Senior Data Analytics Auditor

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International | Finance
South Africa
Closing date

Who We Are 

Marie Stopes International (MSI) is a global organisation providing personalised contraception and safe abortion services to women and girls. Our local teams of professionals are passionate about the work they do in communities across 37 countries. The services we provide give a woman the power to choose when she has children so that she’s free to pursue her plans and dreams for herself and her family.

The primary responsibility of this role is to further MSI’s Goal: The prevention of unwanted births and its mission of ensuring an individual’s right to: children by choice, not chance.


The Function

MSI has a global internal audit function, providing assurance to the board on its overseas programme delivery and governance.  The team currently comprises four field-based internal auditors and the Group Internal Audit Director based in London. The field based auditors are based in locations where MSI has operations, currently two are in Africa, one in India and the other one in Australia.


The Role

The role supports the field based auditors by assisting in the identification and implementation of automation opportunities to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of audit engagements and other required work.  The Senior Data Analytics Auditor has a key role in: 

(1) integrating and managing analytical support within the Audit Department;

(2) partnering with team members on creating beneficial audit analytics; and

(3) reporting the results of data analytics in an accurate and convincing manner to interested stakeholders. This position requires use of software products to efficiently analyze processes involving large volumes of financial and other data. This role requires strong problem solving, analytical, quality control, communication and interpersonal skills.


Key Responsibilities

  • Partner with the Internal Audit team to analyze needs and recommend solutions to help execute audit activities in the most effective way by evaluating/ analyzing large data files.
  • Perform full-population data retrievals and/or sampling on large data sets and identify/investigate exceptions.
  • Design data analytic queries/tools to support various types of audit activities including Audits, Projects, Continuous Monitoring, Issue Validation, Risk Assessments, and/or Ad-hoc reporting.
  • Develop requirements, design code, test, and analyze results using available tools/infrastructure to provide support on audit activities.
  • Apply analytic techniques to prevent, detect, monitor or investigate potentially improper transactions, events or patterns of behaviour related to misconduct, fraud and non-compliance issues
  • Maintain inventory of queries, scripts, reports, etc. for continuous monitoring and/or future audit use.
  • Proactively identify key data sources and obtain access/feeds/files necessary to perform data analytics for audit testing and continuous monitoring.
  • Manage relationship and communication with key stakeholders, including auditors. Provide technical training to the audit team as needed.
  • Develop innovative re-usable self-service tools that can be leveraged by the auditors.
  • Develop effective working relationships within the department and with MSI personnel and management. Partner with  informatics teams to share ideas and enhance skills across the Internal Audit department. 

Experience (essential/desirable)

  • Demonstrated knowledge with tools utilized to query, transform, and analyse data for audit or fraud investigation purposes. Knowledge of at least one audit analytics software, for example IDEA or ACL
  • Skilled in working with large complex data sets, drawing conclusions, and reporting results. - Essential
  • Experience of other data analytics and presentation applications, for example Excel/Access/VBA, SQL, Arbutus, Business Objects, Tableau, etc. Desirable
  • Experience in advanced data/statistical analysis tools such as Qlik, Spotfire, Alteryx, Attivio, Palantir, SPSS or R. Desirable
  • An understanding of current forensic technology (e.g. Relativity; Brainspace; NUIX; etc..). Desirable
  • Strong internal audit experience; able to demonstrate an understanding of the approaches and objectives of a good internal audit function. Desirable
  • Excellent analytical skills - Essential
  • Superior attention to accuracy and detail, with the ability to work under strict deadline - Essential
  • Time management and problem solving skills with ability to oversee several tasks concurrently in an efficient and effective manner proficiency in creative and successful problem solving. - Desirable
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills.  Ability to work effectively in a team environment with strong partnering and influencing skills.  – Desirable


Qualifications and Training (essential/desirable)

  • Bachelor’s degree / Professional qualification (Data Analytics, Computer Science, MIS) - Essential
  • Four to seven years of related experiences in one or more of the following areas: internal audit, public accounting, data analytics, technology, compliance, and risks/controls.   Essential
  • Certification(s) in these areas is a plus, including CA, CISA, CFE, and CIA. – Desirable


Personal Attributes

  • Results oriented and innovative
  • Able to work as part of a team.
  • Strong teamworking skills.
  • Assertive, diplomatic, resilience and possessing excellent judgement.
  • Self-motivated, adaptable and flexible.
  • Able to work under pressure.
  • Committed to personal development.


For more information about the role, please view the job framework on our website.


In addition, you will be pro-choice


Location: South Africa 


Closing date: 12th February 2019 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.


Salary: competitive 

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.

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