Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chief Audit Executive in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308838

Directorate: Performance Management

Division: Audit Services

Job Description

  • Provide thought leadership in developing and executing business strategies; direct, leverage, guide the work of others and mobilize resources (Line Manager, Sector Manager, Finance & Budget Manager, Facilities Manager, etc.)

  • Primary responsibility is directly managing the work of others; implements practices to recruit, develop, assess performance, and retain talented people to support current and future mission needs; and/or

  • Provides full spectrum oversight of large sustained projects or programs with high-level business impact

  • Creates, models, and reinforces a culture of excellence, including safety, security, and operational discipline

  • Responsible for the monitoring and achievement of programmatic, operational, business or financial results for area of responsibility to accomplish the mission of the Lab

  • Career progression reflects acquisition of business or industry expertise, process leadership, people leadership, capability development, broader technical expertise; broader impact and autonomy, business volume and span of control: and/or advise and mentor senior leadership or management

  • As a member of Lab Leadership, serve as a trusted advisor by providing insight and advice on emerging risks, governance, risk management and controls.

  • Advocate the audit function and its value throughout the organization.

  • Exemplify and monitor independence, objectivity and due professional care of the audit team.

  • Ensure the quality of work products and deliverables for audit and consulting engagements.

  • Conduct the annual risk assessment to use as the basis for the annual audit plan.

  • Monitor follow-up process to determine whether identified findings have been resolved by management.

  • Oversee investigations of fraud, waste and abuse allegations.

  • Coordinate non-financial statement external audits and reviews performed by outside federal agencies.

  • Monitor the organization's current and emerging risk profile and adjust the annual audit plan as needed.

  • Establish and maintain a quality assurance improvement program (QAIP) that covers all aspects of the audit function.

  • Attend Business and Audit Committee meetings and provide updates on the status of the annual audit plan, key activities and emerging risks, and debrief Lab Director each trimester.

  • Successfully build and maintain collaborative strategic relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders.

  • Attend and participate in meetings with key stakeholders.

  • Champion change, continuous improvement and innovation in the audit function.

  • Set clear performance standards for internal auditors and the audit function and provide timely feedback to team members regarding performance and progress on established goals and objectives.

  • Ensure appropriate recruitment and allocation of audit resources for adequate audit coverage and completion of the annual audit plan.

  • Coach, mentor and provide development opportunities and timely performance feedback for team and ensure annual training requirements are met.

  • Develop and monitor the annual Audit Services budget.

  • Ensure the reporting requirements per the prime contract and Audit Charter are met.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS and 15 years of relevant experience; or advanced degree and 13 years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Auditing, Accounting, or Finance.

  • Minimum of 10 years relevant audit and accounting experience.

  • Successful track record in building collaborative and strategic relationships with internal and external stakeholders including senior management and audit committees.

  • Strong project management skills and the ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects.

  • Strong understanding of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), and Federal Cost Accounting Standards (CAS).

  • Knowledgeable of IT general controls and governance.

  • Accounting certification and/or CIA or CFE certification.

  • Proficient user of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • Strong knowledge of The Institute of Internal Auditor's International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF).

  • Knowledge of Department of Energy programs/operations is a plus.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Directorate: Performance Management

Job Category: Managers

Group: Performance Management

Opening Date: 2019-01-24

Closing Date: 2019-03-24