Senior Audit Project Leader

BNY Mellon
Brussels, Belgium
Sep 29, 2019
Oct 01, 2019
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

The Senior Audit Projectleader is primarily responsible for overseeing audit execution and managing theaudit pipeline. Operates as a team member or independently and hasresponsibility for specific procedures and results (i.e., head of a projectrelating to an audit, audit project, or model audit). Ensures testing (or othertasks as applicable to a specialty) is adequately thorough and accurate toallow an evaluation of the adherence to company policies and procedures, auditmethodologies, and all applicable regulations. Identifies existing and emergingrisk/ control themes. Contributes to Constructing Universe and development ofthe annual plan. May manage and develop staff, though this role is primarily ahigh-level individual contributor role, fully demonstrating subject matterexpertise (SME). Provides thought leadership to assigned audit practice areawhich is supported by advanced credentials, documented industry experience,and/or publications. Prepares documents and reports that are "client ready."Maintains management relationships and participates in continuous improvementinitiatives.

  • Creates Audit plans andcollaborates with leaders to develop appropriate methodologies. Leads testing of financial, operational andother processes, adapting plans in unprecedented situations. Identifies meaningful issues and tracksfieldwork and emerging issues to completion. Possesses an expert understandingof businesses and processes and serves as a key partner to project leaders and auditeeson projects of high complexity and involving deep understanding of theregulatory regimes, business models and processes for each assignment.Leverages advanced business knowledge or experience in order to practicestrategic or systemic results. Applies exceptional skill in eliciting criticalinformation from business clients and colleagues about underlying processes andprocedures necessary to evaluate the control risks. Leads and performsindependent research, applying advanced knowledge of statistical sampling andrisk analysis and ensuring technical accuracy and validity. Engages inContinuous Monitoring activities.
  • Provides knowledge sharing andcontributes to the development of intellectual capital in a specializedtechnical area within audit groups or across the department.
  • Serves as an internal experton the most complex Audit topics. Applies a deep understanding of core andadvanced concepts in data analytics, relevant technology, the regulatoryenvironment, the financial services industry, project management and businessprocesses and can integrate these concepts into audit processes and leveragethem to solve difficult problems and create innovative solutions. Regularly applies project management methodologiesto effectively oversee multiple projects/staff across multiple audits; promotesand educates assigned team members in technical concepts.
  • Collaborates with auditmanagement to set area priorities. Builds and cultivates relationships across the Audit team, businessleaders, clients, and regulators. Able to clearly explain the audit process toclients (if appropriate), as well as any findings or results. Understands thesensitive nature of confidential information and actively championssecurity/privacy controls among the team. Triages potential audit issues,escalates to the AIC if required and provides potential solutions forconsideration. Has demonstrated ability to explain technical/complex issues tonon-technical audiences and is adept at applying logical, well-constructedarguments to persuade and influence others to adopt a new point of view.
  • Applies sophisticatedanalytical problem-solving skills and leads others in solving complex issuesand identifying innovative solutions in area of specialism. In such cases,contributes highly technical or specialized skills sets or business knowledgenot readily available elsewhere in the department to solve audit issues. Identifies inconsistencies with the controlenvironment, regulatory requirements and best practices and initiates thedevelopment of a structure or solution to address the issue(s). Follows up andvalidates sustainable resolution of issues on a timely basis. Identifiesopportunities for the use of automation and actively takes part in advancingrecommendations for software support requests. Provides assistance with keyinitiatives, leveraging personal subject matter expertise on the relevant topicor topics.
  • Delivers robust metrics and reporting on auditactivity and represents audit at relevant internal and external meetings.


No direct reports but assist the Brussels Auditmanager to manage the Brussels team and deputise where required. Also expectedto manage teams across various location and/or region for the delivery ofassigned audit projects. To the extent possible, ensure that team membersremain motivated, have clear paths of growth and development identified,minimize attrition and seek to deepen the skills and knowledge base of the teamand raise their respective profiles.

Job Scope:

Audit recommendations from theincumbent may have a direct impact on the audited business unit, and ultimatelythe Company's overall operational, risk or financial position.



Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination ofeducation and work experience required. Degree in Accounting, Finance, orrelevant critical thinking specialty such as MIS, DIS, Computer Science, andMathematics preferred. MBA, CPA, CFA or related certifications preferred.

  • 10-12 years of total workexperience preferred.
  • Prior experience in Audit or the relevant experience in the EU regulatory environment and corporate governance requirements, with interest in moving into the third line of defence.
  • Additional core skillrequirements include understanding of the applied and interpretation ofanalytics results for Audit, critical thinking, negotiating issues andresolving problems.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with various levels of management.

BNY Mellon is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Primary Location: Belgium-Brussels-Capital Region-Brussels
Job: Audit
Internal Jobcode: 85004
Organization: Audit International-HR07989
Requisition Number: 1910107