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November 2004

President's Letter

THE END IS NEAR…THAT IS, THE END OF 2004!!

Hard to believe the Holiday Season is just around the corner and the shopping count downs will begin. It’s already November. This will be our last luncheon meeting of the calendar year. And we are excited to be having it with a new Organizational Partner, the Association of Government Accountants. We have a great line up for November including Joanne Hix, an acclaimed motivational speaker currently with Southwest Airlines. If you want to get away, come to the Dallas IIA meeting.

Also this month we will be recognizing members who will be celebrating significant anniversaries with the Dallas Chapter. These 28 members during the months of July 2004 through December 2004 have been with the Chapter for 10, 15, 20 and 35 years. Simply put, Wow! That is great! In the newsletter is the list of these individuals. If you see them at the meeting or at any other function, take the time to recognize their commitment to both the Chapter and the profession.

Remember that in December, we will have an evening social event at the University of Texas at Dallas. Keep posted on www.dallasiia.org.

Thanks for the support!

Sincerely,
Jeffrey E. Seutter
Dallas IIA 2004-05 President

Next Meeting

Tuesday, November 16, 2004
CityPlace Conference Center
Joint Meeting with the Association of Government Accountants

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

 Achieving Success and Efficiency
in the Workplace

Joanne W. Hix, Southwest Airlines

This motivating topic will provide insight on how a Southwest Airlines executive gives new perspectives on how to benefit from opportunities that we all encounter.

Some of the issues that will be discussed in this presentation include:

How to Achieve Prosperity / Success

  • Opportunities for Flexibility
  • Opportunity for Change
  • Opportunity for Growth

Opportunities for Internal Controls

  • Communication with Employees
  • Technology
  • Managing Costs

Joanne W. Hix is currently employed at Southwest Airlines, in the Corporate Project Management Office, assigned to the Airport Security Team. As Manager – General Office Solutions & Services, Desktop Applications Team, she restructured the team and implemented new policies and procedures to increase productivity and improve Customer Service.

Joanne has a BA in Business Administration and an MBA in Business Management from Dallas Baptist University. After completing her MBA in 1999, she returned as an adjunct professor in May 2000. In April 2002, Joanne received the “Outstanding Adjunct Business Professor of the Year” award. She is a motivational speaker at various corporations and special events and a participant in the Southwest Airlines Speaker’s Bureau.


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

Keeping a Pulse on your Sale/Use Tax Process:
What is your Sales/Use Tax Audit Exposure?

Terrell Davis, Davis & Davis

State and local taxing authorities have intensified their efforts to generate tax revenues through conducting more sales/use tax audits, with Texas being a major leader and model for other state and local jurisdictions sales/use tax programs. Companies whose tax compliance efforts were limited to income tax compliance are finding themselves subject to huge sales/use tax audit assessments, along with the related penalties and interest resulting from non-compliance. Many companies are unprepared to handle a sales/use tax audit of their company. Join Terrell Davis as he discusses the benefits of conducting an internal audit of your sales/uses tax process in order to minimize sales/use tax audit exposure.

Terrell Davis is a founding partner of Davis & Davis Professional Services Firm LLC where he serves as the sales/use tax subject-matter expert and manages sales/use tax engagements. His responsibilities include representing clients under sales/use tax audit, conducting pre-audit reviews to identify areas of audit sales/use tax exposure, conducting accounts payable reviews to identify areas of overpayment in order to obtain sales/use tax refunds on behalf of clients.

Terrell was formerly employed by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts where he served as a sales/use tax auditor for two years (1996 – 1998). Terrell’s Texas sales/use tax audit experience included audits in such industries as manufacturing, contractors, automotive, retail, taxable services and restaurants.

In 1998, Terrell joined PricewaterhouseCoopers’ State Tax Consulting practice where he represented clients under sales/use tax audit. He also conducted reverse audits to offset sales/use tax audit assessments, and to obtain multi-state sales/use tax refunds on behalf of clients. Terrell’s consulting experience included engagements with Fortune 500 companies in manufacturing, aviation, catering, technology industries, retail and other taxable services. Terrell also led teams of consultants in filing sales/use tax registrations in over 200 taxing jurisdictions, including Texas, and in preparation the sales/use tax returns for those jurisdictions on a monthly basis. His experience also includes drafting voluntary disclosure agreements in multiple states, including Texas, for companies where sales/use tax audit exposure was previously identified. Terrell also prepared sales/use decision matrices for clients to use in making sales/use tax taxability decisions in order to minimize audit exposure.

In 2000, Terrell moved into PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Tax Technology Consulting group where he served as a sale/use tax subject-matter-expert in developing multi-state sales/use tax exemption management software, which addressed all sales/use tax exemptions in all states. In addition, Terrell was responsible for gathering business requirements for implementation of tax software.

In October of 2001, Terrell & Chanel Christoff Davis combined over 16 years of experience in Sales and Use Tax Consulting, Financial & Operational Audit, and Project Management, in both Big 4 tax and industry to form Davis & Davis Professional Services Firm LLC. Terrell & Chanel have delivered process improvements and tax savings distinguishing themselves as experts in their respective fields. Visit them on the Web at: www.davisanddavisLLC.com.


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

Building Effective Anti-Fraud Controls

Jeffrey G. Matthews, CPA, CFE
Director of Forensic and Investigative Advisory Services, Grant Thornton

Jeff highlights various means of improving corporate integrity through the development of anti-fraud programs and controls. Jeff will focus on common issues facing control environments, and provide valuable assistance in compiling your risk assessment.

Jeffrey G. Matthews has worked as a criminal investigator, an auditor in charge, and a forensic project manager for corporations as well as state, local and federal government. Jeff has extensive experience in complex financial investigations, forensic accounting, and litigation support, and has also conducted and assisted in a variety of cases relating to computer evidence recovery and analysis. He has investigated and provided oversight for investigations of federal and state criminal violations including money laundering, conspiracy, bank fraud, payroll fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and bankruptcy. Most recently, Jeff has been extensively involved in assisting organizations in addressing Sarbanes-Oxley issues.


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:

Kari Reddick
Triad Hospitals
Phone: 214-473-3820
Fax: 866-855-0085 
kari.reddick@triadhospitals.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 12, 2004 or a $5 late fee will be charged.

Those who register by the deadline and attend the Pre-Meeting will be able to "pre" check-in for the luncheon from 9:25am until 10:10 am.

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 Melinda Lokey at 214-473-3823 or melinda.lokey@triadhospitals.com.

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

Chapter News

Congratulations to our New CIA’s, CGAP’s, and CCSA’s

The Dallas Chapter would like to congratulate the following 19 members for completing their certification and eligibility requirements. They received their certificates at the October luncheon. Special congratulations to Phillip Pitts for receiving a Certificate of Excellence, and Joan Bradford-Pope for receiving the Certificate of Honor.

