United Airlines Audit Project Lead - Internal Audit in New Delhi, India

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Job overview and responsibilities

The Audit Project Lead is a leader of an integrated audit team which works on various audit projects including compliance, assurance, and advisory work. This position is responsible for the oversight of multiple concurrent audit projects, including budgeting and allocation of resources, under the direct supervision of the Internal Audit Manager or Senior Manager. They will be directly responsible for the management and development of a team of up to 6 senior and staff auditors. This position is critical to the creation of a risk based annual audit plan through the development of business unit leader relationships and knowledge of both the internal control environment as well general business, industry and economic developments. The Audit Manager delivers strategic initiatives and process redesign to the Internal Audit department.

Audit Project Management and Staff Supervision

  • Manages audit projects, as assigned by the Managing Director/Director and Vice President, Internal Audit

  • Supervise financial controls testing for SOX 404 compliance assigned to the offshore team while under the direct supervision of the Manager of SOX, located in Chicago

  • Manage daily operations and provide day-to-day oversight of the offshore audit team of 3-5 senior and/or staff auditors. 60-70% of workload will be internal control testing and 30-40% will be data analytics, continuous monitoring and other risk based audit projects

  • Assist with the review of SOX test results, identify control gaps, and escalate issues to the Manager of SOX. Effectively summarize control issues and communicate to US Internal Audit team as well as to process owners both verbally and written (in an audit report format)

  • Uses proficiency in project management skills to execute and plan concurrent audit projects; Identify and define key risks and scope, review and analyze evidence, and document client processes and procedures

  • Reviews audit program development by senior and staff auditors

  • Responsible for timely audit project execution, including the scoping for audit projects, under supervision of the Audit Director

  • Demonstrates ability to adapt audit approach to changes in the audit plan, company strategy, or department goals

  • Ensure that approved audit objectives are met and that adequate coverage is achieved

  • Utilizes data analysis to draw conclusions

  • Ensures the adherence to audit standards by the audit team

  • Follows up, when necessary, on management action plans and documents status

  • Influences client management to drive measurable action plans to address control deficiencies

  • Reviews all team written communications such as audit reports, client correspondence, memos, and other working papers that document the procedures performed, findings, and conclusions

  • Attend closing meetings with clients to discuss audit results and management action plans for corrective actions

  • Communicates with the Managing Director or Director of Internal Audit on a timely basis to provide progress of audit activity

  • Maintains knowledge of Company procedures and updates audit programs as necessary

Business Unit Relationships and Risk Assessment

  • Develops business unit relationships which work to ensure audits address areas of concern relative to the business’ goals and performance objectives

  • Interacts with client personnel to better understand their business and strategy, demonstrating a commitment to continually improve the organization

  • In order to assess risk, maintains knowledge of general business and economic developments and gains an understanding of the Company’s industry and related control risks

Strategic Initiatives and Administrative Activities

  • Oversees the development of requests for special projects, contracted services and other agreed upon procedures requested of the Internal Audit department

  • Actively participates in ad-hoc committees and task forces

  • Demonstrates innovative contributions to the Company and the Internal Audit Department through leadership on key initiatives, process re-design, and team development

  • Trains peers and staff on department initiatives, industry practices and audit standards

  • Demonstrates initiative in developing systems, applications, and/or processes, in excess of those required for specific audit effectiveness; strives to add value to the productivity and growth of the department

Staff Development and Engagement

  • Directly responsible for the management and development of 6 senior and staff auditors

  • Works with the Managing Director and/or Director and other Audit Managers to develop and retain audit staff, including training, goal setting and performance evaluations

  • Trains audit staff on audit standards, department procedures, and technical skills required for their position

  • Works with the Managing Director and/or Director and other Audit Managers to recruit audit staff, including interviewing

  • Manages professional development opportunities, including internal and external training and professional association memberships

This position is offered on local terms and conditions. Expatriate assignments and sponsorship for employment visas, even on a time-limited visa status, will not be awarded.


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Management or related field

  • CPA, CIA, CISA, CFE or comparable designation

  • Extensive knowledge of and skill in applying internal auditing principles and practices, and management principles and preferred business practices

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, Visio, Outlook and Access

  • Strong problem solving skills and ability to communicate effectively, both in written form and orally

  • Strong knowledge of Data Analysis tools

  • Extensive knowledge of the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) promulgated by the Institute of Internal Auditors

  • 5-7 years’ experience in public accounting, internal audit and/or a related field

  • 2-3 years’ experience either managing or supervising a team

  • Highly motivated, innovative thinker (self-starter)

  • Must be fluent in English and Indian (written and spoken)

  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 35%, both domestically and internationally

  • Must be legally authorized to work in India for any employer without sponsorship

  • Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualification

  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance

  • Advanced Degree

  • Direct Experience in the transportation field

  • Experience using ACL

  • Supervisory experience in the transportation field

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT

Division: 40 Finance

Function: Finance

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled