Senior Internal Auditor

Senior Internal Auditor

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Chevy Chase, MD, United States

Job Description

For 60 years, HHMI has been moving science forward. We’re an independent, ever-evolving philanthropy that supports basic biomedical scientists and science educators with the potential for transformative impact. We invest in people, not projects. We encourage collaborative and results-driven working styles and offer an adaptable environment where employees can function at their highest level. As HHMI scientists continue to push boundaries in laboratories and classrooms, you can be sure that your contributions while working at HHMI are making a difference.


In this position, you will support Internal Audit’s strategic partner role, providing insights and assurance over governance, risk and compliance. You will help advance the department’s overall objectives of:

  • Developing, implementing and maintaining a comprehensive program of audit, advisory services and oversight.
  • Fostering strong business partnerships, protecting the Institute’s assets, continuously improving HHMI processes and systems, and providing exceptional services.
  • Assuring HHMI’s system of internal control is effective in ensuring financial and accounting activities are administered in accordance with the Trustees’ authorizations and management’s directives.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the Director or the Internal Audit Manager, plan, organize, and conduct audits and provide advisory services covering the full range of HHMI’s financial and operating activities with an emphasis on IT and data governance, risk, and control.
  • Assess the adequacy and effectiveness of financial and administrative controls, including controls associated with operations process redesigns, helping to ensure an appropriate balance between efficiency and sound internal controls.
  • Act as a trusted advisor to management and task force groups on challenging issues and opportunities to improve operations and controls, employing problem-solving skills and expertise in best business practices or standards.
  • Advise on the development or revision of operating policies and procedures, especially their potential impact on internal controls.
  • Identify and evaluate IT risk areas, provide input to the development of the IT Audit Plan, define scope of IT audit engagements, and develop and administer IT audit/advisory work plans.
  • Identify, develop, and document IT audit/advisory issues and recommendations using independent judgment and work collaboratively with management to identify corrective actions.
  • Collaborate with external IT security consultants to conduct technical IT audits and provide assistance to external financial auditors and consultants as required.
  • Develop and/or implement tools to collect and analyze data to improve risk assessment or audit/advisory efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Administer the department’s continuous controls monitoring program.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with audit/advisory clients.
  • Stay abreast of leading practices and new technologies in the field of Internal Auditing and Information technology (IT).

Required Skills




  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, finance or a related field from an accredited college or university
  • Certified Public Accountant and/or Certified Internal Auditor
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor or Certified Information Systems Security Professional



  • Master’s degree
  • Certified Fraud Examiner



  • Minimum three years of directly relevant experience; composed of public accounting, internal auditing and/or financial analysis and planning.
  • Minimum of two to five years of IT audit experience.



  • Knowledge of Workday Financials and Human Capital Management and Payroll systems
  • Knowledge of Ariba Purchase-to-Pay application
  • Knowledge of Concur Travel Management system
  • Understanding of investment operations, risks and controls



Required Experience

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