Thursday, May 2, 2013

Senior Internal Auditor -- Highmark -- Pittsburgh, PA

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Ideal candidate will be a CPA with big 4 and industry experience!

Sr Internal Auditor
LocationPittsburgh, PA

Conducting and coordinating the completion of multiple projects of varying size and complexity to evaluate internal controls, with a focus on financial, operational, and compliance risks on a corporate-wide basis, including subsidiaries. The audit projects include evaluation of: controls over and efficiency of internal business processes and procedures; controls to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and contractual obligations; third-party contractors engaged to perform significant services on behalf of the Company; and, special requests of executive and senior management and the Audit Committee.
The projects are completed through a combination of work performed by the incumbent and supervision of less experienced professionals by the incumbent. The projects generally culminate with a written report that includes an independent evaluation of the design, effectiveness, and efficiency of the internal control systems established by management.
In addition, the incumbent will be expected to provide counsel to management in the design and implementation of processes and controls. Some travel may be required, contingent on the specific assignments.
Highmark is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity (AA/EEO) employer.

  • A Bachelors degree.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressive experience in internal auditing, public accounting or a position where you worked with internal control design, documentation and testing is required. The auditing experience should be risk based and include knowledge of the COSO framework (Committee of Sponsoring Organizations' framework for assessing and maintaining a sound control environment) and Internal Auditing Standards.
  • The incumbent must possess excellent oral and written communication skills to articulate internal control weaknesses, risks/impacts to the department and/or company and actions to address identified weaknesses to responsible management.
  • The incumbent is expected to establish and maintain relationships with all levels of staff and management in a variety of departments and subsidiaries within Highmark and therefore must have excellent interpersonal skills and must be able to effectively resolve conflicts.
  • The incumbent's projects are generally diverse in subject matter and objective and change annually based on the strategic objectives of Highmark and its subsidiaries. As such, the incumbent must possess substantial individual judgment, strong analytical and problem solving skills, sound business knowledge, and intuitive thought processes to understand the area under audit in a short period of time.
  • The incumbent must be able to effectively apply those skills in assessing risks, developing and reviewing audit plans, developing and making recommendations to management and overseeing the work of professional staff.
  • The incumbent must have the ability to use or recommend computer assisted audit techniques (CAAT) when developing audit test plans. The incumbent will be required to exercise professional judgment in the conduct of audits.
  • The incumbent is responsible for facilitation of all project phases including initiation, audit plan development, testing documentation, issue development and reporting and follow-up on issue resolution.
  • The incumbent must have excellent project management skills as they have accountability for management of multiple projects with often overlapping deadlines involving multiple departments.
  • The position requires the ability to manage competing demands and the ability to work independently. Due to the nature of the work performed, the utmost integrity in discreet and confidential handling of confidential materials is expected.
  • The position requires proficiency with Microsoft Office and Lotus Notes.

  • A Bachelors degree in Accounting or Business Administration.
  • An MBA, CPA, CIA or CISA is strongly preferred.
  • A thorough knowledge of the operations and systems of Highmark and its subsidiaries is preferred. A general knowledge of health insurance, computerized management information systems, and governmental auditing standards would be beneficial.

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