October 2008

The President’s Letter

Chapter, your officers and committees are doing some exciting things I would like to make you aware of.  First, I would like to announce our new CORE Audit Skills Track (CAST).  This is a two year program where we will be offering meetings focused on core skills necessary for auditors to be successful.   These meetings will take place as an option at the 10:30 am pre-meeting time slot, starting this month.   The first CAST meeting will focus on the IIA Professional Practice Framework Standards and will be presented by Lori Rainwater.  I encourage you to read the last sentence of her biography on our website and attend this presentation.

In addition to the exciting CAST debut, we will also have a strong October program.  The lunch and post meetings will feature Daniel Samson of Raytheon, as he will focus on how to utilize the Sixth Sigma process to internal auditing as well as discuss how Raytheon has applied this process in their audit shop.  Also, Greg Morris of E&Y Transaction Advisory Services will be educating us on Fair Value Accounting in our pre-meeting.  This is an essential topic for most of us to understand, as SFAS 157 became effective starting last year.  The Programs team was not satisfied with these exciting developments in October, so they have also booked William Biese of Deloitte to present an all day seminar focused on IFRS, scheduled for October 22nd.  For now, you might want to save the date, but stay tuned for more information about this event in our next eNews.

After October, we have many more exciting developments in store for you.  In November, we will be having former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller join us to discuss environmental issues as part of our “Sustainability/Green Auditing” theme.  Then, in March, we will have current Mayor Tom Leppert speak to our chapter about ethics.  Two mayors in one year! 

Also, the Chapter will be celebrating its 60th anniversary at the February meeting.  We are still in the development stages of this event, but we are definitely planning a special event that you won’t want to miss.  Be sure to save February 5th on your calendar. 

So, Chapter, we are fired up about this year as we are starting to see some great results from the work we are putting in.  We hope to get as many of you as possible equally fired up and engaged.  In the spirit of encouraging meeting attendance, I want to remind everyone that we will be giving away an iPod Touch, and your chances for winning are enhanced each time you attend a monthly meeting. 

Sincerely,

Jay Blanchard
2008-2009 President - Dallas Chapter IIA

Next Meeting - Thursday, October 2, 2008
Cityplace Conference Center

Accounting and Audit

Lunch Meeting 12:00pm
Registration begins at 11:30am

Raytheon's Six Sigma Approach to Auditing
Yosief Ghirmai, Director Corporate Internal Audit
Daniel A. Samson CIA, MSF, Senior Manager
Raytheon Company

Objectives of this topic:

  • Gain an understanding of Six Sigma's history
  • Learn how Six Sigma is employed at Raytheon
  • Understand how Six Sigma has transformed Raytheon's Internal Audit Organization

Yosief Ghirmai is the Director of the West Region for the Corporate Internal Audit organization of Raytheon Company.  Raytheon is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world, with 2006 sales of $20.3 billion.

Yosief has over 18 years of experience in internal and external audit work in the U.S. and International countries performing operational, vendor, environmental, construction, joint interest auditing, fraud examination, financial accounting and reporting and budgeting and forecasting.  He is multi-lingual with fluency in English, Italian and Spanish.  Yosief has worked for Public Accounting and Corporate Internal Audit organizations at several Fortune 500 Companies including Alcatel, Arthur Andersen, Repsol / Maxus Energy Corporation and Lutheran Medical Hospital.  His experience crosses many industries and domains, including telecommunications, oil & gas, banking and manufacturing.  Yosief has played a significant role in the US and International arena in Asia Pacific, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Working for multi cultural companies he has developed an understanding of how to conduct business and communicate in a variety of cultures. His experience includes directing, managing and performing operational, financial, compliance, due diligence review, Sarbanes-Oxley audits and special investigations and litigation support in highly complex and sensitive areas.

Yosief holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with an accounting emphasis, from Saint Louis University and a MBA from the University of Missouri.  Yosief is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies; Technology & Communication Group, and the National Association of Black Accounts, and is a Six Sigma Specialist.

Daniel Samson, CIA, MSF is a Senior Manager of Corporate Internal Audit at Raytheon Company with responsibilities for the Company’s $2.5B Intelligence & Information Systems and $3B Network Centric Systems Businesses.  In this role, he manages a team of 10 in Dallas conducting risk assessments, audit projects, and providing consulting services.  Additionally, Dan is a Certified Six Sigma (R6S) Expert charged with leading cross enterprise improvement efforts. His International Offsets Planning for Growth project provided $33M in cost avoidance for the Company.

Prior to joining Raytheon, Dan worked in the Audit Department at NSTAR Electric & Gas Company in Boston, MA from June 2000 to July 2005 including leadership on the Sarbanes-Oxley Readiness Team. Dan also previously held positions in Manufacturing and Financial Services in the greater Boston area.
Additionally, Dan has held positions on several non-profit boards in the Boston area including East Boston Main Streets and the Greater Boston IIA; and has a history of leadership in workplace inclusion, education, and community organizing.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of New Hampshire in 1996 and his master’s degree in Financial Economics from Boston University in 2006. He is the winner of the 1996 National Chicago Board of Trade Commodity Challenge Contest.

