Guilford County Schools
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Sr Internal Auditor-Bus Process Improvement
at Guilford County Schools
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
The primary purpose of the Internal Audit function is to assist County Management in the efficient and effective discharge of their responsibilities by furnishing them with objective insights, analyses, appraisals, observations, and recommendations for improving controls, budget management, staff utilization, and processes within the County organization.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
Audit projects vary from routine financial statement reviews, to process audits, to comprehensive audits of departments or outside agencies. Auditors are assigned to a project, then must develop audit objectives, perform preliminary studies, develop an audit program, conduct interviews and audit tests, then compile results and present findings in writing and verbally. The effect of audit work improves operational efficiency and effectiveness, internal controls, budget management, and staff utilization. Audit work provides crucial information for management decision-making, identifies non-compliance with laws and regulations that could lead to litigation, penalties, and adverse publicity for the County, and audit work monitors other organizations' contractual obligations. Work is distinguished from an Internal Auditor by scope and complexity of work, increased independence in decision making, Increased responsibilities including analytics and process mapping and working in a lead capacity assigning, reviewing and guiding the work of others.
- Examples of Duties
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Essential Duties and Tasks
- Using data analytics, networking and management suggestions, identify areas, processes and functions that could benefit from reengineering.
- Thoroughly map processes and functions by means of interview, inquiry, documentation review, and observation; through facilitated group assessments and other tools, recommend process improvements (reengineering).
- Prepare risk assessments and develop effective audit programs.
- Maintain, revise and update as appropriate the internal audit plan.
- Review and analyze accounts, records, internal controls, and fiscal procedures.
- Perform tests of accounting records to verify accuracy, completeness and propriety.
- Identify, gather, review and analyze physical or documentary data on management and business policies, practices, procedures, and organizational structure; make recommendations regarding industry best practices to improve performance efficiency and/or effectiveness.
- Audit county activities, functions, and programs; prepare audit reports providing recommendations to correct deficiencies.
- Serve on and advise senior management team on basis of audit findings, concerning proper record keeping, reporting, and application of pertinent provisions of state or federal statutes and/or regulations and County policy/procedures.
- Review organization, staffing, cost effectiveness, program effectiveness and efficiency; analyze and develop solutions to administrative and technical problems disclosed through internal or external review.
- Make oral and written presentations to management during and at the conclusion of the audit discussing deficiencies, recommending corrective action, and suggesting improvements in operations and reductions in costs.
- Make, or assist in making, oral and written presentations to the Audit Committee discussing deficiencies, corrective action recommended, and improvements suggested in operations and reductions in costs.
- Prepare formal reports, expressing opinions on the adequacy and effectiveness of the system and the efficiency with which activities are carried out.
- Appraise the adequacy of recommended corrective actions taken to improve deficient conditions.
- Additional duties may include: assignment of project management responsibilities relating to cross-divisional initiatives, and compliance reviews of organizations participating in the County's financial programs to determine compliance with applicable statutes and regulations.
- Assist with completion of Single Audit assignments at the end of the fiscal year.
- Deliver annual hard dollar savings as agreed to by Internal Audit management.
- Interact positively with senior county management.
- Knowledge of Audit Process
- Knowledge of Methods and Practices and Governmental Accounting and Auditing
- Knowledge of Federal, State & Local Laws and Regulations
- Knowledge of Information Systems (ERPs, Microsoft Office, Internet, PowerBI)
- Knowledge of Organizational Structure
- Knowledge of County Budget
- Knowledge of Working Relationships
- Knowledge of process mapping and facilitated group assessment techniques
- Ability to analyze financial records in ascertaining facts
- Ability to analyze and recommend improvements
- Ability to obtain and utilize sensitive information discreetly and objectively
- Ability to conduct investigative interviews
- Ability to analyze data, facts, or information and draw logical conclusions
- Ability to communicate effectively with others, both verbally and in writing
- Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with County management, department management, professional personnel and others
- Ability to complete in depth process mapping
- Skilled in facilitating group assessments
- Skilled in developing cost-effective process improvements
- Skilled in preparing risk assessments and developing effective audit programs
- Skilled in conducting research
- Skilled in evaluating and testing internal controls and operational procedures
- Skilled in prioritizing, organizing, and managing multiple simultaneous project
- Skilled in applying independent judgment, personal discretion, and resourcefulness in applying and interpreting guidelines
- Institute of Internal Auditors Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing
- Statement of Responsibilities of Internal Auditing
- Code of Ethics
- Federal, State, and Local Laws and Regulations
- Government Auditing Standards
- AICPA Statements on Auditing Standards
- County Commissioner Budget Initiatives/Decisions
- Policies and Procedures established by various county departments and agencies
- Departmental and agency missions and performance measures
- Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
- Grant requirements for accounting records or program operations
- Typical Qualifications
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Auditing, Finance or other field of study related to the nature of the work performed; five years of experience in internal auditing, local government accounting/finance or public accounting. Experience in process mapping, facilitated group assessments, and development of cost-effective process improvements. Experience auditing governmental programs and services and/or financial records desired. Must be certified or willing to obtain certification within 18 months of hiring; applicable certifications include: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Management Auditor (CMA).
Knowledge of data analytics is preferred.
Use of process mapping software packages
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Working Conditions/Physical Demands
- Interaction with County Management
- Interaction with County Department Directors, management, various levels of supervisory staff
- Interaction with outside agency staff
- Normal Office Environment meeting ADA requirements