Pattern Energy Group

  • Senior Internal Auditor (TEMP)

    Job Locations US-CA-San Francisco
    Posted Date 1 week ago(10/12/2018 12:17 PM)
    # of Openings
    Internal Audit
    Job ID
  • Overview

    Pattern Energy Group is an independent, fully integrated energy company that develops, constructs, owns and operates renewable energy projects and transmission assets across North America, Japan, and parts of Latin America.  The company focuses primarily on wind, solar and transmission. The Pattern Energy Group team has a history as one of the top North American renewable energy and transmission providers in the industry. The team is dedicated to delivering the highest value for its customers, partners, financial supporters and the communities in which it works, while exhibiting a strong commitment to promoting environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility.

    Pattern Energy Group operates in the United States, Canada, Japan, Chile, and Mexico with offices in San Francisco, Houston, San Diego, New York, Santiago, Tokyo, and Toronto.  Pattern Energy Group’s corporate headquarters is in San Francisco.


    The Senior Internal Auditor role will have a unique opportunity to help build Pattern’s internal audit function. The Senior Internal Auditor will support the various Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (ICFR) compliance and control initiatives including Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 (SOX 404) and Statement of Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 16. The Senior Internal Auditor will gain a complete understanding of all SOX process narratives, will update process flowcharts as needed, will develop and execute testing procedures according to the audit plan, will provide recommendations to remediate issues noted during testing, and will perform follow-up testing for remediated controls. In addition, the Senior Internal Auditor will perform operational, compliance and information technology audits, and will assume an advisory role for system and process improvements.


    The Senior Internal Auditor must maintain strong working relationships with various departments within the company to ensure both SOX and internal control requirements are met. This role must feel comfortable and confident in approaching process owners to obtain necessary information and documentation to perform the duties listed below.

    Key Accountabilities

    The key responsibilities will include as a minimum the following:

    • Assist in developing the annual audit plan and performing risk assessments
    • Perform testing procedures for SOX 404, financial, operational and information technology audits and thoroughly document results
    • Performing intermediate and advanced level audits, reviews, or analysis of transactions in execution of the annual internal audit plan
    • Make recommendations to improve control design and operating effectiveness, streamline processes for efficiency, and comply with company policies and regulatory requirements
    • Maintain an issues log and work with process / control owners in determining remediation efforts and timing
    • Communicating noted issues, risks, and control deficiencies to the Director, Internal Audit in a clear and concise manner
    • Develop and maintain a collaborative, value-added assurance and advisory co-sourcing relationship with the external audit team, leveraging access to necessary subject matter expertise and staff supplementation
    • Collaborating with management to build and maintain ongoing business relationships.
    • Evaluate information security and associated risk exposures
    • Provide support to the company’s anti-fraud program
    • Evaluate the company’s enterprise risk management program
    • Evaluate the company’s regulatory compliance program with consultation from legal counsel
    • Complete ad hoc and other duties related to Internal Audit services, as assigned.
    • Limited domestic and international travel to be expected
    • Other special projects as assigned


    Educational and Work Experience

    • A BS / BA degree in accounting, finance or related field required
    • CPA, CIA, CISA or CFE required
    • Candidate must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in internal / external audit and / or consulting
    • Experience at a Big 4 audit firm highly preferred
    • Experience in auditing at a global company with international locations is preferred
    • Strong knowledge of professional standards (U.S. GAAP, GAAS, SOX 404, COSO, AS5 and the Professional Practices Framework of the IIA)
    • Willingness to learn new business processes and clearly document process controls
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills, to effectively present to peers and management.
    • Renewable energy industry experience is preferred


    Additional Requirements

    Skills & Ability:

    • A passion for auditing and wanting to understand how processes work
    • Eager to learn about Pattern Energy and the renewable energy industry
    • Strategic thinker with advanced analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Ability to understand business processes to identify control deficiencies, process issues, and business problems and recommend potential solutions
    • Maintain a current knowledge base of audit industry practices to ensure best practices are always considered
    • Perform all assigned audit duties in manner that reflects the highest professional standards and complies with the guidelines of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
    • Extremely accurate in data analysis
    • Excellent organizational skills and understanding of methods for streamlining and automating repetitive functions
    • Initiative in pursuing appropriate, timely and effective solutions to complex issues
    • Ability to respond to time sensitive issues with quick turnaround

    Technical Skills

    Computer skills –.Advanced Microsoft Office skills


    Pattern Energy Group Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.


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