1 Hour Continuing Education


NEW Dallas Chapter Program!  Core Audit Skills Track (CAST)

The Dallas IIA is launching an exciting new initiative that will focus on critical skills necessary for all auditors to master and comprehend in order to succeed in the practice of internal auditing.  Subject matter experts will present topics such as: the professional standards, building the audit report, closing conference strategies, audit evidence, etc.   The program will present a new topic every month as a separate track pre-meeting lasting for approximately two years.  Those who attend a majority of the sessions will get special recognition.

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

The Professional Practices Framework
What You Need to Know About Your Profession
Lori Rainwater, Southwest Airlines VP of Internal Audit

This session will provide an overview of the Professional Practices Framework with particular emphasis on the differences between audit as a public accountant, and audit as an internal auditor.  Lori will emphasize how to use the Standards in your daily work to assist you in decision making, and to drive quality continuously.

Lori Rainwater is currently Vice-President of Internal Audit for Southwest Airlines, The Leading Low-Fare Airline, and since August 2007 the largest domestic carrier in terms of passengers carried.   FORTUNE has listed Southwest Airlines as number among America's Top Ten most admired corporations for the last twelve years.

Lori has nineteen years experience in internal audit, risk consulting, and has worked as a Controller and Ethics Officer.  Prior to joining Southwest Airlines Lori held positions with Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Time Warner Telecom, Ernst & Young, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, and Deloitte & Touche.  Lori’s career as an internal auditor has taken her around the globe…from Barrow, Alaska where there is total daylight and total darkness much of the year, to Tembagupura, Papua, where there are spiders the size of chihuahuas!

Lori received her BBA in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner.  She is an active member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, having served at local, regional, and national levels.  Lori and her husband Glen live in Arlington, TX and have two children, Madison, 10 and Brooks, 8.  In her spare time she enjoys downhill skiing and designing stained glass windows, but then who has spare time with an 8 and 10 year old?  She is lucky to have time to shave her legs!

1 Hour Continuing Education


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

Fair Value Accounting
Greg Morris Executive Director, E&Y Transaction Advisory Services

Mr. Morris will be discussing various aspects of SFAS 157, "Fair Value Measurements".  SFAS 157 is effective for companies that have fiscal years beginning after November 15, 2007.  Mr. Morris will be discussing a variety of aspects of this pronouncement including its objective, key issues, implementation, disclosure, valuation, and best practices.

Greg Morris is an Executive Directory and Market leader for Ernst & Young LLP’s Valuation and Business Modeling practice in Dallas, Texas.  He focuses on valuation and financial advisory services within the energy, chemicals & utilities sectors.

He has 24 years of experience in the field of corporate valuation, including a role as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at Nortel Networks.  His experience spans numerous industries where he has been associated with the valuation of closely-held entities and their underlying assets.  Prior to joining Ernst & Young LLP he held a similar position with several other global professional services firms.  Additionally, he spent approximately two years working for a Houston, Texas based pipeline contractor as a field engineer in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

Mr. Morris has worked for Ernst & Young for approximately 4 years.  He specializes in the valuation of both public and closely-held entities and their underlying intangible assets, such as proprietary technology, patents, trademarks & trade names, customer based assets, and software.  Mr. Morris has significant expertise in both the energy and technology sectors.

EDUCATION
M.S., Accounting, University of Texas at Dallas
M.B.A., Finance, University of Texas at Dallas
B.S., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
American Society of Appraisers, Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA)- Business Valuation
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

1 Hour Continuing Education


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

Tools for Internal Auditors and Consultants:
Six Sigma Application
Daniel A. Samson, CIA, MSF, Senior Manager of Raytheon Company

This engaging session will equip attendees with practical tools to improve audit planning, fieldwork, and results. Dan will provide an in-depth overview of the "Value Added Analysis tool", which has contributed significant value to Raytheon's business partners.

Daniel Samson, CIA, MSF is a Senior Manager of Corporate Internal Audit at Raytheon Company with responsibilities for the Company’s $2.5B Intelligence & Information Systems and $3B Network Centric Systems Businesses.  In this role, he manages a team of 10 in Dallas conducting risk assessments, audit projects, and providing consulting services.  Additionally, Dan is a Certified Six Sigma (R6S) Expert charged with leading cross enterprise improvement efforts. His International Offsets Planning for Growth project provided $33M in cost avoidance for the Company.

Prior to joining Raytheon, Dan worked in the Audit Department at NSTAR Electric & Gas Company in Boston, MA from June 2000 to July 2005 including leadership on the Sarbanes-Oxley Readiness Team. Dan also previously held positions in Manufacturing and Financial Services in the greater Boston area.

Additionally, Dan has held positions on several non-profit boards in the Boston area including East Boston Main Streets and the Greater Boston IIA; and has a history of leadership in workplace inclusion, education, and community organizing.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of New Hampshire in 1996 and his master’s degree in Financial Economics from Boston University in 2006. He is the winner of the 1996 National Chicago Board of Trade Commodity Challenge Contest.

