Grant Thornton seeks a team player with a strong work ethic and excellent professional skills for the role of Manager- Internal Audit Services. This professional will supervise and perform in accordance with the client's audit plan, risk management strategy and Grant Thornton's internal audit methodologies.

Responsibilities:

Maintain a strong client focus by effectively managing client needs and developing productive working relationships with client personnel. Stay abreast of current business and economic developments relevant to the client's business. Deliver high-quality client service by directing the daily progress of fieldwork and informing Managers of engagement status. Respect and protect confidential client information.

Display teamwork, integrity and leadership. Support colleagues and value others' contributions. Provide constructive on-the-job feedback and coaching.

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

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

Requirements:

  • a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or a business related field
  • 5-7 years minimum of related audit, business or financial experience
  • CPA a plus, CIA required - strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills
  • demonstrated consistency in values, principles, and work ethic

Candidates must be available to travel 20-30% and work in excess of standard hours when necessary.

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


Litigation Support, Valuation & Forensics - Senior Accountant / Financial Analyst - Dallas

Position Summary

The Forensic Accounting and Investigative Services practice of Grant Thornton's Economic Advisory Services ( EAS ) offers expert advice to clients on critical financial and economic events and transactions facing their business. We offer a broad range of services in litigation support and business valuation and assist our clients with challenging financial and economic issues in complex litigation and other business dispute cases as well as services in investigations of allegations related to fraud and / or irregularities, bankruptcy, workouts, turnarounds, economic impact studies, computer fraud, and forensics.

The Senior EAS Associate is responsible for delivering a full range of services to clients and all phases of project and engagement management for multiple clients. Responsibilities include planning, directing, and completing projects and services in litigation support, business valuation, and forensics; developing and supervising staff; and assisting in client management and practice development activities.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

  • Adhere to the highest degree of professional standards and strict client confidentiality.
  • Run client engagements from start to finish, which includes planning, executing, directing, and completing EAS projects and services and managing to budget.
  • Supervise, train, and mentor associates and interns on audit process and assess performance of staff for engagement reviews; perform in-charge role as needed. Litigation Support:
  • Conduct research and analyses and supply information to assist management in consulting on large and complex litigated disputes and providing valuable financial insight and clarity to counsel during all stages of a business dispute, from case theory development and discovery to expert witness testimony.
  • Assist in preparing questions for discovery and deposition of potential witnesses, assist in reviewing and refuting the testimony and analysis of expert witnesses, design court exhibits, and participate in depositions and court as necessary. Assist management in developing long-term relationships with litigators by developing relationships with their staff. Valuation:
  • Apply business valuation approaches and methods to a variety of tangible and non-tangible assets, including equity valuations, option analyses, and purchase allocations.
  • Assemble, maintain, and finalize working papers that support valuations with minimal supervision. Other:
  • Plan, organize, conduct, and supervise a variety of forensic accounting activities to investigate fraud or other irregularities.
  • Perform data and document intensive financial analysis and modeling / projections, strategic analysis, economic and statistical analysis, due diligence, valuation analysis, damage calculations and analysis, forensic accounting procedures, GAAP / GAAS litigation support, industry research, and related investigative assignments.
  • Supervise and perform research related to cases as well as document identification, acquisition, and management, and the preparation of demonstratives; write opinion letters and reports. Participate in conducting presentations and seminars.
  • Assist in writing articles for various industries, firm, and other publications.
  • Maintain a good working relationship with clients to enhance customer satisfaction and work with client management and staff at all levels to perform audit services.
  • Proactively interact with key client management to gather information, resolve audit-related problems, and make recommendations for business and process improvements.
  • Assist partners and senior management on proposals and business development calls.
  • Gain comprehensive understanding of client operations, processes, and business objectives and utilize that knowledge on engagements.
  • Participate in recruiting efforts as needed.
  • Attend professional development and training sessions on a regular basis.
  • Perform other job-related duties as necessary.

Qualifications And Requirements

  •  Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration, or related field. Two to four+ years of progressive experience in public accounting or consulting with experience in litigation support, business valuation, or forensics.
  • Certification / license as CPA, CFE, CMA, CFA, or CIA and valuation credentials such as CVA, ABV, AVA, or ASA preferred.
  • Accounting, finance, and economics knowledge; proficiency in US GAAP and GAAS preferred.
  • Litigation Support / Consulting: Some experience in assisting management in consulting litigators on developing, evaluating, and settling case strategies and preparation of attorney work product to support case strategies; experience preparing expert reports, preferably in federal court for damage calculations, and documenting the results of investigations; and experience in damage calculations.
  • Valuation: Some experience in broad-based business and financial valuations, multi-discipline appraisals, and fairness opinions, especially those of closely held companies, focusing on federal and state tax, financial report, and estate planning, as well as for tangible and intangible assets including purchase price allocations, intellectual property, ESOPs, and estate and gift and other non-litigation valuations; knowledge in FAS 141 / 142.
  • Experience in fraud investigation and forensic accounting a plus.
  • Analytical with experience in financial analysis and modeling, econometrics, statistics, and regression analysis.
  • Ability to supervise staff and lead projects.
  • Exceptional client service and communication skills with a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain outstanding client relationships.
  • Ability to manage multiple engagements and competing priorities in a rapidly growing, fast-paced, interactive, results-based team environment.
  • Strong leadership, recruiting, training, and mentoring skills, coupled with excellent verbal, written (including technical writing), and presentation skills.
  • Excellent analytical, research, organizational, and project management skills.
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and audit preparation software.
  • Ability to work additional hours as needed and travel to various client sites.

EMAIL: texasauditcareers@gt.com


Grant Thornton is an equal opportunity employer.


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