  

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA®)

Phillip Pitts, Joan Bradford-Pope, Keitha Shelby, Shelley Turner, Monica Chidester, Stanislas Ellis, Tricia Farrow, Jose Luis Fernandez, Jeff Hemphill, Kimberly Hogue, Joseph Madigan, Julie Pence, Becca Pollock, Linda Sandefur, Paula Smith, Kimberly Wiersema, Ernest Hughes, Mark Stopps, James Brown,

Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA®)

Thomas (Joe) Clooney & Shelley Turner

Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP®)

Keitha Shelby & Mary Stepney

CIA Exam Review Course for the May 2005 Exam

A CIA Exam Review Course has been scheduled for February 4 – 7, 2005, at The University of Texas at Dallas School of Management Building. The course will be taught by Dr. Glen Sumners. Full details of the course will be communicated in the December newsletter.

CIA Exam – November 17-18, 2004

Good luck to those taking the CIA Exam in November! The exam will be held at The University of Texas at Dallas in the School of Management (SOM) Building. For directions, go to http://www.utdallas.edu/campusmap.html. Enter on University Parkway, and obtain a Visitor’s Pass from the guard booth. Please park in Lot J. Exams will be held in the School of Management, rooms 1.502 and 1.517. We will have signs posted directing you where to go. Please arrive early! The exam schedule is:

  • Part I, 11/17/04, 8:30 a.m.- noon
  • Part II, 11/17/04, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Part III, 11/18/04, 8:30 a.m. - noon
  • Part IV, 11/18/04, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact either Toni Messer (tmesser@utdallas.edu, or 972-883-2393) or Mark Salamasick (mark.salamasick@utdallas.edu, or 972-883-4729).


IIA Research Foundation

The Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation encourages research of discovery, integration, and application along the broad areas included in The IIA definition that identifies internal audit as an integral part of an organization's governance, risk and control processes.

The Foundation has identified specific areas for this research, which includes Corporate Governance, Sarbanes Oxley, Enterprise Risk Management, Audit Practice, Information Technology, and Ethics & Fraud. Included within these areas are sample topics that can be used for research projects. If you are interested in performing research and would like to know more about the sample topics, please see the web site - http://www.theiia.org/iia/index.cfm?doc_id=249.


Need Seminar Committee Chair

Please help your IIA Dallas Chapter. We have some great Chapter seminars and speakers already planned for the spring, but we just need a volunteer (or two) to help administer the events. This position will help you develop your organizational/administration skills while you help the Chapter provide quality education to its members. Time commitment is minimal except for the day of the seminar. Most preparatory work is done by e-mails. And, you can add it to your resume!

If you are interested or would like more information, please contract Lynn Allsup, 1st VP Dallas Chapter, at 972-454-8258 or lynn.allsup@intervoice.com.


Join a Focus Group on XBRL

An IIA Researcher will be attending our January meeting and would like to arrange a focus group (about 12 members) discussion to explore reactions and concerns of internal auditors to XBRL. We plan to have the focus group session either before or after the January meeting. XBRL is an emerging standard for tagging financial information for electronic transmission, manipulation and storage. See recent article on the subject at: http://www.theiia.org/itaudit/index.cfm?fuseaction=forum&fid=5551.

The focus group will NOT go deeply into XBRL technology. The discussions would be divided into two parts. The first part would focus on how auditors currently manipulate (extract, consolidate, transmit, etc.) data and what are the issues/problems/concerns with these current activities. The second part will then focus on the participant’s reactions and thoughts regarding XBRL’s expected uses and benefits related to data manipulation and the issues/problems/concerns that surfaced in the first part of the focus group.

This is free to the participants and will take approximately two hours and each participant will receive two hours of CPE. Contact Dave Hallo at David.Hallo@kaneb.com if you are interested in participating.


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

Get Involved!

UTDWe are now in our second year and we have a very eager group of IIA Student Chapter members. David Gibbs, the President of the Student Chapter at UTD, has focused on increasing students’ interest in Internal Audit. We conducted a number of Internal Audit Information Sessions. David’s efforts last year demonstrated his excellent leadership ability, including volunteering for a number of IIA events and participating as a committee chair arranging meetings details for the Dallas Chapter. This is a great example of leading by example. I would also like to see all the newer Student Chapter members do the same thing and take some role with the Chapter. I have personally learned you will get more back more from being involved than the time put in to volunteering.

With our efforts you should see even more students at the Dallas Chapter meetings and you should be getting more calls from students who may be interested in audit. The one comment I always get back from students is how helpful and sharing auditors are to them. This is one of the best ways of showing, “Progress through Sharing.” I need your continued help as we grow the UTD Program and work to get more individuals equipped to work in the Internal Audit field.

The Internal Audit class has a number of projects this semester including a Sox research project. I would like to thank all of those who participated in that research. David Gibbs will be doing a research project in the next few months related to audit in the DFW area. By working on research projects, the students will be better equipped to handle the demands of the internal audit groups in the future. If you have any questions or comments related to these projects please contact me.

We continue to have outstanding guest speakers, including Steve Hunt, the SOX Program Manager from McAfee, and Mike Rogers from the City of Plano. It has been important not only in covering the theory, but how companies are actually managing the changing environment. We have made a couple of site visits and are planning the golf outing again in the spring. If you interested in hiring entry-level auditors or if you need student interns, please contact me. Also, contact me if you would like to participate in the program in any way or sponsor an event.

Mark Salamasick
UT Dallas Student Chapter Faculty Advisor
mark.salamasick@utdallas.edu
972-883-4729


Member News

Dallas IIA Chapter Member Anniversaries

Member with IIA membership for 35 years

Charles Pipes, CIA

Members with IIA membership for 20 years

Kathryn Barton, CIA, CCSA; Steven Shepherd, CIA, CGAP; Robert Wayboer, CIA; Sheila Bellows; John Harwell, CIA

Members with IIA membership for 15 years

Bejamin Akisanmi; Forrest Brown, CIA; Michael Collum; Larry Wayne Overton; David Perry; David Kosofsky, CIA; Tracy Beardmore, CIA; Michael Gaffney; Stephen Shelton; Kyle Garner

Members with IIA membership for 10 years

Michele Curry; Mark Halliwell; Deborah Mutzabaugh, CIA; Terry Eaton, CIA; Anthony Wooten; Sherri Durst, CIA; Ramesh Ganesh, CIA; Brady Vigil, CIA; Charles Zhang; Jeffrey Lantz Tarleton; John W. Copley; Brian F. Simmons;

The IIA celebrates its 100,000th member!

The third quarter membership statistics have been tabulated totaling 97,009 members, bringing us closer to celebrating our 100,000th member very soon.

At this time, we are asking our affiliates worldwide to get involved in the planning of the 100,000th member celebration! In order to build a customizable package for the 100,000th member and his or her organization wherever they may be in the world, we are requesting our affiliates around the globe to submit their celebration ideas for this momentous occasion.

Affiliate ideas will be collected and included in The IIA’s celebration package. The best three ideas will be selected by IIA’s Marketing team during December 2004 and will be rewarded with first, second and third place rewards.

The three best celebration ideas will be rewarded with prizes such as:

  • First Place - US $500 gift certificate toward affiliate's choice of one of the following:
    • travel for Leadership Workshop at the International Conference in Chicago, IL, USA in July 2005
    • travel for one volunteer affiliate leader to Orlando, FL, USA, for the IIA Leadership Conference in May 2005
    • travel to IIA headquarters in Altamonte Springs, FL, USA, for personalized headquarters tour
  • Second Place - US $250 gift certificate toward May 2005 CIA exam registrations or part fees for eligible candidates from the winning affiliate.
  • Third Place - Complimentary IIA banner and table skirt to be printed with affiliate's logo and translated into appropriate language.