1 Hour Continuing Education


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:

Place and confirm your reservation via the web site at http://www.dallasiia.org/Reserve_1008.htm.

Contact:

Lori Cannafax

lcann3@jcpenney.com

Meeting / Luncheon Fees:

Dallas IIA Members: $35
Non-Members: $45
Students: $25
Walk-ins/late registrations (members or non): $45

Reservations must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, September 26, 2008.

Registration Cancellation and No-Show Policy

  • The deadline to cancel your registration is 11:00pm on the Tuesday prior to the luncheon.
  • If you register for an event and do not cancel prior to the deadline, you will be charged for the event. If you did not pre-pay for the event, an invoice will be sent to you. You may alternatively send someone in your place.
  • To cancel your registration, please send an email to CANCEL@dallasiia.org.

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 web site.  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 Abe Paul at abe.paul@tatumllc.com.

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

Chapter News

Dallas Chapter Leadership Roles

The Nominating Committee of the Dallas Chapter is in the process of identifying candidates to serve as Officers and Board of Governors for the Dallas Chapter.

Most Officers have previous volunteer experience serving as Officers and/or Committee Chairs/Members.  Board of Governors members are made up of past Chapter Presidents and CAE’s/Audit Directors/ Senior Managers. 

Qualities of a successful leader include:

  • A passion for the profession
  • Enthusiastic attitude
  • A team builder with determination, vision, and strategic thinking
  • Available, willing, and committed to serve
  • Competent and professional experience in internal auditing
  • Committed to The IIA and Dallas Chapter objectives
  • Have integrity and lack any conflicts of interest
  • Support of employer
  • Reliable
  • Proven record of attendance and volunteering in The IIA or Dallas Chapter

If you have any questions or would like to discuss serving as an Officer or member of the Board of Governors, please contact Melinda Lokey, Nominating Committee Chair, at Melinda.lokey@tenethealth.com or 469-893-6722


Mark Your Calendar

IIA-DALLAS 60th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
FEBRUARY 5, 2009

Our guest speaker for the event is Patricia K. Miller, Chairman, Board of Directors – IIA International. Plans for the day include an afternoon seminar with focus groups for students, audit professionals, and Chief Audit Executives and an evening mix and mingle event featuring the Audit Band.

If you have been a member of the Chapter for 20 years or more and have pictures or memorabilia from the Chapters past, please contact one of the committee members.  We would love to showcase leaders, events, and items from the Chapters past.

Committee members:
Corinne Bryan - Corinne.Bryan@ChasePaymentech.com
Lori Rainwater - lori.rainwater@wnco.com
David Shackelford - dshackelford@fossil.com
Melinda Lokey - Melinda.lokey@tenethealth.com


Help to make a difference in your profession by sharing your personal and professional skills and strengths with The Institute of Internal Auditors. Your leadership and direction can contribute to strategic planning for the association, as well as the ongoing development of new products, services, and guidance for the profession.

Approximately 20 Dallas Chapter members are serving in various leadership roles within the IIA, including Board of Directors, Chapter Relations, IIA Research Foundation Board of Trustees, and 10 committees.

With 160,000 members in 165 countries, The IIA has a broad range of volunteer opportunities at the local, regional, and international levels. Currently, The IIA is seeking qualified members who are willing to serve in the following positions:

  • International Officers
  • Board of Directors
  • Institute Directors
  • Directors-at-Large
  • North American Directors
  • The IIA Research Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Members for 18 Committees
  • District Advisors (North America)
  • District Representatives (North America)

As a volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Contribute to the internal auditing profession.
  • Receive exposure to professional issues.
  • Share ideas and perspectives.
  • Gain personal satisfaction from working with peers.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Network.

Additional details can be found at http://www.theiia.org/membership/get-involved/volunteers---the-heart-of-the-iia/call-for-volunteers/

The Nominations form can be found at www.theiia.org/volunteernow

The deadline for nominations is October 24, 2008. If you would like the Dallas Chapter to endorse your nomination, please contact Melinda Lokey at Melinda.lokey@tenethealth.com or 469-893-6722.


The IIA Research Foundation

The IIA Research Foundation has issued a report available for download entitled Leveraging IT Controls to Improve IT Operating Performance.  This report studies how information technology (IT) controls impact operational performance.  The study is designed to provide empirical data about which IT controls have the biggest impact on operational performance, and about the effect of higher levels of IT control process maturity.  The study did not look at how IT controls reduce risk, but instead focused on how IT controls that are often mandated by regulatory requirements also improve performance if implemented at sufficient levels of process maturity.

Each IT auditor needs to understand the risks and controls that are resident within the audited IT environment as well as the process maturity of the process being audited.  This study provides the auditor with powerful, quantified research that outlines the value that these controls bring not only to mitigating the traditional IT audit risks, but to improving the operating effectiveness of the IT organization and improving its value to the organization as a whole.  As a result, the IT auditor is better enabled to be a valuable partner to the enterprise.

The report can be downloaded free of charge from The IIA Web site at www.theiia.org/research/research-reports/chronological-listing-research-reports; however, a contribution is requested. 


