IT Audit Senior Associate
Grant Thornton is seeking a Senior Associate to join its Alexandria Audit practice and provide quality audit support services in accordance with the relevant regulations, government policies/procedures and client policies/procedures.Grant Thorntona€ (TM) s Public Sector helps executives and managers at all levels of government maximize performance and efficiency in the face of ever tightening budgets and increased demand for services. Our public sector team members find solutions that help government leaders with issues including acquisitions, financial management, human capital, information technology and performance management in federal, state, local and international governments.At Grant Thornton, our professional staff applies traditional and cutting-edge audit approaches and methods to a variety of audits. As part of our team, the Senior Associate will utilize various audit methodologies and models to execute client projects.ESSENTIAL DUTIES:Supervise, train and mentor associates and interns throughout the engagement lifecycle and assess performance of staff for engagement reviews.Maintain a good working relationship with clients to enhance customer satisfaction and work with client management and staff at all levels to perform audit services.Evaluate and test business processes and related 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.Perform general computer and application controls reviews in accordance with GAOa€ (TM) s FISCAM methodology.Develop and review Service Auditor Reports (SAR) in compliance with SSAE 16.Work with Public Sector team to identify and resolve client issues discovered during audit and review process.Proactively interact with key client management to gather information, resolve problems, and make recommendations for business and process improvements.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.Meet or exceed targeted billing hours (utilization).Assist with business development activities, such as proposals, capture, account teams, whitepapers, conferences, and/or other thought leadership materials.Undergraduate (bachelors) degree from an accredited college/university in accounting, computer information systems or management information systems is preferred.Minimum of four years of professional services experience in the areas of IT audit, IT controls assessment, and/or SOX 404 evaluation and testing.Experience at Big 4 or other notable audit firm.Experience supervising staff.Experience with AICPA, GAO and GAGAS audit standards preferred.Strong analytical and interpersonal characteristics.Knowledge and experience with federal audit methodology and standards such as FISCAM, FISMA and NIST special publications series preferred.Desire to pursue or have already obtained the CPA, CIA, CISA and/or CISSP.Ability to obtain and maintain certain job-related certifications if no job-related advanced degrees.U.S. citizenship may be required. Ability to work in the United States indefinitely required.Travel may be required.Ability to sit in an office environment for long periods of time.Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.Ability to communicate clearly in writing and verbally.Ability to obtain and maintain firm independence and abide by firm ethics requirements.Meet or exceed continuing professional education (CPE) requirements.Grant Thornton LLP is the US member firm of Grant Thornton International, one of the six global accounting, tax and business advisory organizations. Grant Thorntona€ (TM) s Global Public Sector, based in Alexandria, VA, is a global management consulting business with the mission of providing responsive and innovative financial, performance management and systems solutions to governments and international organizations. Visit Grant Thorntona€ (TM) s Global Public Sector at www.grantthornton.com/publicsector.It is Grant Thorntona€ (TM) s policy to promote equal employment opportunities. All personnel decisions, including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits and termination, are made without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law..