To be included in the judging, affiliate ideas must be sent to membership@theiia.org by November 30, 2004. The winning ideas and affiliates will be announced in the January issue of Leaders Link.

Additionally, The IIA is making preparations to identify, recognize, and celebrate its 50,000th Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation, which may be selected after the November 2004 exam. We will provide details on this recognition and celebration project to you in December 2004.

The IIA will commemorate the 100,000th member and 50,000th CIA milestones at The IIA's International Conference 2005 in Chicago, IL, USA, July 10-13. For further details regarding the 100,000th membership campaign, refer to The IIA's Web site www.theiia.org at http://www.theiia.org/iia/index.cfm?doc_id=4925

New Members

The Dallas IIA added new members in the months of September and October! As the Chapter grows, so do the opportunities for networking and the sharing of knowledge. Please welcome the following new Chapter members:

September 2004 New Members
Jeannette D. Garcia
Keith Crews
Marlene L. Lyon
Jim Rowell
Michelle Marek
Michael E. Hill
Gregory Higgins
Viswanath Palepu
Amy McClellan
Amechi Ugwu
Angel Arroyo
Katherine H. Robbins
Edward M. Juckniess
Valerie Wolbrueck
Jeff W. Chadwick
Robert Rogan
James Clark
Leena A. Mathew
Mishaal Suleman
Claude Williams
Tasha E. Terral
Wade Cunningham
David Melly
Indumathi Lakshmanappa
Deborah R. Watson
Melonie Sartain
Richard Hawkins
James F. Daniels
Johnny Chan
Natalie Denise Pegram
Parvinder Parmar
Shawn Irving
October 2004 New Members
Ingrid R. Butler
Thomas P. Davis
Teodora Peteva Vasileva
D'Etra Hunter
Jennifer Lynn McMichael
Silvi Pinto
Regina Logan
Bryan Bickerstaff
Jack Arthur
Portia Green
Stephen Seth Kolb
Jeanne Ward
Aaron Henderson
Alexis Small
Eileen Bacon
Andrew Evans
Bill Marriott
Brady Murray
Collin Perry
Eric Rattanavong
Dan Rivera
Manjula Udeshi
Julie Winger
Jason P. Husselman
David Maberry
Sanober J. Abbasi
Sommer Clayman
Ron Messeri
Linda Anderson
Angela Shou
Kunal R. Patel
Erikka Clark
Byron Ward
Knoel Kambak
Andy Smithson
Christy Taroni
Ginger Harrison
Jonathan Godinez
Robert L. Schmidt
Daniel Franco

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 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 15, 2004. Contact Magdalena Kovats (214-777-0581 or magdalena.kovats@resources-us.com) if you have any questions.


December Social

Mark your calendar for the December 1st social at The University of Texas - Dallas! This meeting will begin at 5pm and the social hour will begin at 6pm. Hot hors d'oeuvres and beer, wine, and sodas will be served.

Doug Caldwell, the Success Facilitator, will present "The 16th Minute", creating your personal brand to become famous for more than 15 minutes. This interactive presentation, in a PowerPoint-free zone, will help you discover your personal brand.

Please help us usher in the Holiday Season with a fun and interactive event!

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.


Southwest Airlines  (11/4/04)

Southwest Airlines Internal Audit Department
Staff Auditor II - Dallas, TX

For immediate consideration please email your résumé to: grace.ward@wnco.com (WN is the Southwest Airlines FAA identifier code, this is NOT an agency, Grace is in the SWA People Department).

Please include in the subject line of your email the following: “2562 & Dallasiia

A cover letter is not necessary.

Job Posting Number: 2562
Position Title: Staff Auditor II - Dallas, TX
Summary of Essential Job Functions:

  • Work Activities/Context:
    • Provides friendly service to and maintains positive relationships with all internal and external Customers.
    • Works in a cooperative spirit to ensure the success of our Company.
    • Identifies and evaluates accounting, operating, and compliance risks and controls.
    • Understands the relevancy of risks associated with exceptions and considers the broader implications.
    • Ascertains the extent to which company assets are accounted for and safeguarded against loss.
    • Demonstrates the ability to identify meaningful, value-added solutions to business risks.
    • Appraises the effectiveness of existing policies, procedures, and business practices, and continuously challenges their effectiveness.
    • Develops and effectively communicates feasible recommendations to identified business risks.
    • Demonstrates planning, organizing and problem solving skills.
    • Manages time to meet commitments, deadlines, and schedules.
    • Executes and assists with the development of audit programs to achieve audit objectives.
    • Prepares and maintains audit workpapers pertinent to the audit's coverage and findings.
    • Comprehends the meaning of test results as they relate to internal control strengths and weaknesses.
    • Adapts to and uses technology to improve the effectiveness of assignments, increase efficiencies, and quickly complete work objectives.
    • Conducts special assignments as requested by the Director of Internal Audit or Management.
    • Demonstrates the ability to successfully manage multiple assignments and projects simultaneously.
    • Contributes to a successful working relationship with Customers and keeps them informed throughout assignments.
    • Identifies Customer needs and creatively adapts services to exceed their expectations.
    • Conducts themselves in such a manner as to promoted confidence in the Internal Audit organization.
    • Earns the confidence and the respect of others.
    • Fosters, generates and encourages new ideas by embracing a variety of thoughts, actions, and beliefs.
    • Demonstrates adaptability and flexibility in approach and work style to changing demands and circumstances.
    • Seeks opportunities and assignments which stimulate thought and provide challenges to develop and grow professionally.
    • Must be able to meet any physical ability requirements listed on this description.
    • May perform other job duties as directed by Employee's Leaders.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or business related major.
  • Experience: Minimum of 18 months of audit experience in a public accounting firm or other related auditing or business experience required.
  • Licensing/Certification: CPA/CIA/CMA preferred.
  • Physical Abilities:
    • Must have physical abilities sufficient to work in the vicinity of ramps, terminals, hangars, etc. and be able to move quickly as necessary.
    • Must be able to maneuver in jetways and airways in airports.
    • Must have physical abilities sufficient to handle and resolve tasks.
  • Skills/Abilities/Knowledge/Work Style:
    • Must be able to comply with Company attendance standards as described in established guidelines.
    • Must be able to work well with others as part of a Team.
    • Must possess intermediate PC skills and be able to use spreadsheet, graphics, database and word processing software.
    • Ability to type and/or use a computer keyboard with sufficient speed to meet demands of job.
    • Must be able to operate multi-line telephone with sufficient courtesy and speed.
    • Must be able to communicate verbally by telephone and face-to- face.
    • Well-rounded knowledge of contemporary management principles, exposure to the primary functions of business such as marketing, manufacturing, and finance.
    • Active interest in the latest business techniques and methods.
    • High degree of persuasiveness combined with the personality and ability to work with all levels of personnel and management.
    • Must be able to communicate effectively in a tactful and courteous manner reflecting a mature common sense approach and attitude.
    • Must be able to work independently or with others as part of a team, work with individuals in leadership positions inside and outside the Company.
    • Must possess excellent verbal and written communications skills.
    • Must have judgment sufficient to handle and resolve tasks.
    • Must demonstrate and maintain an extremely high regard for confidential and sensitive information.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Some travel and extended hours are required.
    • Must maintain a well-groomed appearance.
    • Must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986

Ratliff Associates  (11/4/04)

Ratliff Associates, a professional recruiting firm based in Dallas, Texas, is immediately recruiting for an Internal Auditor for the North Dallas location of a $1Billion dollar High Tech Company that is a leader in its field.

