Head of Audit Services, APAC - Melbourne or Sydney

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
25 May 2023
06 Jun 2023
Contract type
Full time
Experience level

About Northern Trust:

Northern Trust, a Fortune 500 company, is a globally recognized, award-winning financial institution that has been in continuous operation since 1889.

Northern Trust is proud to provide innovative financial services and guidance to the world’s most successful individuals, families and institutions by remaining true to our enduring principles of service, expertise and integrity. With more than 130 years of financial experience and over 22,000 partners, we serve the world’s most sophisticated clients using leading technology and exceptional service.

Role Summary:

Northern Trust Audit Services is a team of 150+ global professionals aligned to Northern Trust businesses to drive assurance and advisory services as the third line of defense. This position is the lead role for one of three Northern Trust regions, providing leadership, creativity, and organization across APAC legal entities, their management team, and boards of directors.

As Head of Audit Services – APAC, you will provide leadership and guidance in the planning, organisation, direction and execution of the Audit function in APAC. You will be accountable for providing independent evaluation of risks and control environments, independent, objective, assurance and internal audit services to all APAC entities, and consultative advice and identification of required management actions. In addition, you will serve as a key member of the Audit Services Leadership Team, responsible for the strategic evolution and growth of the Audit Services function at Northern Trust.

This role may require the successful candidate to travel to other Northern Trust locations.

We are open to both Melbourne and Sydney location for this role.

What you will do:

  • Build and lead the APAC Audit Services team of approximately 40 partners
  • Provide leadership and guidance to staff, define performance expectations and foster an environment which encourages employee participation, teamwork and communication
  • Execute multi-year risk based audit plans, and performing continuous monitoring across all activities and Northern Trust locations in APAC
  • Ensure support provided by or to other audit teams (based in North America or EMEA) is coordinated and appropriately covers the relevant risk areas
  • Ensure audit project scopes are appropriate and cover key risk areas in accordance with Audit Services Standards
  • Actively participate in the global Audit Services Leadership Team to establish tactical and strategic plans to meet the goals of the Department
  • Interact and partner with Executive and Senior Management to understand the risks, business changes and other significant events that could significantly affect APAC businesses and entities, Legal Entities, and/or the Audit Plan.
  • Lead communications with management, board of directors, audit committees, regulators, external auditors as needed and specifically in the region.
  • Promote Northern Trust corporate values of service, integrity and expertise

About You:

  • Advanced proficiency in decision making and judgement based on strategy, structure, and understanding of business, risks, controls, and technologies
  • Advanced analytical, leadership, communication, and organizational skills, including presenting at board level and managing broad unstructured projects
  • Professional certifications (e.g., CIA, CPA, CA, or CISA) or an MBA along with demonstrated technical abilities in select areas (e.g., accounting, regulatory compliance, or operations) are preferred
  • Knowledgeable of internal audit best practices with proven ability to implement and deliver operational, compliance, and financial opinions
  • A college or university degree and/or advanced auditing experience in a financial institution are required, or similar public accounting experience in the financial services industry
  • Excellent relationship and communication skills, and the ability to clearly articulate business risks and controls to stakeholders

Working with Us:

As a Northern Trust partner, greater achievements await. You will be part of a flexible and collaborative work culture in an organization where financial strength and stability is an asset that emboldens us to explore new ideas. Movement within the organization is encouraged, senior leaders are accessible, and you can take pride in working for a company committed to assisting the communities we serve! Join a workplace with a greater purpose.

 We have a balanced hybrid working model to ensure you get the flexibility you need, and the successful candidate will spend their time between working in the office and working from home.

In Australia, we are actively involved in many ways with both community and diversity organisations, which includes paid volunteer days. For families, we offer a very generous parental leave scheme, and all staff have access to subsidised health insurance if they choose.

We’d love to learn more about how your interests and experience could be a fit with one of the world’s most admired and ethical companies. Build your career with us and apply today! 

Reasonable accommodation

Northern Trust is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email our HR Service Centre at MyHRHelp@ntrs.com.

  • We hope you’re excited about the role and the opportunity to work with us.
  • We value an inclusive workplace and understand flexibility means different things to different people.

Apply today and talk to us about your flexible working requirements and together we can achieve greater.

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