Mission Viejo, California

James Hardie Industries plc, manufactures and sells fiber cement products for interior and exterior building construction applications primarily in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Europe. Its products principally include fiber cement interior linings, exterior siding products, and related accessories products. The company offers fiber cement products with various patterned profiles and surface finishes for a range of applications, including external siding and soffit lining, internal linings, facades, floor and tile underlay, lattice, fencing, decorative columns, flooring, and ceiling applications; and manufactures and sells fiber reinforced concrete pipes. Its products are used in various markets, such as new residential construction, which include single and multi-family housing; manufactured housing that comprise mobile and pre-fabricated homes; repair and remodeling; and various commercial and industrial applications, such as stores, warehouses, offices, hotels, motels, schools, libraries, museums, dormitories, hospitals, detention facilities, religious buildings, and gymnasiums.

The company markets its fiber cement products and systems under various Hardie brand names and other brand names, such as Hardieplank, Artisan Lap and Artisan Accent Trim by James Hardie, Cemplank siding, Scyon, Secura flooring, and HardieBacker. The company has historically invested between 2% and 3% of its annual revenue in research and development activities focused on process and product development. The business sells its products directly, as well as through distributors, large home center retailers, small to medium size dealer outlets, and specialist distributors to dealers or lumber yards, consumers, builders, real estate developers, and distributor/hardware stores.

James Hardie Industries plc was founded in Australia in 1888, moving its headquarters to The Netherlands in 2001. In 2010, the company moved its headquarters again, this time to Ireland. Today, the company has revenues totaling approximately $2.5 billion, with shares traded on the Irish and Australian markets, in addition to ADRs traded in the United States.
Position Summary

The Senior Internal Auditor works independently or as part of a team reporting to the Internal Audit Manager. This position is responsible for the planning, execution and reporting of financial and operational audits, fraud investigations and special projects, and participates in projects associated with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX).

The Internal Audit function is responsible for assessing the reliability of financial reporting, compliance with laws and regulations, the efficiency and effectiveness of operations and safeguarding of Company assets. The function provides assurance to management and the Audit Committee that controls are in place and working effectively, performs fraud investigations and completes special projects assigned by management and the Audit Committee. Internal Audit is responsible for identifying opportunities for operational and control improvements to mitigate risk, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of processes across the Company's global businesses.

The Internal Audit Department reports directly to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, and administratively to the CFO.

The Internal Audit organization is viewed as a training ground for high performing talent seeking a developmental assignment and exposure to the global operations of the Company.

Position Responsibilities

  • Plans and executes audit assignments (financial and operational audits, fraud investigations) across domestic and international locations.
  • Develops risk based audit plans and presents the audit plans to management.
  • Coordinates audit activities with management prior to and during the audit.
  • Presents findings to management in writing (audit reports) and verbally.
  • Follows up with management on open issues.
  • Conducts and sometimes leads audit work.
  • Works independently or as part of a team.
  • Reviews and tests the control environment to ensure that it adequately and effectively ensures: the reliability of financial reporting; safeguarding of company assets; compliance with applicable laws and regulations; and the efficiency and effectiveness of company operations.
  • Prepares high quality audit work papers to document procedures and the results of audit work.
  • Performs work paper review.
  • Makes recommendations to enhance business processes and identifies opportunities to improve operational efficiencies
  • Conducts projects associated with SOX including: documenting key processes and controls over financial reporting; evaluates control design and effectiveness, tests key controls; documents in work papers; reports findings to management verbally and in writing.
  • Assists in the completion of projects assigned by management and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Assists in the design, documentation and implementation of the Internal Audit department policies and procedures.

The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing. Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.

Position Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Understanding of internal control concepts and experience in applying them to plan and perform audits, and execute SOX projects.
  • Hands-on experience assessing internal controls in accordance with auditing standards, COSO, risk assessment practices, technical aspects of US GAAP accounting and financial reporting.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, critical thinking, and written/verbal communication skills. Ability to work independently, with limited guidance, and to work effectively on multiple projects.
  • Self-starter with a sense of urgency to get things done and meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to understand complex accounting and process issues, and effectively utilize educational tools.
  • Strong cost accounting and financial analysis skills.
  • Prior experience managing or supervising projects (e.g. audits with 1-2 assistants) is preferred.

Education and ExperienceEducation/Experience Required:
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or business-related field or Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems or other Information Technology-related field.
  • Two to four years of audit or accounting experience with increasing responsibility (Big 4 or equivalent preferred).
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or equivalent is preferred or in process/eligible. Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) a plus.
  • Experience working with an audit function as a lead or senior.
  • Manufacturing and distribution experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of SAP and data analytical audit tools (e.g. ACL, Excel, Tableau, IDEA) a plus.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 50%.

Mission Viejo, California

James Hardie Industries is the world’s #1 producer and marketer of high-performance fiber cement and fiber gypsum building solutions. We employ a diverse global workforce of approximately 4,800 employees across operations in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, and generated more than $2.9 billion in net sales during our 2021 financial year. We believe that home is a sanctuary and a canvas for self-expression without compromise. As the trusted innovator and industry leader in the markets where we operate, James Hardie empowers homeowners and building professionals alike to achieve their dream home with premium quality solutions that enable endless possibilities for design and aesthetics, while also delivering trusted protection and long-lasting beauty. Key to this effort is our dedication to our customers, market driven innovation, an inclusive and empowering company culture, and an unwavering commitment to our Zero Harm safety initiative. We also recognize the company’s ability to influence the communities in which we live and work around the world. While operating with a global mindset, we put great care into how our business impacts the local communities in which we operate and serve by sourcing locally, employing locally and delivering locally. Our business is fast-paced, and our people are smart in the way we solve problems, driven in our pursuit of results, and real in the way we build relationships and work together. We have opportunities available in manufacturing and production, sales, marketing, engineering, supply chain, accounting and finance, information technology, and more.

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