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November 2003

President's Letter

I hope you were able to join us at the October meeting - we had a lively presentation by Brendan Higgins, complete with video clips of some of his recent investigative reports. He was highly entertaining, and I was quite surprised at how very similar our jobs are; except, of course, his job is glamorous!

In November, we look forward to a presentation by Randy O'Hare from PricewaterhouseCoopers, who will be giving a most-timely update on the proposed auditing standards recently issued for public comment by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. This is a change from our original plan, which included a representative from the Securities and Exchange Commission. Fortunately, we have been able to reschedule Harold Degenhardt for a spring meeting. Some of you may have noticed that we have scheduled our November luncheon meeting on the same day as the CIA exam - Thursday, November 20. Unfortunately, our choices of dates for the lunch meeting were very limited this month due to the presenters' schedules and availability of space at CityPlace. We regret any inconvenience this may cause our members. We will do better in May!

Also in November, the chapter social and open house will be held at the University of Texas at Dallas. UTD has invited the entire chapter to join them, along with ISACA and other organizations, at an open house to showcase their new digs and introduce the internal auditing program. Don't miss this exciting event!

Several members have asked that we have meetings in North Dallas to accommodate those members working in that part of the world. You got it! In December, we'll be returning to UTD for our luncheon meeting on Tuesday, December 9. It promises to be an interesting session with a presentation from Mike Morris, FBI, on computer fraud.

Hope to see you at CityPlace on November 20, and on November 18 at UTD. And, good luck to all of you CIA candidates!

Sincerely,
Terry Eaton
Chapter President

Next Meeting

Thursday, November 20, 2003
CityPlace Conference Center

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

The End is Near

PCAOB's Proposed Auditing Standards for
Internal Controls over Financial Reporting

Randy O’Hare, Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Dallas

On October 7, 2003, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board issued for public comment a standard on audit of internal controls over financial reporting, as well as a rule defining the terms used in auditing to assist firms in complying with the standards. If you'd like to get the cliff notes version of this almost 150 page document, then make sure you come to the Dallas IIA November meeting to hear Randy O'Hare. Included in his presentation will be discussions on documentation requirements, the auditor's use of work of management and others, and what is an internal control deficiency, a significant deficiency and a material weakness. This should be a timely topic to help you as you work with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Currently, Randy O'Hare is the Global Leader of the Global Risk Management Solutions group for Technology, Information Communications and the Media Industries. He is also a Co-Leader of Sarbanes-Oxley Advisory Services for the firm. He has been the managing partner for the Dallas and Stamford offices and has worked in PWC's National Headquarters.

Randy has over 30 years of experience with PWC serving public and private clients, primarily multinational manufacturing, distribution and service companies. He has advised companies in numerous risk management engagements, acquisitions, financings and cost savings projects. Randy is a CPA with a MBA from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois.


Pre-Meeting 10:30am

Auditing Vendor Relationships & Contract Auditing

Mark Salamasick, UTD
David Price, JCPenney
Anna Nicodemus, EDS

This pre-meeting session will combine the experience and perspective of three individuals in working with outsourced operations. The session will include current best practices in risk management and cost.

Mark Salamasick will provide an overview of the new handbook, Auditing Vendor Relationships. The handbook is available from IIA International; for more information refer to http://www.theiia.org/iia/bookstore.cfm?fuseaction=product_detail&order_num=474. Mark co-authored the book with Chris Linsteadt, and Anna Nicodemus served as the project manager. The handbook provides a framework for internal auditors to work with outsourced operations. Mark will discuss highlights of the handbook, including risk analysis, best practices, audit programs and how to have a successful working relationship with vendors.

David Price’s presentation will provide the next steps in a “how to” session on contract auditing. His discussion will include the “tips and techniques” he has used to identify millions of dollars in overcharges from suppliers and service providers. He will walk you through the basic audit steps that should be performed on every contract audit, as well as provide insight as to “where and how” to look for cost overcharges.

Anna Nicodemus will provide tips on working with the outsourcer to provide a true partnership. She will address the group on how to leverage internal audits of the outsourcer. Also, be ready with your questions for this panel of three.

