Standard  Chartered  Bank

Senior Audit Manager, SC Ventures

Singapore, Singapore
Competitive salary
24 Sep 2020
30 Sep 2020
Job role
Experience level
About Standard Chartered

We are a leading international bank focused on helping people and companies prosper across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

To us, good performance is about much more than turning a profit. It's about showing how you embody our valued behaviours - do the right thing, better together and never settle - as well as our brand promise, Here for good.

We're committed to promoting equality in the workplace and creating an inclusive and flexible culture - one where everyone can realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to our organisation. This in turn helps us to provide better support to our broad client base.

The Role Responsibilities

GIA represents the third line of defence and provides independent assurance of the effectiveness of management's control of business activities (the first line) and of the control processes maintained by the Risk Framework Owners and Policy Owners (the second line). GIA works with the Group's other control functions, such as Finance, Risk and Compliance, but does not place unqualified reliance on their work. GIA is an independent function whose primary role is to help the Board and Executive Management to protect the assets, reputation and sustainability of the Group.

As defined in the Audit Charter, all staff in GIA must exhibit the highest level of professional objectivity in gathering, evaluating and communicating information about the activity or process being examined. They must make a balanced assessment of all the relevant circumstances and not be unduly influenced by their own interests or by others in forming judgments. GIA will adhere to the Definition of Internal Auditing, the Core Principles for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, Code of Ethics and the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing that are published by the IIA. It is expected that all members of GIA strive to operate as role models for the Group's valued behaviours. GIA methodology has defined "Habits of a Human Auditor" which are aligned to the Group's valued behaviours and communicated across the function.

There is a digital revolution underway that is changing the future of banking - increasingly, Banking is Technology. Financial Services firms are becoming ever more defined by their technology and ability to use it to deliver outstanding customer experiences. SC Ventures is the Group's new technology incubation and innovation ivision, looking to develop innovative new products and modern technologies to deliver world class digital experiences for our clients and customers.

In addition to the responsibilities defined in the Audit Charter, the Senior Audit Manager is expected:
  • To act as a Team Leader on assigned audit work involving the SC Ventures portfolio, including Business Ventures developed by SC Ventures, and others as required. This will entail managing auditors working on the audit to deliver the Audit Planning Memo, Controls Document, agree issues and action plans with management and submission of draft report to the Team Manager for review;
  • To act as a Team Manager on assigned audit work involving the SC Ventures portfolio and take responsibility for overseeing the delivery of high quality audits, including finalising of audit issues and the audit report;
  • To confirm that assigned audit work, as well as the work carried out by team members is executed in an efficient and effective manner, within the given budget and timelines, and in line with GIA methodology standards.
  • To clearly identify the risks and impact of issues during issue writing, agreeing these issues with management and obtaining quality management action plans to mitigate the risks raised;
  • To lead continuous monitoring of assigned portfolio areas, and to build and maintain engagement with stakeholders;
  • To take responsibility for the design and implementation of department wide exercises such as annual planning, risk assessment and training;
  • To support GIA audit teams by providing specific domain knowledge and expertise for audits relating to the individual's area of responsibility;
  • To attend and present at formal committees and Group meetings on behalf of the Head of Audit or for their own area of responsibility, as required, e.g. Governance Committees and Non-Financial Risk Committees; and
  • The individual will support the Head of Audit in their role as the GIA portfolio subject matter expert, depending on the skills of the individual.
  • Issue validation: all audit issue action plans agreed during audit fieldwork should be tracked through to completion in accordance with methodology requirements

As a Portfolio Champion for SC Ventures within GIA, the Senior Audit Manager is expected to drive the following for the portfolio assigned:
  • Stakeholder meetings - Quarterly meeting notes
  • Prepare Quarterly Continuous Risk Assessment updates
  • Half-yearly sharing of portfolio updates to the GIA T&I Top Team, and to GIA MT when required
  • Risk assessment and Audit Plan development
  • Maintenance of Permanent Audit Files and Master PRCMs
  • Socialisation of knowledge and updates to the wider team (e.g. organising and conducting webinar trainings, sharing of portfolio developments via memos, etc)

  • Support the Head of Audit where required, in the development of the GIA risk assessment and development of an appropriate audit plan for the Head of Audit's assigned portfolio;
  • Support the Head of Audit to confirm that audits assigned to the individual in the GIA audit plan address the key risks identified in the detailed risk assessment and in the audit planning process, and meet relevant regulatory requirements and expectations that are required to be covered by GIA;
  • Support the Head of Audit to assess the assigned audit plan to confirm that it remains relevant throughout the year as the risk profile of the business changes. Propose changes as appropriate; and
  • Ensure that audit team operates in line with the Audit Charter during engagements, remains independent from management and free from interference.

Business (Budget)
  • Assist the Head of Audit to effectively manage the cost of assigned audits within the allocated budget for audit engagements; and
  • Identify and implement opportunities for cost savings and optimal productivity of assigned audit engagements.

