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Internal Audit Project Manager

Function: Finance
Location: Staples Corporate Center, Framingham, MA US
Date posted: 3/6/2018 1:00:04 PM
Type: Full-time
Permanent / Contract: Regular
Job number: 1042220
Never has there been a more exciting time to join Staples. As the company transforms from a public to privately held company we are looking for an Internal Audit Project Manager to join the newly formed Compliance Function. This person will be a part of the Internal Audit team responsible for conducting operational and financial audits in complex, judgmental and specialized areas across our three distinct entities: US Retail, NA Delivery and Canada Stores and Online. 

Job Responsibilities:
• Engagement planning – Define audit scope/objectives, develop overall audit program, obtain an understanding of operational and financial risks within the process, identify operational inefficiencies, document process flows and identify control activities and control points within.
• Testing- evaluate the adequacy of controls and processes by developing a test plan specific and unique to the audit at hand, perform data analytics, execute testing, and document workpapers to support conclusions
• Reporting – identify control gaps and other operational issues, propose solutions to be discussed with senior management to initiate positive change, summarize issues and recommendations into a clear and concise audit report. 
• Prepare comprehensive working papers that are consistent with generally accepted auditing standards, accounting principles, and internal departmental standards. 
• Direct all activities within assigned projects, including communicating with client management, coordinating the work of other team members, establishing project milestones, completing and monitoring fieldwork progress, providing updates to audit management, and proposing modifications to current procedures to improve audit effectiveness and efficiency for the department.
• Prepare and deliver presentations to engagement team members, client management, and senior management.  
• Develop and maintain ongoing working relationships and facilitate risk assessment meetings with management.  Assist in the identification and analysis of risks and provide input into the annual audit plan.  
• Serve as an independent, trusted, business advisor by providing the client and senior management with advice related to complex business issues on special projects. 
• Contribute to our positive, team-oriented culture by maintaining cooperative relationships, facilitating the resolution of conflicts, sharing information, and accepting and providing constructive feedback.
• Stay abreast of general business and economic events and demonstrate a broad understanding of Staples’ business and industry by recognizing trends and emerging technical and industry developments of relevance to share with the team.  



• 4 to 6 years of prior business experience, including public accounting, internal audit, or other advisory experience.  Other multidimensional corporate experience is a plus.  

• Bachelor's degree in business administration, accounting, finance, or related field. MBA or MS a plus. 

• Candidates possessing a CPA or CIA are preferred 

• Minimal travel required, but must be able to travel up to 10% to work in domestic or international locations as necessary

Other Required Skills  

• Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), and Institute of Internal Auditing Standards

• Basic understanding of financial and operational internal controls

• Strong business acumen and the ability to solve complex and diverse business issues

• Strong negotiation skills to defend audit findings/recommendations and influence management in effort to create positive business change

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Ability to analyze new processes that have never been audited before and identify the most significant risks, bottlenecks, and operational inefficiencies to communicate a high-level message in a clear, concise and logical manner to senior management 

• Detail oriented while also having the ability to think strategically and see the big picture 

• Ability to manage multiple projects and assignments at once

• Self-motivated and able to take ownership and responsibility for the end to end audit process with minimal direction. Knows how to work independently, but when to consult with others

• Energetic, passionate and curious individual that is interested in learning new and complex financial and operational areas of the company

• Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with all levels of management including CFO and Senior VPs

Staples is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.

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