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United Airlines Project Lead - Internal Audit in Chicago, Illinois

Description - External

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The Finance department, which manages the company's budgets, forecasts and investments, and provides analysis of our financial performance and strategies.

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 execution and planning of Information Technology projects, supervision and scheduling of audit staff project deliverables, development of business unit leader relationships and participation in delivering innovative strategic initiatives and process redesign to the Internal Audit department. This position reports directly to the IT Audit Senior Manager.

  • Supervise and schedule the work of 1-3 audit staff and/or senior auditors on concurrent projects, under the guidance of an Audit Manager or Senior Manager on project deliverables; ensures approved audit objectives and standards for documentation are met and that adequate coverage is achieved.

  • 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 Senior Manager.

  • 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.

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

  • Utilizes data analysis to draw conclusions .

  • Experience working with Information Security/Governance, Risk & Compliance

  • Knowledge of data privacy and governance principles

  • Understanding and/or experience of IT infrastructure operations including networking, operating systems, databases, middleware, IT security, and data center operations preferred

  • 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.

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

  • Communicates progress of audit objectives and testing with clients, audit project team members, and/or the Audit Manager/Senior Manager on a timely basis.

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

  • Participate in meetings that develop 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

  • Assists with 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 participation 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

Qualifications - External


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Management or related field ((MIS, Accounting or Cyber Security preferred))

  • CPA, CIA, CISA, CFE or comparable designation

  • 4-6 years experience in public accounting, internal audit and/or a related field

  • 1-2 years experience with either supervising teams or project management

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

  • Knowledge of data privacy and governance principles

  • Understanding and/or experience of IT infrastructure operations including networking, operating systems, databases, middleware, IT security, and data center operations preferred

  • 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

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

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship

  • Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualification

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


  • Advanced Degree

  • Supervisory experience in the transportation field

  • Direct Experience in the transportation field

  • Experience using Spotfire

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

Division: 40 Finance

Function: Internal Audit

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled