The Regional Director is accountable for internal audit operations of AKU entities in Pakistan, Afghanistan, UK and other countries except in East Africa. As a Regional Director, you will ensure that internal audit carries out an independent assessment of the internal control systems, reviews adequacy, effectiveness and adherence to policies and procedures and assesses the approach to risk management in a standards compliant manner. You will strengthen the internal audit function in the operational region(s) and is responsible for liaising with all other leads to ensure that data, business processes / applications and reporting are consistently standardized among all audit groups.
Reporting to the Chief Internal Auditor, you are responsible for providing strategic direction, formulation, planning, interaction and leadership to the Internal Audit team. You will manage the development and execution of Internal Audit activities. Leverage your knowledge of risk management capabilities, including identifying and assessing risks and internal controls and utilize your subject matter expertise within the audit function to provide risk insights and assurance that support business objectives. Supervising staff and ensuring that the annual risk based audit plan is professionally executed. You will also be responsible for:
Developing, communicating and implementing internal audit strategy, charter, policy and the audit universe in the relevant jurisdiction and globally
Communicating and implementing audit processes / methodology and regional performance KPI's to the Chief Internal Auditor
Performing risk assessments to support annual operational audits, controlling and testing special projects as assigned
Maintaining close liaison between internal audit department PK, Afghanistan, and East Africa and the Chief Internal Auditor to implement the vision of the Global AKU internal audit department (IAD)
Presenting IAD PK, Afghanistan, UK audit updates to IARC and Audit Committee through the Chief Internal Auditor
Ensuring independence of the Internal audit department and developing IAD budgets in line with guidance from the CIA for the region
Collaboratively developing and running regional IAD organizational structure and guiding staff in audit assignments
Maintaining a list of all investigations and results and appointing an investigator to carry out the investigation
Coordinating with safe disclosure and other sources of investigation and provide support to the function in line with approved IAD policies
Engaging expertise as need arises in respect of the investigation and ensuring the investigations are conducted, reported and results are monitored in line with approved organizational and AKU / IAD policies and applicable standards
Ensuring IAD budget are well planned and adhered to in conjunction with the other regional director and considering global opportunities and the strategy, developing a risk based annual audit plan for the region
Assigning audit assignments to staff and ensuring audit assignments are completed in time and in accordance with the agreed KPIs
Scheduling and executing audits and implementing the Quality Assurance Improvement Program (QAIP) for the region
Developing and implementing yearly training plans in conjunction with the CIA and the Regional Director East Africa to develop the IAD career framework and provide leadership and mentoring of staff in work, career and skills development
Coaching, mentoring, and training directing reports, as well as other team members to prepare them for other roles
Holding primary responsibility to communicate audit project results, audit recommendations, and agreeing upon corrective actions to the Audit Committee, management and external auditors.
You should have:
a University degree
Professional certification is required i.e. Chartered Accountant / Cost Accountant / CPA, Lawyer, CIA or CISA
Ten to fifteen years of experience in audit, compliance or legal disciplines including seven to eight years in a leadership role
Understanding of health care industry service delivery processes, preferably in a multi-facility health system and ability to partner and create key relationships with senior management
Demonstrated ability to work in a professional, multi-disciplinary team as a group leader, facilitator, or participant
Strong leadership skills, ability to inspire and motivate a large and very diverse team.
Disciplined approach to case handling and reporting
Conducted ongoing risk analysis, looking ahead for contingent liabilities and opportunities and astutely identifying the risks involved.
Previous exposure in risk management and/ or quality assurance is desirable
Excellent business acumen and analytical skills
Strong planning, organization, project and programme management skills
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills with the ability to describe complex ideas in clear and meaningful forms and to present data and information to various audiences
Superior critical thinking, problem-solving and workload/ project management skills.
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