Northern Trust

Senior Auditor - Digital

Chicago, IL/Boston, MA/Tempe, AZ/Hybrid
10 Jun 2024
10 Jul 2024
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Qualified accountant

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/ Department: Senior Auditor, Digital Transformation/Internal Audit

The Senior Auditor, Digital Transformation is responsible for conducting and documenting audits throughout the Corporation focused primarily on digital transformation initiatives. This role leads end-to-end assessments/audit projects and manages Associates/Staff, where applicable. This role also provides oversight to the staff and timely communicates results of the fieldwork to Team Manager. The Senior Auditor provides technical expertise and training to auditors within the audit team and works closely with the Team Manager to confirm the scope of the audit and to devise an appropriate testing approach to be performed during the engagement.

The Senior Auditor will focus on transformation projects in the digital space, at Northern Trust, including but not limited to data governance and management, Cloud, DevOps, Blockchain, Generative AI, Machine learning, and robotics/automation.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

Leadership and Management

  • Establishes and develops strong working relationships and open communication with key stakeholders
  • Provides training, coaching, and auditing expertise to the audit team
  • Accountable for own assignments and holding others accountable for theirs including proactively managing expectations

Audit Methodology

  • Identify technology and transformation risk and controls within processes
  • Lead internal audit projects related to IT controls, information security / cyber, pre-production system implementation, IT governance, and operational areas; drive consistency of methodology
  • Assists with the development of the audit budget and/or timeframe for how the audit will be completed based on the objective and risk of the areas covered within the engagement
  • Finalizes planning documents and conducts first level review of planning documents as required
  • Coordinates with other audit teams (business unit, regional, and specialist) to ensure evaluations of related areas occur timely and cover key areas within the audit
  • Demonstrates professional skepticism and comfort with questioning how certain processes are being performed in order to facilitate making improvements
  • Reviews the work papers of the audit team members ensuring that departmental standards have been met
  • Communicates the audit status to business unit stakeholders and Audit Services management
  • Drafts findings and recommendations for the purpose of status updates, memos, and audit reports
  • Maintain technical competence by ongoing training, seeking development opportunities and applying new knowledge to daily work assignments


  • Minimum of 3 years of IT auditing and systems experience
  • Knowledge of audit procedures and technical security and control standards usually obtained through related work experience and a four year degree program is required to perform system audits
  • Solid understanding of Information Technology and information security controls
  • Skills as needed to perform testing of design and operational effectiveness of control
  • Knowledge of the operations, functions, and objectives of interfacing areas is required to properly audit operations, services, systems, workflow, and operational impact on other areas
  • Operates independently; has in-depth knowledge of business unit/function
  • Ability to quickly upskill from independent research, trainings, certifications and operate effectively on emerging technology projects.
  • Strong people management and leadership skills
  • Self-starter with an ability to self-motivate
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly numerate with strong organizational and problem solving skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to proactively assess issues, identify solutions and problem solve
  • Ability to react and respond on a timely basis
  • Ability to adapt and react positively in a changing and dynamic work environment
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deliver to tight deadlines
  • Ability to develop relationships with diverse groups and various levels of technology and non-technology personnel
  • Flexibility, multi-tasking, creative thinking, good business judgment skills are required to meet strict deadlines and manage other projects
  • Must be a team player and able to work under pressure during peak periods

The successful candidate will benefit from having:

  • Proficiency in Word and Excel
  • Understanding of newer technologies (e.g., Containers, Kubernetes, CI/CD) and cloud infrastructure (e.g., AWS, MS Azure) is a plus
  • Certified Information System Audit (CISA) certification is preferred. Additional certifications such as Project Management Professional(PMP), Agile Certified Professional (PMI – ACP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), or other related certifications

****Please note that this role may require the successful candidate to travel to other NT locations as required

Working Model: Hybrid

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.

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’d love to learn more about how your interests and experience could be a fit with one of the world’s most admired and sustainable 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 Center at

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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