Senior Manager
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Kowloon, Hong Kong

The University is inviting applications from experienced internal audit and consulting professionals to join the Internal Audit Office (IAO) to provide an independent and objective assurance on the University’s effectiveness in risk management, internal control, compliance and governance processes, and to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the University’s operations.

The Senior Manager will report to the Director of Internal Audit. The appointee will lead and perform multiple complex projects and assist in management of internal audit and consulting activities as well as reporting to senior management and the Audit Committee.

The appointee will be responsible for the following tasks :

  • Assist the Director in preparing annual audit plans for the senior management and the Audit Committee’s approval and assess the effectiveness of annual University-wide risk assessment performed by management;
  • Act as primary client liaison within IAO for the senior management / department heads;
  • Assist in developing an internal audit methodology which is aligned with the organization’s governance, risk, and control frameworks;
  • Support the Director in implementing audit methodologies for process improvement, continuous auditing and application of data analytics in the audit assignments;
  • Lead, plan and conduct financial, regulatory, compliance, operational, efficiency and consulting reviews / audits;
  • Lead and conduct investigations assigned;
  • Support assessment of department conformance with the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) through the internal assessment of the quality assurance and improvement program; and
  • Coach and provide feedback on the performance of team members under supervision.
  • Candidates are required to have the following competencies / attributes :

  • Excellent understanding of the standards of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the ability to fully comply with IIA standards;
  • Demonstration of value by generating innovative solutions to optimize workflow process efficiency while upholding internal control standards and environment;
  • Ability to propose improvements to process efficiency and internal controls that are balanced with organizational objectives and capabilities;
  • Embedded understanding of organizational strategy in reviews / audits related to IT, Operations, Reporting, Compliance, Governance and Risk Management;
  • Resilience in difficult situations to push through resistance and work with people in a constructive manner;
  • Skills to develop new and innovative approaches in analyzing data to draw meaningful conclusions;
  • Ability to manage projects and supervise managers to follow sound internal control practices and to manage risks appropriately;
  • Be adaptable and able to meet deadlines on assignments, juggle multiple demands and to work with all types of individuals including senior management / department heads;
  • Strong skills in negotiation, relationship building, problem solving, and timely problem escalation;
  • Be detail-oriented but able to quickly grasp the big picture;
  • Sound written communications to meet the needs of the audience; and
  • Effective tailored verbal communication style to fit the audience.
  • Applicants should have a degree preferably in business, accounting, finance or information system management with substantial years of experience in internal audit, business and management consulting, business process re-engineering, process and system implementation, or consulting for internal control / risk management.

    Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation / certification or equivalent professional certifications in accounting, risk management, information system management or project management is highly preferable.

    Working experience with big-4 accounting firms focusing on risk advisory and consulting services and multinational organizations is also highly preferable.

    Candidates from other related fields who demonstrate strong competencies or with other relevant attributes may also be considered.

    Duration : 2 years, renewable)

    Starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits including annual leave, medical and dental benefits will be provided.

    Housing benefits will also be provided where applicable. A gratuity will be payable upon successful completion of contract.

    Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


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