The Dallas Chapter - December 2005 eNews

December 2005

The President’s Letter

Hello,

This is the time of year we express our thankfulness of others – in my role as president of a 1500+ member chapter, I am thankful for all the volunteers, committee chairs, officers and board of governors. I want to highlight this month our Dallas Chapter Board – it is an under recognized group.

We have 20 board members from both external and internal shops and from small to large departments. They are mainly in audit executive and management roles. They meet at least quarterly and help guide the direction of the Chapter. Each board member serves a three year term. See the current list of board members at http://www.dallasiia.org/Board.htm.

Some of the decisions the board makes is how to put the Dallas Chapter funds to good use. The Chapter is a not-for-profit entity. Our goal is to breakeven on most events. However, we have been able to raise some extra funds, like from the 2004 Regional Conference, to give back to the local area members, as well as to the profession as a whole by offering special events. The Dallas chapter has been able to hold low cost seminars, including the “almost free seminars”, provide some free lunches to students, and support the endorsed internal audit programs at both University of North Texas and University of Texas at Dallas. In addition, the Chapter has donated to help fund the IIA International Building in Florida and IIA Research Foundation.

Just remember, your participation in Chapter events not only benefits you, but allows us to provide benefit to the internal audit profession in many ways.

Join us December 8 for our next event – the social at UTD. Read more below. See you there!

Sincerely,

Lynn Allsup
President Dallas Chapter IIA
lynn.allsup@intervoice.com

Next Meeting - Thursday, December 8, 2005
University of Texas at Dallas School of Management

December Social Event
Student Recognition & IIA Anniversaries
BIG DOOR PRIZES!

Social 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Speaker 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Door Prizes 7:00pm

Registration begins at 4:30pm

Networking-The Art of Schmoozing

Fred Herman, Vice President of Internal Audit, Rent-A-Center, Inc.

Does the thought of entering a room full of strangers make your stomach queasy? Does your tongue get twisted when trying to have small talk with someone you just met? Also, how do you go about meeting people and developing relationships in a big city like Dallas or at your new company?

If you would like to learn how to be more effective in networking and schmoozing, then, don’t miss the opportunity to hear Fred give an entertaining presentation on how he overcame these same challenges. Learn how to start conversations naturally and keep the conversation going. Learn what it takes to become a power networker and if nothing else, you’ll walk away with helpful hints to survive all the upcoming holiday company events.

Fred Herman, Vice President of Internal Audit for Rent-A-Center, Inc., is also the chair of the Employment Committee for the Dallas Chapter of the IIA. He joined Rent-A-Center in 2003 to start the internal audit function for the company. Fred started his career in public accounting before entering the internal audit field in 1987. He has directed the internal audit function for various companies, including real estate, financial services, health care, and funeral and cemetery industries. Mr. Herman received his BSBA in accounting from the University of Missouri and is a CIA and a CPA.

One CPE will be provided for attending the presentation.

Stick around for the door prize drawing at 7:00pm. Remember that you must be present to win!


UTD School of Management This meeting is being held at University of Texas at Dallas, School of Management. UTD is at 800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080.  The School of Management is at the corner of Drive A and  University Parkway.  A map to and around UTD is at http://www.utdallas.edu/pdf/campusmap.pdf. We will meet in the Executive Dining Room.

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:

Melinda Lokey
Triad Hospitals
melinda.lokey@triadhospitals.com

Amberly Ruble
Penson Financial Services
Phone: 214-765-1340
aruble@penson.com

Meeting / Luncheon Fees:

IIA Members: $15
Non-Members: $15
Students: Free, but you MUST register
Walk-ins (members or non): $20; Students: $5
Phone/E-Mail Fee: $2

Late fee of $5 applies to all, including students, who do not register on-line by the deadline.

Reservations must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, December 2, 2005 or a $5 late fee will be charged.

