Senior Internal Auditor (Open and Promotional)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Accounting and Finance
  • Salary: $103,251.20 - $129,084.80 Annually USD

Job Description

The Controller's Office of the County of San Mateo seeks applicants with experience in internal auditing, risk assessment, and business process analysis for the advanced-level position of Senior Internal Auditor.

The qualified candidate will have:
  • A four-year degree or an advanced degree from an accredited college or university, with a major or concentration in accounting, finance, business administration, or related field.
  • Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Audit certificates (highly desirable).
  • A minimum of four years of responsible professional experience conducting complex audits, compliance reviews, and/or fraud investigations in accordance with professional auditing standards.
  • One year of supervisory experience.
  • Extensive experience in the application of auditing and accounting principles and best practices in operational and business process analysis.
  • Experience in performing audits of information (IT) systems and related processes.
  • The ability to perform well when working independently and in teams.
  • The ability to complete audit projects independently.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent research skills.
  • The ability to work on several projects simultaneously with minimal direction or oversight.
  • A desire to constantly learn about the County departments' various functions and the services provided.
  • The ability to interact with the public, staff, and management on all levels in a professionally cordial and confident manner.
  • Experience in information systems and software applications such as the Microsoft applications, ACL for data analysis, TeamMate for auditing, Monarch, etc.

The qualified candidate will be responsible for:
  • Completing audit projects independently in a comprehensive manner.
  • Performing risk assessments of operations, business process/procedures, and internal controls.
  • Identifying and communicating issues and developing recommended internal control procedures and solutions to address business risks and improve operational effectiveness.
  • Providing objective analyses, reviewing internal controls, and developing and making recommendations to improve internal controls and effectiveness of business operations.
  • Ensuring audit findings, analysis, and recommendations are well supported with proper evidence.
  • Developing audit programs and testing procedures relevant to risks and testing objectives.
  • Obtaining and reviewing evidence ensuring audit conclusions are well-supported and documented.
  • Communicating assigned tasks to engagement team in a clear and concise manner.
  • Developing effective working relationships with auditees.

The Controller's Office mission is to promote the County's operational effectiveness and ensure its financial transparency and integrity by providing quality accounting, audit, and financial reporting services.

The Division works to help safeguard County assets and reduce risks. This is accomplished by conducting independent operations and internal control audits to assist County management to improve operations and reduce risks related to County's programs, functions, and information systems. Audits are conducted in accordance with the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) guidelines.

Note: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.
Examples Of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Prepare clear, concise, and complete financial reports, statements, audit reports, and audit work papers.
  • Supervise lower-level staff engaged in conducting administrative, financial, compliance, and IT component audits and contract reviews.
  • Conduct internal audits of County departments, divisions, and agencies.
  • Conduct reviews of County contractors' compliance with contract and other regulatory requirements.
  • Prepare or direct the preparation of audit and financial analysis reports.
  • Provide technical support to external auditors and governmental program auditors.
  • Conduct research of best practices.
  • Perform related duties or special projects as assigned.

Knowledge of:
  • Basic supervisory principles and practices.
  • Auditing standards and procedures.
  • Principles and practices of government accounting, auditing and budgeting.
  • Principles and practices of business data processing and analysis, particularly related to the processing of accounting information.
  • Applicable laws regulating public financial activities and operations.
  • Principles of public finance.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Plan, assign, direct, review, and evaluate the work of others.
  • Review and approve budgeted hours for work assignments.
  • Train staff in work procedures.
  • Audit a variety of internal documents, procedures, and reports.
  • Review, analyze, balance, interpret and reconcile financial reports and transactions.
  • Ensure that all applicable regulations and directives are followed.
  • Ensure proper authorization and documentation of various financial and operations transactions.
  • Evaluate and develop auditing and accounting system procedures.
  • Prepare clear, concise, and complete financial reports, statements, audit reports, and audit work papers.
  • Exercise sound independent judgment.
  • Perform accurate mathematical and statistical calculations and analysis.
  • Maintain accurate records and files.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with team members, and with others with whom you interact at work.

Open & Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current County of San Mateo and County of San Mateo Superior Court of California employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview, which could include a written/problem-solving exercise before the interview (weight: 100%).

Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations, or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply' button. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted 5 days in advance in the San Mateo County Human Resources Department.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

Final Filing Date: Continuous
1st Round Application Screening: Week of September 20-23, 2021
Panel Interviews: Ongoing

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

HR Analyst: Christina Chan (082321) (Senior Internal Auditor - E093)

Job Address

Redwood City, California United States View Map