The Internal Audit Department reports directly to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of Willis Towers Watson PLC (the “Company”). The global department comprises approximately 50 audit colleagues, based in London, New York, Paris, Ipswich and Philadelphia. The department's primary mission is to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the Company's governance, risk management and control processes.
Reporting to Internal Audit's Chief of Staff, the Senior Audit Manager for Data Analytics will be responsible for leading and undertaking data analytics in relation to audit areas or assignments across WTW, helping to evaluate the effectiveness of risk management and the design and operation of controls within the business. This will include assisting in corporate investigations, financial audits, integrated audits and special projects. While based primarily in our London office, the jobholder will need to travel nationally and internationally as assignments require.
The key duties and responsibilities of the Senior Audit Manager for Data Analytics include:
Developing and implementing Internal Audit's data analytics strategy
Advising audit colleagues on practical and insightful analytical options for assessing risks and controls on an ad-hoc basis, or during any stage of the audit process (i.e., annual risk assessment, audit testing, business monitoring, etc.)
As required, providing input into departmental initiatives e.g., enhancing audit methodology, supporting annual risk assessment and planning process, business monitoring, colleague training and development.
Functioning as a global resource, participating in assignments as required in various locations.
Developing a good understanding of the company's strategic data sources and data lineage, and effectively leveraging knowledge to extract/derive meaningful insights from data
Developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships to facilitate data needs
Developing and owning ad hoc and routine data feeds
Analysing trends and patterns in data and reporting meaningful and value-added insights to colleagues and clients.
Coordinating with Internal Audit teams to determine analytic specifications and ensuring timely completion of support initiatives
Developing a data analytics approach for assigned audits and projects to ensure key business risks and controls are evaluated as needed
Developing ad-hoc queries, continuous monitoring solutions, and strategic automated solutions
Implementing user interfaces and visualization tools to support strategic and continuous solutions
Assisting audit teams by providing guidance on the interpretation of analytics exceptions and related communication and reporting of data analytics findings/ exceptions to line management and senior management
Managing source code for developed programs and queries
Preparing executed data analytics documentation to support audit workpapers.
Good interpersonal skills and a proven team player
Self-motivated, strong organizational and multi-tasking skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate and influence senior management
Strong delivery focus, ability to perform all required functions on a timely basis and with accuracy.
Experience in a similar role with a leading audit function
Programming expertise (e.g. VB scripts, HTML, SQL, Python, Power BI etc.) to develop queries
Overall good understanding of the end to end audit process, including risk-based practices and approach
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