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

We Now Accept Credit Cards - Online Only

We accept most major Credit Cards

The IIA Dallas Chapter, in conjunction with PayPal, will now accept payment online for the monthly luncheons. There is no change in the cost to you for the lunch. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or eCheck. Note that some corporate-issued cards are not accepted by PayPal. This service is only available online at the time the reservation is made. This can be used to pay for individual or group reservations. Follow the instructions on our website. If you properly cancel a reservation before the meeting, the Chapter will either return the funds to you or reserve you for the next meeting. Any questions, contact Jay Blanchard at 972-917-6963 or jayblanchard@ti.com

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

Chapter News

Mark your calendars for the following dates!

http://www.theiia.org/?doc_id=27 

  • March 11-14, 2006 CIA Review Course presented by Dr. Glen Sumners at University of Texas at Dallas.
  • March 31, 2006 - Last day to register for May 2006 Exams
  • May 17-18, 2006 CIA Exam (and CGAP, CFSA, CCSA exams)
  • September 8-11, 2006 CIA Review Course presented by Dr. Glen Sumners at UTD
  • September 30, 2006 Last day to register for November 2006 Exams
  • November 15-16, 2006 CIA Exam (and CGAP, CFSA, CCSA exams)

Registration information for the review courses offered by the Dallas Chapter will be coming in January 2006. For more information on the CIA and other exams, visit the IIA’s Web site at http://www.theiia.org/index.cfm?doc_id=12.


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 Internal Audit’s Role in Corporate Governance, Sarbanes-Oxley, Enterprise Risk Management, Quality Assurance, Information Technology, and Fraud – Prevention, Detection, and Corruption. 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.


Whistleblower Survey

The Dallas Chapter is conducting a survey related to whistleblowing programs - the communication channels available for employees to report sensitive matters. For some organizations a dedicated hotline is used that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and operated by a third party. For other organizations, a designated person is available to listen to concerns and offer advice on further actions. We would like to know how your company captures, investigates and monitors employee concerns. The information compiled from this survey will be used to complete the Chapter's annual research project.

This survey seeks to capture the opinions of three sets of individuals - the Internal Auditor, the Responder and the Potential Reporter. Detailed instructions are included in the survey packet.

Your participation is vital to ensuring that a broad base of information is collected and analyzed. Mary Curtis, Associate Professor in the Department of Accounting at the University of North Texas, is facilitating the survey and the overall project. Please contact her at curtism@unt.edu for more information.


Welcome Our Newest Members

Please welcome the members who have joined the Dallas Chapter of the IIA since the spring of last chapter year:

