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Head of IT Internal Audit

  • Corporate Services
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Application Deadline

Reports to: GM, Group Internal Audit

Department: Internal Audit (GIA)

This position will be responsible for:

  • Managing external and internal resources in carrying out IT related audit assignments across the Cathay Group - its goals and objectives setting, resources planning and utilization, responsibilities and deliverables; reporting on IT, compliance, cyber and data security, IT risk and regulatory and IT governance risk-related audits and reviews;
  • Ensure quality auditing, risk management and consulting services are delivered in order to provide high level of assurance over all types of risks across the Group

Key Responsibilities:

  • Drives/Promotes the vision of Group Internal Audit throughout close partnerships with management and working with the senior executives to develop a risk based 1+2 years audit plan for the Company
  • Plans, monitors and leads the IT risk and regulatory, IT governance and compliance and cyber and data security risk-based audits for the Group and represents Group Internal Audit working and coordinating with Group IT stakeholders on audit projects and providing status updates regularly on project developments   
  • Provides objective assurance and independent review on the adequacy and effectiveness of the Company’s risk management and internal control system to safeguard assets, improves cyber security and guide best practices 
  • Prepares high quality audit committee paper/reports for the Audit Committee meetings regularly; complete the annual audit plan as agreed by AC and any special reviews
  • High standard of quality audits is conducted through understanding of business and risks, proper identification of issues; reports are prepared timely with high quality and issues are clearly communicated and agreed with the senior management and executives with effective recommendations and solutions
  • Conducts risk assessments; identifies controls in place to mitigate identified risks and opportunities for improvements.  
  • Ensures common fraud/errors/irregular transactions including ad hoc projects like whistleblowing investigations are identified and investigated in timely manner as well as providing corrective action plans to mitigate exceptions
  • Provides IT support such as data analytics with the operational related audits and works closely with Head of IAs on integrated audit projects with best resources allocation and alignments
  • Supervises a team of 2-3 subordinates and provides training and coaching to them; develops talent pool for the Group
  • Works independently under general direction with extensive latitude for initiative and independent judgement
  • Manages and supervises the audit staff (including external/internal guest auditors) in conducting meetings, reviewing documents and preparing working papers
  • Budgets and monitors department time and spending


  • Degree from reputable institution and professional IT auditing qualification such as CISA or equivalent designation
  • Minimum 12 years, of which 5+ years in managerial capacity and preferably with broad IT Audit experience in internationally recognized accounting firms or in-house roles
  • Good knowledge of airline operations, IT infrastructure and application systems, cybersecurity and related regulatory requirements
  • Possess high emerge level and strong work ethic with a commitment to continuous improvement in a dynamic and changing environment that strive to exceed expectations
  • Strong leadership and analytical skills, and ability to work independently and in a matrix and remote environment
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, including managerial courage, dealing with ambiguity
  • Superior problem solving ability
  • Experience in audit committee reports writing and capable in preparing well-written audit reports with detailed but not lengthy executive summaries
  • A team leader who is self-initiated, independent and able to meet tight schedules
  • Ability to create and maintain good working relationships with teammates and all levels of staff members from various business units
  • CISA  is a must while CISM, CISSP, CPA, CA, CFE and/or CIA is a bonus
  • Familiar with Data Analytics tool such as ACL or equivalent
  • Excellent computer skill including excel, word, PowerPoint, ACL, IDEA, Tableau; programming capabilities, experience in SAP, WMS and POS are preferred
  • Fluent in writing and speaking in English and in Chinese as a bonus
  • Appx. 25% travel requirement


  • Setting Direction
  • Leading and Engaging Teams
  • Driving Business Performance and Change
  • Developing and Recognising Others

Application deadline: 31 January 2021

Cathay Pacific is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Personal data provided by job applicants will be used strictly in accordance with our personal data policy and for recruitment purposes only. Candidates not notified within eight weeks may consider their application unsuccessful. All related information will be kept in our file for up to 24 months. A copy of our Personal Information Collection Statement will be provided upon request by contacting our Data Protection Officer.

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