Manager, Internal Audit

Job Locations US-OH-Columbus
Requisition ID 2020-9453
Category (Portal Searching)


The Brand that Gets You to What’s Next

Express is the vibrant, confident lifestyle brand for ambitious people, providing the latest fashion for style-obsessed men and women since 1980. Our mission is to provide inspiration and confidence through fashion to help people get to what's next in their day, and their lives. With more than 600 retail and outlet stores throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Latin America, and a best-in-class online/mobile shopping experience at, Express brings city-inspired style to customers across the globe.


A Workplace To Match

We think you'll like it here. 

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, generous associate discount, and casual work environment. Working at Express is much more than the 9 to 5. It is an opportunity to connect and engage with some of the smartest individuals in the fashion business doing work they are passionate aboutThis is the Express Life and we’re always looking for talented leaders at all levels to join our team; if this sounds like you, we'd love to chat!


The manager of internal audit is responsible for planning and executing internal audit engagements, managing Sarbanes-Oxley compliance activities and consulting with the business on new system implementations and business process changes.  The manager is responsible for supervising and developing internal audit staff and co-sourced providers.


The position reports to the Chief Audit Executive, who reports to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.  The role has significant exposure to senior management throughout the organization.  In addition, the manager works closely with partners and managers from the external audit provider.


Essential Functions


Internal Audit

  • Assist the CAE in conducting the internal audit risk assessment and develop the annual internal audit plan
  • Plan audit engagements with the internal audit team
  • Coordinate communication with the auditees throughout the audit engagement
  • Develop risk-based audit work plans (audit programs) for each engagement
  • Oversee staff execution of the work plans and review work papers
  • Develop draft and final audit reports
  • Monitor opportunities identified during audit engagements for successful remediation by the business
  • Coach audit staff throughout the engagement and assess audit effectiveness post-engagement with the business


Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance (SOX)

  • Quarterly risk assessment activities to determine in-scope accounts, disclosures, systems and key reports
  • Develop annual walkthrough and testing plans
  • Review effectiveness testing
  • Consult with the organization on the design of effective internal controls
  • Coordinate and manage all activities for SOX compliance



  • Engage with project teams developing new systems or processes to provide an objective view of necessary controls or opportunities
  • Work with colleagues and peers to enhance the Express culture by participating in various Committees dedicated to such



  • Train, mentor and coach internal audit staff. 
  • Supervise finance interns and activities.



  • Assist the CAE in developing quarterly reporting to the Audit Committee
  • Monitor department training requirements and the quality assurance and improvement program (QAIP)


Job Qualifications


Essential Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree in Finance or Accounting required, advanced degree an asset
  • Years of Experience: 5 - 7
  • Minimum of 5 years of auditing experience, including staff supervision responsibilities, preferably in public accounting (public company experience desired) or in the specialty retail industry
  • Certifications: Either Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification required; (Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification is highly desirable)
  • Percentage of Travel: 5 - 15%
  • Type of Travel: Domestic


Preferred Qualifications (skills and abilities)

  • Strong understanding of risk-based audit planning and execution
  • Strong accounting background (technical accounting experience) and financial audit concepts
  • Experience with information technology and use data analytics to perform audits
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse fast-placed, dynamic, team oriented environment
  • Ability to balance multiple projects and establish and meet timelines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to effectively and concisely communicate with senior management
  • Ability to manage a diverse team of highly qualified individuals and enjoy identifying and providing development opportunities
  • Excellent at building relationships with colleagues and peers


As an equal opportunity employer, Express does not discriminate in hiring or terms and conditions of employment on the basis of any federal, state, or locally protected class.  Express only hires individuals authorized for employment in the United States.



Notification to AgenciesPlease note that Express does not accept unsolicited resumes or calls from third-party recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement and approval from HR to submit resumes for a specific requisition, Express will not consider or approve payment to any third-parties for hires made.


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