October 2005 New Members
Robert F. Fitzgerald
Carolyn Clayton
Lisa Austin Cudmore
William Deilerman
Tamara Dumas
Dana Nuber
Linda Palmer
Fatima Parsons
Jennifer R. Rossberg
Amanda Stevens
Travis P. Tyler
Sarita Vattakunnel
Courtenay Johnson
Amanda McDermott
Thomas Miller
Meshack K. Mulupi
Suzanne M. Moerbe
Jennifer Blankenship
Peter Brunner
Jennifer Leigh Callison
Matthew Reichert
Robert Butler
Paul Chaney
Nancy Drucker
Chad C. Duewall
Gilbert Garcia
Lisa Huffman
Amy McGaughey
Gustavo Ramirez
James Richey
Jason D. Kitchens
Jan Overton
Florence Cazemajou-Flint
Dawn Melanie Washington
Alexander Golov
Larry Scroggins
C. Glyn Smith
James Villalon
Kevin C. Kerns
Rockney L. Urbanczyk
Shawn F. Wilson
Derek Burns
Tiffany Hendrix
Jacob Johnson
Sara Kloppenburg
Kristin Linfield
Patrick Petersen
David Peterson
Rachel Seastrunk
Robin Sweere
Frank Phillip Weiner
Randolph Littleton
Toan Nguyen
Holly Meyer
Alan W. Nelson
David Robinson
Lisa Sankar
September 2005 New Members
Frank Ku
Luis Cepeda
Luz Angela Floyd
Damiana Frangie
Julia Janis
Heonjong Jeong
Philip Obermeyer
Brett Rheder
Mark Sefein
Aric Turner
Jerald D. Levin
Cheryl Pavlicek
Jui Wen Wang
Eylem Birkan
Joseph Stryhal
Michael Britton
Ketki Dhamanwala
Kevin Eddington
Hongseok Kim
Daniel Kreps
Jason McKinney
Gloria Trippe
Jennifer Voss
Kate Willard
Laurette McCormick
Victor Rivas
Ivette Arzate
Eric Atwood
Kwon Song
Francine Ayres
Gregory Kubos
Adnan Rahim
Anna Murray
Reshmi Vatsan
Christina Zeigler
Linda Hernandez
Brian Jackson
Michael Kuykendall
Michael Quimbey
Stephanie Woodard
John Kleweis
Stephanie Willey
Tim Esch
Marilyn John
Hemal Ojha
Kenneth Davis
Rebecca Musser
Sinthey Breyel
Johnny Chan
Emily Hosek
Tho Ly
Diane Nordyke
Atul Ratra
Randee Girard
Akshay Krishnaiah
Ankur Patel
Eren Uluderya
Laura B. Weedon
Jacob Bauer
Karen S. Byars
Anne L. Dugger
Christopher Heslep
Terry R. Johnson
Kunal R. Patel
Tara C. Stelluti
James Vicari
August 2005 New Members
Casey Champagne
Gil S. Wiedermann
Melissa Benson
Kelly Berkstresser
Virginia J. Bradley
James Ducker
Jackie Joo
Richard L. Kahl
Carol Kirkland
Adrian Lopez
Jacqueline A. Harrison
Doris Washington
Denise Holloway
Aderogba Bankole
Patricia LaPrade
Delores Swires
Wan-Fang Chen
Stacy Choate
Brandi Lynde
David Pluss
Waleed Tareen
Jason Bryant
Shannon Kephart
Jack Watson
Todd Anthony Lacy
Kellye McDaniel
Wendy Cooling
Kimberly Cox
Kristin B. Fudalla
Jennifer A. Grover
Mark J. Neumann
Keasha Uhl
Curtis L. Alexander
Noor Rahimi
Farron Christian
John Hillman
Timothy LaChiusa
Jose G. Lopez
Cathy Shep
Michael Sun
Benjamin Teng
Matthew Dechert
Rong Wendy Huang
Scott Rushbrook
Theresa Tran
Stacey Gutsell
Roy Moates
Joseph Stryhal
Kelly Gidney
Rolando Mestanza
Glenn Hinz
Patrick Angel
Rumbidzai Katsande
Riko Chandra
Aruna Govind
Uzma Kazi
Marc Kramen
Melanie Avila
Sherman D. Coker
William R. Dillard
Archana Kodibagkar
Mark Reynolds
Christian Ross
Patricia C. Ruiz
Shanna D. St. Martin
Vonita Washington
Sheila Arnold
Tricia Farrow
Matthew Gus
Chris Chapman Linsteadt
Avani Patel
July 2005 New Members
Jayne Araya-Martin
Patrick Nelsen
John Kennedy
Jesse Gates
Adam Lyons
Lawrence McCoy
Leo Zambrano
Reagan Renner
Heather W. Thomas
Bryan Brownlee
Emily Essl
Jennifer Fitzgerald
Kashena Sanchez
Kelly Tarricone
Sherrie Tolly
Qian Yuan
Derick Jackson
Gary R. McGuire
Mark B. Finck
Daniel Njenga
Wilson K. Varghese
Shirley Yu
Stephen Carlson
W. B. McDonald
Tanisha Stewart
Pamela Taylor
Matthew Todd Martin
Suzanne L. Singer
Jack Stephenson
Carly Tallon
Mandy Biggs
John Pierce
Rainy Tate
Kimberely Andrews
Ann-Michele Bowlin
Won Chang
Carl Christensen
Joshua Haxel
Robert D. Shultz
Jacob Tate
Christopher Mowery
Greg Storgaard
Chad S. Starks
Annette Dingle
June 2005 New Members
Anita Green
Gregory Miller
Pamela C. Asbell
Savino Matragrano
Tonya Wells
Rebecca Kincaid
Curtis Ludwig
Amadu J. Massally
Melanie Richardson
Vinay Gandhi
Jeremy L. Benson
Susan Joseph
Toan Nguyen
Toan Nguyen
Arvind Patel
Russell Collins
Daniel Goldberg
Michael Herskovitz
Robert Landers
Melinda Milner
Patricia Quinones
Scott A. Sorbet
Theresa Tran
John Warminski
Patrick Factor
Ashley Gray
Megan Heaney
Christopher Jordan
Walter Wilhelmi
Ya-Chang Lin
Mary Margaret Crocker
T. Bart Edwards
Mark Santowski
Lisa Vann
Phillip Baker
R. Deadra Edwards
Larry McLaughlin
Christopher L. Mitchell
Jeff Ramsey
Michael Cardenas
Phil Tiefenbrun
Tara Downey
Shelly Bone
Nicole Dow
Azzie Enge
Joseph Fox
Kathryn Holman
Linda H. Johnson
Aundria Levine
Cyndi Parr
Carter Priess
Tina Richards
Haji Warfa
Donna Wegner
Jay Bowden
Carole Dalton
Nathan Dull
Dawn Hodes
Brady Popp
Rosa Ybarra
May 2005 New Members
William Brown
Susan Eaton
Wayne E. Furman
Mitchell Meroney
Daniel L. Montgomery
Parampreet Sandhu
Mignona Cote
Mary Stella Garcia
Natalie Nichelson
Adnan Shamsi
Nancy A. Ruff
Jacob C. Ho
Albert P. Johnson
Paula Jourde
Becca Politz
Jen T. Vroonland
April 2005 New Members
Nidal Aly Abed
Janet Cox
Steven Williams
Michael Littlejohn
Varghese Mathew
Juan Manuel Fernandez
Julia Golding
Shakeya McDow
Daniel Heyl
Paul Parette
Brian Porter
Raquel B. Smith
Devesh Singh
Steven Palomino
Roslyn Wilkes
Ken Trees
Hillary Khoury
Gherin Kirkland
Amanda Krieg
Nareen Krishnan
Kenneth Lamb
Heidi Lanas
Dina Martinez
Melissa Rabin
Jennifer Reedy
Brett Roberson
Seth Sanders
Eric Sardina
Sam Song
Dariya Inozemtseva Steves
Alison Valdes
Chanda Weatherbie
Abie John
.Ben Zimmerman
Melody Ayeli
Harshavardhan Baddam
Mark E. Baker
Ryan Banquer
Matthew Blatnick
Millie P. Bradley
Joanne Pauying Chin
Jeffrey Dempsey
Colleen Dennehy
Nichu Dhodi
Geovani Diaz-Conrado
Lisa Gildon
Matthew Guggenheim
Timothy Hansen
Hai Jiang

