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Chief Audit Executive

Company: Bi-State Development
Location: Saint Louis
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Job Description:

Headquarters - Internal Audit St. Louis, Missouri

Full-time employment opportunity with a dynamic and multi-faceted resource for economic development.

About Us

Since 1950, we have partnered with private and public organizations on hundreds of projects that have created thousands of jobs on both sides of the Mississippi River.

BSD operates with a focus on making a positive impact on the region and the nation, better connecting the Bi-State area to the rest of the world. We are impacting neighborhoods, large and small, in Illinois and in Missouri, with investments that are shaped by our unique perspective of the region and its potential .

The Role

Develops, implements, administers, and directs Bi-State Development’s (BSD’s) comprehensive internal audit program, including managing and conducting complex performance, operational, financial, compliance, and information system audit activities in order to evaluate the effectiveness of internal controls withal all BSD divisions/departments and programs. Provides the BSD Board of Commissioners, BSD Executive Management, and appropriate government entities with independent analysis, appraisals, and recommendations concerning operational, information technology, vendor contracts, and financial audits. Provides consulting services to senior management and staff. Maintain organizational and professional ethical standards.

The Chief Audit Executive reports functionally to the Audit, Finance, & Administration Committee Chair and administratively to the President and CEO.



Direct the overall activities of the Internal Audit Department. Establish and update internal auditing policies, programs, plans, schedules, and procedures which enable Internal Auditors to efficiently accomplish audits in a timely manner.

Lead multiple audit projects simultaneously, including audit plans, follow ups, and pre-implementation reviews.

Develop a strategic vision to enhance and clarify the framework for how the Internal Audit division addresses risk within BSD’s operations.

Prepare annual audit plan for approval from the Board of Commissioners, with input from management that encompasses audit, investigative, and cross-functional activities for the Internal Audit Department.

Provide the President and CEO, the Audit, Finance, and Administrative Committee, and the Board of Commissioners with an annual summary of internal audit activities, in addition to providing copies of final internal audit reports to appropriate management.

Coordinate with the SSO function to assure the implementation of oversight requirements.

Ensure work papers are adequately documented and audit evidence is sufficient. Prepare accurate and timely audit reports for the Audit Finance, and Administrative Committee of the Board of Commissioners.

Communicate with the Chair of the Audit, Finance, and Administrative Committee on a regular basis; communicate the results of audit and consulting projects via written reports and oral presentations to management, Audit Finance, and Administrative Committee and the Board of Commissioners. Understand the information needs of executive management and keep them informed.

Confer with management and the Audit, Finance and Administrative Committee to review audit plans, audit results, and recommendations to resolve audit findings.

Model open, clear, and objective communication and build trust in the internal audit function. Serve as a resource to management in providing special reviews as requested or where needs are indicated.

Determine project staffing and scheduling to achieve execution of goals and completion of the Audit Plan.

Create a collaborative approach, building relationships across BSD in order to deliver high impact results.

Determine and manage budgetary requirements, priorities, and objectives for the Internal Audit Department.

Manage and direct the work of the Internal Audit Department employees. Interview, hire, and develop the Internal Audit team. Set expectations and manage performance of employees.

Delegate authority to subordinates and holds them accountable for the quantity and quality of their assignments.

Other Functions:

Establish and maintain appropriate audit and investigation guidelines to assure that they reflect current requirements, and provide adequate emphasis in identifying weaknesses in controls and fraud prevention.

Provide advice and consultation to BSD management in carrying out audit recommendations and correcting programmatic and operational weaknesses to reduce the potential for fraud and waste.

Operate in a highly confidential manner to ensure effective work results that are mindful of privacy policies and other legal considerations.

Knowledge, Skill, & Abilities

Extensive knowledge of, and skill in applying, internal auditing and accounting principles, theories, and practices; financial principles; management principles; and preferred business practices.

Considerable knowledge of the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the Code of Ethics developed by the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Considerable knowledge of, and skill in applying, industry program policies, procedures, regulations, and laws (i.e. Federal Transit Administration).

Considerable knowledge of techniques, testing, and sampling methods involved in conducting audits and the requirements set forth in the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.

Knowledge of management information systems terminology, concepts, and practices.

Knowledge of automated accounting systems.

Knowledge of government and grant administration, operations, and government budget techniques.

Proficient in Microsoft Windows, Word, and Excel.

Possess considerable experience in evaluating complex programs and operations and an ability to assess results and then develop and implement recommendations for improvements.

Familiar with theories, principles, practices, and program areas related to audits and investigations.

Possess familiarity with transit capital and operating budgets.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of financial, compliance, and performance auditing;

Knowledge of the principles of finance, governmental accounting, budgeting, cost control, and business law;

Knowledge of the regulatory codes, laws, and directives governing the operations of transit agencies;

Knowledge of the current laws, directives, and professional standards applicable to auditing and governmental accounting;

Ability to select, supervise, train, motivate, assign, evaluate, counsel, and discipline staff.

Ability to plan, organize and direct the operations of a professional staff.

Ability to stay abreast of new laws, directives, and professional standards applicable to auditing and accounting.

Ability to apply sound auditing, accounting, and management principles in various situations.

Ability to obtain the cooperation of others under adverse and sensitive circumstances.

Ability to take initiative, reason logically, and be creative in developing and introducing new ideas.

Ability to collect and analyze complex data, evaluate information and systems, and draw logical conclusions.

Ability to collaboration across departments and functions; ability to build and maintain effective working relationships.

Effective communication skills, both orally and in writing; ability to write clear and concise reports; ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences.

Strong interpersonal skills.

Strong results-oriented leader, capable of listening carefully and responding appropriately and with sound judgment.

Ability to maintain organizational and professional ethical standards.

Ability to appropriately handle damaging or sensitive information discovered during an audit.

Ability to exercise judgment effectively.



Degree: A Bachelor’s degree required. MBA is highly preferable.

Years : At least ten years progressively res ponsible experience in auditing

Five (5) years of senior management experience

Active member in Community/State/Federal professional associations

Field: Accounting, Finance or Business Administration

Fi el d: Required professional certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Professional certification as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Bi-State Development is committed to providing an Equal Employment Opportunity experience for all employees, applicants, vendors and customers with an environment free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

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