- Bachelor's Degree
- Master's Degree
- Certified Management Accountant
- Certified Fraud Examiner
- Internal Audits
- Microsoft Word
ASR Group is the world’s largest refiner and marketer of cane sugar, with an annual production capacity of more than 6 million tons of sugar. The company produces a full line of grocery, industrial, food service and specialty sweetener products. Across North America, ASR Group owns and operates six sugar refineries, located in Louisiana, New York, California, Maryland, Canada and Mexico. In the European Union, the company owns and operates sugar refineries in England, Portugal and Italy. ASR Group also owns and operates mills in Mexico and Belize. The company’s brand portfolio includes the leading brands Domino®, C&H®, Redpath®, Tate & Lyle®, Lyle’s® and Sidul®.
The Internal Audit Senior/Staff position will work as part of our Internal Audit Team to execute our Internal Audit program for ASR Group. We will determine the title based upon experience. The Internal Audit function reports to the Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for ASR Group. This position will report to the Director, Internal Audit. The successful candidate must have experience in executing audit projects as well as evaluating processes, risks and controls. Some project leadership experience is preferred. The candidate must be able to work with cross-functional teams and be able to develop and mentor internal audit staff members. The successful candidate must be enthusiastic, tenacious, and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
KEY OBJECTIVE AND FOCUS OF INTERNAL AUDIT WITHIN ASR GROUP
Our key objective is to enhance our ability to identify and manage internal and external risks facing the company.
The primary drivers of our internal audit program include the following:
Determine if key risks impacting the company are being managed appropriately.
Determine if company policies and procedures are being adhered to as desired by management and the Board of Directors.
Determine if we have the ability to improve our operating efficiency and effectiveness.
Determine if we have the ability to recover cash from third parties.
Ensure that employees, contractors and vendors understand that their activities and transactions with the company are subject to audit and likely to be reviewed.
As a private company, ASR Group does not have any regulatory or compliance requirements driving the internal audit function. Our approach is designed to fulfill the needs of the management team and the Board of Directors.
Internal Audit Program
Evaluate key internal and external risks facing ASR Group.
Work with the CRO and the Internal Audit Director to execute a multi-year internal audit plan for ASR Group.
Work with executives and process owners to develop audit work programs and design tests that allow us to assess the effectiveness of our ability to manage risks through policies, processes and controls.
Execute audit work programs using a combination of internal auditors, internal technical experts and external resources.
Review management accounts and records, operating reports and other information to identify and analyze trends in operating results, financial position, cash flows, quality of assets and earnings, working capital, liabilities, operating metrics, control performance and process effectiveness.
Prepare written executive level and detailed internal audit reports summarizing the scope of the audit; the procedures performed; areas that are functioning effectively and recommendations for improvements to policies, processes and controls.
Participate in evaluating the level of risk within processes and controls across ASR Group.
Be prepared to lead special investigations that may involve allegations of wrongdoing and may be subject to attorney-client privilege.
Promptly report any instances of non-compliance with company policies or potential issues with legal or regulatory compliance to appropriate senior executives.
Assist with the preparation of work papers for our external auditors.
Other projects and duties as assigned.
Improving the Capabilities of ASR Group
Assist finance, operations and other key areas in establishing a framework to document and capture the key risks, key controls and processes in place across the company. Review or facilitate the documentation during internal audit projects.
Collaborate across functions to drive leading practices and standards across our organization.
Provide consultation regarding internal controls to operational and functional teams, especially as process or systems upgrades take place.
Communicate and propagate success stories related to process and control enhancement, risk avoidance, cost savings, and cash recovery across the business.
The above may involve presentations and other training methods aimed at enhancing the culture of risk management, processes, controls and leading practices within ASR Group.
Employee and Capability Development
Build the capability of our internal audit team through coaching, mentoring, and training staff in the understanding and deployment of internal audit methodology and practices.
Assist in the development of our internal audit practices and methodologies.
Help establish the culture and work ethic of our internal audit department.
WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Professional Experience – 2 to 5 years professional experience as an auditor. External or Internal audit experience is preferred.
Internal Audit Experience – Experience executing internal audit projects within industry or a part of a professional practice is desired.
Food or Manufacturing Industry Experience – Experience with audits involving food or manufacturing entities that involve operational areas such as manufacturing, inventory management, packaging, distribution, and related financial activities is desired.
Software Proficiency - Proficiency in MS Windows, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Project Software. SAP experience is desired. Experience with Internal Audit and GRC platforms, as well as audit tools are beneficial.
CULTURE/ MOTIVATIONAL FIT
The candidate who will be a strong motivational/ cultural fit should demonstrate a high degree of the following leadership traits:
Adaptability – Ability to read and adapt to their environment and flex their style and approach based on the context.
Analytical Skills – Sharp and analytical problem-solving skills; Ability to break down issues/ problems methodically and develop sustainable solutions.
Communication/ Interpersonal Skills – Ability to be a comfortable and open communicator including proactively sharing information, bringing issues / concerns to the table early and collaboratively working through solutions. Candidate will also demonstrate level of comfort in dealing with individuals across the organization hierarchy as well as across cultures.
Independent Thought – Internal audit must maintain independence and be able to reach reasonable conclusions and stand by them without undue influence from both inside and outside of the company. However, our primary objective is not to play “gotcha” The candidate must understand and leverage organization networks and build alliances with key stakeholders.
Teamwork/ Collaboration – Ability to partner with and influence colleagues and teams in a collaborative fashion to deliver work output.
EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or related discipline.
Masters or MBA highly preferred.
Certifications desired – one or more of the following: Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner or similar certification.
Verbal and written proficiency in English.
The ability to be conversant in another language such as Spanish or Portuguese is preferred but not required.
The position will require around 50% travel. The company currently has operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Brazil, United Kingdom, Italy, and Portugal.
Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.