Lead Auditor

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  • Cleveland, OH, USA
  • 2022-04-25

As a Lead Corporate Auditor within the Global Audit Department, you will have the opportunity to gain exposure to many of our operating business units, interact with leaders of the organization and positively impact change associated with the business’ existing initiatives and processes. You will be charged with properly managing risk associated to various projects as our team explores improvement opportunities all while establishing the foundation to grow within the Audit Department’s career path and the organization’s finance job family.


  1. Execute annual Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance program / Manage the execution of annual financial statement audit by partnering with external auditors
    • Partner with external auditors to effectively design and assess controls as needed and review documentation specific to key financial business processes
    • Review the completion of direct assistance work (substantive testing and business process walkthroughs), including coordination of deadlines with external auditors and business personnel
    • Work with external auditors and management to resolve identified issues, including seeing through concluded action plan
    • Actively build strong relationships with company leadership and key business personnel
    • Stay up to date on current guidance and methodologies
    • Implement best practices to streamline approach to reduce costs and improve efficiencies
  1. Plan and execute domestic audits of Plants, Distribution Centers and Enterprise-wide business processes
  • Complete site risk assessment and audit program for executed audits. Continue to drive efficiencies by providing input to audit team preparing audit procedures
  • Identify opportunities to act as a consultant to the audit client, while strengthening the overall control environment, and working to provide value-add / cost-saving findings
  • Create audit programs for ad-hoc operational projects and communicate assessment of risk to the Sr. Audit Manager and Sr. Director as part of audit planning process to ensure approach is thoughtful and risk based. Own takeaways from planning discussions to ensure changes to approach are included within execution of audit procedures
  • Execute ad-hoc operational projects and own follow up of review questions identified throughout the audit fieldwork
  • Conclude on financial impact of identified observations and confirm any corrections recorded by Management. Own any follow up necessary to finalize the audit report and related action plans identified by Management. Ensure final report is prepared and ready for review within a timely manner post audit execution
  • Lead the planning, execution of fieldwork, and coordination of final report for assigned audits.
  • Work with Management to understand business processes, evaluate observations identified, and communicate accordingly to the Audit Manager for assigned audits
  • Conduct pre close and closing conference meetings for assigned audits to discuss observations identified, and assist team in working with management to obtain audit remediation
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of complex accounting and auditing concepts and apply them to SW audits
  • Develop and communicate an understanding of SW’s divisions and IT applications and actively seek/encourage the team to contribute ideas and identify opportunities for improvement
  1. Manage, train and develop Internal Auditors
    • Supervise daily work of approximately 2-3 Senior and/or Corporate auditors
    • Develop the team through coaching and mentoring. Prepare annual reviews for 1-2 direct reports
    • Provide continuous on the job coaching and feedback to individuals on the audit team / Empower individuals to be active participants in key discussions
    • Encourage best practices with communication to management including increased fact-to-face conversations to drive efficiencies/build relationships
    • Manage fieldwork, inform superiors of the audit engagement status, and manage performance for projects assigned
    • Foster an efficient, innovative, and team-oriented work environment / Encourage common practices amongst the team
    • Use technology and resources to continually learn/share knowledge with team
  1. Departmental Planning
    • Assist the Sr. Audit Manager with preparing budgets for EY work and other audit projects, as well as executing team goals
  1. Personal Career Development
  • Develop and maintain productive working relationships with company personnel, assess audit clients’ satisfaction and proactively maintain contact with the audit client throughout the year
  • Adhere to the highest degree of professional standards and strict confidentiality
  1. Participate in special assignments as deemed necessary by Sr. Audit Manager/Sr. Director, management and/or the Audit Committee.



  • Bachelors Degree from an accredited institution is required
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship


  • Bachelors Degree from an accredited institution in Accounting or Finance is preferred
  • Advanced degrees or certifications (MBA, CPA, CIA, etc.) is preferred
  • 4 years of prior work experience in accounting and/or audit from Big 4 Firm or similar public company is preferred


  • Must have ability to travel up to 15% of time (primarily domestic)
  • Must possess advanced understanding of general accounting, SOX, COSO, US GAAP/IFRS and manufacturing and/or retail industry
  • Must have experience leading SOX testing, complex accounting and audit related projects in a team-based environment
  • Must possess intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communications, with the effective use of active listening and interviewing skills