Primary Focus :
Responsible for leading / managing all aspects of our Internal Audit (IA) Data Analytics (DA) activity. This includes acting as a liaison between the auditors, the IA DA resources (including co-
source provider), and IT (TIS) leaders and other data specialists to optimize the use of DA within the audit function. This role also includes planning DA activities for audit engagements on the annual Audit Plan, SOX testing, and other IA activity, as well as triaging requests for DA assistance on unplanned audit engagements, investigations, and related matters.
This role includes acting in a project management capacity to lead task scheduling, resourcing and quality assurance reviews of DA deliverables, as well as maintaining policies and procedures that support DA within our Audit Methodology, and coaching others on these practices.
Lastly, this role includes developing recommendations for audit technology and other innovations that further enhance IA's drive to enhance the value that we bring to the organization.
Specific Responsibilities :
Manage / Lead IA's DA Program and its application in all areas of our methodology, including the development of our annual risk-
based audit plan, and in the execution of audit engagements, SOX, investigations, and Points of View (POV).
Design, maintain and promote the IA DA strategy and overall approach to drive maturity of the program; obtain buy-in from IA leadership.
Develop and manage a DA plan that supports the execution of our annual audit plan including ensuring that the individual audit engagements plan and use DA to the greatest extent possible.
Drive and enable the use of DA on audit engagements : direct the activities of audit resources, lead discussions with key business and IA stakeholders, assist with the identification and acquisition of relevant data, coordinate the creation and execution of DA, remove roadblocks and escalate issues as needed.
Use DA to identify project risks and opportunities; identify risk category, assess impact and propose solutions / responses.
Develop milestones, schedule / supervise resources, and track completion to ensure projects (audit engagements and DA activity) remain on schedule;
notify management of schedule, personnel or other issues.
Develop metrics and other means to track and promote the success of the DA program.
Lead the development for a DA training program Provide guidance, feedback, coaching and training to IA resources on DA and other innovation core concepts and terminology, and the effective application thereof including assessing, designing, executing, validating, and documenting the use of DA within the construct of our audit methodology.
Lead the design, implementation, and maintenance of policies, procedures, tools and other resources that support the use of DA as part of IA's Methodology.
Establish and maintain relationships with key personnel throughout IA, TIS, and the business to promote and support IA's use of DA;
share knowledge on IA's DA approach and results to assist the business on developing their own analytics.
Identify opportunities to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of IA using DA, additional tools / technologies (such as Robotic Process Automation), and other innovative ideas.
Develop, coordinate, and execute audit programs and procedures to effectively address risks, controls, and governance issues identified.
Perform detailed level workpaper / written deliverables review to ensure adequate documentation and conclusions are consistent with IIA standards.
Prepare audit reports and communicate results to the appropriate parties, which may include executive and senior management.
Promote Internal Audit as a trusted Business Advisor through developing and maintaining key contact relationships with business operations and other governance groups.
Perform detailed risk and control assessments of areas under audit consideration and establish the audit scope and objectives.
Evaluate data analytics, internal controls and / or audit procedures. Identify opportunities for improvement (innovations) on the operational processes and business cycles audited.
Obtain, analyze, and appraise evidential data as a basis for creating an informed, objective opinion on the adequacy and effectiveness of the processes being reviewed.
Follow up on remediation of the findings with the client's management and ensure all outstanding audit issues are closed effectively and timely.
Coordinate with appropriate levels of management, external auditors, and other risk / assurance functions regarding the evaluation of the effectiveness of processes and controls.
Support control design assessments to ensure key controls are designed and operating effectively. Design, conduct and review tests of internal controls to support the ICFR certification.
Liaise with and provide leadership to Internal Audit staff throughout the organization.
Assist in research and analysis of technical and best-practice standards.
Perform special project work as requested.
Qualifications : Required :
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science / MIS, Audit, Finance, Accounting, Professional Engineering, Business / Data Analytics and / or a Project Management Professional designation.
A minimum of ten (10) years of audit, internal controls, finance, accounting, data analytics, information technology or internal audit experience.
Strong understanding of global context / responsibilities of the audit function understands audit methodology, audit procedures, audit sampling techniques, internal controls, risk management, IIA auditing standards and data analytics.
Hands-on experience with the TeamMate Audit Management System and with data analytics tools such as ACL, Microsoft Power BI, Tableau, R, Python, and TeamMate Analytics is an asset.
Ability to recognize, identify, and assess impact of emerging risks.
Understanding of ITIL, COBIT, and similar IT Management Frameworks.
Demonstrated ability to logically reason, think critically, analyze and evaluate data and information, and draw appropriate conclusions.
Ability to apply knowledge to new areas in conjunction with professional judgment, independent thinking and knowledge of the business.
Strong organizational skills; ability to manage multiple, concurrent projects.
Demonstrated initiative and ability to prioritize tasks, work independently, and meet deadlines. Effectively delegates to allow focus on higher priority tasks.
Excellent communication and presentation skills including a proficiency in report writing.
Strong interpersonal skills the ability to develop trust, interact, and deal with difficult situations.
High level of emotional intelligence; recognizes and understands various personality styles and tailors communication approach accordingly.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Ability to facilitate, negotiate and influence at management levels of the organization.
Sets a tone of competence, ethics, and integrity through personal example; establishes trust by dealing with both internal / external individuals in a direct and candid manner.
Proven leadership experience through previously held positions.
Strong customer service skills.
Energy industry experience.
Completion or near completion of a professional designation.
Understanding of Sarbanes-Oxley, and other regulatory requirements imposed by the SEC, PCAOB, CSA etc., along with experience in IT Audit scoping, process mapping, documentation flowcharting & narratives, control evaluations and audit testing standards.