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Internal Audit Manager (UK Base)

  • GIA - Group Internal Audit
  • London, UK
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Application Deadline
    28 Oct 2021
Role Introduction

Reports to: Head of Internal Audit

This position will be responsible for managing a team in carrying out audit assignments across the Cathay Group, covering the Group’s key risks and end to end processes, including working closely with the IT audit team to deliver integrated audits. He/she will need to ensure quality auditing and consulting services are delivered in order to provide a high level of assurance over all types of risks across the Group.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Providing objective assurance and independent review on the adequacy and effectiveness of the Company’s risk management and internal control systems
  • Drives/promotes the vision of Group Internal Audit through maintaining a strong network across the business and building close partnerships with management
  • Hands-on delivery of internal audits (planning, fieldwork, reporting, tracking of audit recommendations implementation status), as well as managing teams of assistant managers and/or internal auditors to deliver work and working closely with IT Internal Audit team, leading meetings, analyzing data, reviewing documents, preparing and reviewing working papers, developing and documenting findings and recommendations, and managing senior stakeholders up to General Manager level across multiple departments/ geographical areas, who may have conflicting views/priorities
  • Planning and deploying internal audit resources to ensure that audits are completed on time and on budget, keeping all stakeholders regularly updated on progress
  • 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 recommendations and solutions, which can be applied effectively and efficiently across a large and complex group
  • Obtaining relevant data and information including dealing with ambiguity and exercising judgement / professional scepticism
  • Assisting the Head of Internal Audit to prepare high quality papers/reports for the Audit Committee meetings regularly; completes the annual audit plan as agreed by AC and any special reviews
  • Engaging, influencing and challenging stakeholders up to General Manager level including understanding risks and issues and proactively suggesting areas where internal audit work is required. Providing thorough analysis to support the development of the annual internal audit plan
  • Driving change within the Internal Audit function including identifying and implementing improvements to ways of working with a focus on quality and efficiency of internal audit planning, fieldwork and reporting
  • Ensuring Board-mandated ‘3 lines of defense’ model is strictly adhered to and internal audit independence is maintained at all times
  • Providing mentoring, coaching and supervision to internal audit team. Leading by example to motivate, support and inspire the team to deliver high quality internal audit work
  • Line management / direct appraisal of internal auditors / assistant managers, including providing timely feedback and performance appraisal to ensure required performance standards are met
  • Working independently under general direction including exercising initiative, independent judgement and proposing solutions to senior management. Judgement in knowing when to escalate issues and seek support/direction if needed
  • Pursuing professional development opportunities, including external and internal training and professional association memberships, and share information gained with team
Requirements

  • Degree from reputable institution and professional accounting qualification such as CPA or equivalent designation. Professional internal auditing qualification such as CIA is preferred 
  • Minimum 8 years’ internal and/or external audit experience in a Big 4 audit firm, internationally recognised accounting firms and/or in-house roles in large complex organisations with at least 3 years’ experience in supervisory role on setting direction, providing hands-on coaching and review to deliver high quality and efficient audit work
  • Knowledge and experience of internal audit best practice
  • Experience of working closely with IT internal audit colleagues to deliver process audits where IT risks and controls are integrated within the audit scope
  • High energy level and strong work ethic with a commitment to continuous improvement in a dynamic and changing environment, striving to exceed expectations
  • Strong analytical skills, and ability to work independently and in a matrix and remote environment
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills to convince and influence others
  • Great stakeholder management skills, including senior management
  • Excellent report writing skills and problem solving ability
  • Commercially focused
  • 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
  • Role model for the team who conducts self and work with honesty and integrity in line with all company policies and procedures
  • Experience in using data analytics tools and techniques
  • Fluent in writing and speaking in English and in Chinese as a bonus
  • Willingness to travel (up to 30%)
Personal & Application Information

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.

This role will be based in LON but will be reporting to HKG Head Office.

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