MSA Safety

Internal Auditor at Intermediate/Senior Level

US-PA-Cranberry Twp
1 month ago
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We are looking for bright, passionate, energetic, curious and ethical leaders who are looking to provide true value to MSA.  The Internal Audit organization at MSA Safety, Inc. (MSA) is considered a pipeline for internal talent.  We develop future business leaders by providing opportunities to gain valuable business experiences, by developing leadership skills and through exposure to senior leaders in a variety of business functions.  After spending approximately three years in Internal Audit, while also developing your professional network, many of our Associates move into a variety of leadership roles within the business.  If you have these qualities, we would love to speak with you! 



Description of Duties and Responsibilities:


The position reports to the Financial Controls Lead and is critical to the success of the Internal Audit organization.  This person’s main responsibility will be  planning and performing financial compliance audits (SOX), as well as  assisting with the completion of financial, IT, strategic and operational audits. This role will also be responsible for providing assistance to MSA’s external auditors and executing special projects, as assigned.  Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Adhere to MSA’s safety policies and procedures and encourage compliance by other Associates.
  • Perform internal domestic and international audits of MSA and affiliates, in accordance with professional standards, including researching various business topics, performing audit procedures, preparing work papers, conducting closing meetings, writing audit reports, evaluating management responses and supervising other auditors, as necessary.
  • Support MSA’s internal controls (SOX 404) process through the planning and execution of testing of internal controls over financial reporting. 
  • Assist in the SOX 302 certification process, execute SOX 404 testing, and prepare SOX documentation relating to new acquisitions.
  • Follow up on audit findings with business stakeholders and ensure proper closure by management.
  • Articulate and document understanding of business areas under review through the use of narratives and walkthroughs, including the identification of key financial, operational, and IT business risks along with the identification of the proper internal controls.
  • Identify internal control and business process weaknesses; develop valuable recommendations for improving the control environment, business process efficiency and effectiveness and conduct exit conferences with management.
  • Effectively educate business process owners on the value of internal controls, standardized processes and the role of Internal Audit.
  • Assist MSA’s external auditors with assigned financial audit procedures.
  • Participate in special projects, as directed by the Internal Audit Director, Internal Audit Manager, Senior Management, or the Audit Committee.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining department independence, professionalism, and reputation.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% (both domestic and international)


  • Support internal audit management in developing a comprehensive continuous auditing program, including the use of data analytics.
  • Design data analytics to be utilized on all engagements to meet the various audit objectives.
  • Assist with the testing of IT General Controls.


Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Proven ability to execute projects on time and within assigned budget.
  • Proven ability to deal effectively with ambiguity.
  • Excellent knowledge of accounting, U.S. generally accepted accounting practices (GAAP), Sarbanes Oxley (SOX), COSO framework and SEC financial reporting requirements.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of operational and financial reporting processes.
  • Thorough understanding of the audit process and the ability to apply audit techniques effectively.
  • Proven ability to lead audit teams and provide guidance to other audit team members (at Senior level).
  • Demonstrated ability to work with cross-functional teams and personnel at all levels within the organization.
  • Demonstrated understanding of business processes, internal control risk management, IT controls and related standards.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


  • A combination of public accounting and corporate experience.
  • Knowledge of SAP ECC ERP systems.
  • Experience with data extraction tools, script writing or querying languages.
  • Experience integrating data analytical techniques into the audit process.
  • Understands complex business and information technology management processes.
  • Strong knowledge of IT General Controls and/or application level controls. 

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Management Information Systems (MIS), Computer Information Systems or related discipline.
  • This position is available at two different career levels based upon experience, education, etc.
    • Level one: 2 years of relevant experience
    • Level two: 2 or more years of auditing experience; 4 or more years of total relevant experience
    • Combination of Audit/Accounting experience


  • CPA or CIA certification.
  • MBA or other advanced degree.
  • IT experience and CISA certification.



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