Mark Salamasick is currently the Director of the newly Endorsed Internal Audit Program at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). He was previously with Bank of America for over twenty years. He was a Senior Vice President and Director of Information Technology Audit at Bank of America within the Internal Audit Group for eighteen years with experience in technology, financial and operational auditing. His role included working with outsourced vendors and providing audit support for services provided by Bank of America. Prior to joining Bank of America, he was a senior consultant with Accenture (Andersen Consulting).

He has served on the IIA International Board of Research Advisors since 1997 and has served on a number of other IIA International Committees including the Advanced Technology Committee and Seminars Committee. He is on the Dallas Chapter Board of Governors and the University of North Texas Internal Audit Advisory Board.

He is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified Systems Professional (CSP). He holds a BS in Business Administration and a MBA from Central Michigan University where he taught accounting and information systems as a full time faculty member.

David Price is currently an Audit Manager at JCPenney on the Stores Process Review Team. His past experience includes 15 years of operational, financial, contractual and compliance auditing in the retail, banking and financial services industries. He was the President of the Dallas Chapter of the IIA for the 2002-2003 year. David is currently serving locally on the Dallas Chapter’s Board Of Governors, and UNT Internal Audit Advisory Board, as well as internationally on the IIA’s Professional Issues Committee. He received his BBA from The University of Texas at Austin and MBA from the UNT. David is a CPA, CIA and CISA.

Anna Nicodemus is a manager within EDS Corporate Audit based in Plano, Texas. Anna has responsibility for risk assessments and audits of corporate functions and global systems in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Canada, and the US Midwest. Her responsibilities also include working with A.T. Kearney. Anna joined EDS in 1985 as a staff auditor and has been a manager in Corporate Audit since 1995 managing and leading technical, financial and operational audits. Anna has led best practice benchmarking efforts and re-engineering of internal processes for Corporate Audit.

Anna currently serves on the Dallas Chapter’s Board of Governors and the IIA’s Educational Products Committee. She is the Marketing Chair for the 2004 Dallas Regional Conference. She is also on the UNT Internal Audit Advisory Board for the Endowed Professorship.

Anna is a CPA, CIA, and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She has a BS in business and public management, with a major in accounting, from State University of New York/Utica, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.


Post-Meeting 1:30pm

Sarbanes-Oxley and the Internal Auditor: Opportunities for New Roles for Internal Audit Professionals in Corporate Governance

Thomas W. Hughes and James R. Griffin, Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C.

Tom Hughes and Jim Griffin, attorneys with the law firm of Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C., will give an overview of various Sarbanes-Oxley/Self-Regulatory Organizations requirements and proposals for public companies, and then discuss roles that the internal audit department can play in complying with those requirements.

Thomas W. Hughes is a shareholder and chairs the Corporate & Securities Practice for Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C. He is a 25-year veteran and specializes in representing companies, institutions and individuals in mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, corporate audits, governance and financial restructurings, as well as in various issues pertaining to compliance with federal and state securities laws. As the chair of Winstead's Corporate & Securities Practice, Mr. Hughes directs and guides approximately 80 corporate and securities attorneys in the day-to-day dealings with the firm's corporate clients. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Oklahoma in Economics and earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

James R. Griffin is an associate and member of the Corporate & Securities Practice of Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C., a role he has held since 1996. His practice is focused on representing both private and publicly-held companies in securities offerings and compliance, acquisition transactions, venture capital transactions and private placements. Prior to joining Winstead, Mr. Griffin served as an auditor in the Los Angeles, California office of KPMG from 1991 through 1993. Mr. Griffin is a CPA in Texas, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Azusa Pacific University with a BS in Accounting. He earned his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he graduated Cum Laude.


Map to CityPlace Conference CenterCityplace Confernce CenterThis meeting is being held at 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:

Tiffany Hendrix
Texas Instruments Inc.-Audit Services
Phone: 972-917-6976
Fax: 972-917-6958
tiffany.hendrix@ti.com

Meeting / Luncheon Fees:

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

Reservations must be received by noon on Friday, November 14, 2003 or a $5 late fee will be charged. Those who register by the deadline and attend the Pre-Meeting will be able to pre-register for the luncheon from 10:00am until 10:25 am.

