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IT Audit Director

Wintrust Financial Corporation
Rosemont, IL 60018
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This position will develop, direct, lead, and monitor an effective risk-based audit program for ensuring appropriate and thorough audit coverage of the company's Information Security and Information Technology environment in accordance with the audit department's annual risk-based audit plan. The position will support comprehensive and timely audit process by ensuring audit work is thoroughly scoped and developed, audit objectives accomplished, and conclusions appropriately reached and documented; reviews and evaluates management responses to issues, opinions and recommendations for complete and timely corrective action. In addition to oversight of audit execution, the IT Audit Director meets regularly with Technology senior executives and business leaders to discuss audits, assess risks, evaluate issue remediation progress, provide feedback, and gather insights on business activities.

The Audit Director is a key member of Audit senior leadership which is responsible for the strategic objectives, mission, and vision of the Company's internal audit function. Reporting to the Chief Audit Executive, this newly created senior leadership role will be part of a dynamic and growing team. The IT Audit Director will lead a team of 12-14 Audit Managers, Audit Officers, and staff in the oversight and execution of audit activities over Wintrust's Technology, Information Security, and Operations business units. The role is based in Rosemont, IL with occasional travel to banking and non-banking locations in and outside of Rosemont area.


  • Develop and manage a formal IT Audit annual plan.
  • Assist the audit teams in identifying and analyzing the inherent risks in the applications and supporting infrastructure
  • Assist in the development of individual audits to ensure that audit projects and stakeholders focus on key risks and controls
  • Contribute to the overall effectiveness and value by recommending and developing innovative approaches and solutions (e.g., the use of data analytics and automation)
  • Supports other audit teams from an integrated audit approach, to develop and perform audits of key business processes and the underlying information systems, identifying business risk and related application technologies.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain an effective risk-based audit program
  • Support comprehensive and timely audit process by ensuring audit work is thoroughly scoped and developed, audit objectives accomplished, and conclusions appropriately reached and documented.
  • Reviews and evaluates management responses to key issues, opinions and recommendations for complete and timely corrective action
  • Oversee the annual risk assessment for assigned business units and work with managers to plan and execute on Audit activities
  • Manage a portfolio of assigned audits and related activities, including staffing, scheduling, and coordination with client to ensure the timely completion of the plan
  • Review and/or help develop audit programs and testing procedures relevant to risk and test objectives
  • Ensure audit engagement quality, including adherence to International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (IIA Standards) and Internal Audit Department policies and standards
  • Oversees the drafting and completion of audit reports that clearly and concisely describe issues identified with minimal oversight
  • Maintains an awareness of organizational, procedural, and technological changes that have occurred or will occur within business units assigned
  • Provides timely feedback to audit team members, both written and verbally, regarding their performance evaluation
  • Effectively communicates audit results, both verbally and in writing, so they are persuasive, placed in the appropriate context, and understood by the recipient
  • Support efforts to obtain management agreement regarding audit observations and risk assessment, or ensure that all differences are appropriately resolved or reported
  • Administratively manage personnel effectively and guiding direct reports in their careers
  • Recruits and manages a team of Internal Audit professionals, providing ongoing coaching, training, development, and motivation
  • Contribute to the positive and team-oriented culture by maintaining cooperative relationships (assisting other project teams when necessary), facilitating the resolution of conflicts, sharing information, and accepting and providing feedback
  • Timely completion of administrative tasks - timesheets, performance plan and year-end review, T&E reports, etc
  • Develops positive working relationship with audit team members, audit clients, and throughout the organization
  • Provide ongoing performance feedback, career advice and mentorship to direct reports
  • Present findings of audit work to Audit Committee, external auditors, and regulators as needed

  • Minimum of a bachelor's degree, from an accredited college or university, with a major in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance or related field of study.
  • Minimum of 12 years of relevant audit experience in public accounting and/or internal auditing.
  • Applied knowledge of accounting concepts, audit methodologies, risk-based auditing techniques, The IIA's International Professional Practices Framework (2017), Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, etc.
  • Team-oriented individual and able to work independently, when needed.
  • Proven leadership skills - ability to influence and motivate others to quickly achieve results.
  • Sound business and technical acumen, with the ability to navigate a complex organization effectively.
  • Able to operate strategically while involved in the day to day tasks and activities.
  • Able to analyze complex business and technical situations, make informed decisions about appropriate corrective actions and convince others to act.
  • Strong time, project, and team management skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and participate in concurrent engagements and/or projects.
  • Ability to communicate at all levels with clarity and precision, both written and verbally. This role will be working closely with various audit teams, internal clients, and other relevant internal and external parties.
  • Required to hold one relevant certification (CPA, CIA, CISA, etc...).
  • Experience in utilizing computer-assisted audit tools and techniques (e.g. ACL, IDEA, etc.) and internal audit management software (TeamMate) desired.

Wintrust Financial Corporation (Wintrust) is a financial services holding company based in Rosemont, Illinois, with approximately $30 billion in assets. We engage in the business of providing traditional community banking services, commercial banking, wealth management services, commercial insurance premium financing, life insurance premium financing, mortgage origination, short-term accounts receivable financing, and certain administrative services, such as data processing of payrolls, billing and treasury management services. We provide community-oriented, personal and commercial banking services to customers located in the greater Chicago, Illinois and southern Wisconsin metropolitan areas through its 15 wholly owned banking subsidiaries.

Wintrust Financial Corporation, including community banking and financial services subsidiaries, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions, genetic information, marital status, age, disability, or status as a covered veteran. We request applicants refrain from disclosing current or historical compensation information during the recruitment process; any disclosed detail will not be taken into account as applicants are considered for employment.


Posted: 2019-11-14 Expires: 2019-12-13
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