VP Internal Audit (ID:42648)
Exciting Executive opportunity to lead an Internal Audit function at a well respected public company!

As the head of Internal Audit, you will provide leadership over risk management, internal controls, and SOX compliance in a public company. This role will evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of the company’s governance, operations, and systems to drive actions to mitigate risks. This role will initially focus on ensuring the successful maturation of the SOX program and will expand to strategic risk management and the oversight of the efficacy and efficiency of business operations.

This role serves as an objective and independent business partner to the Audit Committee, Executive management, and team members across the organization. You will partner with our external auditors and consultants to ensure appropriate scope of engagements and project success. This role supervises the most difficult and sensitive internal and/or external financial operations and compliance audits.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership in driving a company-wide culture of integrity and process effectiveness while conveying the value of a strong control environment.
  • Assist the Chief Compliance Officer in positioning Internal Audit as a thought leader and valued partner by helping assess, manage, and mitigate key business risks.
  • Meet regularly with the Audit Committee to report the status of Internal Audit’s ongoing monitoring activities, educate/inform the committee of emerging risks and/or exposures (whether internal or external to the company) that should be considered, and serve as a “thought leader” with respect to risk management and internal control best practices.
  • Proactively inform senior management of significant risks or exposures related to internal controls, compliance, and/or governance requiring prompt attention.
  • Effectively and with credibility, deliver presentations with recommendations and summaries of audit results and recommendations to all levels of management
  • Financial Reporting / SOX
  • Oversee all financial reporting risk and control activities, including the SOX framework over business processes and ITGCs such as the design and implementation of key controls over financial reporting, management’s testing, and remediation of control gaps.
  • Partner with the Business Technology Group to ensure financial reporting controls over our internally developed systems are operating as designed.
  • Provide support and training to field and corporate staff and management as necessary to ensure compliance with SOX controls and other corporate policies and procedures
  • Risk-based and Process Improvement Leadership
  • Develop a strategic plan for the continued evolution of the internal control framework, including but not limited to enterprise risk management, risk-based audits, and process improvement reviews.
  • Collaborate with business process owners, system engineers, and technical support staff in the identification of efficiencies and process enhancements.
  • Develop the annual internal audit plan using a risk-based methodology, addressing key risks or control concerns expressed by management and the Audit Committee
  • Partnerships with External Auditors and Consultants
  • Maintain professional relationships with our auditors/advisors, including engagement scope management; coordinate and facilitate work with auditors/advisors to ensure time and cost budgets are effectively managed throughout the project life cycle.
  • Lead a staff whose scope of activities will be comprehensive including providing value-added analysis on business operations, internal controls and risk management and ensures audit work conforms to the Standards of the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the Code of Ethics developed by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
  • Develop audit procedures that bring about a systematic and disciplined approach to completing operational and financial audits, assessments, and consulting projects.
  • Acquisitions and Other Projects
  • Ensure that acquisitions are integrated into the SOX control environment in a timely and effective manner.
  • Lead special engagements, audits or investigations as may be requested by the Audit Committee, Senior Leadership, or Corporate Legal

Required Skills & Experience:
  • 15+ years of relevant general accounting experience and/or managing in an Internal Audit department or in a senior leadership role within the audit function (deep SOX experience is mandatory)
  • A blend of public accounting and industry experience with a public company and technical expertise in SOX
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the proven ability to present and explain complex information and suggest process improvements to diverse audiences including executive level staff and the Board of Directors.
  • Ability to work independently and to travel as necessary, sometimes on short notice, to perform reviews, observations, investigations and training at off-site facilities and locations.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or other related degree
  • Auditing designation (CIA, CPA, CISA, CFE) preferred.

About Versique:
Versique is a high-performance recruiting firm based in Minneapolis, MN specializing in interim solutions, direct hire, and executive leadership search. We believe people are the ultimate business advantage. Our experienced functional recruiting teams work within a variety of areas of expertise (HR, Finance & Accounting, Demand Generation, IT, and Engineering) and broad industries (Healthcare, Banking, Consumer Packaged Goods, Manufacturing, Private Equity, and Family-Owned). Voted as a “Star Tribune Best Places to Work” three years in a row by our employees, Versique is one of the largest and fastest growing staffing and recruiting firms in the Midwest. The Versique brand represents a powerful combination of “versatile” and “unique” as it hints at the concept of “search” in its pronunciation: ver-seek.
Versique is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse workforce. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status, among other factors.


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