Audit Delivery
  • To act as a Team Lead or Team Manager on assigned audit work involving the SC Ventures business, and others as required. This will entail managing the auditors working on the audit to deliver the Audit Planning Memo, Controls Document, agree issues and action plans with management and submission of draft report to the Team Manager for review;
  • Provide clear guidance, detailed review and supervision of the audit team's work so that audit deliverables meet quality standards and timelines in line with the GIA methodology;
  • Provide guidance on business/audit technical knowledge and management skills to team leaders and team members to enable them to effectively deliver their assigned contributions for an audit;
  • Provide technical input and challenge on audit work being undertaken within the scope of assigned product / country area of responsibility. This will include working with the audit team to produce high quality outputs which address the risk;
  • GIA methodology should be adhered to in all areas of the audit engagement, as well as raising team members' awareness and understanding of the methodology;
  • Demonstrate sound knowledge of both business/technical areas and expert knowledge in the audit process, including the GIA system, to ensure that audit work is carried out to a high standard that meets all methodology and GIA system requirements;
  • Take the lead in presenting the draft report in the GIA report review process (to the tollgate or report approver); and
  • Have a thorough understanding of the regulatory landscape and to ensure that all key regulatory concerns are covered in the audit scope.
  • Monitor the implementation/delivery of the agreed issues/audit plans for the audits assigned, understanding the key risks arising, provide advice on resolution of issues to auditees/action plan owners and escalate audit findings that remain unresolved.

Risk Assessment
  • Support the Head of Audit to update the relevant assigned risk assessments as part of the Continuous Risk Assessment on a regular basis so that changes in risk profiles are identified in a timely manner, proposing changes to the assigned audit plan to the Head of Audit, as appropriate;
  • Promote early identification and escalation of risks, issues, trends and developments to relevant stakeholders. Be prepared to raise issues/concerns outside the normal audit process;
  • Attend relevant meetings relevant to SC Ventures (e.g. Management Groups and Committees) at the request of the Head of Audit to keep up-to-date on key business matters and provide the right challenge to ensure risks are appropriately identified, discussed and timely remediation plans are put in place;
  • Adopt an anticipatory approach to risk assessment through stakeholder engagement and monitoring of the external environment to improve audit planning; and
  • Review MI and reports regularly to keep up-to-date with key trends within the business.

Stakeholder Management
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the management of business units which fall under risk assessment responsibility.

People and Talent
  • Demonstrate strong leadership and ability to motivate and guide audit team leaders and members
  • Influence change within the department by highlighting potential enhancements;
  • Identify growth areas at the start of each audit, and discuss with the Team Manager on how best to develop them during the work;
  • Provide written performance feedback to team members at the end of an audit. Review and agree the feedback provided with the Team Manager;
  • Identify and successfully complete key internal training for self-development;
  • Facilitate the development of audit team members by providing on the job training and recommending formal training to support GIA activities; and
  • Support the Head of Audit to proactively spot talent for GIA.

  • Assist the Head of Audit to manage the SC Ventures portfolio, and establish good working relationships to help the businesses improve the control environment and keep updated with changes in the business impacting their risk profile;
  • Propose changes to audit plans to the Head of Audit, as appropriate, so that the audit plan remains relevant;
  • Lead by example on how to communicate audit-related matters and resolve any conflict between auditors and auditees during the course of an audit. Use networks and relationships to build engagement and achieve results;
  • Delays in the execution of audit work should be escalated in a timely manner, both to auditee management and GIA management;
  • Be able to clearly explain issues identified along with the risks and root causes to GIA and business management, using language designed to be understood by non-experts; and
  • Assist the Head of Audit/ to manage the relevant business and functional stakeholders, as appropriate, and establish good working relationships to help the businesses improve the control environment and keep updated with changes in the business impacting their risk profile.

Regulatory & Business Conduct
  • Display exemplary conduct and live by the Group's Values and Code of Conduct.
  • Take personal responsibility for embedding the highest standards of ethics, including regulatory and business conduct, across Standard Chartered Bank. This includes understanding and ensuring compliance with, in letter and spirit, all applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and the Group Code of Conduct.
  • Support the GIA to achieve the outcomes set out in the Bank's Conduct Principles.

Key Stakeholders
  • Designated business stakeholders, typically related to individual audit assignments and the assigned portfolio; and
  • GIA stakeholders - team leaders, team members, team managers, Product, Functional, Country and Regional Heads of Audit.

Other Responsibilities
  • Embed Here for good and Group's brand and values in GIA; and
  • Perform other responsibilities assigned under Group, Country, Business or Functional policies and procedures.

Our Ideal Candidate

  • Experience in audit, governance, risk or in a business environment;
  • Professional audit certification (CPA or CIA equivalent), CISA or other ISACA qualification would be an advantage
  • Knowledge and interest in FinTech, Information and Cyber Security / Technology Operations / Data / would be an advantage
  • Someone who is looking to work as part of an agile, dynamic team which is looking to take a key role in supporting the bank's agenda to disrupt through FinTech innovation.

Apply now to join the Bank for those with big career ambitions.

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