Internal Auditor

Responsibilities: Position will support domestic and international internal audit activity. Candidate will perform all aspects of fieldwork for internal audit engagements including planning and executing the scope for the audit, development of audit programs, coordination of timing and logistics for all fieldwork and report writing. Candidate must be able to work under limited supervision and will have considerable latitude for initiative and independent judgment.

International travel includes Ireland, Australia and Singapore! Wonderful, team-driven work environment and excellent benefits!

Requirements:

  • BS in Accounting/Business or a related field
  • CPA required
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in accounting, audit or business analysis is required.
  • Public accounting experience is preferred
  • Approximately 50% travel is required and will diminish as international hires are made
  • Foreign language skills a plus
  • Knowledge of data interrogation software is preferred

Salary range:

Target range $60-65k plus bonus
Salary is negotiable based upon level of experience

Qualified candidates, please send your confidential resume to
connie@ratliffassociates.com


TXU  (11/4/04)

To apply to any of the following jobs, please visit our website at http://www.txucorp.com/working/jobs/our_positions/default.asp.


AUDIT SPECIALIST

Job Number: 421285307
Business Unit: TXU Business Services
Job Category: Finance & Accounting
Experience: 5-7+ Years
Location: DALLAS , TX

Description

Understand the policies, processes, procedures, risks and relationships of a wide array of functional areas- both individually, as they interrelate with each other, and their impact on the overall business control environment.

Understand industry best practices with respect to energy trading policies, processes and procedures.

Perform, manage and/or coordinate reviews and audits of a wide variety of areas including:

  • Deal capture processes and control practices providing recommendations of control measures to ensure that the risks in all physical and financial instruments (e.g., forward contracts, derivative financial instruments including swaps, options, futures, and structured transactions) executed by energy trading have been disaggregated and captured in a central transaction management system
  • Deal confirmation processes and control practices to provide independent assurance to management that all transactions executed by trading and reflected in the transaction management system have been confirmed with the counterparty
  • Contract administration processes and control practices to ensure adequacy and effectiveness of the contract development, review and execution processes including specific provisions for notices, events of default, financial responsibility, force majeure, failure to perform and remedies, term, form of confirmation and billing/payment.
  • Forward price curve validation processes, methodologies and control practices to ensure price curves are developed for each traded commodity on an on-going basis, independently validated by Middle office personnel to represent fair market values and captured in a central system for use in daily mark-to-market valuations and other analysis by risk management and trading operations.
  • Quantitative model development processes to determine the effectiveness of the application of internally developed valuation and pricing models (e.g., value-at-risk (VaR), cash flow-at-risk, stress testing, back testing, options, weather derivatives and credit VaR) and assess model certification processes and methodologies
  • Processes, procedures and assumptions of internally developed quantitative models designed to properly measure energy risk using Monte Carlo simulation including validation of the adequacy of confidence levels and time horizons, and identification of risks and limitations of models
  • Mark-to-market portfolio valuation processes and controls including an examination and assessment of the overall structure of the risk book (i.e., commodity, risk type, region, tenor, etc.), trends, analysis and valuation techniques to ensure consistency, appropriateness, applicability and integrity of valuation processes
  • Quarterly compliance audits of critical areas of risk management such as deal capture, confirmation, validation of forward price curves and mark-to-market valuations to provide assurance that established processes and control practices are operating as intended and provide assistance to external auditors in the quarterly review for 10-Q/K reporting
  • Coordinate integration of process reviews and control assessments with information system security and functionality audits to provide a more balanced view of overall systems application and business process risks and controls
  • Credit risk processes and controls to ensure that credit risk has been identified, measured, monitored, reported and mitigated in accordance with industry practice and corporate policy and procedures.
  • Settlement processes with respect to physical and financial trades involving natural gas, power, coal, oil, emissions credits, weather derivatives and capacity auction with a variety of counterparties including ERCOT, ISO’s QSE’s, brokers, other affiliated entities and over-the-counter trading partners.
  • Transactions between Portfolio Management and TXU entities
  • Develop written reports that succinctly explain complex business issues and associated recommendations for modifying policies, processes and/or procedures to mitigate risk and improve the control environment.
  • Prepare and deliver verbal presentations to senior management that summarize audit reviews and include the supporting business rationale for recommended policy, process or procedural changes.
  • Develop and maintain effective partnering relationships with business unit management
  • Assist Portfolio Management in identifying and assessing business risks, controls, strengths and improvement opportunities by facilitating risk and control self-assessment workshops for front, middle and back office management.
  • Provide input and assist in preparation of annual Portfolio Management audit plan
  • Provide support to internal audit management and, as requested, represent internal audit in monthly risk management forum.

Qualifications

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Undergraduate degree in accounting, finance, mathematics or related discipline;
  • 5 to 7 years of audit / risk management experience;
  • Strong qualitative, financial, and deregulated energy market experience supporting commodity trading or risk management functions;
  • Thorough understanding of 1) forward contracts involving physical delivery of wholesale and retail energy commodities 2) derivative financial instruments including futures, options, swaps and applicable pricing and valuation methodologies;
  • Clear understanding of energy risk management methodologies and internal audit strategies;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills appropriate to interact with senior management team;
  • Excellent organizational and managerial skills;
  • Notable experience in leading and performing complex projects; and
  • Strong understanding of credit risk management methodologies and credit enhancement/mitigation tools.

AUDIT SPECIALIST

Job Number: 424385456
Business Unit: TXU Business Services
Job Category: Finance & Accounting
Experience: 5-7+ Years
Location: Dallas, TX

Description

Accountabilities of an Audit Specialist include planning and directing a wide range of complex audits of TXU's policies, procedures, and business processes using advanced audit expertise. Frequently, this position will utilize sophisticated audit and risk management techniques to perform required duties. This position will typically serve as the Auditor-In-Charge (AIC) of an audit project team, with responsibilities that include: developing audit programs, planning and directing audits, preparing audit reports, briefing all levels of management, and preparing accurate and complete audit work papers. In addition, this position will be required to identify business risks and provide advice and consultation to management on internal controls to manage these risks.

Additional accountabilities include:

  • Using integrated auditing techniques to audit computer dominant business processes.
  • Participating in the development and implementation of the annual audit plan.
  • Monitoring developments within the industry and advising management of potential risks to their business objectives.
  • Actively participating in client teams in the re-engineering and design of business processes.
  • Developing an open and positive relationship with all levels of line and executive management based on mutual trust and respect and focus on common business objectives.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in Accounting or other appropriate discipline.
  • 5-8 years of relevant audit experience is preferred.
  • Utility (specifically Energy) experience is desirable.
  • Graduate degree in a business discipline and /or certification (CPA, CIA, CCSA) is preferred.
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills.
  • Effective interpersonal skills (i.e., relates well to people and builds appropriate rapport).
  • Ability to plan, organize, analyze, and conceptualize.
  • Effective time management.
  • Ability and presence to effectively lead self-assessment workshops with all levels of management.
  • Ability to consult in all areas of risk management.
  • Broad-based business knowledge and audit experience that combines the ability to see the big picture with appropriate attention to detail.

