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Director Internal Audit

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Ames, IA

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POSITION PURPOSE:
The
purpose of this position is to oversee the planning, supervision and execution
of internal audit activities in the areas of IT, Financial and Operations. This includes the department’s risk and
control assessment process for Renewable Energy Group. The Director must develop and sustain
professional and collaborative relationships with strategic leaders across the
Company as needed to strategically support management and internal audit, and
be comfortable presenting to the Audit Committee, producing audits that identify
process improvements, quantify cost savings, highlight areas of cost avoidance,
and identify issues impacting the Company’s ability to meet its goals. This position oversees a staff of highly
skilled professionals and must coach and mentor them on their career path. This
position reports administratively to the Controller and functionally to the
Audit Committee.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Develop a thorough understanding of the Company’s
operations and IT environments, along with establishing effective business
relationships within the organization
Collaborate
with REG management, along with the internal audit team, to provide
recommendations for improving functional initiatives, as well as, facilitating
discussions between leaders to identify and resolve cross-functional issues
Mentor,
coach, and develop the internal audit team, ensuring that assignments are
adequately planned in advance, answering questions and providing technical
assistance, information, and execution to the internal audit team
Establish and then continue to build a strong
working relationship with the Chair of the Audit Committee, in addition to the
overall Audit Committee members
Provide
critical review and edits to the staff’s draft audit reports that evaluate the
compliance with plans, policies and procedures prescribed by senior management,
providing corrective actions where needed and further direct staff on where to
assist or develop enhancements
Principally responsible for review and planning the
development of audit scope, objectives and audit programs governing procedures
(Financial, IT and Operations); assist in determining new or updated audit
procedures to be used, while taking a proactive view of sustaining and building
strong controls on the front end using a collaborative approach with all key
stakeholders (management, operational and financial liaisons, internal audit
team)
Review and oversee the assessment of key control
points of systems and their effectiveness, as well as, the overall operating
processes and conclusions about their effectiveness
Provide oversight and planning for the documentation and
testing of the company’s Internal Control Environment to support management’s
assertion under Sections 302 & 404 of Sarbanes Oxley
Enhance
and work to develop and integrate audit plans that effectively verify accuracy
of financial information; identify controls and evaluate the adequacy and
effectiveness of controls; ensure proper accountability and physical security
of company assets along with assisting the Company in assuring efficient
utilization of resources.
Oversee, createand present both oral and written reports to management and the Audit Committee
supporting results of audit examination, conclusions, and recommendations
Effectively oversee and motivate internal audit
department personnel, teams participating in Section 404 of Sarbanes Oxley Act compliance
(financial and IT), and other engagement teams with diverse skills and
backgrounds. Provide constructive on-the-job feedback/coaching to department team
members. Foster an innovative and inclusive team-oriented work environment.
Play an active role in counseling and mentoring audit team and other members within
the organization.
Ensure post-audit follow ups are completed to
determine adequacy of corrective actions taken
Oversee and enable team members to be able to assist
management in performing special reviews of operations when requested
Foster relationships with Company personnel at appropriate levels throughout
the entire business. Consistently deliver quality reporting &
communications. Drive high-quality work products within expected timeframes.
Monitor progress, manage risk and verify key stakeholders (i.e. management and
Audit Committee) are kept informed about progress and expected outcomes.
Maintain core competencies in areas related to
finance, accounting, business operations and IT. Stay informed of current business and
industry trends relevant to the Company
Perform all of the above activities in a manner that
will reflect the highest standards of professional skills and conduct, such as
those consistent with the International Standards for the Professional Practice
of Internal Auditing, along with the professional standards of conduct and
ethics of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
Collaborate, plan and work closely with External
Auditors on the Company’s testing of internal control environment as well as overseeing
the assisting given by internal audit to our External Auditor in substantive
testing areas
Perform other tasks as assigned
JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Education Required: BS in Accounting/Finance/Information
Technology or related field required. CPA preferred along with CIA, CISA, CISSP
is a plus
Experience Required: 14 years of experience in public accounting
or a combination of public/private accounting with exposure to commodity
accounting and Sarbanes-Oxley 302 & 404 compliance; at least 8 years of
supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to build and manage productive
teams overseeing IT, Financial and/or operational audits
Skills Required: Ability to use office equipment as described
in job description, comprehensive math, algebraic and logic skills, good
organizational skills, good oral and written skills, leadership skills ability
to learn REG products/services, and ability to use spreadsheet, word
processing, presentation and flowcharting software

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