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

Please mark your calendar for the balance of the 2003-2004 chapter year:

  • Tuesday, December 9
  • Thursday, January 22
  • Thursday, February 19
  • Thursday, March 25
  • Thursday, April 22
  • Thursday, May 20

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 Pamela Krakosky, 972-849-3440 or pkrakosky@aol.com.

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

Chapter Seminars

10 Ways* Small Audit Shops Get a
Bang for Their Bucks
(* Lessons can be applied to Small, Medium, and Large Audit Shops)

In this interactive session, Joel Kramer, an Internal Audit veteran with hands-on experience in both large and small audit shops, will cover some common large mistakes made by smaller audit departments.

* These lessons can be applied to small audit departments, large audit shops with smaller satellite offices, or basically any sized audit shop that has small teams focused on an area of the business.

In today’s environment, audit shops have to be quicker, smarter, make do with less and show how to be successful on their own scale. This session will highlight these lofty goals and will tell you what not to do.

If you are the CAE, Director of Auditing, Audit Manager, or Senior Auditor… and manage a small staff (even if you manage a small staff consisting of one person – you), this seminar is for you!

If you are planning to hire someone for your staff in the future, this seminar is for you!

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2003
Host Site: JCPenney Legacy Office (Plano, TX)
CPE Hours: 8 Hours
Time: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $199
Registration: On-line at http://dallasiia.org/Semimar_Reserve.htm

We will address:

  • Setting attainable goals
  • Having the best people
  • Auditing with a small department purpose
  • Marketing smart
  • Knowing the risks
  • Using senior management and the Audit committee
  • Maximizing efficiency
  • Being a world class small department

About the Speaker: Joel Kramer, CPA

Joel Kramer, CPA Joel Kramer is managing director of the internal audit division of MIS Training Institute. He joined MIS in 1982 and introduced its highly acclaimed internal audit curriculum. Previously, Kramer was world-wide director of internal auditing for Instrumentation Laboratory, Inc., where he and his staff conducted operational and financial audits in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Prior to joining Instrumentation Laboratory, Kramer was internal audit manager for the Gillette Company, and he spent five years with Coopers and Lybrand. A recognized speaker at national and regional audit and information system conferences, Kramer has also addressed many IIA chapters, and is a past member of the board of governors of the IIA’s Greater Boston Chapter. He has conducted many on-site training programs for major organizations throughout North and South America and Europe. A former Regis College faculty member, he has written several articles on productivity and project management for Internal Auditing magazine and has developed three highly successful videos, Day One in Internal Auditing, Modern Audit Tools and Techniques, and Project Management.

Chapter News

IIA Research Foundation

During the IIA 2003 International Conference in Las Vegas, the Research Foundation announced the first and second place award winners in the Chapter-sponsored research projects. The chapters and the titles of their projects included:

  • Internal Audit Independence and Corporate Governance (Chicago)
  • Usefulness of Industry Risk Factors to Internal Auditors (Chattanooga)

These research projects are available free for downloading from the IIA’s Web site at www.theiia.org/iia/index.cfm?act=content.print&doc_id=502.


Ethics Panel Co-Sponsored by Dallas Chapter IIA

On October 10, 2003 at University of Texas at Arlington, the Dallas Chapter of IIA cosponsored a panel on ethics with the UTA chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (a national accounting fraternity). The panel facilitator was Raymond J. Clay, Jr., DBA. Dr. Clay holds an Internal Audit Professorship and is an Accounting Professor at the University of North Texas. Representatives from the Big 4 were on the panel along with a representative from BeckerConviser CPA Review. The meeting was attended by approximately 200 people including accounting students from UTA, UNT, and Texas A&M-Commerce.

