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Lead Internal Auditor

Date: Feb 23, 2021

Location: Mission Viejo, CA, US

Company: James Hardie





Lead Internal Auditor

Mission Viejo, CA
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. Its products principally include fiber cement interior linings, exterior siding products, and related accessories products. The company offers fiber cement products with various patterned profiles and surface finishes for a range of applications, including external siding and soffit lining, internal linings, facades, floor and tile underlay, lattice, fencing, decorative columns, flooring, and ceiling applications; and manufactures and sells fiber reinforced concrete pipes. Its products are used in various markets, such as new residential construction, which include single and multi-family housing; manufactured housing that comprise mobile and pre-fabricated homes; repair and remodeling; and various commercial and industrial applications, such as stores, warehouses, offices, hotels, motels, schools, libraries, museums, dormitories, hospitals, detention facilities, religious buildings, and gymnasiums.
The company markets its fiber cement products and systems under various Hardie brand names and other brand names, such as Hardieplank, Artisan Lap and Artisan Accent Trim by James Hardie, Cemplank siding, Scyon, Secura flooring, and HardieBacker. The company has historically invested between 2% and 3% of its annual revenue in research and development activities focused on process and product development. The business sells its products directly, as well as through distributors, large home center retailers, small to medium size dealer outlets, and specialist distributors to dealers or lumber yards, consumers, builders, real estate developers, and distributor/hardware stores.
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.

The Lead 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 Department reports directly to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, and administratively to the CFO.

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 Responsibilities

  • Plans, manages and executes financial and operational audits, SOX projects, fraud reviews and special projects: 75%
  • Provides leadership, training and professional development to create a high performing team: 25%


Position Requirements


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or a business-related field including Management Information Systems is required.
  • Seven or more years of audit or accounting 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 up to 50%





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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