Senior Internal Auditor

Start Date: 10/11/23  Compensation: $76,092.00-$114,138.00 Annually

General Description/Information

Valley Metro exists to Connect Communities and Enhance Lives. We do this by planning, building, operating, and maintaining a safe, regional, multi-modal transportation system.

The Senior Internal Auditor plans and conducts complex financial, compliance, operational and as needed, information technology audits for Valley Metro activities, programs and departments, as well as private companies doing business with Valley Metro through contractual agreements.

Typical duties may include performing risk analyses, reviewing performance data and conducting special investigations.

An employee in this classification prepares comprehensive audit programs, selects and applies appropriate audit techniques, which evaluate internal controls and may detect irregularities.

This work involves data analyses, conducting interviews, and observing operations, to meet audit objectives and to assess compliance with applicable policies, procedures, laws, and regulations. The work performed supports the recommendations formulated to improve procedures, controls, systems and/or efficiency of operations. This position reports to the Audit Manager.

Valley Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  


Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

The statements listed below describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.
Demonstrates superior customer service, integrity, commitment to innovation, efficiency and fiscal responsibility

Performs a variety of professional audits related to the financial and operational efficiency and effectiveness of vendors working under agreement with Valley Metro
Performs audits of various Valley Metro departments, programs, functions and systems to determine whether adequate and appropriate internal controls are in place to safeguard public resources and whether policies and procedures facilitate Valley Metro and its departments in delivering superior service and sustainable practices
Exercises initiative and independent judgment to make decisions and recommendations based on facts and information available; prepares appropriate working papers to provide supporting documentation of audit procedures performed, methodology, and results
Prepares and presents concise, comprehensive formal written audit reports that include observations and recommendations for the correction of internal control weaknesses, ineffective or inefficient operations and any other identified risks
Performs operational and compliance reviews according to internal audit risk assessment plan
Oversees and implements improvements and best practices for increasing efficiency and minimizing risk
May supervise staff
Performs other duties as assigned
Knowledge of:
Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS)
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) International Professional Practices Framework
Internal control principles and frameworks (e.g. Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (CoSO), Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies (COBIT) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST))
IT audit concepts and understanding of tools such as ACL 
Familiarity with major IT computing platforms, security concepts, general controls and application auditing
Skill in:
Evaluating compliance, efficiency, effectiveness and accuracy of Valley Metro programs, information systems, controls, data and reports
Analyzing and interpreting accurately complex information such as accounting, budget and operational data and reports
Planning, organizing and completing assignments within allotted time
Ensuring that work, work papers and reports meet all required professional standards;
Performing complex, confidential and sensitive assignments
Communicating ideas effectively through oral, visual, and written methods
Displaying high degree of business acumen, subject matter expertise and ability to anticipate needs
Developing and maintaining professional, productive and mutually respectful working relationships with other Valley Metro management and staff, contractors, outside agencies and citizens
Working effectively as part of a team while also successfully executing independent assignment
Analysis and problem solving
Critical thinking

Physical Demands / Work Environment

Physical Demands:
Positions in this class typically require reaching, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Valley Metro complies with ADA/EEOC requirements with respect to reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities.
Work Environment:
Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
May occasionally need to operate a motorized vehicle to transport self and/or others to work sites.
May occasionally ride public transit to perform bus/train operational audits.
May be required to work more than forty hours in a workweek including weekends, evenings, early morning hours and holidays.


Minimum Qualifications & Requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree in accounting finance, information systems, public or business administration, or related field 
  2. 4 (four) years of increasingly responsible internal auditing or public accounting experience
  3. OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential functions of the position will be considered

Desirable Qualification:
Master's degree

Background Investigation:
Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check.
Licenses and Certifications:
Valid Arizona Driver's License.
Current possession of one of the following professional certifications: Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or other relevant professional certification, or the ability to pass certification testing within 12 months of hire.