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Senior Manager - Internal Audit

Date: Apr 7, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: James Hardie

 

 

 

Reporting to the Vice President Internal Audit, the Internal Audit Senior Manager is responsible for providing strong leadership to the department and supporting the Vice President Internal Audit in the execution of the Internal Audit strategy.  This includes assisting in the design and implementation of audit processes, procedures and methodologies, management and training of staff, execution of risk assessments and Enterprise Risk Management activities, and special projects.  Responsible for planning and performing financial and operational audits, fraud investigations and leading projects associated with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) throughout the corporation. 


The Internal Audit Department reports directly to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, and administratively to the CFO and is viewed as a training ground for high performing talent seeking a developmental assignment and exposure to the global operations of the Company.

 

To be considered, you must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or business-related field including Management Information Systems
  • 12+ years audit or accounting experience, with at least 4 years in an audit management role.  Big 4 audit firm or equivalent audit experience preferred.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or equivalent.  Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) a plus.
  • Extensive experience in the management and professional development of audit staff.
  • Experience in performing risk assessments and supporting an Enterprise Risk Management program
  • SAP and data analytical audit tools (e.g. ACL, Excel, Tableau, IDEA) a plus.
  • Experience in a manufacturing or distribution environment is preferred
  • International experience is highly desirable.
  • Experience in designing, implementing, executing and maintaining a SOX program
  • Experience in leading and executing operational, financial and IT audits
  • Experience with an Quality Assurance Review (QAR) a plus
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally up to 50%
  • Comprehensive knowledge of internal auditing standards, COSO, risk assessment practices, US GAAP and US GAAS, information technology and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance activities.
  • Strong audit and accounting skills.
  • Basic knowledge of IT audit (IT general controls, application controls, system security etc.).
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, a high degree of intellectual curiosity, good judgment and an ability to influence others, and function as a business partner.
  • A team player who contributes to an atmosphere in which people work together to produce outstanding results, and an ability to constructively reconcile differences in an open and positive manner.
  • Professional, results driven and assertive with personal commitment, drive, flexibility and enthusiasm.  Resourceful and hands-on, and willing to “roll up the sleeves”.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present his/her views in a clear and compelling manner.
  • Strong interpersonal, management and teambuilding skills, and executive presence.
  • A strategic thinker, who has the ability to see the broad implications of events, business process and control issues, and also understand the details.  Ability to identify critical issues and develop workable recommendations.
  • A demonstrated track record of successfully leading teams.
  • Independent and proactive with a high level of integrity, credibility and character with demonstrated high moral and ethical behavior.
  • Ability to work in an unstructured environment.

 

 

Located in Chicago, James Hardie Industries plc, manufactures and sells fiber cement products for interior and exterior building construction applications primarily in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Europe.

 
James Hardie Industries plc was founded in Australia in 1888, moving its headquarters to The Netherlands in 2001. In 2010, the company moved its headquarters again, this time to Ireland.  Today, the company has revenues totaling approximately $2.5 billion, with shares traded on the Irish and Australian markets, in addition to ADRs traded in the United States.


Position Responsibilities

Plans, manages and executes financial and operational audits, SOX projects, fraud reviews and special projects:

  • Manages the planning and execution of audit assignments throughout the Company.  Leads or executes the risk assessments for each audit, evaluating operational, IT and financial risks and performs analytical reviews of financial statements.  Obtains a thorough understanding of the audit project objectives and inherent risks, is able to effectively communicate these objectives to the auditee and the audit team. Defines audit scope and approach, and coordinates planning activities with management and the audit team.
  • Manages the audit team.  Supervises audit procedures that evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of processes and controls, and accuracy of financial information.  Identifies control gaps, process inefficiencies and opportunities to enhance business processes and improve operational effectiveness.
  • Manages and reviews audit work papers to ensure completeness, adequate supporting documentation, appropriate conclusions, consistency of approach, and regularly debriefs the audit team. 
  • Conducts audit work in a wide range of businesses and functions.  Reviews and tests the control environment to ensure that it adequately and effectively ensures: the reliability of financial reporting; safeguarding of company assets; compliance with all applicable laws and regulations; and the efficiency and effectiveness of company operations.  Develops audit work programs and work papers to document findings and conclusions.  Makes recommendations to enhance business processes and identifies opportunities to improve operational efficiencies.
  • Partners with management to develop recommendations to enhance processes and controls, and resolve issues identified in audits.
  • Develops and maintains effective communication with key location management and stakeholders throughout the audit process.  Works closely with the external auditors.
  • Prepares well written, comprehensive and timely audit reports for executive management, the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors.  
  • Partners with control owners to effectively monitor management’s resolution of audit findings and implementation of recommendations, including, performing retesting procedures to validate effective remediation.
  • Leads SOX audits including:   planning and execution of audits; documenting key processes and controls over financial reporting; evaluating and testing key controls; reviewing work papers; managing team; reporting findings to management verbally and in writing; and providing guidance to management on remediation.
  • Assists in the completion of special projects assigned by management and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Builds and maintains strong cross-functional partnerships with finance, IT and operating teams.
  • Builds and establishes positive relationships with management across all levels and stays abreast of business, IT and internal control issues and developments that may impact the audit plan. Consults and communicates with the VP of Internal Audit to ensure coordination and appropriate follow-up.
  • Engages with cross functional teams responsible for business process redesign, ERP or software implementations, acquisition integrations, business initiatives etc.

 

Supports the development and ongoing refinement of the Internal Audit strategy and departmental infrastructure:

  • Assists the VP Internal Audit in the development, design, documentation and implementation of the Internal Audit department policies and procedures, including the development of an audit quality program.
  • Supports the VP Internal Audit in the implementation and execution of the Internal Audit strategy and leads and drives projects aimed to improve departmental processes,
  • Supports the VP Internal Audit on ad-hoc projects and presentations, and leads complex operational projects related the JH strategy.
  • Leads and executes under the VP Internal Audit supervision the annual Internal Audit risk assessment process, and supports the Legal Department in the execution of the Enterprise Risk Management program
  • Develops a thorough understanding of James Hardie accounting and compliance policies, and applies this knowledge to each audit.
  • Develops a broad understanding of James Hardie business processes, strategy and risks through the analysis of business and financial information and interaction with finance and operations management. 

 

Provide leadership, training and professional development to create a high performing team:

  • Assists the VP Internal Audit with recruiting and developing staff.
  • Manages the audit teams.  Provides “on the job” training, direction and coaching, and conducts performance evaluations.
  • Motivates and mentors staff.  Assists in their professional development through guidance on formal training and encouraging the completion of professional qualifications. 
  • Develops team goals, objectives and the plans to promote the achievement of the internal audit plan.
  • Promotes ethical awareness and conduct within James Hardie Industries in support of the Company’s Code of Business Conduct and Integrity Hotline program. 
  • Travels to James Hardie Industries locations up to approximately 50% of time including various locations in the U.S., Ireland, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in accounting, internal audit, IT and the building industry by reading appropriate books, journals and other literature, and attending related conferences, seminars, etc.
  • Understands IT project governance to evaluate audit, business and financial reporting risks arising from the implementation of new software and systems.

 

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James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.


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