New Certifications

New CIA’s, CGAP’s, CFSA’s, and CCSA’s that have passed their exams since computerized testing began should receive their certificates and be honored at the November 6th meeting.  The IIA will be mailing the certificates to the Dallas Chapter in October.  If you are a new CIA/CGAP/CFSA/CCSA, you will get a free lunch for you and your guest!  If you are unable to attend the luncheon, please contact Toni Messer, at tmesser@utdallas.edu or 972-883-2693, to make arrangements to obtain your certificate.   Details on how to register for the November 6th luncheon will be emailed in October.


Certification News - 2009 CIA Review Course Dates Set

CIA Review courses will be held in 2009 and taught by Dr. Glen Sumners of LSU.  Courses will be held at The University of Texas at Dallas.  Registration will be announced in November 2008 for the February courses and July 2009 for the October courses.

Upcoming 2009 CIA Review Courses:

February 6 - Part I, 8-5
February 7 - Part II, 8-5
February 8 - Part III, 8-5
February 9 - Part III, 8-5
February 10 - Part IV, 8-12

October 2 - Part I, 8-5
October 3 - Part II, 8-5
October 4 - Part III, 8-5
October 5 - Part III, 8-5
October 6 - Part IV, 8-12



International Guest Speaker! 

On September 17, 2008, the Internal Auditing Education Partnership Program (IAEP) program will sponsor and feature a guest speaker from South Africa.  The program will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the School of Management Auditorium 1.118.  Everyone is welcome to attend free of charge and bring guests to enjoy this outstanding program that highlights significant issues in South Africa and also brings to attention the value of the internal audit program within the country.  The program should also appeal to those outside of internal audit. There is no need to RSVP; please come and enjoy the presentation.

The presentation will address the impact of HIV/AIDS on companies operating in South Africa, and their responses to the risks posed by the disease. Certain topical, and sometimes controversial, issues associated with disease in South Africa will also be highlighted. Comprehensive research was completed by the Centre for Internal Auditing Excellence at the University of Pretoria.  The presenter, Rudrik du Bruyn, is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Auditing at the University of Pretoria. The Department is the only Institute for Internal Auditors International endorsed Centre for Internal Auditing Excellence in Africa and the Southern Hemisphere.

The Dallas IIA Chapter has been on the cornerstone to help in moving programs forward internationally.  This is now an opportunity to hear what another outstanding program has done in making a monumental contribution to society and the profession. 

This is a fabulous opportunity to hear a great speaker and have a chance to meet with students in an informal setting.  Feel free to arrive early and visit with Rudrik prior to the presentation. 

To get involved or schedule a reception, site visit, interview or discuss some of the advocacy efforts at the international level contact Mark Salamasick at 972-883-4729 or mark.salamasick@utdallas.edu.  The student chapter has resumes available online. The student chapter website is www.utdallas.edu/orgs/iia with the resumes posted however contact Mark Salamasick for the user ID and password.

Additional information can be found at: http://www.utdallas.edu/news/2008/09/15-001.php.


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 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 October 15, 2008.

Seminars

Sixth Annual National Corporate Governance Conference

Presented by:
The University of Texas at Dallas School of Management Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance (IECG)
Risk Management for Globally Interconnected Enterprises

Featuring:
The Honorable Thomas Ridge, Former US Secretary of Homeland Security and Former Governor of Pennsylvania

Price $495

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 Davidson Auditorium 1.118

For more information visit: http://som.utdallas.edu/centers/iecg/

Career Opportunities
(Number of positions)


Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc.  (9/4/08)

Does working for an industry leader with a tradition of environmental commitment and service excellence sound like the challenge you are seeking?  Consider joining the talented professionals at Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc., where a commitment to excellence is deeply rooted in a strong sense of tradition.  Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc. entire business model has revolved around keeping North America businesses Green.  Not only do we help them resolve their waste management needs, we help reduce their carbon footprint at the same time.  That’s how you can help us MAKE GREEN WORK. ™

Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc. generates more than US $1 billion in annual revenue as a world-class environmental service organization and market leader in industrial hazardous waste management, parts-cleaning technology, and oil re-refining.  We have more than 4,500 employees across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and China.  Together, we are building on our 40-year history of innovation by developing new products and services to meet the needs of our 400,000 customers across the globe.

Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc. has an immediate opening for a Sr. Internal Auditor in Plano, TX. This individual will report to the Manager of Internal Audit, the Senior Auditor plays a key role within the Internal Audit team.  This individual adds value to business units, functions and departments by performing operational, financial and compliance audits, providing guidance on risk and related control activities, including control design and operational effectiveness, preparing draft reports for Internal Audit Management review. The Senior Auditor collaborates with process owners and management and reports and / or gives presentations in a professional manner, working closely with Internal Audit Management.

This individual will be responsible for engaging in risk-based audits in complex/specialized processes and functional areas, preparing clear and concise audit documentation, including drafting findings and recommendations for improvement in selected areas within the organization. The Senior Auditor works with Internal Audit Management and audit staff to assess the adequacy of internal controls in alignment with Company objectives, including SOX 404 compliance. Completes assigned tasks with minimal supervision, and assists in coaching of peers to deliver quality work product, adding value to the department and company.

