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National Assurance Director - Technical & Assurance Methodology

Company: Clifton Larson Allen
Location: Saint Louis
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

At CLA we create opportunities!

We are currently recruiting for our National Assurance Technical Group. This opportunity can be located in a variety of our CLA offices

Who we are!

As a premier professional services provider to privately held businesses and their owners, as well as regulated industries like healthcare, non-profits and state and local governments, we provide a wide array of solutions to advance our clients success and create inspired careers for our people. Our market differentiators include deep industry specialization, three integrated businesses working together, 1) Audit, Tax & Consulting, 2) Wealth Advisory and 3) Outsourcing, and phenomenal opportunities for our employees to build their careers and marketplace value, including unmatched career choice, flexibility and mobility.

What makes this awesome!

This is a GREAT opportunity for an entrepreneurial assurance professional looking for a career that includes:

  • The opportunity to make a significant impact with a growing Top 10 firm
  • Being part of a talented National Assurance team and a firm that is committed to knowing you and helping you create opportunities for your career and your clients.
  • Work that is meaningful, highly visible and not routine, creating the opportunity to continually increase your marketplace value by providing consultation, research services and technical expertise to CLA professionals throughout the firm.
  • Thriving in an entrepreneurial environment that offers autonomy and encouragement to move great ideas forward.
  • Joining a firm that is growing assurance by investing significant focus and resources to nation-wide assurance initiatives.

What will you do?

CLA maintains our own assurance methodology and we are building a new system to house our methodology and workpapers. The primary objectives of the system are to elevate engagement team and client experiences by focusing on integration of data, automating procedures when appropriate, and increasing value for clients. This role would be a key member of the team developing the system and maintaining our methodology for the long term. As a member of the team, you will need to interact with others across all levels of the Firm and must have the ability to manage multiple projects. The Candidate will report to the Managing Principal of National Assurance and work closely with CLA's Assurance Methodology Leader and our Audit Innovation team members. This individual will have a variety of responsibilities/functions that support the Assurance practice including:

  • Serving as the primary subject matter expert for workpaper management system, trial balance, and underlying databases.
  • Coordination with IT developers while they build and deploy the system
  • Coordination with assurance teams as they test the system
  • Collaboration with various stakeholders of assurance forms, methodology, and overall vision of system
  • Development of training related to rollouts
  • Previous knowledge of or desire to learn product management

The ideal candidate will have a deep background in assurance services and data analytics. The ideal candidate will also be knowledgeable about underlying technology used for assurance engagements and professional standards affecting our practice and systems.


  • Bachelor's degree or advanced degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field

Experience and Competencies:

  • 7+ years of experience in a public accounting environment or equivalent
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Focus on engagement team and client experience
  • Solid understanding of assurance professional standards and quality control
  • Knowledge of information systems and application of audit data analytics
  • Ability to meet project deadlines with a focus on organization and detail
  • Ability to simplify complex concepts for engagement teams
  • Ability to use various assurance research products effectively


  • CPA certification required.

Shortly after you apply you will receive an invitation with additional information. CLA has partnered with Pymetrics to allow you to showcase your potential and help us get to know you a little better. The Pymetrics games take 20-30 minutes to complete and there are no right or wrong answers - so we hope you have fun! Following completion of the Pymetrics games, CLA will view the Pymetrics results alongside other information as part of the application review process.

CLA exists to create opportunities for our people, our clients, and our communities. We are a proud equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/

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