All the chapters from the universities have put our student day/luncheon in February 2004 on their calendars as an event for the chapters. Beta Alpha Psi membership works on a point system; members must attend and participate in sponsored events. Also, we are pleased to have expanded our reach to a new pool of students - Texas A&M-Commerce.


Internal Audit Events at the University of Texas at Dallas

UTDOctober was extremely busy for the new Endorsed Internal Audit Program at UTD. November and December will have even bigger events with the local Dallas chapter involved in many of the activities at UTD. Guest speakers this past month included:

  • Anuj Jain from Ernst & Young addressed the students on the State of the Union of SOX in the DFW area from independent research completed during the summer.
  • Toni Messer, Audit Director from UTD, presented a comprehensive risk assessment process.
  • John Calhoun, Audit Director at CEC Entertainment, and Laura Deaton, from Protiviti, made a joint presentation on SOX implementation and tools. The presentation had a number of guests and a live demonstration of the tools that were used during implementation at CEC Entertainment.
  • Additionally, the class has completed a number of case studies and is now working on a group audit project at UTD. The first phase of training was completed and the audit was started. They were so excited to practice what they have learned that they want to complete this audit and begin another! The audit is under the supervision and direction of the UTD Internal Audit group and uses all the standard audit processes. Students are completing all phases of the audit process including risk assessment, audit program, fieldwork and audit report writing.

Upcoming events for November include:

  • November 6 at 7 pm - a special class session on “What Auditors & Executive Managers Need to Know about Fraud?” presented by Courtenay Thompson. All are welcome to attend.
  • November 18 at 5 pm - an open house and reception will be held at the new UTD School of Management. Invitations are extended to all auditors to learn more about the new Endorsed Internal Audit Program.
  • November 20 at 5:30 pm - a panel of internal auditors and ex-auditors will discuss their careers to create excitement about Internal Audit for all majors throughout the campus.
  • December 9 - Dallas Chapter IIA meeting will be hosted at UTD with assistance provided by the student chapter. The meeting will be in a little different format that will allow for additional networking for members.

Refer to http://citm.utdallas.edu/eiap or contact Mark Salamasick at 972-883-4729 for more details. If you are interested in assisting with events, please contact Mark or Amberly Ruble at 214-360-3789.

The Program is also designed to meet the needs of those employees transferring from other areas of the company to an internal audit role. It also encourages audit practitioners who want to expand their knowledge of current audit techniques and prepare for the CIA exam. If you have interest in such a program please contact Mark Salamasick at 972-883-4729 or to learn more about the program visit http://citm.utdallas.edu/eiap.


Dallas Chapter IIA event with the UTD Internal Audit Program

UTDAll are welcome to see and hear about the newly Endorsed Internal Audit Program at the University of Texas at Dallas sponsored by the Dallas Chapter IIA. This program and event are sponsored by your local chapter and this event is the corporate kickoff for the program.

UTD not only has the new program but also a new School of Management where the new internal audit program is housed. Come meet the Student Chapter leaders and learn more about the exciting new program at UTD. If you haven’t seen the campus this is your opportunity to visit a state of the art facility and see where future internal audit programs will take place. The campus is conveniently located in Richardson, Texas.

The Endorsed Internal Audit Program of the University of Texas at Dallas would like to invite you to an open house on November 18, 2003. The reception will be held at the new School of Management Building in the Executive Education Dining Room from 5:00-6:30pm on the UTD campus. Please RSVP on the IIA Website at http://dallasiia.org/UTD_Event.htm so we can plan for food and drinks (No cost to attend and there will be prize drawings for attendees). The event will be informal and come as you are from work.

  • Food will be available at 5:00 pm.
  • Short welcome and information session will be from 5:30-6:00pm.
  • Tour of the new School of Management Building will follow.

Directions to reception:

http://www.utdallas.edu/utdgeneral/utdmaps/dal-utd.gif (map to get to the UTD campus)

http://www.utdallas.edu/campusmap.html (campus map to building)

Complimentary valet parking will be provided.

For additional information please refer to the UTD Website http://citm.utdallas.edu/eiap. For more information or to volunteer assistance for the event, please contact Amberly Ruble at 214-360-3789 or Mark Salamasick at 972-883-4729.