Report Your Speaking and Writing

It's time again for the survey to determine which IIA Dallas Chapter members have submitted articles or spoken since November 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 December 15, 2005. Contact Magdalena Kovats (214-777-0581 or magdalena.kovats@resources-us.com) if you have any questions.

Seminars

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

Career Opportunities

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

Fred Herman, Employment Committee Chairman, 972-801-1208, fsjnherman@aol.com.


Fidelity Investments  (11/21/05)


Employment Opportunity

Requisition Number: 0510007
Job Title: IT Audit Manager
Department: Fidelity Audit Services - Westlake, Texas
Salary: Base salary plus bonus, depending on experience

Job Description:
Fidelity Investments is a dynamic and innovative diversified financial services company, with over $1 trillion in total managed assets. The Fidelity Audit Services division of Fidelity Investments is responsible for evaluating the adequacy, effectiveness and efficiency of the Firm’s systems of internal controls. Presently, we have an opening for an Audit Manager position with our Informational Technology team at Fidelity’s Westlake (TX) campus.

Audit Managers, under general direction, evaluate moderately complex and diverse technical processing environments. Audit managers are responsible for recommending controls and solutions for specific business and technical problems to ensure risks and exposures are properly mitigated, as well as serve as change agents to improve the control environment.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Define audit scope and objectives for information technology audits  
  • Perform audits of new or current systems infrastructure, support technologies and processes (operating systems, servers, databases, network technologies, firewalls, scheduling, change management, storage management, etc.) 
  • Perform audits of Fidelity’s data centers, disaster recovery, network and IT infrastructure, change and configuration management, problem/incident handling, and firewall/perimeter security  Employ and leverage current and emerging audit tools and techniques 
  • Formally present audit results and recommendations to business and technicial management, both orally and in reports 
  • Follow up on identified issues and recommend corrective actions to ensure problem resolution  Handle multiple, concurrent projects 
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management and staff in client organizations

Education and Experience:

  • College degree or equivalent in Information Systems or Business with a technology concentration; advanced degree(s) preferred 
  • Professional audit certifications preferred (CISA, CIA, etc.) 
  • Significant audit or audit-related experience (5+ years) 
  • Solid understanding of IT processes, infrastructure and controls

