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Audit Manager Data Analytics

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Audit Manager Data Analytics

Audit Manager Data Analytics - 26645 University Staff 

Department Description

The Department of Internal Audit reports directly to the University of Colorado (CU) Board of Regents through its Regent Audit Committee to ensure the University receives high quality audit, investigative, educational, and consulting services across the entire CU system.  The Audit Manager - Data Analytics is responsible for providing support for the department risk assessment activities, as well as audit, investigative, and consulting engagements for the benefit of the university. 

Position Description

The Audit Manage Data Analytics will establish and manage audit analytics capabilities within the CU Internal Audit team, supporting assurance, advisory, and investigative engagements. This position will focus on designing a suite of analytics through integration of data from a variety of systems (PeopleSoft HCM, Tableau, Salesforce, school and unit performance management systems, etc.), as well as close collaboration with campus data analytics and research functions, to develop data visualization that creates insight to be used by the Internal Audit team to help streamline the department processes and improve effectiveness and insight delivered by the team.

The individual in this position: (1) possesses knowledge associated with the professional practice of internal auditing; (2) identifies, develops, and integrates data analytics and automation across the internal audit lifecycle; (3) applies theories, methods, principles, and practices associated with professional internal auditing; (4) performs duties associated with professional auditing that are predominantly intellectual and varied in nature, requiring creative, analytical, evaluative, interpretive, and/or critical thinking; and (5) exercises discretion and independent judgment, requiring only general supervision for day-to-day tasks.

This security-sensitive position requires a criminal and financial background check for initial appointments, or at any time when determined by the position's supervisory authority to be in the best interests of the University.  In addition, this position requires adherence to the Code of Ethics promulgated by The Institute of Internal Auditors and the University's Code of Conduct and Fiscal Code of Ethics.

This position reports to the Associate Vice President of Internal Audit or designee and is exempt from the State of Colorado Classified Staff System. 

The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion of the attestation form within the first 30 days after hire date.  Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at

Duties and Responsibilities

Functional and Technical Project Management
  • Identifies effective or creative approaches to obtaining and using data and information in the audit process, increasing internal audit productivity.
  • Partners with cross-functional teams to understand current business processes, reimagine processes through an automation lens, and evaluate/design solutions to improve process efficiency.
  • Evaluates large data sets through data analytics for anomalies, outliers, and patterns to help evaluate effectiveness of internal controls.
  • Leverages data analytics to automate internal controls testing and support continuous audit monitoring programs.
  • Effectively evaluates data needs of IA team to provide insightful answers and information.
  • Presents data that includes quantitative and qualitative information in a clear and concise manner by developing reports and visual dashboards, providing insights and helping the IA team interpret and use the data in their engagements.
  • Works collaboratively with other university data analytics and research units, identifying opportunities to leverage existing data analytics mechanisms in IA engagements.
  • Accountable for successful and timely completion of data analytics-related and other audit activities throughout the audit cycle/process.
  • Helps develop a strategy for the efficient and effective completion of engagements via a well-defined scope, fieldwork approach, and work program.
  • Able to identify, classify and rate risks and issues according to their significance, and communicate them to IA management and stakeholders accurately and succinctly.   
  • Conducts self in a professional manner and deliver high quality work product that is consistent with project objectives, scope, and The Institute of Internal Auditors' International Professional Practices Framework.
  • Consistently applies the department's assurance and advisory methodologies.
  • Insightfully evaluates risk using relevant authoritative guidance, cultural awareness, and audit knowledge obtained through previous audits in completing assurance and advisory engagements.
  • Responsible for complete and error free audit project file.
  • Able to draft clear, concise, well-organized, and factual reports.
  • Consistently demonstrates answer-first and results-oriented updates with options/alternatives outlined.
  • Identifies key aspects of operational processes and systems under examination, risk mitigation elements, and evaluates effectiveness of existing controls.
  • Leverages technology and audit tools necessary to efficiently and effectively complete projects.
  • Proactively identifies project risks and barriers, and communicates them timely to the IA Leadership Team.
  • Consistently derives actionable business insights from analysis of complex issues, from current and previous team project(s).
  • Considers cost/benefit of recommendations and makes suggestions that add value.
  • Exercises professional judgement and maintains confidentiality of sensitive and privileged information and communications.
  • Supports investigations of potential fiscal misconduct, as needed.
  • Effectively supports external vendor and partner relationships and activities during engagements, as requested by the AVP.
  • Supports the department Quality Assurance and Improvement Program (QAIP) as directed by the AVP.