SBDCNAFTA Seminar/Compliance Certificate Series

The International Trade Center is part of the Small Business Development Center network. It is a non-profit organization that is funded by a partnership of the Small Business Association, Dallas County Community College District, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, and International Business Development.

The International Trade Center is presenting a global market series that focuses on import/export trade and includes compliance issues. The seminars have been approved for CPE/CPM credit.

December’s seminar includes an opportunity to learn first hand about NAFTA customs rules. Customs experts include:

Session 1: Armando Beteta from Ernst & Young, (former Mexico Representative at the NAFTA Center).

Session 2: Adrienne Braumiller, Partner for Braumiller, Schulz & Company, LLC.

NAFTA has created significant opportunities for U.S. exporters! Don’t let the customs rules become a trade barrier. Learn how to qualify for reduced or eliminated tariffs and get updated on marking and customs entry requirements. Seminar topics include: NAFTA Rules of Origin, NAFTA Audits, Certificate of Origin, Customs Procedures and Mexico Entry Procedures.

The seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, December 3, 2003, at the Dallas World Trade Center:
8:00am - Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30am to 12 noon – Session 1
1:00pm to 4:30pm – Session 2

Cost: $90 ($45/session)/Early Payment by November 19: $80 ($40/session). Complete both sessions for NAFTA Certificate with 6.5 CPE credit.

Sponsors include Export Assistance Center and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Register on-line: http://www.iexportimport.com.

For more information call 214-747-1300 or fax 214-748-7937.


Help Needed

The Fine Art of Auditing, September 12-15, 2004The Dallas Chapter is gearing up for the 2004 Regional Conference to be held September 12-15, 2004. Please mark these dates on your calendars and get ready for a first class conference right here in Dallas with the theme The Fine Art of Auditing.

In addition, we need volunteers. If you have a few hours and would like to get involved, please give Vickie Lyng or Al Bazis a call. We have many positions available and can find something for everyone.

Please visit http://iiadallas2004.org for more information.


Report Your Speaking and Writing

It's time again for the survey to determine which IIA Dallas Chapter members have submitted articles or spoken in October or earlier if not previously 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 November 20, 2003. Contact Magdalena Kovats (972-389-3344 or magdalena.kovats@mckesson.com) if you have any questions.


Phone Call Opt Out

If you want your name removed from our reminder phone call list, go to the chapter website. Click on the "Members" tab and then click on "Opt Out."

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.


MetroPCS Inc.

MetroPCS Inc. was formed in 1994 to provide an affordable, simple to use wireless service for customers in metropolitan areas seeking an alternative to traditional landline or wireless service. Our rapidly growing, well-financed company offers a competitive benefits package, 401k and a great work environment. Visit us at http://www.metropcs.com to learn more about our exciting history.

MetroPCS is currently seeking a Senior Internal Auditor to become an integral part of our Dallas Corporate office. You will be responsible for assisting all levels of management by strengthening internal controls, complying with the Sarbanes Oxley Act, and assisting the Internal Audit Manager in reducing company operating costs and risks by developing and performing a comprehensive program of operational, financial and IT audits. Principal activities for this position include:

  • Identify, document and evaluate business processes and the effectiveness of internal controls; determine their adequacy, accuracy and efficiency; and ensure compliance with Sarbanes Oxley Act requirements, contractual agreements, regulatory requirements, laws, and company policies and procedures.
  • Prepare audit reports and summaries containing recommendations to resolve business issues and improve internal controls. Present audit reports and summaries to senior management and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Discuss deficiencies and provide recommendations for corrective actions.
  • Develop and perform general risk assessments. Assist the Internal Audit Manager in updating the annual audit plan as needed.
  • Coordinate audit work with other functional areas of the company and with the external auditors to maximize audit coverage using limited resources and to maintain reasonable cost/benefit relationships between the internal and external audit functions.

