New York Power Authority Director Internal Audit in White Plains, New York

Summary

The Director Internal Audit conducts internal audit activities within the organization, including providing independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve the organization's operations. The Director Internal Audit works directly with the SVP Internal Audit to validate auditable entities and risk factors and to develop the long-range risk assessment and audit plan. The incumbent will be responsible for directing multiple highly technical and complex concurrent audit engagements and the overall evaluation of key risks and internal controls, This role will include the oversight of financial, operational, compliance/regulatory or strategic business function reviews and related risks and controls. May also include the execution of special investigations/audits involving cases of fraud, waste, and abuse and/or ethical/regulatory complaints. The Director Internal Audit operates as an ambassador and champion of the Internal Audit vision and strategy by demonstrating support and actively communicating with the team and the business.

Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight and direction in the execution, and reporting of internal audit engagements and projects within established timelines and budgets. Provide high –level strategic guidance and direction to the team to ensure the entire audit engagement lifecycle is conducted in a manner consistent to NYPA’s and Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) standards

  • Review and approve the benchmarking of operational processes and controls, and communicate opportunities for efficiencies/performance improvement based on leading practice

  • Oversee the annual risk assessment cycle and participate on risk alignment committees on behalf of Internal Audit to encourage collaboration between internal stakeholder groups

  • Drive and contribute to non-audit specific strategies and initiatives for the department including but not limited to Process Excellence and the NYPA’s strategic initiatives

  • Provide oversight and direction to third party consultants where subject matter expertise is required

  • Oversee Audit’s engagement operations and address the occurrence of unanticipated issues, demonstrating flexibility assisting the team in prioritizing and completing tasks and communicating potential conflicts and recommended solutions to the SVP of Internal Audit

  • Provide oversight and direction to the Audit team in conducting testing procedures including, but not limited to, detailed tests of controls including sampling/confidence levels, analytical procedures, Computer Assisted Auditing Techniques (CAATs), and other audit procedures to address risks identified and to test internal controls; responsible for directing work conducted by audit engagement teams

  • Oversee and review the drafting of internal audit reports and other audit deliverables, directing the work conducted by audit engagement teams. Guide Audit Managers in approving documentation of processes and sub-processes in the form of walkthroughs (in a format that allows them to be re-performed), narratives, and flow charts for audit areas in scope as prepared by audit engagement teams

  • Direct and guide “integrated” Internal Control Audits as necessary including evaluating IT general controls with the assistance of IT Audit team members, as appropriate

  • Collaborate with the SVP Internal Audit in developing the technical skills and audit capabilities of the staff through informal on-the-job training techniques and through formalized instruction in topical areas.

  • Ensure the maintenance of client documentation by providing knowledge and direction of industry safekeeping practices

  • Keep current as to developments related to matters of interest to the department, such as pronouncements by the FASB, IIA, FERC

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent managerial and administrative skills are required, to handle multiple complex audits being simultaneously carried out

  • Ability to demonstrate integrity, values, principles and work ethic

  • Ability to drive and contribute to non-audit specific strategies and initiatives for the department is required

  • Expert knowledge of relevant auditing concepts and techniques and thoroughly familiar with COSO, GAAP, GAGAS, FERC, FASB and IIA standards

  • Strong knowledge of typical Internal Audit functions and operations

  • Thorough understanding of the electric utility industry including familiarity with current trends in marketing, rate setting and generation, transmission and distribution

  • Ability to execute a comprehensive risk assessment, prioritize results, rationalize resources and create a draft Internal Audit Schedule

  • Ability to manage teams in the identification and articulation of key risks and controls in a process and sub process and to devise and execute audit steps for a variety of audits

  • Ability to effectively plan, organize, execute and supervise a variety of complex audits being conducted simultaneously; ability to supervise various levels of auditors and develop their skills and provide leadership

  • Deep knowledge and application of audit concepts and techniques

  • Expert written and oral communication skills; requires critical thinking and analytical ability in accumulating and interpreting large amounts of data and information to identify audit issues and develop practical cost effective solutions

  • Excellent leadership to inspire and motivate others to perform well; ability to provide continuous performance feedback and encourage growth and development of staff required

  • Provide creative input that will drive greater efficiency and value to the audit process; participate in the development of new internal audit processes and ongoing process improvements

  • The ability to develop auditors and seniors and maintain their motivation while ensuring quality of work, ensuring that team resources understand assignments, priorities and expectations and are held accountable for success

  • Exhibits a professional attitude and work ethic and has ability to interface effectively with peers and clients

  • Excellent understanding of sampling strategies and confidence levels and use of data analytics

  • Ability to manage third party vendors

  • Deep skills in execution of project management techniques and engagement closure

  • Strong/excellent negotiation skills

  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects/resources simultaneously

  • High standard of ethics and professionalism

  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent knowledge and experience with auditing tools such Microsoft Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Visio

  • The ability to use available technical resources and tools to research and expand one's sphere of knowledge to enhance audit value

  • The ability to remain up-to-date on industry trends and NYPA-related strategic intent while sharing the knowledge amongst the team where applicable

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • Bachelor degree in MIS, Accounting, Finance, Business, or equivalent discipline

  • MBA or advanced degree is highly preferred

  • Minimum 13 years diversified audit/financial experience with solid record of increasing responsibility, preferable from a combination of Big 4 and major organization/company audit experience or minimum of 20 years’ experience auditing in an audit/firm and or/organization/company

  • Minimum of 10 years supervisory experience

  • CPA or CIA or 10+ years of in-depth energy audit and/or risk assessment experience

  • CISA, PMP or CFE professional designation is preferred

Physical Requirements

N/A

The New York Power Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer