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Senior Internal Auditor

Date: Jul 22, 2019

Location: Mission Viejo, CA, US

Company: James Hardie




The Senior Internal Auditor works independently or as part of a team reporting to the Internal Audit Manager or Internal Audit Senior Manager. This position is responsible for leading the planning, execution and reporting of financial and operational audits, fraud investigations and special projects, and leads projects associated with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). 


The Internal Audit function is responsible for assessing the reliability of financial reporting, compliance with laws and regulations, the efficiency and effectiveness of operations and safeguarding of Company assets. The function provides independent and objective assurance to management and the Audit Committee by evaluating the effectiveness of governance and risk management activities, ensuring that controls are in place and working effectively, performing fraud investigations and completing special projects assigned by management and the Audit Committee. Internal Audit is responsible for identifying opportunities for operational and control improvements to mitigate risk, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of processes across the Company’s global businesses.

The Internal Audit organization is viewed as a training ground for high performing talent seeking a developmental assignment and exposure to the global operations of the Company.


Position Requirements

Education/Experience Required:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or a business-related field including Management Information Systems is required.
  • Three or more years of audit  experience.  Big 4 audit firm or equivalent audit experience preferred.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or equivalent is required.  Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) a plus.
  • Some experience in the management and professional development of audit staff.
  • Knowledge of SAP and data analytical audit tools (e.g. ACL, Excel, IDEA) a plus.
  • Experience within a manufacturing or distribution environment is preferred
  • International experience is highly desirable.
  • Experience in executing and maintaining a SOX program
  • Some experience in leading and executing operational, financial and IT audits
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office; Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally 


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • 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.
  • 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.



Position Responsibilities


Plans, manages and executes financial and operational audits, SOX projects, fraud reviews and special projects: 75%

Plans and executes audit assignments (financial and operational audits, fraud investigations) across domestic and international locations.  Develops and tailors risk based audit plans for each project and presents the audit plans to management.  Coordinates audit activities with management prior to and during the audit. Presents findings to management in writing (audit reports) and verbally. Follows up with management on open issues.

Leads audit work and works independently or as part of a team. Depending on the scale and complexity of the project, the Lead Auditor may work under the supervision of the Internal Audit Manager, the Senior Audit Manager or interact directly with the VP of Internal Audit. He/she 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 applicable laws and regulations; and the efficiency and effectiveness of company operations. Prepares high quality audit work papers to document procedures and the results of audit work. Performs work paper review of the team and less experienced auditors.  Makes recommendations to enhance business processes and identifies opportunities to improve operational efficiencies.

Manages the audit team on site. Supervises the 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.


Develops and maintains effective communication with key location management and stakeholders throughout the audit process. Works closely with the external auditors.


Manages and reviews audit work papers to ensure completeness, adequate supporting documentation, appropriate conclusions, consistency of approach, and regularly debriefs the audit team.


Assists in the preparation of well written, comprehensive and timely audit reports for executive management, the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors. Leads key audit meetings including opening and closing meeting as well as meeting to discuss audit findings with management.


Conducts projects associated with SOX including: documenting key processes and controls over financial reporting; evaluates control design and effectiveness, tests the design and operating effectiveness of key controls; documents in work papers; reports findings to management verbally and in writing.


Has a clear understanding of inventory accounting and associated GAAP. The Lead is able to review key cost accounting information including valuation, existence and applicable reserves and cost accounting analysis. He/she is familiar with the accounting treatment of standard costs, manufacturing variances, and has good understanding of physical count procedures and associated controls.

Assists in the completion of projects assigned by management and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.

Provides leadership, training and professional development to create a high performing team: 25%

  • Manages the audit teams. Provides “on the job” training, direction and coaching.
  • Motivates and mentors staff. 
  • 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 30%-35% 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.


  • Professional, results driven and assertive with personal commitment, drive, flexibility and enthusiasm.  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.
  • Ability to identify critical issues and develop workable recommendations.
  • Proactive with a high level of integrity, credibility and character with demonstrated high moral and ethical behavior.
  • Ability to work in an unstructured environment.


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.

Nearest Major Market: Orange County
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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