Required:

  • 5-7 years of professional work experience
  • At least 2 years of recent experience in Internal Audit at the senior staff level
  • CPA
  • Ability to travel up to 35% annually

Desired:

  • Retail Audit experience
  • Telecommunication industry experience
  • Previous working experience with Sarbanes-Oxley and its compliance requirements
  • Professional certifications other than CPA (i.e., CIA, CISA, CFE, etc)
  • Advanced degree (i.e., MBA, MS, etc)

Interested candidates should forward their resume and salary requirements to: dallasjobs@metropcs.com. No agencies or phone calls please. EOE


Senior Manager -- Enterprise Risk Assessment and Internal Audit

One of the Southwest region’s largest CPA and Consulting firms is looking for key team members for its newly formed Risk Assessment and Sarbanes Oxley Compliance practice. This key position is a great chance to help build methodology and best practices within this prestigious firm.

Weaver and Tidwell, LLP One of the Southwest region’s largest CPA and Consulting firms is looking for key team members for its newly formed Risk Assessment and Sarbanes Oxley Compliance practice. This key position is a great chance to help build methodology and best practices within this prestigious firm.

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

Currently, we are interviewing candidates with a demonstrated track record. Therefore, to qualify for this challenging position, candidates must have 4-5 years of significant industry and Big 4 experience combined. Experience should include internal audit or risk management in the areas of retail, manufacturing, or other inventory/distribution-based businesses. Experience in service-based businesses helpful. CPA and/or CIA preferred. Candidate must be a self-starter with demonstrated interpersonal, written, and presentation skills.

Resumes should be forwarded to: recruiter@weaverandtidwell.com or faxed to 972-702-8321.


Brinker International

What do you value?

If having the right mix between the personal and the professional is important to you, then have a larger slice of life with Brinker International. We’re the proud parent of Chili’s Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and the rest of the country’s favorite concepts.

When it comes to balance, Brinkerheads do it with more intensity. We work hard and play even harder – always reaching for the best life has to offer. From career pathways to flexibility, the balance success demands is here.

Currently, we are seeking a Corporate Advisory Services Senior.

This position will perform functional and procedural process reviews and risk assessments in Brinker’s corporate Home Office departments, test procedural compliance and validity of controls. Identify cost savings and efficiency and effectiveness opportunities. Document and report exceptions; work with departments to implement change.

  • Perform functional and procedural process reviews and risk assessments, mostly in Brinker’s corporate Home Office departments, designed to determine compliance with established procedures, gain an understanding and /or test compliance with financial controls, or identify opportunities for process improvements and cost recoveries where applicable.
  • Research and evaluate best practices of corporate processes and recommend appropriate changes to Brinker’s current procedures. Facilitate implementation if appropriate.
  • Perform follow-up procedures to assess whether recommendations that were implemented are working effectively.
  • Identify and document variances from established controls and procedures as well as from best practices. Consider the cost/benefit of controls recommended. Provide assistance in developing procedures when needed.
  • Provide reports in the form of “working tools” regarding findings and recommendations.
  • Explain procedures and controls to affected employees and share knowledge regarding controls and process. Perform demonstration as needed.
  • Assist in assessing internal controls in regards to compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Education / Work Experience/Expertise

  • College degree (Accounting or Business Administration with Accounting major).
  • CPA a plus.
  • 3-5 years experience, preferably consisting of 3+ years of public accounting experience or 3-5 years financial/accounting experience within Brinker.
  • SEC reporting experience.
  • Retail or restaurant company experience a plus.
  • Good knowledge of document processing, financial controls and GAAP.

Brinker International has made Forbes’ “Platinum 400” list and been consistently named one of Fortune’s “Most Admired Companies”. Founded in 1975, we have grown to more than 90,000 employees and sales exceeding $3 billion annually. Four of our concepts have won the “Hot Concept of the Year” award at the National Restaurant Show, and innovations throughout our company continue to be served up daily.

Balance. Passion. Growth. Diversity. Family. Integrity.

These are values many companies speak of. Now experience what makes them different at Brinker International. The Hottest Concepts. The Hottest Opportunities. Apply directly on-line at www.brinkerjobs.com.

Brinker International is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to workplace diversity.


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