Internal Audit Manager

Chalhoub Group

Dubai, UAE

Ref: GP285-5324

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time


For over six decades, Chalhoub Group has been a partner and creator of luxury experiences in the Middle East. The Group, in its endeavour to excel as a hybrid retailer, has reinforced its distribution and marketing services with a portfolio of eight owned brands and over 300 international brands in the luxury, beauty, fashion, and art de vivre categories. More recently, the Group expanded its expertise into new categories of luxury watches, jewellery, and eyewear.

Every step at Chalhoub Group is taken with the customer at heart. Be it constantly reinventing itself or focusing on innovation to provide luxury experiences at over 750+ experiential retail stores, online and through mobile apps, each touch point leads to delighting the customer.

Today, Chalhoub Group stands for 14,000 skilled and talented professionals across seven countries, whose cohesive efforts have resulted in the Group being ranked third in the Middle East and first in Saudi Arabia as a Great Place to Work®.

To keep the innovation journey going, the Group has set up "The Greenhouse", which is not just an innovation hub, but also an incubator space and accelerator for start-ups and small businesses in the region and internationally. This is just one of the several initiatives taken by the Group to reinvent itself, catalysed by forward thinking and future-proofing. The Group has also been embedding sustainability at the core of its business strategy with a clear commitment towards people, partners and the planet, and by being a member of the United Nations Global Compact Community and signatory of the Women's Empowerment Principles.

The Role

The Internal Audit Manager will actively participate in the annual risk assessment, develop the audit plan, and shadow and support the Internal Audit Director in delivering the overall mandate of the internal audit function.

What you'll be doing


- Develop a thorough understanding of company policies and procedures and recommend enhancements or re-engineering of business operations to improve the overall internal control environment and align business units with the shared services.
- Support business units on advisory projects including the development or update of standard operating procedures, policies, DOA's. RACI's and other internal control and governance tools.
- Identify and propose effective and innovative audit techniques and tools in pursuit of the digital direction of the organization.

Planning and execution:

- Understand the current state of processes and procedures adopted by the company and derive the process and risk universe of the commercial verticals, country operations, and shared services.
- Assist in evaluating business risks and making preliminary assessments based on knowledge gathered including financial exposure (i.e., materiality), quality of internal controls at both the entity level and process level, changes in management structure, prior audit results, and time or significant events since the last audit.
- Support the Internal Audit Director in developing the annual risk-based Internal Audit plan and time and resource allocation plans.
- Plan and allocate resources across the audit plan in accordance with skills and schedules (including in-house and outsourced resources).
- Oversee progress on engagements by attending key meetings with audit clients, reviewing working papers, and completed tasks of the audit team, and providing support and coaching where required.
- Work on special projects, complex internal audit engagements, or consulting engagements as directed by the Internal Audit Director.
- Coordinate and interact with audit and consulting firms.

People management:

- Review the work of team members on a timely basis and thoroughly and constructively and ensure compliance with the department's established standards and methodology.
- Complete engagement assessments for team members and provide one-to-one feedback.
- Work closely with the IA Director on the professional development plan of the IA team and assist in coaching and supporting where required.
- Demonstrate strong people management skills and qualities and actively build and foster a qualified and well-equipped team.
- Support in onboarding and induction of new Internal Audit team members.

Business analytics and process improvement:

- Work closely with the corporate data analytics teams and the Internal Audit data Analytics Lead on designing continuous monitoring reports and propose ideas that support continuous auditing and exception reporting concepts.
- Constantly build awareness of business and economic developments and new pronouncements and standards, to identify their links and impact on the business.
- Work closely with the Internal Audit Director in preparing Audit committee quarterly reports to a high technical standard.


What you'll need to succeed

- You possess 7 to 10 years of internal audit experience combining the big four and the retail/family conglomerates industry in the GCC.
- You have a strong track record of conducting internal audits and interacting with Audit Committees.
- You hold a CIA/CPA/ACC and any other relevant certifications such as C-risk, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Certified Fraud Examiner.
- You have a strong knowledge of the IIA standards.
- You have a strong knowledge of conducting entity-wide risk assessments, process-level risk and control assessments, planning and execution of audits, and reporting.
- You possess practical expertise in preparing Audit committee status update packs.
- You possess a sound knowledge of accounting principles.
You are a leader who can apply situational leadership based on the underlying circumstances.
- You have the ability to build relationships and foster cooperative environments.

What we can offer you

With us, you will turn your aspirations into reality. We will help shape your journey through enriching experiences, learning and development opportunities and exposure to different assignments within your role or through internal mobility. Our Group offers diverse career paths for those who are extraordinary, every day.

We recognise the value that you bring, and we strive to provide a competitive benefits package which includes health care, child education contribution, remote and flexible working policies as well as exclusive employee discounts.

About the Company

The Chalhoub Group is the leading partner for luxury across the Middle East since 1955. As an expert in retail, distribution and marketing services based in Dubai, the group has become a major player in the fashion, beauty and gift sectors regionally.

By blending its Middle East expertise and intimate knowledge of luxury, Chalhoub Group is building brands in the region, by offering service excellence to all its partners and a unique experience to its customers through its passionate teams.

With a growing workforce of more than 9,000 people, implemented in 14 countries, as well as the operating of over 470 retail outlets, the group's success is attributed to its most valued asset of highly skilled and dedicated teams. Professionalism and passion are what fuel the Chalhoub Group's competitive edge in today's market.

By being committed to implementing sustainable practices into their business, the Chalhoub Group has been awarded in 2013 the CSR Label from the Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

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