Skills/Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of MVS, CICS, DB2, TSO, CA-Top Secret Security (or other mainframe security tool), JES, networks, firewalls, TCP/IP or other network topologies preferred 
  • Experience with mainframe SAS, COBOL, ACL is desirable, but not required 
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills 
  • Adaptable 
  • Ability to quickly master technical organizational complexity 
  • Team player  Customer insight and focus 
  • Personal commitment 
  • Project and time management  
  • Attention to detail

Contact Information:
http://jobs.fidelity.com/locations/southwest.shtml


Boy Scouts of America  (11/21/05)

Senior Systems Internal Auditor

The incumbent will support business process documentation and testing. This includes oversight of process documentation preparation and/or enhancement, assisting process owners to ensure compliance, and working closely with outside consultants. This initial process documentation will take place in 2006.

Beyond 2006, will continue to review and test controls related to business process documentation. Develop and execute information technology reviews to identify opportunities where enhancements to internal controls can be cost effectively achieved in IT infrastructure, systems, operations, processes. Plan and execute financial, operational, and compliance audits in accordance with accepted professional standards to determine compliance with company policies and procedures. Preparation of reports and communicating results to management is required.

Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field. Requires 3 to 5 years audit experience. Must be adept at assessing complex activities to identify potential financial operational, and compliance risks, which warrant audit attention. Strong business acumen and analysis. Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels and across all functional areas. Technical experience with PeopleSoft, Oracle, UNIX, networking, and security a plus. Experience and knowledge of COSO and COBIT framework. Ability to travel (15% -- 20%). CPA, CIA, CISA, CFE, preferred.

This full-time position has a generous benefits package. Qualified applicants should fax resume with salary history to (972) 580-7895 or e-mail to: resumeexempt@netbsa.org.


Reddy Ice  (11/17/05)

Staff Internal Auditor

Job Responsibilities

  • Plan and perform financial, operational, and compliance audits on-site.
  • Draft audit reports to communicate findings to area and corporate management.
  • Assess risks and determine the effectiveness of internal controls and the potential internal control deficiencies.
  • Examine records to determine if transactions are properly recorded and authorized.
  • Ensure that corporate policies and procedures are followed.
  • Assist in the development of risk based audit plan.
  • Assist in the SOX documentation and internal control testing process.
  • Performs due diligence on potential acquisitions.
  • Perform other special projects as assigned.

Qualifications

  • BBA/BS in accounting or auditing
  • CPA/candidate and/or CIA required
  • CFE and CISA a plus
  • Strong Business analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong computer skills including Excel, Word and Outlook
  • Willingness to travel (50% min, all domestic)
  • Ability to communicate at all levels of the organization
  • Excellent writing skills
  • 2-5 years of internal audit experience preferred

If you are interested in further consideration, please e-mail your resume and salary requirements to Richard Godfrey at rgodfrey@reddyice.com


OM5 Dallas  (11/14/05)

Salary: UD$95,000.00 - US$110,000.00 /year + bonus & benefits

Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree

Are you CPA certified, or currently seeking, with a background that includes; at least 3- 7 years at a Sr. Audit or Management level position within a public Accounting firm, or well respected industry leader.

Are you seeking a partnership track career opportunity that also offers a great quality of life with very limited travel?

Would you like to be rewarded based upon individual performance with an above market-average annual bonus program.

Successful, growing organization has an outstanding opportunity for immediate consideration. We are seeking Auditors and Audit Managers who are self-motivated, results driven and desiring a new challenge that offers incredible career potential. The ideal candidate will have a track record of successful performance working both independently and as part of a team.

For further consideration, contact John McSpadden @ 972-376-0355 or email him at john.mcspadden@om5dallas.com .


TXU  (11/11/05)

Audit Specialist

All applicants need to apply at: www.txucorp.com
Reference job# 530660985

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 Finance/Accounting or other appropriate discipline. 
  • 5-7 years of relevant audit experience is preferred. 
  • Utility (specifically Generation) 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.