Comments

Relocation assistance may be available for selected candidate per manager discretion.


RISK MONITORING & SOX COMPLIANCE SENIOR

Job Number: 427285582
Business Unit: TXU Business Services
Job Category: Finance & Accounting
Experience: 2-4+ Years
Location: Dallas, TX

Description

The Risk Monitoring and SOX Compliance Seniors will assist in performing oversight and challenge for both the Key Accounting Control and Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance processes. They will also assist in the development of new and updating of existing control processes, and assist in administering the Risk Control Tracking System (RCTS).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Other duties may be assigned. Directly or through others, the incumbent:

  • Performs consultative reviews of Key Accounting Controls by (1) ensuring the right controls and standards are being reviewed by management and (2) ensuring appropriate ongoing management review of KACs and supporting evidence of control is both adequate and maintained;
  • Responsible for assisting in the design and ensuring the design adequacy of new and updated Key Accounting Controls and SOX 404 controls;
  • Assists in the ongoing review, tracking and reporting of internal control deficiencies by ensuring all KACs and SOX ICDs are identified and ensuring all ICDs are appropriately evaluated;
  • Assists in the maintenance of accounting policies and procedures and assists in the development of department-owned policies and procedures;
  • Performs centralized RCTS system administration and support;
  • Coordinates maintenance of RCTS Controls Framework; and
  • Performs other supporting roles as required.

Qualifications

The minimum education requirements are:

  • Undergraduate degree in accounting or a relevant discipline with appropriate experience or certification(s).

Required Skills:

  • Strong understanding of accounting controls and auditing principles;
  • Ability to perform consultative reviews of Key Accounting Controls;
  • Ability to determine the materiality of Internal Control Deficiencies;
  • Ability to maintain and administer RCTS document repository system;
  • Ability to work with many levels of management;
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Self starter and results driven; and
  • Prior auditing and accounting experience desired.

Preferred Skills:

  • Advanced degrees in accounting or a related field and applicable certifications; and
  • Knowledge of and experience in using Microsoft Sequel Server and SQL ad hoc reporting, RCTS administration or other system administration, Key Accounting Controls, Internal Auditing of financial processes and/or knowledge of accounting/financial internal control processes.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

Requires the ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities in the following environment:

  • - Occasional long, irregular hours.
  • - Use of a PC, computer terminal and/or telephone over 2 hours a day.

RISK MONITORING & SOX COMPLIANCE SPECIALIST

Job Number: 427285581
Business Unit: TXU Business Services
Job Category: Finance & Accounting
Experience: 5-7+ Years
Location: Dallas, TX

Description

The specialist will be responsible for leading projects from action plan development to final completion. He/she will also be responsible for reviewing key accounting controls and assisting in ensuring the adequacy of Key Accounting Control and SOX 404 compliance processes. He/she will take a lead role in ensuring the design adequacy of new and updated Key Accounting and SOX 404 controls. He/she will be responsible for assisting in identifying Internal Control Deficiencies, helping assess their impact and ensuring their timely resolution. The specialist will also help ensure changes in automated and manual processes are identified timely and Key Accounting Controls and SOX 404 controls and testing are updated timely.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Other duties may be assigned. Directly or through others, the incumbent:

  • Responsible for leading projects from action plan development to final completion;
  • Responsible for coordinating the annual consultative reviews of Key Accounting Controls to include assisting in the development and maintenance of a KAC review methodology and schedule;
  • Evaluate the consultative reviews of Key Accounting Controls performed by the department;
  • Responsible for ensuring an appropriate ongoing Change Control Process and timely update of Key Accounting Controls and SOX 404 controls and testing;
  • Coordinate SAS 70 type II reporting process;
  • Assist in performing annual SOX 404 entity level assessment;
  • Assist in annual Statement of Responsibilities management representations regarding their control environment assertion process; and
  • Assist in the ongoing review, tracking, timely resolution and reporting of internal control deficiencies; this will include assisting in development of resolution recommendations and obtaining senior management agreement to implement.

Qualifications

The minimum education requirements are:

  • Undergraduate degree in accounting or a relevant discipline with appropriate experience or certification(s).

Required Skills:

  • Ability to lead projects in new emerging areas;
  • Experience in the design of accounting controls;
  • Experience in performing and reviewing internal control consultative reviews;
  • Ability to determine the materiality of Internal Control Deficiencies and successfully facilitate the timely resolution of such;
  • Ability to work with various levels of management, external parties and Corporate Counsel;
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written; and
  • Self starter and results driven individual with a proven track record of success.

Preferred Skills:

  • Advanced degrees in accounting or a related field and applicable certifications; and
  • Knowledge of and experience in using Microsoft Sequel Server and SQL ad hoc reporting, RCTS administration or other system administration, Key Accounting Controls, Internal Auditing of financial processes and/or knowledge of accounting/financial internal control processes.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

Requires the ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities in the following environment:

  • Occasional long, irregular hours.
  • Use of a PC, computer terminal and/or telephone over 2 hours a day.

SR. IT AUDITOR

Job Number: 427985610
Business Unit: TXU Business Services
Job Category: Finance & Accounting
Experience: 5-7+ Years
Location: DALLAS , TX

Description

A senior IT auditor:

  • Performs and supervises technical audits of information systems to evaluate the adequacy of the internal controls
  • Uses technical auditing skills to audit computer dominate information systems, and
  • Participates on task force and project teams, as appropriate, such as new systems development projects

A senior IT auditor's overall accountabilities include identification of risks associated with business objectives, evaluating controls to mitigate the risks, testing the effectiveness of the controls, identifying root causes and making cost effective recommendations for improvement, and reporting on the results. A senior IT auditor also has in-charge accountabilities, which include:

  • Determining the direction and strategy of audit activities for issues that are broad in scope and complex in nature with minimum supervision;
  • Interfacing with personnel at all levels of the organization;
  • Evaluating auditor performance and providing constructive feedback, when necessary; and
  • Producing appropriate work papers and reports that are consistently well organized and accurate and present information in a clear and concise manner.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree
  • Five to seven years of audit / relevant business experience
  • Information Technology experience is highly desirable
  • Technical background or working internal control knowledge of and ability to test controls in the following is desired: Active Directory, Windows / Unix operating systems, Oracle, SQLServer and DB2 database management systems, network technologies / protocols, system development methodologies
  • Experience with off-shore operations is a plus
  • Graduate degree in a business discipline and / or certification (CISA, CIA, CPA, CISSP) is desirable
  • Ability to plan, organize, analyze, and conceptualize
  • Effective interpersonal skills (i.e. relates well to people and builds appropriate rapport)
  • Ability and presence to effectively lead self-assessment workshops with all levels of management
  • Ability to consult in all areas of risk management
  • Broad-based business knowledge and audit experience that combines the ability to see the big picture with appropriate attention to detail
  • Effective creativity skills

Comments

Work Environment

  • Individual and team work
  • High interaction with people
  • See projects through from start to finish
  • Exposure to management at various levels
  • Opportunities to assist clients in achievement of their objectives

To apply to any of the above jobs, please visit our website at http://www.txucorp.com/working/jobs/our_positions/default.asp.


