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Director, Global Audit

Redwood City, CA, USA | Electronic Arts

  • Industry:
    Media / Entertainment
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Accounting / Control
    Finance (Internal)
    General Management
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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As an Audit Director, you will undertake organizationally strategic and complex audits in a challenging environment and provide significant input to the design and delivery of ongoing quality initiatives.You will represent the Global Audit department in accomplishing its mission of providing value-add to EA, creating partnerships with all levels of management and establishing a high level of integrity within the Corporate Governance framework. 

This position is a key financial leader for EA's SOX Program, Operational Audits, compliance with company policies & best practices, and in support of EA's commitment to quality internal controls over financial reporting (financial controls and IT general controls).

This position will lead the implementation of effective technological advancements in Data Analytics, Automation and Common Controls Framework, assisting in the development of the vision and strategy for the continual evolution in support of ensuring high-quality internal controls. This leader will be responsible for continually improving existing processes and procedures to support EA's global operations in the areas of governance, project management, knowledge management and transfer, and change management, with respect to operational effectiveness and compliance. The Director will participate in the communications of key control issues and assist in preparation of updates and messaging to Executive Management, SOX Steering Committee, Audit Committee, and Finance leadership on a regular basis. The Director role will initiate and maintain global contact with executives, global stakeholders, key local and regional process owners/leaders (including members of Finance, Legal, HR, Global Risk Compliance, business units, and IT), external auditors, and other internal and external parties, as necessary. 

What a Director, Global Audit does at EA

Program-wide leadership of EA’s Global SOX Compliance Program including managing the Business Process and IT SOX teams, coordinating work and assignments between control owners, Global Audit, and the external auditors

Active participation in overall Audit program management (risk assessments, scoping, etc.) using qualitative and quantitative data and methods

Lead and manage financial, strategic, and operational audits and other audit activities as needed

Lead GA representative with EA management and control owners for technical queries on Internal controls, SOX-related, and technical accounting matters

Active participation in advanced methodologies and practices for increased efficiencies of Global Audit’s core assessment, investigations, and advisory activities

Represent Global Audit leadership in various committee and initiatives as required

Participates in advancing a highly effective communication strategy to ensure clear understanding of audit principles and guidance and maximum alignment with global audit vision.

Effectively support the Vice President of Global Audit in the reporting process to Senior / Executive Management. As and when required, contribute to Investigations, IT audits, SOX, or other special request audit activity

Lead and review communication of control observations, updates, and presentations for the SOX Steering Committee, Audit Committee and EA Finance leadership on a regular basis

Partner with EA management on internal controls and the SOX program, in all aspects

Engage and partner with Global Audit team members for IT, IT SOX, and operations as one team

Lead and evolve continuous improvement efforts both within Global Audit and with EA management of all aspects of the SOX program and internal control efforts generally 

What we would like

Someone who always demonstrates integrity and abides by EA and Global Audit’s values

A thought leader with proven organization agility, strong functional, technical, process and influence management skills applied across Global Audit and the broader EA Finance organization

Experience delivering across a complex matrix organization with international experience and cross-cultural preference

Proven expertise in managing cross-functional teams to provide guidance for a wide range of financial and global operational business partners

Experience managing and coaching groups of people and leading global projects or programs locally and remotely

Strong working knowledge of US GAAP, IFRS, and PCAOB Audit standards/requirements, COSO internal control framework, and other regulatory requirements

Working knowledge and understanding of IT general controls, application controls and how they relate to business processes

Advanced soft skills, catering to cultural contexts, different communication styles across different languages and time zones (strong written and oral business English is needed)

Adaptable, analytical, and creative problem-solver who has delivered pragmatic solutions in a range of complex environments over at least a one to three-year timeframe

Demonstrated maturity to debate and challenge views in a collaborative and positive way, always seeking the optimum outcome

Identifies industry trends or organizational policies and procedures and applies to projects

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Information Systems Audit (CISA) designation, or International equivalent, and relevant experience

Demonstrated use of internal audit standards and the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) to develop audit efficiencies in similar environments

Advanced knowledge of US GAAP and IFRS

Over 10 years of professional experience in financial management, including substantial experience in SOX compliance activities, Operational Audits, Fraud & Forensics analysis, Data Analytics tools, design of global internals, control and management of internal and external audit issues.

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