Responsibilities

  • Plans engagements by obtaining sufficient knowledge of the business and/or functional process under review.
  • Provides appropriate level of audit evidence and work paper preparation to support observations, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • Ensures projects are in compliance with established standards and methodology.
  • Conducts/organizes exit conferences with management following completion of review
  • Reports findings to process owners and managers and Internal Audit management.
  • Evaluates process needs and opportunities for improvement and performs appropriate follow-up.
  • Effectively utilizes information technology tools.
  • Projects a positive and professional image and serves as a professional role model for peers and others.
  • Assists the Internal Audit Manager in enhancing relationships with internal management and external auditors.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Finance or Accounting required.
  • 5+ years experience in external and / or internal auditing.
  • CIA certification required, CPA highly desirable.
  • Sound project management skills as evidenced by performing multiple, simultaneous audits, or equivalent engagement/project experience.
  • Strong analytical skills and knowledge of IIA Standards and / or GAAP.
  • Direct experience performing Sarbanes-Oxley Act 404 audit planning and testing.
  • Excellent written and oral communication / presentation skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Visio and ACL. Experience with SAP highly desirable.
  • Ability to travel at times with short notice, up to 30%

Benefits
Safety-Kleen is not only an industry leader with training and career growth opportunities, we offer a competitive pay rate and benefits package to include medical, dental and vision insurance, prescription drug coverage, disability benefits, life insurance, retirement savings plan, confidential employee assistance program, and company-paid sick time, holidays, and vacation time.

Please forward resumes to: bryan.gaines@safety-kleen.com

Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  M/F/D/V encouraged to apply.  Employment contingent upon successful completion of background investigation.  Pre-employment drug screening required.  Environmentally-responsible business.  Must be eligible to work in the United States.


CHAN Healthcare Auditors  (9/4/08)

Imagine working for a company that is driven by its Mission, Vision and Core Values; a company that asks "WHAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO?”  

Imagine, too, that you have:

MORE BALANCE: We believe it's important to balance our work and personal lives; with few exceptions, travel is minimal.

MORE AUTONOMY: At CHAN, you will apply your valued healthcare audit knowledge as you work independently with executives and governance, all while receiving industry-leading support and technology.

MORE GROWTH: Through our reputation for bleeding-edge expertise, quality and results, CHAN continues its remarkable growth for the 12th straight year, affording unique and abundant opportunities for our Associates.

MORE PERSONAL SATISFACTION: At CHAN, you will be able to experience the impact your work has on your client’s day-to-day healthcare operations in service to the community.

AUDIT MANAGEMENT at CHAN

Currently in 38 states, growth fuels our need to expand our workforce.  We are looking for exceptional, experienced and accomplished Audit professionals who can provide the level and quality of service for which we have become known.

Through a risk-based and consultative approach, we work autonomously on-site with senior staff, including the CEO, CFO and Governance, to identify and evaluate risk, as well as develop and execute the internal audit function for the organization.

Successful applicants will have the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related concentration
  • A minimum of 8 years of audit and/or healthcare finance experience
  • A demonstrated history of success in similar positions
  • Self-motivation, high standards, executive presence, and excellent communication skills
  • Certification as a CPA, CIA, or CISA is preferred

Because we are continually adding new positions throughout the U.S., and because we offer solid relocation packages, qualified professionals from all geographies are encouraged to apply. 

Qualified and interested individuals should contact us today at:
recruiter@chanllc.com

And, a wealth of additional information can be found at:
www.chanllc.com


Dr Pepper Snapple Group  (8/20/08)

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group

Sr. Corporate Auditor

Purpose

The Senior Corporate Auditor will execute corporate audit assignments and assist with Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) compliance throughout the company. Assist in providing recommendations that improve internal controls, add value and/or create greater efficiencies with respect to operations and financial reporting. Work with key audit resources to complete assigned projects on schedule.  There will be some exposure to senior management throughout the organization

Accountabilities
  • Assist the Manager of Corporate Audit in performing company-wide annual risk assessments and preparation and execution of the annual audit plans
  • Responsible for executing complex audits; assist in the performance of critical project management duties including the planning, scheduling, coordinating, reviewing and reporting of the work of audit teams; and providing expertise in auditing standards and performance criteria, audit requirements, and information technology skills
  • Execution of assignments related to operational auditing, financial auditing, and SOX compliance
  • Maintain corporate audit independence and objectivity in all assignments while developing and maintaining effective and value-adding business partnerships
  • Assist in the developing and executing of corporate audit procedures, schedules, priorities and programs for achieving audit objectives and goals
  • Preparing audit reports using sound writing skills
  • Participate in special assignments as deemed necessary by the Manager of Corporate Audit and management
  • Ensure that recommendations are clearly presented to and agreed to by management and that a subsequent audit report is issued promptly
  • Ensure that all agreed recommendations are subsequently implemented;
  • Stay abreast of best practices and provide conduit for introducing those practices to the company
Prerequisites
Experience: 
  • Three or more years of accounting and auditing experience, including at least one year of supervisory experience, with a minimum of two years of public accounting and/or internal audit experience; large public company experience preferred.
  • Experienced with SOX and risk assessment methodologies;
  • Information systems audit experience a plus
Education:
  • Bachelor or Masters degree with an emphasis in accounting or finance.
  • CPA, CIA, CISA, CMA, MBA, and/or MS Finance preferred.
Skills: 
  • Demonstrated team skills
  • Demonstrates initiative and drives for results
  • Takes accountability for scope of control
  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to work closely with people at all levels of the organization and facilitate the implementation of corrective action;
  • Project management experience strongly desired;
  • Ability to influence business partners and key stakeholders
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent organization and documentation skills and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Visio, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work in all types of environments from manufacturing plants and distribution centers.
  • Willing to travel to locations throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada (approx. 50%);

