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Lead IT Infrastructure Audit and Risk Specialist I

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The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

New York City, NY

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Description PositionSummary InternalAudit\u2019s mission is to provide independent and objective assurance and advisoryservices guided by a philosophy of adding value to improve the operations of Guardian,its subsidiaries, and affiliated entities. Internal Audit assists the company in accomplishing its objectives bybringing a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluate and improve theeffectiveness of governance, risk management, and internal control, whilefurthering staff development and providing career growth opportunities. Buildingstrong relationships and collaborating with the Information Technology (IT)functions is essential to this role. Thisposition functions as the key contact between Internal Audit and the assignedIT areas while serving as the audit subject matter expert for those areas. This role requires a broad understanding ofbusiness and IT objectives, functions, and strategies in order to performongoing risk evaluations and develop an annual audit plan. This individual will focus on performing highquality, value-add, assurance and advisory services that identify, evaluate andreport on complex IT-related risks and controls in accordance with theInstitute of Internal Auditors Standards and established methodologies. This individual contributor functions as aworking IT audit project manager, fully responsible for planning, executing,communicating issues and progress, and reporting audit results, through whichthe individual will identify meaningful issues about the design and operatingeffectiveness of controls, and make meaningful recommendations to improve thecontrol environment. This position also coordinatesand provides advisory services and governance, compliance, and investigationsupport to the IT functions. CandidateResponsibilities Serve as anAudit Liaison and partner to assigned, key IT area(s), which includesestablishing and maintaining productive relationships with area management. Oversee allassurance and advisory service projects in assigned IT area(s). Develop andmaintain strong IT area expertise; stay abreast of all IT area operationalchanges and emerging risks; provide subject matter knowledge to the AuditDepartment. Incollaboration with manager, lead and manage the internal audit annual riskassessment process, as well as ongoing risk assessment, for the assigned ITarea(s). Incollaboration with manager, develop, plan and oversee the annual audit plan forthe assigned IT area(s). Incollaboration with manager, provide an annual audit opinion on assigned ITarea(s). Workindependently or, on occasion, with business\/operational auditors on relatedreviews. Lead, manageand execute more complex assurance projects in accordance with establishedmethodologies and professional standards. This includes: developingan understanding of management\u2019s objectives and processes using dataanalysis skills usingwell-developed data collection skills to acquire an understanding of theprocess, risks, and controls creatingflowcharts, process maps and\/or narratives to analyze and evaluate theeffectiveness of management's control design in addressing associated risks, identifying control gaps or potentialimprovements\u00a0using strategicand critical thinking to prepare planning memos, set the audit\u2019s scope and objectives, anddetermine resource requirements. formulatingand executing audit procedures that test those key risks and controls effectivelycommunicating issues and progress, and obtaining management input on solutions lead projectrelated meetings and discussions as well as periodic touch points with key ITarea management preparevalue-added audit conclusions, presenting findings to both Internal Audit and ITmanagement to proactively manage risk prepare highquality audit reports and other audit documents that comply with theDepartment\u2019s methodology, and communicate relevant issues and effective,value-added recommendations, including Overviews for Executive Management manageengagements so that relevant and value-added results are completed on time andwithin budget Provide oversightand support to other auditors on projects in assigned IT area(s), ensuringaudit reports are clear and concise and effectively communicate observationsand recommendations for improvement. Partner witha professional assurance services firm, via a co-sourcing service model, tocarry out some of the responsibilities of the role. Demonstrate stronginfluencing skills when communicating with the IT areas and other riskassurance providers aimed to continually improve relationships and enablemanagement to proactively manage risk. Work withother members of the audit team to leverage their skill sets, experience andexpertise; provide same. Act as amentor to less experienced auditors, including Guest Auditors, by training themon Internal Audit processes, as well as Guardian\u2019s IT areas and relatedsystems, to foster an effective, high performing culture. Monitor alloutstanding recommendations and action plans for the assigned IT area(s);prepare status commentary and follow-up testing as needed. Oversee andconduct value-add advisory reviews of projects, IT functions, and processes, asrequested. Providegovernance, compliance and investigation support when needed. Assist theexternal auditors and the IT Risk & Compliance team through coordinatingand executing direct assistance testing for select assignments.\u00a0 Work withInternal Audit leadership to continuously improve departmental policies andprocedures. Monitor anddemonstrate compliance with departmental policies and practices, as evidencedby strong quality assurance results, and strong performance within standardsand related metrics. Stay abreastof current issues, standard industry practices, regulations, and obtaincontinuing education and training. Participatein special projects and perform other duties as requested. ReportingRelationships Thisposition reports to the Director, IT Audit who, in turn, reports to the VicePresident, Chief Audit Executive. Qualifications Functional Skills Typicallyrequires a minimum experience of 6 years in IT internal\/external audit, and\/or IT-relatedfunctions. Experiencein auditing infrastructure environments (e.g., operating systems, databases,networks, middleware, virtualization technologies, etc.), cybersecurity, andinformation security a plus. Highlymotivated self-starter, with the ability to work effectively as an independentcontributor or team member. Stronginterpersonal skills, with the ability to build strong relationships andclearly articulate thoughts and ideas. Ability tocollaborate with others, both inside and outside of the department, whileworking toward common goals and fostering understanding and agreement. Strongwritten and oral communication skills, with the ability to write clearly andconcisely. Strong analyticalskills, with the ability to effectively analyze an IT process and assess risksand controls. Strong datacollection skills and problem solving abilities. Ability toidentify root causes of process breakdowns. Recognizesbroader implications of issues. Strongorganizational skills, with the ability to manage concurrent projects and meetdeadlines. Demonstratedcritical thinking, influential and leadership abilities. Demonstratedknowledge of internal audit standards and leading practices\u00a0 Knowledge ofIT risk assessment tools and methodologies. Ability tomulti-task and quickly adapt to changing priorities while working undermoderate supervision. Ability todiscuss technical issues in general business language. Proven timeand project management ability. Experiencein the insurance or financial services industry is a strong plus. Proficientin Excel, Word, Visio and PowerPoint. Familiaritywith TeamMate and TeamMate Analytics a plus. PositionQualifications Bachelor\u2019s degreerequired (Information Systems, Computer Science, or other IT-related degree isa plus) CertifiedInternal Auditor (CIA) accreditation attained or in progress. Additionalprofessional accreditations (CPA, CFE, CISA, etc.), licenses, or designationsis a strong plus. Travel Travel: lessthan 10% The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America\u00ae (Guardian), currently ranked #218 on the Fortune 500, is one of the largest mutual life insurers. As of December 31, 2016, Guardian reports $1.5 billion in operating income, $7.4 billion in capital, and $66.5 billion in assets under management. Guardian consistently scores high marks for financial strength from all four major credit rating agencies and enjoys a strong competitive position in its major businesses: life insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, investments, dental and vision insurance and employee benefits. As a mutual company founded over 150 years ago, Guardian is owned by its policyholders. The company has paid dividends to policyholders every year since 1868 and the Company\u2019s 8,800 employees and 2,750 financial representatives are aligned with its mission to help individuals, families, and small businesses achieve financial security and protection. Guardian states its aspiration in the following way: \u201cTo be the trusted mutual partner, delivering financial security how, when, and where our clients prefer.\u201d Guardian is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, military or veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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Keeping Our Promises At Guardian, we know that promises matter. We’ve been keeping ours for over 150 years. We’ve maintained our financial strength for more than a century and a half, despite the countless ups and downs of the economy, so we can meet our future obligations to the people and businesses that put their trust in us. See how our strength, vision, and values make Guardian a company you can rely on.

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