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Director, Internal Audit in Ames, IA at REG

Date Posted: 8/12/2018

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    Ames, IA
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Job Description


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.


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, create and 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


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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