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Warner Bros. Discovery

Internal Audit Director

New York, NY

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Your New Role

WBD Internal Audit's vision is to accelerate innovation, increase efficiency and effectiveness while providing value added assurance and advisory services, while anticipating and mitigating risks.

As an Internal Audit Director, one of your main global responsibilities would include but not be limited to leading and acting as a subject matter expert for Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) global program compliance (Including both IT & Finance), managing 50+ internal and external SOX testing resources, developing and managing critical relationships (internal and external), executive reporting and reporting at various levels of the organization, and other key SOX related responsibilities. The Director will lead, drive and execute on the Global SOX program for scoping, testing which includes approximately 60,000 hours, over 800+ controls, 200+ applications and working with 100's of WBD global professionals of work today This role will play an instrumental role in working across WBD (Business Process owners, Financial Compliance, IT Compliance, PWC, and our external SOX partner Deloitte) in innovating and executing on the SOX program globally across all of WBD, driving quality results, driving harmonization and control automation, efficiency and effectiveness and reducing the level of effort (over time) and cost of compliance to approximately 20,000 - 30,000 hours of internal and external resources

In addition, the Director would be responsible for leading and managing both internal and external resources to develop strategies, execute, manage teams across to WBD to complete internal audits, reviews and various other activities to provide value added analysis, insights, and advice and to drive results across the business with personnel at various levels in finance, accounting, IT, legal, business leaders both domestically and internal including senior executives. The Internal Audit Director will be asked to perform the following:

Accountable for timely delivery and quality execution of the strategy and plan by leading and providing direction for the projects, driving impactful insights and results and recommending solutions to influence positive business stakeholder change and actions.

  • Develop and drive the preparation of key insights, analysis, reports, and communications and present to executive committees, senior leaders, and as required the WBD Audit Committee on specific subject matters.
  • Responsible for building, managing, and developing diverse teams that have the

requisite knowledge and skill sets.

  • Responsible for partnering with the Internal Audit Senior Vice President and others to

develop the approach, strategy and Audit plan, in addition to ongoing strategy,

analytics, collaboration with management and others to achieve overall

objectives. This includes the identification emerging risks and any areas of significant unmitigated risks.

  • Lead, develop, determine key risks and areas of focus and priority given business

objectives and direct execution of audits and advisory projects.

  • Support the other Internal Audit teams including the Operations and Innovation team to

increase the efficiency and performance of the team.

  • Support the SVP of Internal Audit on other priorities and projects as needed.

Your Role Accountabilities

  • Strategy Development: Lead and sets the strategic development of the SOX program.
  • Internal Business Partnering: Builds and maintains collaborative, productive relationships with key internal business partners.
  • SOX Program Management, Testing, Internal Audit & Assurance efforts:
    • Drives sustainable value, generating results through a wide range of projects including SOX control assessment, PMO, and innovation and automation activities. Includes assurance, advisory, analytics, trending of data, analytics strategy for audit, assurance, and advisory projects.
    • Quality reviewer of IA deliverables and communications.
    • Oversees special projects at the request of IA leadership.
  • Internal Audit Projects and Organization Development:
    • Team management/ talent development
    • Collaborate in the ongoing development of WBD IA

Lead and conduct internal audit and advisory projects as needed, facilitate remediation and deliver on risk based audit plans

