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Assurance Manager, Risk Advisory Services



Houston, TX, USA
Posted on Monday, July 8, 2024

Job Description

Job Summary:

The Assurance Manager, Risk Advisory Services is responsible for supervising a team of RAS professionals in the review, documentation, evaluation and testing of general controls in a wide range of technology environments to analyze system security and access controls, backup recovery procedures and IS organization and administration practices. Additionally, the Assurance Manager, Risk Advisory Services is charged with managing all aspects of an internal audit, SOX or consulting engagement to include planning, field work, engagement wrap up and report composition, along with providing recommendations regarding client risks. The Assurance Manager, Risk Advisory Services will also be responsible for providing suggestions to improve the internal controls and accounting procedures of assigned clients.

Job Duties:

  • Documents and tests application and automated controls on a wide range of software application packages
  • Prepares audit reports and recommendations associated with audit work performed
  • Identifies opportunities to utilize computer assisted audit techniques (CAATs) and managing the implementation of those techniques, as appropriate
  • Participates in the review of internal controls based on Sarbanes-Oxley Act requirements
  • Communicates to the client areas to strengthen controls, mitigate risks and/or increase efficiency
  • Identifies key risks and assesses their impact and likeliness of occurrence
  • Establishes engagement budget, makes pricing scope changes and prepares billings
  • Utilizes research tools, databases and trade publications to develop understanding of client’s industry
  • Prepares formal and informal presentations for client meetings
  • Participates in marketing and business development activities within practice
  • Completes research and draft proposals and reports
  • Recognizes technical concerns or issues and communicates those concerns with internal and client management
  • Plans and executes the audit work on assigned engagements
  • Recognizes and validates relevant technical issues and brings them to the attention of client management
  • Reviews the work product of staff
  • Ensures technology is appropriately integrated into the audit process
  • Acts as primary client contact for all questions and issues
  • Communicates suggested improvements to processes, controls and risk management capabilities to client management and audit committees
  • Analyzes the client’s processes, risk and controls
  • Develops and maintains relationships with client personnel and management
  • Documents controls, tests performed and results
  • Administers project plans
  • Other duties as required

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervises the day-to-day workload of RAS Senior Associates and Associates on assigned engagements and reviews work product
  • Ensures RAS Senior Associates and Associates are trained on all relevant software
  • Evaluates the performance of RAS Senior Associates and Associates and assists in the development of goals and objectives to enhance professional development
  • Delivers periodic performance feedback and completes performance evaluations for RAS Senior Associates and Associates
  • Acts as mentor to RAS Senior Associates and Associates, as appropriate
  • May act as a Career Advisor to Associates or Senior Associates

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Bachelors degree in Accounting, Finance, Management Information Systems, or Business Intelligence, required
  • MBA or other relevant advanced degree, preferred


  • Six (6) to ten (10) years of experience within a public accounting firm or Fortunate 1000 company performing Sarbanes-Oxley Readiness services, internal audit, consulting or risk services as a Technology Subject Matter Expert, required
  • Prior experience performing audits of particular industries (manufacturing, retail, distribution, etc.), based upon the RAS practice’s need, required
  • Prior significant supervisory experience, required
  • Prior experience performing systems audits and audits of application controls., required
  • Prior experience with internal controls including flowcharts, documentation and testing of controls, required
  • Prior experience conducting audit planning, developing audit programs, performing testing and preparing work papers, required
  • Prior experience performing audits within a public accounting environment, highly preferred


  • Certificate of Internal Auditor (“CIA”), Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”), Certified Fraud Examiner (“CFE”), Certified Information System Auditor (“CISA”), or equivalent certifications, required


  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel and Word, required
  • Experience in the use of various assurance applications and research tools as is appropriate for this level, required
  • Exposure to industry software such as AS400, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, SAP, Lawson, Oracle Financials, Great Plains, Solomon IV and MAS/90-500, UNIX, OS400 or ERP application software packages, highly preferred

Other Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Solid understanding and experience planning and coordinating the stages to perform an audit
  • Knowledge of internal accounting controls and professional standards and regulations
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, specifically business / report writing
  • Ability to adapt style and messaging to effectively communicate with professionals at all levels both within the client organization and the firm
  • Ability to successfully multi-task while working independently and within a group environment
  • Superior analytical and diagnostic skills and ability to break down complex issues and implementing appropriate resolutions
  • Capable of working in a demanding, deadline driven environment with a focus on details and accuracy
  • Solid project management skills
  • Sound GAAP and GAAS knowledge and familiarity with SEC and PCAOB reporting rules
  • Solid grasp of general IT control concepts
  • Excellent people development and delegation skills, including training/instruction and engagement scheduling and budgeting
  • Executive presence to act as primary contact for clients while preparing and presenting to clients and potential clients
  • Capable of resolving complex business issues
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with internal and client personnel
  • Travel as needed

Individual salaries that are offered to a candidate are determined after consideration of numerous factors including but not limited to the candidate’s qualifications, experience, skills, and geography.

National Range: $120,000 - $145,000
NYC/Long Island/Westchester Range: $120,000 - $135,000