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Head of Internal Audit

Job Title
Head of Internal Audit
Job ID
Phoenix,  AZ
Other Location

Career Evolutions is seeking out a Head of Internal Audit for a growing and ground breaking technology company in Phoenix, AZ. This is an excellent career opportunity with compensation up to $160k + a competitive bonus package.

The Head of Internal Audit reports to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors with administrative reporting to the VP Finance. The position functions independently from management and is responsible for managing the internal audit function including risk assessment, planning and execution of internal audits. This position is also responsible for the coordination and testing of internal control over financial reporting under the Sarbanes-Oxley act including the scoping, planning, independent assessment and testing of management’s controls, both financial controls as well as information technology controls.

This position will partner with and advise management including finance, legal, vendor risk management, the general risk and controls group, the information security group and others on effective controls design, controls scalability and controls evaluation and assurance. This function will engage a robust cross functional initiative to strive toward a scalable and continuous risk management protocol for the Company. This position will have a direct and regular contact with the Audit Committee and will assist the Committee in achieving its charter as it relates to risk and compliance. This function is a critical function in ensuring financial, operational and compliance practices are designed and operating effectively across the organization.

Primary Responsibilities & Objectives

  • Apply a risk based approach to the audit of the company’s activities based on the results of the Internal Audit risk assessment process and the company’s strategic, operational, financial and regulatory compliance risk areas
  • Maintain an effective and comprehensive understanding of risks and for the organization within its industry
  • Conduct an annual internal audit program sufficient in scope to meet the requirements of the Audit Committee, management, external auditors and outside regulators
  • Plan, manage and conduct internal audits, communicate results of internal audits and status of remediation
  • Provide counsel to management during new business and regulatory developments, new system implementations and other strategic initiatives to ensure internal controls are designed into the process
  • Maintain strong relationships with business unit leadership and communicate emerging best practices and provide internal control awareness and training for managers and control owners throughout the organization
  • Present reports and other information to executive management and the Audit Committee to enable them to discharge their responsibilities and to be knowledgeable about the state of the organization’s system of internal control and risk management processes
  • Coordinate internal audit and risk management activities with internal general risk and controls group, external auditors and regulatory authorities
  • Research and keep abreast of new audit regulations and trends, new and emerging technologies, tools, and methodology for effective application
  • Determine annual plan and deadlines for Sarbanes-Oxley program.  Manage and coordinate all phases including planning, documentation and design, controls testing and coordination of external auditor testing
  • Coordinate the execution of SOX Internal Control assurance for the entire company and partner with the process owners in functions.
  • Ensure continuous refinement and improvement to maintain the Company’s SOX process relevancy to the Company and its business operations and industry
  • Act as advisor to management on key control documentation and design of effective and efficient control for scalability and stronger assurance
  • Set standards of process and control documentation.  Prepare documentation and process mapping to assist in evaluation of control design effectiveness and change management
  • Assist management in identifying, documenting and implementing automated controls for scalability and more robust control over financial reporting.
  • Assist management in developing robust control over reports and spreadsheets and end user Test reports and spreadsheet controls on a period basis
  • Engage in new system projects.  Prepare control documentation and design, identify control owners and ensure new controls are adopted and put on place along with new systems and significant system changes
  • Implement and manage SOX tools for efficient program management
  • Report and evaluate deficiencies and track remediation progress

Qualifications, Skills and Education

  • Bachelor Degree or Equivalent - Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Information Technology, MBA a plus
  • 10+ years business, audit and SOX experience gained from a top tier professional services firm
  • CPA, CIA and/or CISA required
  • Deep understanding of risk management concepts, control models like COSO, COBIT and SOX programs
  • Deep understanding of information technology and its implications for business commerce and controlling business operations as well as software as a service models
  • Understanding of information security risks and protocols especially in realm of large and diverse data sets across systems
  • Working knowledge of business processes, and understanding of associated key risks and controls for public corporate companies
  • Demonstrated track record of leading project teams, and development of audit programs, and implementing proposals
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishments, including leading a similar function with demonstrated results
  • Strong relationship builder, who knows how to pro-actively identify opportunities or problems, facilitates understanding and solution development
  • Energetic and effective communicator able to work with executive management and directors
  • Passion for improving the business and developing others for leadership responsibilities
  • Technology / SaaS Industry experience preferred
  • Languages, i.e. French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, a plus
  • Able to 20% Travel, including international travel

Founded in 2008, Career Evolutions is a leading Executive Search based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Career Evolutions provides products and services to identify top talent, develop employees, and maximize human capital to enhance the bottom line. For more info, please visit, check out our Current Opportunities, and contact us via phone 480.626.5253.


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