Department Planning and Administration
  • Demonstrates and upholds the department's core values of integrity, accountability, community, agility, respect, and excellence in service.
  • Understands and contributes to the annual risk assessment/audit plan, and individual audit objectives.
  • Upholds a team environment that fosters feedback and coaching, driving engagement.
  • Supports recruiting and onboarding efforts.
  • Stewards project resources, expenses and budget.
  • Fosters an environment of trust and candor within the team and manages conflict proactively.
  • Participates in department strategic initiatives and projects, such as development and design of procedures and methodologies, as directed by the AVP, as well as specific desktop procedures as directed by the assurance team leadership.

Communication and Collaboration
  • Maintains relationships with appropriate levels of management, ensuring the IA leadership team is aware of key changes to university activities and objectives.
  • Cultivates high level of collaboration in team and stakeholder relationships.
  • Maintains personal independence/objectivity and appropriately handles related concerns in projects.
  • Owns and effectively manages internal/external stakeholder communication.
  • Identifies and acts on opportunities to build strategic relationships between teams/departments to help achieve university goals.
  • Consistently communicates progress toward goals and results and provides timely and well-structured updates and feedback to project team, IA Leadership Team, and stakeholders.
  • Consistently demonstrates ability to prepare and deliver effective communication to persuade and gain buy-in from business partners, convey engagement objectives, strategies, and requests.
  • Demonstrates executive presence when presenting to university leadership; able to effectively communicate with all levels of relevant university personnel.

Education and Counseling
  • Works to keep knowledge contemporary in an ever-evolving discipline.
  • Seeks opportunities to provide counsel and education to the university community through such mechanisms as workshops, committee participation, and consultation projects, to enhance the university's understanding of sound business practices that improve process quality, risk mitigation, and university objective achievement, and strengthens the control environment.
  • Shares knowledge by preparing and delivering development sessions, counseling and education to department staff, peers and others.
  • Contributes to team development by identifying opportunities to achieve goals, ensure work is performed in a professional manner, and improve and deliver high quality work product that is consistent with department policies, project objectives, scope, and The Institute of Internal Auditors' International Professional Practices Framework.
  • Counsels auditees, stakeholders, and management regarding process quality, risk treatment, and university objective achievement.

Continuous Improvement and Adaptability
  • Seeks to develop and improve knowledge and skills outside of core technical area, related to the theories, methods and principles of the profession of internal auditing, and knowledge of the university and higher education environment.
  • Identifies opportunities to increase the professional skills of team members through training and instruction.
  • Seeks to further the understanding of university objectives, culture and environment.
  • Sees challenges as opportunities and helps others adopt change.
  • Demonstrates improvement by consistently learning from and incorporating feedback.
  • Regularly assesses own competencies and acts on self-identified gaps and feedback from others.

Who we are and What we offer

Who we are: System Administration, which also houses the Office of the President, is located in the uptown neighborhood of Denver with a few smaller offices located on the campuses. This position is located in Denver and will have a hybrid working model. Many of our departments support the educational and research missions of the four University of Colorado campuses, but System Administration is not considered a campus. We provide diverse opportunities for professional development, innovation, and collaboration with talented staff and faculty.  Learn more about CU System Administration.

