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Head of Audit and Assurance Services (Hybrid)

Job Details

ORBA - Chicago, IL


Position Summary

The Head of the Audit and Assurance Services Department is responsible for leadership, direction and guidance of department activities to ensure the short and long-term profitability and growth of the department.  Advanced technical knowledge in Audit and Assurance Services standards, along with excellent management and supervisory skills are required. The head of this department will spend approximately 75% of their time on department management and 25% on client work.


  • Flexible summer hours and convenient downtown Chicago & Oak Brook locations 
  • Dress for your day attire (jeans in the office and appropriate attire at clients)
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Mentoring and Leadership Development Programs
  • Fun firm sponsored social events
  • Generous paid time off and holiday time
  • Competitive compensation package and a broad range of insurance programs
  • Hybrid work schedule

Summary of Job Functions

  • Leadership
    • Coordinate with CEO/Board/COO, industry groups, Audit & Assurance Directors, Managers/ Senior Staff, learning and professional development group.
  • Innovation and Strategy
    • Methodology, process and standardization, technology, outsourcing/ offshoring.
  • Quality and Risk Management
    • Oversight/coordination with Quality Control Director, risk management, document retention and destruction, and training.
  • Management
    • Client (reporting, engagement performance monitoring, client acceptance), Staff (professional development, scheduling, and utilization).
  • Talent Development
    • Provide guidance, mentorship and support to Managers and Professional Staff. Identify training needs and opportunities for professional growth among Managers and Professional Staff. Foster a collaborative and motivated work environment.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Head of the Audit and Assurance Services Department
    • Review Audit and Assurance Services department utilization and assignment of work to the appropriate Staff.
    • Assess staffing and skill levels needed to match the firm’s current and future client needs.
    • Maintain oversight of training, development and advancement of all professional Staff within the Audit and Assurance department consistent with the firm’s growth plans.
    • Oversee client acceptance and terminations if necessary.
    • Manage the department’s timely completion of Audit and Assurance Services work.
    • Maintain overall quality of work product including reviewing/maintaining consistent audit methodologies and processes.
    • Regularly organize and lead Audit and Assurance Services department meetings.
    • Oversee all administrative individuals and processes involved within the Audit and Assurance Services department.
    • Communicate Audit and Assurance Services information among our clients and professionals within the firm.
    • Oversee research and technical information developed within the department.
    • Maintain the firm’s Audit and Assurance Services library, including all research tools and software.
    • Oversee, understand, and evaluate the technological needs of the Audit and Assurance Services department.
    • Report to Chief Executive Officer on a regular basis with status and updates within the department.
    • Contribute to the hiring process for professional Staff as needed, including interviewing.


  • Practicing Audit and Assurance Services Director
    • Manage Audit and Assurance Services engagement teams, as well as research projects, to achieve an accurate and efficient product.
    • Possess expert knowledge and experience with financial statement review and technical issues.
    • Possess a complete knowledge of the firm’s philosophy and its opinions on Audit and Assurance Services matters. 
    • Participate in firm’s practice development efforts through involvement with referral sources, community, and industry activities.
    • Utilize skills developed over time to continue being an authoritative resource in the community, locally and nationally.


Required Skills/ Abilities

  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong team building experience with proven success.
  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgment and analyze problems logically and comprehensively.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as independently.
  • Ability to handle sensitive/confidential matters in a tactful and discreet manner.
  • Ability to interface with all levels of the organization, including the management team.
  • Strong negotiation and persuasion skills.
  • Proficiency with CCH Axcess, planning software, online research software and Microsoft Office-in particular Excel and Word.


Education and Experience

  • At least 12 years of experience in public accounting, demonstrating a proven progression in Audit and Assurance Services complexity, scope, and research. 
  • Minimum of 6 years of experience supervising and directing client work of Audit and Assurance Services professionals and 2 years in a management role as a department leader.
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting required.
  • Current and valid CPA required.