Senior Advisor - Internal Audit

Corporate Services – Risk Management /
Permanent Full-Time /
KPMG New Zealand is part of the international KPMG network, one of the world’s leading professional services organisations. We provide audit, tax, and advisory services to individuals, SMEs, not-for-profit organisations, multi-nationals and government agencies.

Our people experience is anchored in a clearly articulated purpose of ‘Fuelling New Zealand’s prosperity’ and our contribution to the shared wealth and lasting well-being for all New Zealanders. In order to deliver this, we must attract, develop and retain the very best people and create a workplace environment in which everyone is able to flourish.  We are proud of our reputation for values-driven behaviour that guide our actions and defines what it means to work at and be part of KPMG.  We believe in Integrity – We do what is right; Excellence – We never stop learning and improving; Courage – We think and act boldly; Together – We respect each other and draw strength from our differences; and For Better – We do what matters

The opportunity:

    • The International System of Quality Management (“SoQM”) is a new quality standard for all professional services firms that provide audit and certain other services. As part of implementing this new standard, the firm is up-lifting the strength and operating effectiveness of its internal control environment, in particular to enhance audit quality.
    • All internal controls that form part of the SoQM framework will need to be tested annually by an independent internal testing team which you will be part of. You will have the opportunity to work with wide group of people across all job levels (including senior partners) and with various divisions. SoQM is the application of the ISQM1, a change to the IESBA standard from ISQC1.
    • In addition, the Global firm operates a Compliance Test to ensure it is compliant with global and local risk management policies. 

Day to day you will:

    • Perform control testing, including reviewing documentation to assess the design, implementation and operation of those controls.
    • Liaise directly with control operators to gather information on their controls being tested and obtain further clarifications.
    • Conclude on the testing and any related findings.
    • Provide input to remediation of control testing findings while maintaining objectivity and independence where appropriate.
    • Monitor status of control performance for components you’re responsible for and report progress / risks / issues to the management.
    • Provide technical knowledge, coaching and training to temporary testers and reviewers.
    • Play a key role in delivering professional expertise to enhance business processes.
    • Support project management and reporting tasks to effectively deliver the program on time.
    • Play a significant role in leading SoQM program.

What you'll bring to the team:

    • More than 2 years of audit controls experience.
    • Internal audit and / or external audit background.
    • Competent user of MS Teams, SharePoint, PowerBI, and the Microsoft suite.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills with high attention to detail, including the ability to clearly articulate findings to control owners and operators.
    • Excellent time / project / organisational management skills who is resilient and enjoy working in a team.
    • Good interpersonal skills across all job levels (including senior partners) within the firm.
    • Pro-active and self-motivated personnel who take initiatives to support delivery of the SoQM program.
    • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills.
    • Comfortable working flexibly within a dynamic environment.

Recruitment Agencies: The recruitment for this role is being managed directly by the KPMG Talent Acquisition team. We will contact our preferred agency partners if we require agency assistance. Thank you for your understanding.

Life at KPMG

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We offer rewarding careers to talented individuals and a holistic range of benefits to support your life balance, whatever your circumstance. We want you to do Work That Matters, Thrive and Grow and know that you Belong here with us, at KPMG. 

As a KPMG employee, we will offer you:
—  Access to the firm's annual incentive scheme
—  Opportunities for local and international secondments
—  Hybrid working across a mix of office, client and home hubs to recognise that people have individual circumstances and preferences when it comes to where and how they work
— The ability to work from overseas and extend time connecting with friends and family outside New Zealand
—  Flexible leave options, including the ability to purchase additional annual leave
—  Gender-neutral support for all stages of the parental journey, including access to 18 weeks of fully paid parental leave for all new parents
—   A paid professional association membership of your choice
—   Digital accreditations through our partnership with Microsoft, LinkedIn Learning, with bespoke learning pathways for all employees
—   A wide-range of special offers and discounts on insurances, banking services, and lifestyle goods and services
—   The support, allyship and opportunity to join our many Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Affinity networks, including the Kiwa, Pride, Ethnicity, Accessibility and Wahine groups
—  The opportunity to participate in Green Team activities, as we work toward reducing the firm’s environmental footprint and become carbon zero by 2030
—  An invitation to join your local Social club and enjoy events aimed at bringing people together for social, sporting, cultural, family and fundraising activities
—  Paid time off for volunteering and involvement in citizenship activities
—  An array of health and wellness benefits such as free flu vaccinations, subsidised sporting events, free confidential counselling services, additional 5 days of Wellbeing leave to support you and your family's overall health and wellness, access to our Wellbeing portal with an extensive range of advice and resources and much much more!
We believe that diversity of background and experience strengthens relationships and delivers meaningful benefits to our people, clients and communities. Our goal is to be recognised as an employer of choice for all, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, generation, flexible work status, family circumstances, sexual orientation or disability. Further info can be found on our website.
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