SOX Senior Analyst

Purpose

Responsibilities include analyzing, designing, documenting, monitoring, and maintaining an effective and efficient Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) internal control environment in accordance with company policies and procedures. This position requires effective project management, recommendation of process improvements, and proactive follow-through and coordination with key stakeholders across the enterprise

Accountabilities
  1. Lead process design, documentation and improvements:
    • Provide appropriate guidance for internal controls compliance and related process improvements for process owners, control owners, and other stakeholders.
    • Assist in the documentation phase of SOX Compliance, including identification of key controls and relevant interviews with key process and controls owners.
    • Assist with designing standardized processes and controls and related documentation where DPSG policies do not exist.
    • Develop action plans for ongoing maintenance and monitoring of internal controls in accordance with established company policies and procedures and regulatory requirements, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
    • Recommend and implement process improvement solutions, which result in greater controls efficiencies and effectiveness.
    • Develop associated communication, education and training to advance the ability of our user community to leverage these improvements.
    • Provide consolidation, analysis and report preparation of results for senior management.
    • Provide enhancements, process documentation, training and awareness materials and communication vehicles.
    • Assist with the design and implementation of internal controls training for control owners and audit staff.
    • Conduct walk-throughs of processes and develop control guidance documentation materials.
    • Respond to internal control matters identified in internal and external audits.
    • Serve as a knowledgeable resource for internal controls, providing guidance and instruction to ensure compliance with company policies, procedures, and methodology, including requirements for SOX compliance.
    • Ensure that all compliance and process improvement activities follow the appropriate change management, governance, and documentation requirements.
    • Execute implementation plans for new tools and processes for internal controls compliance, which allows achievement of compliance objectives in an effective and cost-efficient manner.
    • Assist in controls and self-assessment testing for the relevant business unit.
  2. Other Accountabilities:
    • Perform numerous special projects, research assignments, and financial analyses and financial model creation as directed by the SOX Director.
    • Facilitate key meetings with process owners and other stakeholders as needed.
Prerequisites
Experience:
  • 5+ years related experience, internal audit and/or public accounting background preferred
  • Proven knowledge of sound internal control principles along with demonstrated ability to provide solutions to control issues.
  • Proven ability to work with individually and within a team environment, build strong relationships and maintain rapport with cross-functional Business Unit and Corporate teams.
Education: 
  • Bachelor’s degree in a business discipline or Information Systems. MBA preferred.
  • Ideal candidate will have professional certifications in Accounting/Audit (CPA, CIA, or CMA).
Skills:
  • Strong leadership and team-building skills
  • Ability to influence/persuade senior managers, business partners and key stakeholders
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Strong project management abilities.
  • Ability to manage details on multiple concurrent tasks while meeting various deadlines.
  • Takes full accountability and effectively identifies and drives problem solving opportunities
  • Demonstrates initiative and drives for results
  • Excellent organization and documentation skills and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite of programs.
  • Willing to travel to locations throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada (approx. 35%).

To apply to any of the positions above, please send resumes to: Rhonda.Merchant@dpsg.com.

Equal Opportunity Employer
M/F/D/V

Dr Pepper Snapple Group


Federal Reserve Bank  (8/11/08)

