Internal Audit Manager

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Clifford Chance
Location
South East England
Salary
Competitive
Posted
09 Aug 2017
Expires
06 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
Job Details

The role involves 25-30% international travel Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. With a view to maintaining the highest possible standards of risk management and operational efficiency, the Assistant Internal Auditor will be responsible for professional audit work to support the Head of Global Internal Audit in delivering to schedule the internal audit plan.

Key Responsibilities

Direct responsibility for managing Internal Audit Department resources to assist the Head of Global Internal Audit with the development and delivery of the global internal audit plan, which is approved by the Audit Committee.

Day-to-day management of junior employees including:
Directing, supervising and monitoring quality of their work.
Training, development and appraisal of performance.
Organising resources to ensure completion of audit assignments to the required standard.
Leading, planning, performing and completing audit assignments in order to fulfil the annual internal audit plan, and to carry out short notice reviews as they arise.
Support and advise Head of Global Internal Audit delivering the following:
Develop an annual internal audit plan based upon an assessment of risk.
Interpret policies and procedures and apply professional accounting and auditing principles and standards to test and evaluate the financial and operational systems.
Make suitable recommendations to address risks or control weaknesses identified. Assess alternatives that might also yield improved efficiency or cost savings.
Provide oral and written internal audit reports for senior management ensuring the observations accurately reflect the significance of the issue that has been identified.
Preparation for audit committee meetings to present the internal audit reports finalised during the period.
Perform follow up reviews to assess management's progress with implementing the suggested recommendations.
Develop and maintain effective and supportive professional relationships with all areas of the business.
Respond to ad-hoc queries from all levels of management providing guidance, advice and assistance on control processes, regulations or other issues.
Support fraud and potential fraud investigations where required.
Development of new and improved auditing techniques including the use of data analytics.
Provide global training on Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Accounts Rules compliance.
Preparation of internal audit's budget and monitoring actual spend.
Management of global controls compliance confirmations.

Skills and Qualifications

Chartered Accountant and/or Internal Auditor (ACA, ACCA, CIMA, IIA or equivalent) with at least three years post qualification experience gained in external / internal audit, ideally with some experience of the legal sector.
Demonstrated knowledge of audit procedures, including planning, techniques, and sampling/test methods involved in conducting audits.
Demonstrated ability to gather, analyse, and evaluate facts, and to prepare and present concise oral and written reports.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all levels of management, both orally and in writing, including the ability to interview persons to extract sensitive information.
Possession of good inter-personal skills and an ability to ensure professional standards are maintained at all times such as will enable the development of close working relationships with a wide variety of individuals within the Firm.
Ability to maintain current knowledge of developments related to business matters of interest to internal audit, particularly legislation changes and developments as they affect the partnership, and of new auditing techniques and practices.
Ability to see the role in the broader context of the organisation as a whole and its clients, and use that knowledge to drive action.
Ability to schedule and manage own activities, including the ability to work across several audit projects at any one time, in order to accomplish the goals of the Internal Audit function.
Ability to supervise and develop subordinates assigned to assist with internal audit work.
Capacity and willingness to undertake foreign travel to all offices of the business as required, and at times on short notice.
Demonstrated knowledge of MS Word and Excel and the ability to use these applications to produce high quality and clear documents.
Good understanding of Oracle Financials and Keystone Professional accounting software would be a distinct advantage.
Good understanding of SRA Accounts Rules 2011 and SRA Overseas Rules 2013 would be an advantage.
Familiarity with data analytics software would be an advantage.
Experience of working in an international environment would be an advantage.

Company Summary

Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution.

Alongside world-class legal careers, Clifford Chance offers excellent opportunities in the support functions that underpin its business operations. By joining us in business services, you will help us to innovate in the way we deliver our services and enable us to run a successful multinational business that never stands still. Business services are integral to the running of the firm and are critical to its success.

Equal Opportunities

It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds.

The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.

The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits.

The Firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.