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Senior Analyst - Audit and Data Analytics

  • Location: Plano, Collin, Texas, 75024
  • Salary: 90.0
  • Job Type:Contract

Posted about 1 month ago

This international industry leader has an immediate 12+ month contract opportunity (with a strong chance for extension) in Plano, TX for a Senior Analyst with Internal or External Audit experience and a Data Analytics background.  Will be working temporarily 100% remote until the end of the year but will be expected to work onsite in Plano in the future.  This position requires:
  • 3-5 years experience with Internal or External Audits.
  • Strong Data Analytics experience - comfortable with unstructured data and various database applications.
  • Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Business (Accounting).
  • Proficiency building datasets, measuring metrics, scripting, and programming data analysis software / applications such as Python and SQL.  Data visualization experience utilizing Tableau &/or Power BI, and Excel analytical functions.
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically, evaluate, interpret, and summarize information.  Strong technical skills to recognize trends, draw conclusions, and problem-solve as required.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams, internal stakeholders, IT groups, and external business partners to collect necessary data and identify business opportunities associated risks.
  • Advanced presentation skills with ability to communicate results of analytics to non-technical audience and / or senior management to inform or influence decisions and / or change.
  • Demonstrates strong ethics and integrity to safeguard data.
  • Understanding of the audit function - understands audit methodology, audit procedures, internal controls, risk management, auditing standards.
  • Demonstrated experience working on multiple projects, is self-motivated, takes initiative, and able to function independently as required.  Has a passion for learning and can work effectively in a nimble / agile environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to establish trust, collaborate, and effectively prepare verbal & written work products to communicate results.
Preferred experience:
  • Masters Degree in Data Science, Statistics, Management Information Systems, Business (Accounting focus).
  • Experience as a corporate financial, IT, and/or operational internal auditor, equivalent experience working closely with or within compliance/audit functions.
  • Technical certification as related to the job responsibilities and / or professional certification in audit, such as CFE &/or CIA.
  • Hands-on practical experience with an audit management system, or project management applications and other applicable audit, quality, and project management software / technologies.
  • Project Management experience; Either Traditional and / or Agile Methodology.
Responsibilities:
  • Data Analytics - Identify relevant and applicable datasets to query, extract, and analyze leveraging the appropriate sourcing techniques, technology, and applications (such as advanced Excel tools SQL, Python, Power BI or other analytic tools) to validate relevant datasets, and recognize anomalies, trends patterns, inconsistencies, and potential risk areas.
  • Prioritize analytic work based on company needs, risk focus and mitigation prioritization.
  • Provide insight and interpretation into the company's identified risks.
  • Ensure that analytics are accurate, complete, and presented in a timely fashion.
  • Problem-solving mindset, desire to continuously improve business processes and procedures.
  • Identify, communicate, and escalate obstacles and impediments that may delay progress.
  • Ability to leverage analytics and visuals (such as KRIs / KPIs, dashboards) to communicate effectively and support to the objectives of internal stakeholders and customers.
  • Support initiatives to create an analytic mindset and culture to advance Internal Audits (IA) basis for audit recommendations and branding across the enterprise.
  • Establish and partner with key personnel throughout the department, division, Information Technology (IT) teams, enterprise data stewards, and data enablement and governance teams to promote and support IAs use of data science and analytics.
  • Assist in growing the existing IA Continuous Monitoring model by identifying relationships in business data and / or contributing sustainable scripts and data models based on risk.
  • Support efforts to ensure data integrity, understand and enforce data security protocols, maintain IAs database(s), and document related processes in support of knowledge transfer and use of dashboards / models for enterprise level customer(s).
  • Clearly and confidently communicate data analytics results utilizing visualization techniques to assist with scoping designated audit projects based on risk, sampling, and / or reporting to management as required. 
  • Recognize trends in data and sourcing to enhance IAs ability to analyze risk areas in support of the Annual Audit Plan Development.
  • Support IAs initiatives related to fraud risk or investigations by performing analytics to identify fraud schemes, underlying fraud risks, and red flags using common or configured analytics tests.
  • Assist with the creation and delivery of operational, system, or tools training / communication in alignment with the departments overall strategy and IA Standard Operating Procedures; Proactively seek out processes and resources to implement industry leading technologies for audit, analytics, or other IA requirements and needs.
  • Assist in supporting IAs Quality Assessment Improvement Program (QAIP) to ensure compliance with Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) standards by supporting KPI / KRI dashboard development, trending, and reporting. 
  • Assist with the alignment and standardization of data analytics and audit procedures; Support completion of quality assessments; Facilitate audit management tool (TeamMate+) enhancements or related analytic tool interfacing.