Federal Reserve Bank

Job Title:  Sr. IT Auditor

This position is responsible for auditing the processes, procedures and controls integrated within the Federal Reserve System’s IT infrastructure, reporting on the state of compliance with policies, procedures and standards, and liaising with business units.  This position will also interface with various levels of management, other Federal Reserve System auditors, and external parties.  This position reports to the IT Audit Manager and will require minimal travel.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute audit objectives/procedures to assess controls for new or existing IT assets/systems/processes, including developing criteria, reviewing and analyzing evidence; identifying and defining issues; documenting work in compliance with standards; making sound recommendations to enhance controls and efficiency; and reporting on results.
  • Serve as auditor-in-charge of audit engagements and direct and review the work of other audit team members to ensure compliance with IIA standards.
  • Employ Federal Reserve endorsed risk assessment methodologies to gauge risks and drive work plans.
  • Review new and existing standards, regulations, guidance, best practices, policies and customer initiatives to maintain expertise and add business value.
  • Conduct data extraction, analysis, and security reviews utilizing software tools.
  • Interface with all levels of management to assess and communicate results.
  • Work with various groups to follow-up on issues until appropriately resolved.
  • Build business relationships and act as an audit subject matter expert in assisting business owners.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Accounting/Finance, or a related discipline.
  • Three or more years progressive experience in IT audit or equivalent experience.
  • Experience conducting risk assessments.
  • Experience conducting SDLC reviews.
  • Experience with current legal and regulatory requirements and guidance related to information security (e.g., SOX, COBIT, FISMA, NIST, NSA, FDCC, etc.).
  • Special Knowledge/Skills Required:
  • Proven ability to lead audit engagement teams, devise and perform complex analyses, and prepare documentation which establishes objectives, issues, options, and recommendations.
  • Strong understanding of system security (Microsoft Windows Server/AD/XP, Linux/UNIX, SQL, Oracle, and WebSphere platforms).
  • Strong understanding of network security (firewalls, routers, switches, IDS, crypto, PKI, VPN, anti-virus software, Internet).
  • Strong understanding of IT controls, vulnerabilities, and assessment tools.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Superior organizational and time management skills.
  • CISA, CISSP, MCSE, CPA, CIA or other related professional certification is a plus.

For career opportunities, please visit: http://dallasfed.org/careers/index.html

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Dresser, Inc.  (8/11/08)

Dresser, Inc.

Internal Control Manager

Job Duties:
Maintain corporate-wide documentation that supports compliance with all Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory requirements.  Select and maintain central Sox control database and software needed to ensure adequate retention and documentation.  Manage the Sarbanes-Oxley compliance program, including participation in the testing of internal controls and tracking of issues and action plans globally.  Ensure that controls are documented, communicated, and operated in compliance with all Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory requirements.  Ensure consistent documentation efforts across business units.  Serve as the Corporate Subject Matter Expert (SME) related to Sarbanes-Oxley regulations and requirements.  Work with IT and Business Units to assist in the identification of weaknesses and the definition of solutions and corrective actions.  Analyze trends and issues with data collected and effectively communicate to appropriate personnel.  Support internal and external audit processes related to testing of internal controls.  Assist in the development of IT internal control strategies which address technical infrastructure, information security, and application controls.  Assist in the development and rollout of policies & procedures related to internal controls.  Present findings to Senior management and/or board of directors periodically.  Manage one Corporate-based resource and provide leadership and dotted-line oversight over business segment Sox resources.  Additional responsibilities as assigned. 

Required Skills/Education:
The Internal Control Manager must have a strong technical understanding of internal controls, management information systems, and financial reporting requirements.  Candidate must have the ability to set and manage priorities, meet deadlines within compressed timeframes and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.  Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance.  10 – 15 years of relevant experience with Sarbanes-Oxley reporting or internal controls auditing.  Direct and indirect Supervisory experience.  Prior experience in Accounting, Finance in a public multi-national company.  Demonstrated knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory and documentation requirements.  MS Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint).  Strong managerial skills.  Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks.  Knowledge of SOX software and database tools.  Strong presentation skills.  Ability to use influence and persuasion to achieve department goals and objectives.  Ability to work effectively in a multi-culture environment.

Desired Skills:
CPA or CPA Candidate 
CIA or CISA certifications
Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance or MBA
Experience in the energy industry or manufacturing field 

Contact Information:
Cara Smith
Corporate Recruiter Dresser, Inc.
zz-cara.smith@dresser.com


Multi-lingual Internal Auditor

Job Description: 
Establish and define the responsibilities, authority, reporting relationships, requirements, duties, and performance standards for an Internal Auditor at Dresser, Inc.

Manage the planning, execution and documentation of internal control testing.  Secondary responsibility is to perform special projects as requested by the Director of Internal Audit.  Provide independent assessment of financial and operational processes to management.  Review processes, develop and execute test plans, which includes determining what items to sample and sample sizes, requesting and testing sample items in light of policy, procedure, and standard business practices.  Make process improvement recommendations and provide guidance to assist with the implementation of corrective actions.  Review for company policy compliance across operating units.  Estimated travel required for this position is approximately 80% annually.

Required:
Bachelors Degree in Finance or Accounting
Bi-lingual in English and one of the following:  French, Italian, Spanish and/or German
2-3 Years Audit Experience
Proficient with MS Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
Strong organizational skills and ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and handle multiple tasks
Good oral and written communication skills
Ability to work with minimal or no supervision

Preferred:
MBA
CPA or CIA

Contact Information:
Cara Smith
Corporate Recruiter Dresser, Inc.
zz-cara.smith@dresser.com


Sr. Internal Control

The Internal Control Senior is primarily responsible executing the assessment of corporate compliance Sarbanes-Oxley (Sox) compliance.  The Internal Control is also responsible for designing the company-wide documentation and assessment processes which ensure SOX compliance, while continuously improving their effectiveness and efficiency. 

