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General Description:  The Audit Manager is primarily responsible for overseeing engagement leads and staff for multiple, simultaneous financial, operational, and IT and, SOX engagements, supporting external auditors in a direct assist capacity, and participating in special projects.

The vision and philosophy of USI’s Internal Audit Department is to collaborate, communicate, and cooperate with internal clients to develop a partnership throughout audit engagements, special projects, consulting engagements, SOX, COSO, and external audit direct assist.

This position is based in Richmond, VA and travel requirements will be approximately 20%. 


Audit Management and Support

    • Communicate, collaborate, and cooperate with internal clients
    • Assist the Internal Audit VP in overseeing audit staff and in the planning, organizing, directing, and monitoring of Internal Audit operations, assisting in hiring, training, coaching, and evaluating staff including taking corrective actions to address performance problems
    • Apply business and insurance industry knowledge in the assessment of business risk
    • Support the Internal Audit VP in the development of and updates to the Internal Audit risk assessment and a risk-based audit plan to complement the Company’s strategic plan
    • Oversee multiple, simultaneous financial, operational, and compliance reviews
    • Plan and schedule staff to ensure engagements are completed in a timely manner and staff utilization is optimized
    • Conclude on the effectiveness of controls in mitigating risks and meeting business objectives
    • Review audit findings with engagement leads and Internal Audit VP on a real time basis
    • In a collaborative cooperative fashion work with internal clients to help determine the best solution, for them, to alleviate risks identified in audit findings
    • Coach and support engagement leads and staff in drafting preliminary findings and audit reports for Internal Audit VP review
    • Coach staff to work with clients in a collaborative and cooperative environment
    • Comply with departmental and professional standards in all phases of audit engagements; foster an environment of continuous improvement
    • Demonstrate an ability to implement new ideas and share best practices
    • Participate in and lead ad hoc special projects to help the Company achieve its strategic and financial objectives

Client Relationship Management

    • Reinforce open, two-way communication among Internal Audit and internal clients
    • Develop and maintain productive client, staff, and management relationships
    • Oversee internal client interactions, meetings, etc.
    • Consult with internal clients on the implementation of policies, procedures, and standards for controls

Self Development

o   Perform continuous self-assessment and seek feedback from audit team and Internal Audit VP to improve performance

    • Follow prescribed CPE training to keep certifications current (CPA, CIA, CISA, etc.)
    • Maintain and share with the department knowledge of current audit and accounting trends and pronouncements
    • In discussion with Internal Audit VP provide insight on staff self-identified annual goals
    • Keep current on industry and Company trends and processes to determine effectiveness of the audit approach and relevance of findings

Staff/Department Development

    • Provide feedback, via coaching, to staff throughout engagements
    • Research and recommend training for department
    • Provide Internal Audit VP with examples of how staff met, exceeded, or did not meet expectations for use in annual performance appraisals

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • BA/BS in accounting preferred; four-year college degree required
    • MBA, CPA, or CIA, CISA, CFE a plus
    • Minimum of 8 years of public accounting or internal auditing experience
    • Excellent written/verbal communication skills
    • Managerial experience
    • Outstanding interpersonal skills, ability to interact with management on all levels; be an ambassador for the department
    • Demonstrated ability to negotiate and resolve differences
    • Proven leader with the desire to motivate and develop staff and add value to the organization
    • Exceptionally strong analytical ability and superior work ethic
    • Familiarity with audit software techniques desired
    • Self-motivated, proactive, and detail-oriented with a strong sense of urgency
    • Proficiency in MS applications including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Visio
    • Insurance brokerage auditing strongly preferred
    • A desire to travel domestically (approximately 20% annually) required

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