Unitrin (10/29/04)

Job Title: Internal Auditor

Company: Unitrin Internal Audit Services, Inc.

Location: Dallas, TX

Compensation: Commensurate with Experience

Job Description: Overall Responsibilities:

To perform and/or direct a variety of operational and financial audits, special projects and investigations that add value to Company operations. Exercise leadership through technical abilities, guidance, training and supervision of staff, when required.

To be responsible for timely completion of projects, utilization of staff and effective accomplishment of audit procedures to meet established objectives. Assist senior team members in developing project scope, concepts, planning and budgets that enhance Department objectives.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Survey procedures and activities in assigned areas to determine the nature of operations and the adequacy of the systems of control. Adjust the direction and thrust of the proposed audit.
  2. Identify the key control points of the system. Determine the auditing procedures to be used, including statistical sampling and the use of computerized programs. Prepare audit program.
  3. Prepare budget including recommended staffing requirements and proposed field timing.
  4. Direct and teach staff auditors assigned to the audit and review their work for completeness and accuracy. Perform and complete difficult audit procedures and control analysis.
  5. Assist in oral and written presentations to management during and at the conclusion of the examination, discussing deficiencies and recommending corrective actions to improve operations and reduce cost.
  6. Prepare formal, written reports, indicating the adequacy and effectiveness of the system of procedures / controls and the efficiency with which activities are carried out.
  7. Build relationships with and gain the confidence of appropriate client management personnel.
  8. Develop staff through directing, coaching, evaluating, motivating, counseling and effective utilization of their time and skill sets.
  9. Develop a strong understanding of the insurance industry and become conversant in issues affecting the regulatory and business environment in which we operate.
  10. Balance overtime and out-of-town work load. Control time and travel expense charges. Practice hands-on management, teamwork and employee empowerment.

Experience and Qualifications:

Bachelors degree in accounting, finance, or computer science. Public accounting, CPA, CISA, and / or MBA are pluses.

Two to five years of auditing experience. Additional plus would be knowledge of Insurance operations and more specifically, the Home Service Insurance Industry.

Familiarity with information systems, computer applications, internal controls and PC skills are required.

Demonstrated skills of planning, organizing, supervising and managing audit assignments.

*Search firms need not inquire at this time*

Contact Info:

Name: Tom Brill

Street Address: 10000 North Central Expressway, Suite 1420
City/St/Zip: Dallas, TX 75231

Email Address: tbrill@unitrin.com

Phone: 214-360-3777
Fax: 214-360-3730

Preferred Method: Email


Ernst & Young (10/29/04)

Ernst & Young's people in more than 140 countries around the globe pursue the highest levels of integrity, quality and professionalism to provide clients with solutions based on financial, transactional and risk-management knowledge in its core services of audit, tax and transaction services. We strive to help all of our people achieve both their professional and personal goals through an inclusive environment that values everyone's contributions, appreciates diversity of thought, fosters growth, and provides continuous opportunities for development. Recognized by organizations such as Fortune, Working Mother, Training, and DiversityInc.com, Ernst & Young continually strives to be a great place to work.


Business Risk Services Manager &/OR Senior Manager

Locations: Dallas, TX

Description:

Our Business Risk Services (BRS) practice, a specialty advisory practice within Assurance & Advisory Business Services, provides comprehensive risk services through a suite of strategic, outsourcing, and industry-focused operational solutions that help companies around the world evaluate and enhance their internal audit and risk management functions. BRS seeks a dynamic leader for the highly visible position of BRS Senior Manager. This professional will manage internal audit work for a client's entire region and/or line of business as a member of the internal audit management team and in accordance with the client's audit plan, risk management strategy and E&Y's internal audit methodologies.

Manager and Senior Manager positions are available in the following E&Y location due to exciting growth: Dallas. Ernst & Young has the largest global Business Risk Services practice of any of the Big 4 professional services firms.

Responsibilities:

Work with high-growth clients and other market leaders in industries such as retail, consumer products, financial services, insurance and health sciences. Develop the scope of services with internal audit and executive client management; guide the team in the development of cost-effective and practical recommendations for improvement; provide guidance on complex audit matters and monitor engagement economics.

Develop and maintain productive working relationships with client management and a commitment to client satisfaction. Understand the client's industry and recognize key performance drivers. Gain acceptance on a wide variety of issues impacting the client.

Participate in the career and performance development of the BRS practice by serving as a career counselor, training new staff and providing timely and specific performance feedback. Foster teamwork and innovative thinking.

Utilize technology and tools to continually learn and innovate, share knowledge with team members and enhance service delivery. Leverage ideas from other project engagements to enhance knowledge and create efficiencies.

Generate new business opportunities. Understand E&Y and its service lines. Actively encourage team members to contribute ideas and identify opportunities to introduce E&Y's services.

Requirements:

To qualify, candidates must have:

  • a bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business or a related field; MBA preferred
  • 6-8 years of related audit or applicable business experience; management and/or public accounting experience preferred
  • applicable professional development and certification(s) strongly preferred
  • strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills
  • demonstrated integrity, values, principles, and work ethic
  • strong skills in project management and engagement closure
  • experience and interest in recruiting and professional development
  • proficiency in MS Office and Lotus Notes

Successful candidates must be available to travel as needed within and outside of the U.S. and work in excess of standard hours, when necessary.


Business Risk Services Auditor

Locations: Dallas, TX

Responsibilities:

Work with high-growth clients and other market leaders in industries such as retail, consumer products, financial services, insurance and health sciences. Perform audit procedures; create work products such as audit analyses and engagement documentation; evaluate and test processes and related controls; participate in client meetings and assist in preparation of the final report.

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. Respect and protect confidential client information.

Display teamwork, integrity, and leadership. Support colleagues and value others' contributions.

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

Bring potential opportunities to the team's attention. Seek, develop and present ideas to apply E&Y's services.

Requirements:

To qualify for this challenging and rewarding opportunity, candidates must have:

  • a bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or a business-related field
  • 2 years minimum of related audit, business or financial experience
  • experience with MS Office and Lotus Notes
  • the 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 and work in excess of standard hours when necessary. Second language skills and international business experience are preferred.


To Apply:

For consideration, please e-mail your application to: dept.26445@eycareers.com. No phone calls or agencies, please. Visit our Web site at: www.ey.com. Ernst & Young LLP, an equal opportunity employer, values the diversity of our work force and the knowledge of our


Grant Thornton (10/26/04)

Grant Thornton International is the world's leading accounting, tax and business advisory organization dedicated to mid-size companies. Through its network of 585 offices in 110 countries, including 50 offices in the US, partners of the member firms of Grant Thornton provide personal attention and seamless service delivery to public and private clients around the globe. Grant Thornton LLP's web site is www.GrantThornton.com. We have immediate needs in our Dallas office. However we have opportunities in several locations. Please specify your location preference.


