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Controls Advisory IT Senior Associate, Business Risk Services
Grant Thornton’s Advisory professionals are progressive thinkers who create, protect, and transform value today so our clients have the opportunity to thrive and grow. Our Advisory practice creates holistic solutions delivered by innovative, curious professionals who bring technical depth and industry insight to our clients. Business Risk Services protects value. Our Business Risk Services (BRS) practice includes Risk Advisory Services, Forensic Advisory Services and Data Analytics.
The Business Risk Services Controls Advisory IT Audit Senior Associate is responsible for delivering a full range of services to clients and all phases of project and engagement management for multiple clients. Responsibilities include planning, directing and completing information systems audits and business process control review engagements; developing and supervising staff; and assisting in client management and practice development activities.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Run client engagements from start to completion, which includes planning, executing, and completing information systems audits and business process control reviews, and managing to budget.
- Supervise, train and mentor associates and interns on audit and review process and assess performance of staff for engagement reviews; perform in-charge role as needed.
- Evaluate and test IT General Controls and associated IT Application/Automated Controls, and identify areas of risk
- Apply current knowledge of IT trends and systems processes to identify security and risk management issues and other opportunities for improvement.
- Work with audit and assurance teams and the client to plan engagement strategy, define objectives and address technology-related controls risks and issues.
- Work with management consulting teams or clients to implement controls in new systems deployments or evaluate controls post implementation.
- Perform general computer and application controls reviews.
- Prepare Special Attestation Reports (SAR) in compliance with AICPA guidance.
- Participate in internal auditing outsourcing and co-sourcing arrangements for clients.
- Working with BRS team to identify and resolve client issues discovered during audit and review process.
- Maintain a good working relationship with clients to enhance customer satisfaction and work with client management and staff at all levels to perform applicable BRS services.
- Proactively interact with key client management to gather information, resolve problems and make recommendations for business and process improvements.
- Identify sales opportunities for other service offerings based upon information provided by clients and/or client discussions.
- Assist partners and senior management on proposals and business development calls.
- Gain comprehensive understanding of client operations, processes and business objectives and utilize that knowledge on engagements.
- Participate in recruiting efforts (both campus and experienced hire) as needed.
- Meet or exceed targeted billing hours (utilization).
- Assist practice leadership in creating proposals, budgets, and work plans. Participate in other business development activities as appropriate.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, MIS or related field. A Master’s degree is a plus.
- Two to six years of related work experience in a similar consulting practice or function servicing cross-industry clients at a national level.
- CISA or CISSP and CPA (Optional) license/certification preferred.
- Security experience or security training, and Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 experience.
- Areas of expertise should include at least some of the following: access control software, security architecture and administration, Internet use/firewalls, network security awareness and enforcement, security policies and standards, operating systems.
- Ability to supervise staff and lead projects.
- Experience auditing common ERP systems (e.g., SAP, Oracle products, Microsoft Dynamics products) is a plus.
- Exceptional client service and communication skills with a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain outstanding client relationships.
- Ability to manage multiple engagements and competing priorities in a rapidly growing, fast-paced, interactive, results-based team environment.
- Strong leadership, recruiting, training, and mentoring skills, coupled with excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills.
- Excellent analytical, organizational and project management skills. Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications.
- Ability to work additional hours as needed and travel on a regular basis to clients as required.
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