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Executive Director – Global Internal Audit

Chicago, IL, USA | Jones Lang LaSalle

  • Industry:
    Real Estate
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    Accounting / Control
    Finance (Internal)
    General Management
  • Experience:
    12-15 years
Job Description:
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As JLL’s Global Internal Audit Regional Director (Business Title: Executive Director) reporting to the Chief Audit Executive, you’ll will lead a team of committed high potential financial athletes to position Audit as a trusted advisor to the Management team. As part of the Global Internal Audit function, you’ll be primarily responsible to provide assurance services to enable JLL to create a strong control environment and robust governance, risk management, and control processes.


This role provides leadership development opportunities by working with senior management and international exposure that will broaden your knowledge of our global organization. While this role is focused on strategic, impactful audits, you will get an opportunity to develop a team and creating a leadership pipeline for the finance and other functions at JLL.


In this role you’ll use your:


Strategic thinking skills


Strategic oversight and management of JLL’s assurance services and audits

Always seek process improvement opportunities and initiatives to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the control environment

Influence positive change and other improvements, including process changes and system improvements and implementations in a proactive manner.

Strong Internal Audit skills


Partner and coordinate with Global and Regional Finance and Controllership teams to design and execute a robust control environment, including determination of the level of external expert involvement

Lead the annual Audit Plan execution and create appropriate audit programs that will provide superior insights to the management team and assist them in meeting their organization goals.

Provide advise and guidance to the Finance and Controllership colleagues to help them achieve their goals.

Coordinate with our external auditors (KPMG) and drive strategic efforts to determine the scope and extent of their reliance on JLL control testing as part of their audit procedures

Provide regular updates to executive management on the status of the control and risk management program, including preparing presentations to executive management and the Audit Committee

Oversee audit and internal control-related technology

Develop and provide thought leadership on governance, risk management, controls, and audit methodology. Monitor and react to changes in PCAOB and SEC requirements and other literature related to audit.

Assist Global and Regional Legal Departments in Compliance matters and investigations e.g., Code of Ethics, Money Laundering, FCPA etc. as requested.

Strong management skills


Lead a cohesive, responsive, engaged and high-performing team, including identifying, hiring and developing talent

Influence process owners to maintain and update process narratives/flowcharts; and control owners in ensuring appropriate /sufficient evidence of control design and performance

Strong communication skills


Represent Global Finance as the key liaison and ensure a close relationship and proper alignment with Global Internal Audit, external auditors and with other internal compliance groups (e.g. legal, compliance, and professional standards)

Support leadership to ensure an effective SOX compliance program on an on-going basis, including the planning, execution and reporting of internal controls over financial reporting, audit activities, other internal resources, external auditors, senior management and other stakeholders

Represent GIA as liaison with other compliance groups (e.g. legal, compliance, and professional standards) to understand the scope and impact of all assurance programs throughout the Region and ensure an Aligned Assurance program.

Sound like you? To apply you need to have:


Education and experience


BA/BS degree in Accounting, Finance or related field

At least 12+ years of experience in audit, finance, or consulting related role, and experience with large, global organizations and accounting experience with Big 4 audit firms

Strong knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley, US GAAP, COSO, PCAOB Auditing Standards, risk and controls standards and business process best practices

Certification in accounting and/or auditing, including a CPA, CA and/or CIA, is strongly preferred

Working experience, skills and knowledge with IIA Professional Practices and Standards

Organizational and communicative skills


Superior verbal and written communication skills, collaboration and presentation skills, as well as solid organizational, project management and execution skills

Excellent analytical, interpersonal and communication skills with all levels of management

Ability to multi-task, work independently and as part of a team

Ability to work with virtual, global teammates and understanding/sensitivity working with and within cultural and international differences

Technical skills


Experience with Workiva, TeamMate, or a GRC system a plus, in addition to Microsoft Excel and Visio

PeopleSoft, JDE/E1 or large-scale ERP financial systems experience, implementation experience a plus

Adaptability and an ethical mindset


Ability to provide creative recommendations, work well with and lead others and to affect process change, reengineer projects and drive overall improvement

Results-oriented and service-minded with the ability to develop and foster relationships with key stakeholders internally and externally, while maintaining a healthy balance of independence and objectivity

Exercise sound judgment and be able to balance deliverables under deadlines and competing priorities

Proven track record of excellence, ownership and accountability

High ethical standards and values that align with our company’s values

Location: Chicago, USA


International travel (up to 30%) may be occasionally required for this role


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