Senior IT Auditor

We are currently seeking an IT Auditor in our Technology Risk Management practice.

As companies become increasingly dependent on information technology to conduct daily business activities, so increases the need to control and secure their overall technology infrastructure. Grant Thornton's Technology Risk Management (TRM) services address these controls and security issues.

Responsibilities include:

  • Evaluate computer controls and related services, including SAS 70 reviews and IT internal audit assistance.
  • Assess an organization’s current security posture and help to plan and develop more secure IT installations. Areas of expertise should include at least some of the following:

    1. Access control software
    2. Security architecture and administration
    3. Internet use (e.g., "firewalls")
    4. Network security awareness and enforcement
    5. Security policies and standards 6. Operating systems (Windows NT/2000, UNIX, AS400, Novell)
     

  • Ensure that critical business requirements are addressed, beginning with a business impact analysis to determine the effect of an interruption.
  • Identify and promote opportunities to expand our clients and client prospects.
  • Manage Technology Risk Management engagements in a wide range of information technology risk related areas including security infrastructure assessments and reviews, network security and controls consulting, and business systems risk management.
  • Travel to client locations will also be required (minimum 35% travel)
  • Communication and consultation with senior management concerning opportunities to improve performance of technology within a corporate environment.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree required
  • CISSP or CISA certification a plus
  • Must have a minimum of 2 years experience in technology risk consulting, prior audit experience helpful, but not essential.
  • Experience in networking security tools and techniques, demonstrated knowledge of advanced IT concepts, IT-related processes and risks, information security controls, information system development methodologies and application-based controls.

Contact: TexasBASCareers@gt.com or fax 214-561-2370

Grant Thornton LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Internal Audit Associate

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.

Contact: TexasBASCareers@gt.com or fax 214-561-2370

Grant Thornton LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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.

Job Code: Texas IA Mgr

Contact: TexasBASCareers@gt.com or fax 214-561-2370

Grant Thornton LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Internal Audit Senior Associate

We have an immediate need in our Kansas City and Houston office. However, we have opportunities in various locations; please specify your desired location

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
  • 3-4 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 30-40% and work in excess of standard hours when necessary.

Contact Information
Kansas City missouriauditcareers@gt.com
Houston texasbascareers@gt.com
Dallas texasbascareers@gt.com

Fax for all locations: 214-561-2370


Grant Thornton is an equal opportunity employer


Children's Medical Center  (10/26/04)

Children’s Medical Center Dallas is currently looking for a Senior Internal Auditor for our Internal Audit Department. Internal Audit reports to the Corporate Compliance Officer and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. This position will report to the Director of Internal Audit and will be responsible for the following:

  • Documenting and flowcharting business processes and related internal controls.
  • Developing audit programs and conducting audits of financial and operational areas.
  • Documenting and evaluating audit results.
  • Drafting audit reports and making recommendations for improvements in business processes or internal controls.
  • Performing follow-up audits to evaluate status of agreed upon recommendations.
  • Assisting the Compliance Department with special projects.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a CPA with a combination of Big 5 public accounting and internal audit experience. Qualified candidates must possess the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting required. Master's degree in Accounting or MBA preferred.
  • 3-5 years recent public accounting or internal audit experience required.
  • CPA or CIA certification required.
  • Ability to plan and complete audits within established deadlines while working independently as an individual contributor.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of management.
  • Ability to step back from details and consider the "big picture."
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office (Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word).
  • Knowledge of flowcharting software (Visio) preferred.

Children's Medical Center Dallas is a private, not-for-profit facility dedicated to making life better for children. Children's offers a competitive benefits package and a superb working environment. As the pediatric teaching hospital for the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the physicians on the Children's medical staff are known for their expertise in areas such as pediatric heart disease, childhood cancers, critical care, organ transplantation, kidney disease and many other childhood diseases. We anticipate sustained growth through the next decade and beyond. We invite you to join us and help shape the future of Children's Medical Center as we enter the 21st Century.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Please apply on-line at www.childrens.com/join_our_team (preferred method) or e-mail your resume to carrie.smith@childrens.com.


JCPenney  (10/20/04)

The JCPenney Home Office located at Legacy Park in Plano, Texas currently has the following position available in the Home Office Auditing Department.

SENIOR AUDITOR – STORE PROCESS REVIEW TEAM

Manages and performs audits of store and related Home Office functions and processes.

Responsibilities

Manages and/or performs financial, compliance, contract, fraud, integrated IT project audits with limited supervision. Assists other team members in performing project audits. This includes planning the audit, developing the audit program, preparing audit workpapers, writing reports and assisting management in the development of an Action Plan.

Determines and evaluates the adequacy of the internal control environment, compliance with Company policies and procedures, the accuracy of financial and statistical information, as well as the adherence to federal, state, and local laws and regulations for assigned Company activities.

Schedules and supervises the activities of auditors during the audit; reviews work papers prepared by auditors for technical accuracy and thoroughness; counsels and guides on audit scope and approach for portions of the audit assigned to the other auditors.

Actively participates in the risk assessment and audit planning process.

Develops ideas, IT specifications, and User Acceptance Test modules for an automated audit application designed to continuously monitor key controls in JCPenney stores.

Participate and/or manage annual Sarbanes-Oxley compliance testing for the JCPenney stores area.

Qualifications

Bachelor or Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related business field

Minimum 3 -5 years of equivalent auditing experience

CIA or CPA desirable

Working knowledge of conditions, trends, and practices relating to auditing.

Outstanding general accounting skills, analytical and problem solving skills, oral and written communication, negotiating skills, interpersonal skills, and project management.

Travel required – up to 25%.

Please apply to: http://www.jcpenneycareers.com/
Career_Opportunities/jcpenneyjobs.asp

Also, please include salary requirements.


University of Texas at Arlington  (10/20/04)

Senior Auditor
04-10-13-01-9134
Office of Assurance Services
$2858.00 negotiable depending on qualifications.

Work in support of the Audit Manager and/or the Director of Internal Audit; and provides assistance to the Audit Manager and/or the Director in planning, coordinating, and participating in internal audit work performed at UT Arlington. Plan and perform audits by surveying activities, developing audit programs, preparing audit work papers, and evaluating internal controls and institutional compliance programs. Facilitate communication of audit results through written reports and oral presentations. Comply with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the Code of Ethics adopted by The Institute of Internal Auditors. Monitor and report weekly time spent on audit assignments and other duties; and assists with special projects. Prepare audit reports; and review audit reports which have been prepared by other members of the UT Arlington Internal Audit staff. Travel only for training sessions and workshops to satisfy continuing professional education requirements.

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, management, or information systems. 3 years previous relevant experience in accounting or auditing position(s) within a public or private college or university, a state or federal agency, an accounting/auditing firm, or with a corporation; high ethical standards and values; ability to organize and direct major work activities; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team; working knowledge of the principles and practice of accounting and auditing. In addition to a completed online resume application, immediately submit a letter of interest, and list of 3 professional references (with phone numbers), and a detailed resume to Jacey Foster, Box 19110, Arlington, TX 76010 or email to jaceyf@uta.edu. Please make sure to include in your online resume the following information: 1) Employment history: name of company, period employed (from month/year to month/year), job title, summary of job duties and 2) All completed levels of education and college hours/degrees. Please make sure to reference the job posting number and position title in your correspondence.

