Lead audits for an accounting organisation

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 April, 2006, 12:00am

A fast-growing accounting firm wants a smart and sociable person for a managerial position.

Horwath Risk Advisory Services is a member firm of Horwath International and provides risk management, corporate governance, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and internal auditing services.

The organisation was established a few years ago when the needs for internal audits increased substantially after the implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in the United States.

Today, Horwath International is the world's ninth largest accounting network and is present in more than 400 locations in 90 countries.

The firm needs an internal audit manager to lead fieldwork and to supervise progress.

The company is looking for people with project management skills and adequate internal audit experience to identify internal control deficiencies of the clients.

'Most importantly, this position requires the candidate to provide guidance to field staff in discharging their duties,' said director Ricky Cheng.

The company needs a team player who can work independently at times.

Someone who is friendly but also strong enough to direct and monitor staff while maintaining a good rapport would be perfect for this job.

The person will work closely with colleagues and clients and will have to liaise with clients on their concerns, audit issues and recommendations.

Applicants should be presentable and comfortable when speaking to senior executives.

'It is also necessary for the candidate to report the project status and progress to the project director,' Mr Cheng said.

This job is an opportunity for a university graduate with five or more years of experience to gain practice and build a knowledge base in risk management issues.

Experience in external audit and internal audit work would be considered an asset to the job.

'We provide plenty of promotion opportunities and international work exposure for the right person,' Mr Cheng said.

Regional internal auditors need to travel to clients' offices and candidates should expect to spend a third to half of their time travelling in the Asia-Pacific region. The position, however, is based in Hong Kong.

According to Mr Cheng, travelling to the mainland or other countries in the region to carry out audit work is becoming a norm for this industry and the job offers great prospects to the candidates who are willing to accept the challenge.

'We encourage candidates to carefully consider the frequency of travel and whether they can accept it, or determine if this industry fits them the most,' he said.

The company will provide comprehensive training to the selected candidate.

Promotion to a higher grade managerial position depends on performance.