Qualifications & Experience

  • 10+ years of experience in auditing, assurance, accounting, consulting or related field.
  • Deep understanding of the International Standards for the Professional practice of Internal Auditing
  • Deep experience and knowledge of all aspects of Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (ICFR) strategies, SOX compliance, including ITGCs, business process controls assessment, deficiency management and reporting.
  • Experience in project management practices, tooling and managing projects.
  • 5+ years managing people or teams - managing external resources is a plus.
  • Audit, risk, and control experience in various technologies such as internal controls over financial statements, application control environments.
  • Experience assessing the design and implementation of internal controls and their continuous improvement, automation and use of continuous monitoring.
  • Deep audit, risk, and control experience in various technologies such as application control environments, cloud technologies, networking technologies, big data environment, data analytic technologies, operating systems, and database systems
  • IT risk and control advisory experience delivering insights using data analytics to influence and affect change. Partnering with all levels of senior leadership.
  • Experience partnering with the first and second ( Financial Compliance, IT Compliance, Business Process owners, SOX, SOC, PCI/DSS, ISO, etc.)
  • MBA, Master's degree in auditing, accounting, IT or related experience.
  • Accounting & Finance professional qualifications preferred (ACCA, CPA etc.).
  • Deep understanding of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and leading practices.
  • Understanding of ITGCs, report assessment and other IT related activities for SOX compliance.
  • Self-starter who can work independently and spearhead projects.
  • Experience working with business partners to evaluate, design and test control environment.
  • Ability to leverage complex stakeholder relationships to obtain consensus and drive successful completion of projects with understanding that success is based on influence rather than direct authority.
  • Experience effectively managing competing priorities in a complex work environment, focusing on high-value activities. Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities which could change at any time.
  • Experience in customer-facing, translating technical concepts and solutions to non-technical and executive audiences.
  • Knowledge of agile audit principles and methodologies preferred.
  • High level of self-confidence, strong people and management skills and proven leadership ability, strong influencing skills preferred.
  • Deep technical problem solving and data analytical skills.
  • Strong customer focus; good listening, negotiation, and problem-resolution skills.
  • Experience interacting with all levels of management.
  • Must maintain a continuous improvement mindset and focus on automation opportunities to drive efficiencies and reduce costs.
  • Must have the ability to work in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment.

Understanding of the media industry

How We Get Things Done...

This last bit is probably the most important! Here at WBD, our guiding principles are the core values by which we operate and are central to how we get things done. You can find them at www.wbd.com/guiding-principles/ along with some insights from the team on what they mean and how they show up in their day to day. We hope they resonate with you and look forward to discussing them during your interview.

The Legal Bits...
In compliance with local law, we are disclosing the compensation, or a range thereof, for roles in locations where legally required. Actual salaries will vary based on several factors, including but not limited to external market data, internal equity, location, skill set, experience, and/or performance. Base pay is just one component of Warner Bros. Discovery's total compensation package for employees. Pay Range: $126,350.00 - $234,650.00 salary per year. Other rewards may include annual bonuses, short- and long-term incentives, and program-specific awards. In addition, Warner Bros. Discovery provides a variety of benefits to employees, including health insurance coverage, an employee wellness program, life and disability insurance, a retirement savings plan, paid holidays and sick time and vacation.

Warner Bros. Discovery embraces the opportunity to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of our society and the world around us. Being an equal opportunity employer means that we take seriously our responsibility to consider qualified candidates on the basis of merit, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or any other category protected by law.

If you're a qualified candidate and you require adjustments or accommodations to search for a job opening or apply for a position, please contact us at recruitadmin@wbd.com.

Client-provided location(s): New York, NY, USA
Job ID: Discovery-WAMEGLOBALR000076015EXTERNALENGLOBAL
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • FSA With Employer Contribution
    • HSA
    • HSA With Employer Contribution
    • Fitness Subsidies
    • On-Site Gym
    • FSA
  • Parental Benefits

    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
    • Adoption Leave
    • Fertility Benefits
    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • Family Support Resources
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
    • Happy Hours
    • Company Outings
    • Snacks
    • On-Site Cafeteria
    • Holiday Events
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Leave of Absence
    • Unlimited Paid Time Off
    • Sabbatical
    • Volunteer Time Off
    • Summer Fridays
  • Financial and Retirement

    • 401(K) With Company Matching
    • Company Equity
    • Stock Purchase Program
    • Performance Bonus
    • Relocation Assistance
    • Financial Counseling
  • Professional Development

    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Promote From Within
    • Mentor Program
    • Shadowing Opportunities
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Internship Program
    • Work Visa Sponsorship
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Associate or Rotational Training Program
    • Learning and Development Stipend
    • Access to Online Courses
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)