UICI, Inc.  (10/26/05)

UICI is a health and life insurance company with its headquarters located in North Richland Hills, TX. We are searching for the following full time position in our headquarters location:

DATA ANALYST

Requirements: The Data Analyst will perform the following duties under the supervision of the IT Audit Manager

  • Prepare or assist in the preparation of data extracts that will be used to perform tests on specific financial, operational and technology controls and business processes 
  • Perform preliminary analysis to define data requirements and desired output 
  • Select and prepare source data and input file definitions for ACL 
  • Proficiency in handling complex data types, including binary, zoned and packed data 
  • Develop the appropriate expressions in ACL, including queries, filters, arguments and tables for the execution of efficient and accurate data analysis routines  Analysis and interpretation of resulting data, including the use of Benford’s Law 
  • Prepare batch data analysis programs for continuous monitoring of controls as needed 
  • Prepare and format output for effective and accurate reporting to management 
  • 2-3 years experience in data analysis 
  • 4 year degree  Applicable Professional Certifications 
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Strong analytical skills 
  • Ability to consult with customers on their requirements and desired results 
  • Proficiency in ACL required; proficiency in other data analysis tools such as IDEA, Netmap, i2/iBase a plus 
  • Proficient in working with database applications, including Microsoft Excel, Access and SQL Server 
  • Interact with all layers of management 
  • Willing to travel 30% 
  • Perform special projects/other duties as required

Preferred:

  • Familiarity with regulatory requirements, such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, Graham-Leach-Bliley, etc. 
  • Insurance or financial services industry experience 
  • Knowledge of COSO and/or CobiT controls frameworks 
  • Degree in Accounting, Information Technology or a related discipline

Other Qualities:

  • Has initiative 
  • Works well in a team environment or on individually assigned projects 
  • Flexible 
  • Strong work ethic

Please send your resume with salary requirements to Doug.Arrington@UICI.net.


Ratliff Associates  (10/26/05)

214.570.8483

Internal Auditor

Ratliff Associates, recruiters of Accounting and IT professionals, is immediately seeking an Internal Auditor with a minimum of five years experience for the following opportunity. Client is a very stable and growing, publicly traded, Las Colinas company. Position reports to the Director of Internal Audit as part of four member team. Excellent benefits (pension) and employee friendly environment!

General Summary
The internal auditor will: plan and direct audits related to the companies’ policies, procedures, information technology (IT) systems, and business processes; develop audit programs, prepare reports, briefs all levels of management, and maintain high standards for workpaper accuracy and completeness; and identify business risks and provide advice and consultation to management on internal controls to manage their business risks.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Consult with and advise internal clients on the development and implementation of effective and cost efficient internal controls to manage business risks and improve their business processes.
  • Determine organizational compliance with Company standards, policies and commonly accepted business and IT practices.
  • Effectively communicate with the client regarding identified risks and jointly develop solutions to mitigate the risks.
  • Identify opportunities for increasing efficiency of business, IT, and administrative functions.
  • Continually monitor compliance with the existing system of internal controls and make recommendations for change as appropriate.
  • Continually monitor, review and support the company’s compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley.
  • Develop an open and positive relationship with all levels of line and executive management based on mutual trust and respect and a focus on common business objectives.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline such as accounting
Certification (CPA, CIA) is preferred
Knowledge of generally accepted accounting, financial, operational and information auditing concepts, techniques, and terminology (e.g., GAAP, COSO, COBIT)
Minimum five to ten years audit experience in a combination of public accounting and industry
Ability to work independently Highly analytical and organized
Strong work ethic and high degree of initiative
Willingness to travel—estimate 25%
Competitive Salary and benefits

Qualified candidates, please forward your resumes to connie@ratliffassociates.com


City of San Antonio  (8/23/05)

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

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

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

Requirements:

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

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

To apply:

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

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

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


Grant Thornton  (8/22/05)

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

Title: Internal Audit Associate

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

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

Responsibilities:

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

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

Respect and protect confidential client information.

Display teamwork, integrity and leadership.

Support colleagues and value others' contributions.

Provide constructive on-the-job feedback and coaching.

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

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

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

Requirements:

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

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


Title: Internal Audit Manager

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

Responsibilities:

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

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

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

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

Requirements:

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

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

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


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

Position Summary

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

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

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

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

Qualifications And Requirements

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

EMAIL: texasauditcareers@gt.com


Grant Thornton is an equal opportunity employer.


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