Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Office of University Compliance & Internal Audit. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The Internal Audit Department plays a vital role in supporting the growth and operation of the University by conducting objective audits and making recommendations to improve internal controls, operations, and compliance with federal regulations and University policies. It assists senior management and the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees in the effective performance of their duties by providing objective analyses, recommendations, and pertinent comments on activities reviewed. Audit focus includes internal control adequacy; safeguarding of assets; financial activities and results; operational efficiencies and economies; and controls; federal, other regulatory and contract compliance; University policy compliance; information system integrity and controls; and cost recovery and investigative audits.
Under general direction, this position will plan and perform various operational, financial, compliance or investigative audits in accordance with the professional standards of internal auditing. This position may also perform or assist internal or external auditors performing audits in specialized areas. This individual reports to the Manager, Internal Audit, and is expected to function at a very high level of quality, with minimal direction and supervision.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Plan and perform operational, financial, compliance, and investigative audits within the University and its subsidiaries, within time budgets allowed.
For audit projects assigned, evaluate risks and identify audit objectives.
Based on above, develop audit planning documentation and detailed audit programs defining scope of review and pertinent audit steps to be performed within the defined time budget.
Schedule and conduct meetings and interviews as necessary to coordinate audit work with appropriate personnel.
Generate queries and reports from the University’s information systems and analyze data to the extent necessary to support audit objectives.
Develop and analyze flowcharts or other documentation of operations.
Perform audit tests, evaluating efficiency and propriety of operations, adequacy of internal controls, accuracy of financial data, and compliance with federal regulations and University policies and procedures.
Develop clear and concise audit work papers in compliance with Internal Audit Department standards.
Write clear, convincing, and concise audit reports, including audit recommendations for review; present to audit client management and others as required.
Make oral and written presentations to management in all phases of audits, including presentation of recommendations and reports to appropriate senior management personnel, (Chief Financial Officer, Vice Chancellors, Controller, deans, department heads, business managers, etc.) as required.
Coordinate management action plans in response to audit recommendations.
Initiate and perform follow-up and monitoring of appropriate implementation of management action plans.
Perform other duties, as assigned, which may include: special projects, investigations, internal control training, department initiatives or management consultation or assistance; prepare activity and status reports or other required administrative reports; assist Manager or Director with Audit Committee or other management reports.
Bachelor’s degree (business, accounting, management focus preferred, or if not, other bachelor’s degree combined with relevant experience).
At least three to five years of experience in internal auditing, finance, public accounting or comparable experience.
At least one related professional certification, or required to be obtained within 18 months from hire date (includes: Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), or Certified Public Accountant (CPA)).
Experience performing Sarbanes-Oxley Act internal control testing.
Experience identifying and testing technology controls in an ERP environment.
Experience with data mining software and analysis tools in an audit environment is strongly preferred.
Thorough knowledge and experience applying auditing theory and practice in accordance with the professional standards to make assessments and reach conclusions and recommendations; including understanding of systems, processes, controls, fund accounting principles, University policies and computer/information systems controls.
Ability to perform, under general direction, standard and advanced audit procedures; assessing risk, designing efficient and effective audit procedures; performing research and analysis of business processes, controls, regulations and policies; extracting and analyzing data, and developing practical recommendations to improve controls, compliance and operations.
Project management and organizational skills demonstrated by the ability to set clear plans, goals and objectives, develop realistic project plans and schedules, and manage own priorities and workload to meet goals and deadlines.
Aervice-oriented and strong team player; with ability to develop and manage relationships and bring groups together on challenging or complex issues.
Proven ability to independently communicate effectively both orally and in writing, in a way that is persuasive, concise and in the appropriate context, and is understood by the recipient.
Proven excellent audit work paper documentation and report writing skills.
Excellent analytical, problem-solving and decision making skills.
Proficiency (intermediate level or above) working with computer systems, including Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint.
Ability to learn and use University systems and reporting tools (AIS, HRMS, SIS, ADIS, RAPS, IDEA and others).
Ability to exercise a high degree of judgment and discretion in making audit decisions and recommendations.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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