Job Duties:
Maintain corporate-wide documentation that supports compliance with all Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory requirements. Maintain central Sox control data base and software needed to ensure adequate retention and documentation.  Assist in managing  the Sarbanes-Oxley compliance program, including participation in the testing of internal controls and tracking of issues and action plans globally.  Ensure that Corporate Headquarter Key controls are documented, communicated, and operated in compliance with all Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory requirements.  Serve as an additional Corporate Subject Matter Expert (SME) related to Sarbanes-Oxley regulations and requirements.  Work with IT and Business Units to assist in the identification of weaknesses and the definition of solutions and corrective actions.  Analyze trends and issues with data collected and effectively communicate to appropriate personnel.  Support internal and external audit processes related to testing of internal controls.  Additional responsibilities as assigned.

Required Experience: 
5 – 7 years of relevant experience with Sarbanes-Oxley reporting or internal controls auditing.  Prior experience in Accounting, Finance in a public multi-national company.  Demonstrated knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory and documentation requirements.  MS Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint).  Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks.  Knowledge of Sox software and database tools.  Strong presentation skills.  Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance

Preferred Skills/Education:
CIA or CISA certifications desired
Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance or MBA preferred

Please Contact:
Cara Smith
Corporate Recruiter Dresser, Inc
zz-cara.smith@dresser.com

Dresser, Inc. 


Valero Energy Corporation  (7/17/08)

ValeroAt Valero, you will have the chance to work with a talented team of individuals to complete challenging and rewarding tasks and also work at a company that is recognized as one the best managed and best companies to work for in the country. Recent recognitions include:

  • #1 on Fortune Magazine's Best Big Companies to Work For
  • #1 on Forbes Magazine's annual listing of the Platinum 400 – The Best Big Companies in America
  • #67 on Fortune Magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For
  • One of Forbes' Best-Managed Companies in America

Internal Auditor (2 Positions)
San Antonio, TX

Responsibilities:
Assists Internal Audit Management in the optimization of profits, safeguarding of corporate assets and ensuring the reliability and accuracy of financial data by making an examination and appraisal of financial and operating controls and procedures to provide suggestions for improvements and recommendations concerning activities reviewed. Examines activities of all areas of the Corporation to determine the extent of compliance with policies, plans, and procedures and rules of regulatory agencies. Evaluates to the extent possible, through the audit process, managerial effectiveness in the attainment of objectives. Assists in audit project planning including initial client interviews, preparation of audit planning memorandums and risk matrices. Assists in the development of audit program procedures to address risks identified in the approved risk matrices. Executes audit program procedures, clearly and concisely documents testing performed and findings. Keeps audit in-charge informed of execution issues and findings. Develops practical recommendations which will be accepted by management. Advises audit in-charge of the need for subject matter expertise to ensure the efficient execution of the audit, including the need for IT audit involvement. Assists in the preparation of written reports of audit results and the follow up of audit recommendations made to ensure implementation. Assists Internal Audit management in discharging administrative responsibilities as needed.

Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Accounting or related field required. Minimum three years of internal auditing, public accounting, or general accounting experience required. Microsoft Office applications and database application experience required. Strong analytical, communication and human relations skills preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills to interact with internal and external contacts required.  Ability to work under time constraints to complete the annual Audit Plan and to assist our independent public accountants on annual audit assignments. Previous experience with refining, manufacturing, or contractor compliance audits desirable.

CANDIDATES WITH GREATER QUALIFICATIONS MAY BE CONSIDERED FOR A HIGHER LEVEL POSITION.

PLEASE APPLY ONLINE AT http://valerojobs.ats.hrsmart.com/iia4358


IT Audit Specialist
San Antonio, TX

Responsibilities:
Assists with the planning and delivery of audit related services including risk assessments, system development reviews, integrated operational reviews, and general control reviews over a wide range of information technology areas. Assists in the execution of traditional audits over a variety of applications and platforms, requiring specific technical expertise in some cases. Suggests new or improved procedures and techniques related to the testing and monitoring of internal controls over systems and technology to secure access to Company data and assets and enhance the overall profitability and efficiency of the Corporation. Assists in the planning and execution of audit work, including work paper review and project oversight.

Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Accounting, MIS, or related field required. Minimum 5 years of internal auditing public accounting experience, or information services required, including at least three years of Information Technology (IT) auditing. Experience in auditing Application Specific controls (e.g., SAP controls, etc.) and/or Information Security concepts strongly preferred. General Computing Control audit experience is strongly preferred. Understanding of Audit principles including control framework concepts and the practical application of such concepts within the Corporation's information systems is required. CISA, CIA, CISSP, and other applicable certifications are desired. Specific experience in the refining and marketing business preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required, with proficiency in database management software tools, data query tools (ACL or IDEA), and SAP strongly preferred. High degree of initiative and creativity required because each audit assignment will require a different approach. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required in order to facilitate effective and efficient interaction with internal and external contacts. Ability to deliver work products under time constraints to complete the annual Audit Plan, particularly while assisting our independent public accounts as a part of the annual external audit process.

CANDIDATES WITH GREATER QUALIFICATIONS MAY BE CONSIDERED FOR A HIGHER LEVEL POSITION.

Please apply online at http://valerojobs.ats.hrsmart.com/iia2360

Valero


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