To Apply: Visit http://www.uta.edu/employment/, click on Applicants, click on Staff Employment Opportunities for detailed job description and qualification requirements. To apply: 1) go to http://www.uta.edu/employment/, click on Applicants, click on Getting Started or 2) come in person at 140 West Mitchell Street, B200, Arlington, TX 76019. For questions and assistance, call 817-272-3461.


Paymentech  (10/19/04)

Paymentech Has a New IT Internal Auditor Opportunity
in Dallas, Texas.

SUMMARY:

  • Participates in the planning and execution of all Information Technology audit and consulting work and assists in the execution of other internal audit functions.
  • Assists in coordinating internal auditing functions with regulatory examiners, external auditors, security assessors, consultants, as well as compliance and internal audit staffs of the owners of Paymentech and Paymentech Canada.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plans and executes technical, operational, and compliance audits to assure protection of assets and adherence to card association regulations, network requirements, and established company policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for identifying technology risks and independently evaluating the efficiency of information technology infrastructure and application controls including security and internal controls.
  • Prepares work papers that document the audit areas by interviewing, writing narratives, describing transactions, gathering evidence, and updating other permanent audit files.
  • Reports results of information technology audits to management and to networks and makes specific recommendations for corrective action.
  • Assists in coordinating and providing assistance to the OCC, security assessors, and external auditors during the examinations, SAS 70 reviews, network security assessments, annual audit, and interim reviews.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Bachelor’s degree with major in accounting, finance, information systems, or other related business field

Three years of information technology audit experience.

CERTIFICATIONS: CISA (or completion of the CISA examination) required and CIA preferred.

SKILLS OR SPECIAL ABILITIES: Knowledge of and skilled with Microsoft Office applications and Oracle Database.

Knowledge of the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the Code of Ethics developed by the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Visit our website at www.paymentech.com or Email Bart.Wilburn@paymentech.com.


Parker & Lynch  (10/19/04)

www.ParkerLynch.com - Currently, we are conducting several confidential searches for experienced Internal Audit professionals...

Ask us about our referral bonus!

  • Internal Auditor to $78k – Only 30% travel, BS/BA in Accounting or Finance, 3+ years experience, strong multi-tasking, able to work well on own with minimal supervision, clear written/verbal communication
  • Senior IT Auditor to $95k - BS/BA in Accounting, 6+ years experience, CPA, CISA.
  • Internal Audit Manager to $85k – CPA/CISA, position is starting an IA function for growing manufacturing firm, seeking a “hands-on” auditor that can grow the IA function and hire staff as needed.
  • Lead Internal Auditor to $80k - Undergraduate degree in Audit or related w/3 years of progressively responsible experience at a project management level or above within an audit capacity. Masters, MBA or CPA/CIA preferred. Requires travel up to 40% of time throughout the world.
  • Internal Auditor to $55k – Small Audit function, CPA or CIA with 2-3 years of public and 1-2 yrs of private following who knows how both sides work. Would consider a strong CPA candidate who has passed some parts and planning to sit again to complete certification.
  • Internal Controls Accountant to $75k – Bachelor's Degree in Finance or Accounting, 4+ years accounting experience, Strong communication skills, Able to manage multiple priorities in a fast moving environment, Complex thinking and analytical skills, Ability to work, communicate and influence individuals from varying groups and levels, Detail-oriented, Internal control/internal audit experience preferred, Public accounting experience preferred.
  • External Auditor, 20% travel – 3+ years experience, BS/BA in Accounting, CPA preferred, if not CPA requires 6+ years experience with strong audit background.

dallas@parkerlynch.com, Phone 972-661-5506, Fax 972-661-2083


ENSCO International, Inc.  (10/06/04)

Lead Internal Auditor

ENSCO International, Inc., a global leader in offshore oil & gas drilling, is searching for a Lead Internal Auditor, based in its Dallas office. Manages/participates in the design and delivery of operational and financial Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) audit work programs. Manages/participates in individual internal audits. Ensures mitigation of audit risk through planning and risk assessment. Ensures detailed work in audits are focused on high risk areas. Ensures audit reports are promptly issued and recommendations are clearly presented to and agreed to by management. Ensures implementation of recommendations. Ensures best practices are shared within the Company by staying abreast of same and introducing to the Company. Participates in preparation of annual audit plan. Participates as a team member/leader on special projects. Supervises project staff by providing direction, delegating and overseeing assignments, & providing guidance. Candidates should be open to developmental assignments outside of audit field. Qualified candidates can apply by fax to 214-397-3506 or email recruiter@enscous.com. ENSCO is an EOE.

Requirements: Undergraduate degree in Audit or related w/3 years of progressively responsible experience at a project management level or above within an audit capacity. Masters, MBA or CPA/CIA preferred. Requires travel up to 40% of time throughout the world.


Colvin Resources Group  (10/05/04)

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act is increasing the numbers of opportunities available with our clients—be part of a superior team that leads the way instead of following…

Engagements will be beginning starting in 15, 30, and 45 days

Overview

  • Up to 30 Sarbanes-Oxley professionals needed for multiple engagements.
  • Engagements can be both short –term and long-term 1-3 months or 4 months plus (all engagements are subject to extension based on client-driven needs)
  • Direct hire opportunities are available on a case by case basis
  • Top Dollar SOX professionals are needed as well as some junior SOX consultants

Description

  • Work on multi-disciplined teams of highly skilled professionals
  • Strong knowledge demonstrated through experience in identifying, designing, operating, and evaluating process controls
  • Audit work will include assessing, documenting and testing internal controls across all business processes for SOX 404 compliance utilizing COSO framework
  • Travel will be required for most engagements – some will be local to the DFW area

Preferred Experience

  • Public accounting experience
  • MBA or CPA
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley 404 requirements and related control frameworks (e.g. COSO)

Required Experience

  • Recent audit experience and /or recent experience and expertise in evaluation and testing of internal accounting controls and business processes
  • Bachelors Degree in Finance or Accounting

Apply

Email mary.mcnorton@instaff.com, please include contract/salary rate, travel percentage, and availability. The job code for these positions needs to be it the subject line along with your name. JOBCODE --SOX-IIA


City of Irving  (10/04/04)

INTERNAL AUDITOR
CITY OF IRVING, TEXAS

Conducting financial, compliance, performance, fraud, information technology audits; assisting with development of the annual audit plan and preparation of related audit programs; providing assistance with periodic financial reviews; preparing documentation and reports on audit findings and recommendations for improvement. Duties may include assisting external auditors with year-end audits. Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in accounting, finance or related field and three years auditing experience required; information technology auditing experience preferred. Must have knowledge of generally-accepted auditing concepts, techniques and terminology; and have working knowledge of audit software tools. Typically, no travel is required.

Get an application from the City of Irving HR Department, 825 West Irving Boulevard, Irving, or print it from website. Completed application and/or detailed résumé may be delivered or mailed to HR Department or faxed to
(972) 721-2582. Please be sure to indicate position for which you are applying.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS, CLOSING DATE AND PAY INFO:

Jobline
972-721-3773 ext. 346
www.ci.irving.tx.us

www.ci.irving.tx.us


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