Position Purpose

The Audit Manager is responsible for contributing to the achievement of our audit department objectives and responsible for employee and client satisfaction. Must have a minimum of 5 years of recent experience working in a public accounting firm and experience in conducting audits of governmental agencies. Effects leadership by being a positive role model while maintaining a productive work environment.

Position Responsibilities
  • Serve as a technical resource specializing in the specific needs and requirements of auditing and financial reporting of governmental agencies including Single Audits of federal grants
  • Offer focused direction in management of multiple audit engagements to timely meet reporting, scheduling, and budgetary requirements
  • Actively be involved in networking activities and maintaining contact with business peers and good working relationships with clients
  • Effectively discuss technical issues with the client and be responsive to their needs
  • Meet rising standards of quality control. Develop and lead in-house training sessions and effectively mentor staff to bring out their best
  • Earns the trust and confidence of partners and staff

Leadership

    • Is a positive role model by setting an example of initiative, integrity, fairness, respect for others, professionalism, and balance between personal and professional responsibility
    • Upholds and demonstrates the firm values, including providing a work environment that promotes respect and teamwork
    • Ensures firm policies, procedures and service methodologies are followed and reinforces firm and departmental decisions
    • Is recognized as a leader and has the trust and confidence of partners and staff
    • Participates in and directs assigned functions outlined in the departmental roles grid as defined by the Audit Director
    • Develops expertise in a particular area of practice in an industry or other specialized field
    • Participates in all meetings, including weekly audit department meetings
    • Exhibits time management and organizational skills

Financial

    • Adheres to the firm’s financial reporting, billing and collection processes
    • Develops his/her comprehension of practice management toward growth and profitability
    • Becomes acquainted with aspects of the firm’s internal financial structure
    • Assists in monitoring staff efficiencies and chargeability

Staff Development

    • Mentors and manages assigned staff, assisting them with goal setting, developing their technical and client service skills, and enforcing accountability mechanisms
    • Ensures assigned staff attend required and relevant training as scheduled
    • Coach subordinate employees on firm policies and procedures as needed
    • Appropriately escalates employee related matters in a timely manner
    • Participates in the performance evaluation process
    • Participates in recruitment activities and training of new staff as requested

Business Development

    • Exhibits White Nelson Diehl Evans’ values at all times
    • Maintains contacts with business peers and is actively involved in networking activities and professional organizations to cultivate referrals
    • Demonstrates thorough knowledge of the client and all facets of client’s business and identifies other services to best support client’s needs
    • Represents the firm at key community events, firm functions, and other activities
    • Meets with prospective clients

Technical Skills and Client Service

    • Demonstrates extensive understanding of general economic, business, and regulatory factors affecting the client industries and our profession and is perceived as a specialist
    • Maintains current knowledge of professional standards, emerging laws and regulations, and corporate governance requirements
    • Effectively discusses technical issues and their business implications with the client
    • Is responsive to client needs and maintains good working relationships with client personnel
    • Demonstrates sound planning skills and administrative routines so that engagements run smoothly
    • Communicates the engagement status with his/her partner or the client and their advisors as directed on a timely and ongoing basis
    • Manages the planning, administration, and conclusion of client engagements
    • Is proficient with audit processes and responds to questions related to the assignments
    • Identifies and brings to the partner’s attention potential high-risk or budgetary engagement issues
    • Effectively oversees government agency audits
    • Masters all financial  client compliance with minimal partner input or review
    • Meets rising standards of quality control
    • Develops and advocates “best practice” policies and procedures to achieve department objectives
    • Develops and leads in-house training sessions
    • Sustains excellent research skills and correspondence
    • Attends Continuing Professional Education training as scheduled

Risk Management

    • Ensures work products meet the standards established by White Nelson Diehl Evans, the AICPA and other governing bodies
    • Takes responsibility for new client acceptance and protocol

Expectations

    • Complies with all firm policies and procedures, and position responsibilities listed above
    • Represents self and firm in a professional manner in conduct and appearance
    • Achieves minimum total hours and billable hours as established by Department Director
    • Continues to strengthen his/her area of expertise in the area of practice in an industry or other specialized field as has been identified
    • Maintains active CPA license
Education and Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
  • Minimum of 5 years of public accounting experience
  • Experience auditing local government entities and knowledge of GASB standards
  • Active CPA license
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent research skills and proficient in multi-tasking
  • Excellent understanding, comprehension and ability to articulate auditing and accounting concepts
  • Effective leadership, project management and team building skills
  • Public speaking experience a plus
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