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IT Audit Advisor


Job Summary

Provides IT audit advisory services on emerging or highly technical areas, and leads complex assignments with minimal supervision. Partners with business auditors and provide guidance to review IT controls within business processes. Analyzes IT controls supporting strategic initiatives to identify control gaps and recommend remediation actions prior to project go-live. Applies technical/business knowledge to help IT align its solutions to business process design. Applies leading edge technical knowledge and audit program/approach to ensure IT controls are adequate to meet business needs. Performs local risk assessment and testing, and collaborates with Group Audit to support global themed audits. Drives audit delivery with high quality within agreed timescales and budget, and in line with audit standards. Counsels and guides audit staff where needed. Assists management in audit planning and client management. Contributes to ongoing development of IT Audit team.

Essential Job Functions

  • Serves as Auditor-in-Charge to lead highly complex engagement planning, performs risk assessment, determines audit scope and drives audits to completion.
  • Provides technical advisory services to audit staff. Assists IT Audit Management in risk identification, annual audit planning, and client relationship management.
  • Takes a SME role to support internal Quality Assurance Reviews.
  • Assists IT Audit Management in audit work paper review, reporting material issues and providing insights to stakeholders and audit committees, implementing best practices and enhancing processes to help gain audit efficiency.
  • Actively seeks out ways to improve audit programs, client services, and administrative processes.
  • Continually expands technical breadth and depth through research, on the job experience, and personal networking.
  • Performs investigations of suspected information security misuse as requested.
  • Coordinates with IT, GIS, Legal, or external auditors for completion of special assignments where needed.
  • Indirect hours to support departmental projects and activities, individual development plan, training, performance management, and general administration.

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required in Information Systems, Business Administration, or Business Information Management preferred.
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designation required.
  • Completion of or actively pursuing CISM, CISSP, ITIL Foundation, CIA, or comparable insurance specialty designation preferred.

Experience Requirements

  • More than ten years in the industry with significant knowledge of one or more technical IT areas, including eight years as an IT Audit professional.
  • Specialized skills/expertise in multiple IT areas such as cyber security, data privacy, cloud implementation, mobile devices, social media, SAP, SDLC, data warehouse, network, mainframe, distributed platforms, and application controls, and be the go-to person for multiple IT areas.
  • Possess In-depth knowledge of IT governance, IT compliance, vendor management, information security, PCI, SDLC, risk assessment, IT audit standards and practice, IT operational processes, IT general controls, and application controls.
  • Possess some working experience within an IT organization preferred, data analytical software knowledge desired, ongoing awareness of technological trends, some insurance industry knowledge or Farmers business knowledge preferred.

Special Skill Requirement

  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
  • Extensive experience working with business auditors.
  • Strong customer focus.
  • Broad exposure to senior management.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of IT Audit practices and risk identification.
  • Good understanding of industry trends and innovation drivers.
  • Ability to drive multiple complex assignments to completion.

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles

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