What we offer:

Salary: The anticipated hiring range has been established at $105,000-$120,000

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training. The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Benefits: The University of Colorado offers an excellent benefits package including:
  • Medical: Multiple plan options
  • Dental: Multiple plan options
  • Additional Insurance: Disability, Life, Vision and Wellness
  • Retirement 401(a) Plan: Employer contributes 10% of your gross pay
  • Paid Time Off: Accruals over the year
    • Vacation Days: 22
    • Sick Days: 15
    • Holiday Days: 10
  • Tuition Benefit: System employees have the benefit on all campuses 
  • ECO Pass: RTD Bus and light rail service
  • Additional Perks & Programs: Click here to access a few more Perks and Programs

Click here to access our Total Compensation Calculator to see what your total rewards could be at CU. This position is a University Staff position.

Additional taxable fringe benefits may be available.

More information on benefits programs, including eligibility, is available at

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Proficiency in extraction and analysis of data from a wide range of systems, including advanced MS Excel, Access and data analytics tools, such as SQL, Tableau, ACL, SAS, etc..
  • Data analysis experience in audit, financial, or risk management.
  • Understanding of audit process automation design and implementation.
  • Ability to understand business processes, identify pain points, and develop automated solutions.
  • Excellent communication and listening skills with ability to interact effectively with all levels of management and communicate complex concepts in a structured and succinct way to both technical and non-technical stakeholders supported by a strong understanding of the business concepts behind the data.
  • Self-starter ability to proactively problem-solve, identify, advocate for and execute improvements.
  • Practical experience with internal control standards and control testing strategies.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude, be the agent of change, and thrive in a complex environment of shared governance.
  • Possess a strong work ethic with a commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to examine and summarize complex data and trends to resolve issues, produce results, and draw broader conclusions (i.e., business acumen)
  • Ability to “think outside the box” and apply creative and constructive thinking to proposed recommendations for improvements to internal process, procedures and policies.
  • Knowledge of CU's organizational structures, fiscal management systems, and governance model.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing
  • Collaboration skills, including the ability to work with others from different areas and backgrounds to reach a common goal
  • Interpersonal skills, including the ability to facilitate interaction, communication, and teamwork between others
  • Oral, written, and listening communication skills, including the ability to accurately interpret and convey messages, information, concepts, and details accurately and clearly
  • Organizational skills, including the ability to set and meet goals and deadlines, manage appointments, create schedules, coordinate and facilitate meetings, and make decisions
  • Ability to follow and uphold ethical guidelines and standards, and adhere to core character values of integrity, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction

Minimum Qualifications:

Please ensure your resume includes any and all relevant experience to be accurately assessed against these qualifications.  You must meet all minimum requirements listed at the time of application to be considered for this role.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education, or equivalent professional experience (professional experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis)
  • Five (5) years' professional audit or data analytics experience.
  • Strong understanding of business and compliance processes, and internal controls
  • Local and regional travel to CU campuses on an “as needed” basis and may be on short notice.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's or post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education in business, analytics, information systems, or field of study related to the work performed.
  • Seven (7) years' professional audit or data analytics experience.
  • Prior work experience in government, higher education, or research institution.
  • Prior experience in audit process automation design and implementation.
  • Health care, compliance, or fraud investigation experience.
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), or relevant audit-related certification.
   Special Instructions to Applicants: Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Reference checking is a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including email addresses, for up to five references as part of the search process for this position. *Please note: All application materials must be submitted through CU Careers; emailed materials will not be considered.* The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that a verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment We are committed to an inclusive and barrier-free search process. We provide accommodations for applicants requesting accommodation through the search process such as alternative formats of this posting. Individuals with disabilities in need of accommodations throughout the search process should contact the ADA Coordinator at: [email protected]    Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV Application Materials Instructions: You must attach a cover letter, resume, and references to your application as three separate documents. Please identify the job specific minimum qualifications you possess in your cover letter and be sure your resume includes any and all relevant experience to be accurately assessed against the qualifications listed in the posting. Also, ensure you check the “Job Specific Attachments” box next to each document on the “Required Documents” page of the application for the appropriate documents to be attached.   

Job Category: Audit and Legal 

Primary Location: Denver Department: S0001 -- System Administration - 50003 - Internal Audit 

Schedule: Full-time 

Posting Date: Jul 6, 2022 

Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: CU System HR Posting Contact Email: [email protected] Position Number: 00675467

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