Senior Associate - Risk Advisory Services
Job Details
Atlanta/Riverwood 200 - Atlanta, GA
Full Time
4 Year Degree

Job purpose

Working as part of a team and utilizing resources to add value to clients, a Senior Associate is primarily responsible for the direction and leadership of engagement field work, assignment of detailed work to staff, and initial review of work product.

Duties and responsibilities

Commitment to Client Service

  • Develops effective working relationships with clients and firm associates
  • Works effectively in teams to provide quality service to clients
  • Gains a comprehensive understanding of clients’ IT environments, processes and business objectives, and utilizes that knowledge throughout engagements
  • Communicates (both verbally and electronically) effectively to clients and firm associates

Technical Skills

  • Performs risk-based IT audit procedures that require appropriate understanding of clients’ IT environments, processes, and internal controls
  • Analyzes client audit evidence to assess the suitability of design and operating effectiveness of IT internal control activities
  • Applies technical guidance as appropriate for compliance-oriented engagements such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) reviews or System and Organizational Controls (SOC) examinations
  • Leads engagement teams in performance of IT audits using effective delegation to maximize engagement efficiency
  • Applies critical thinking to formulate potential solutions to client challenges as part of IT and business risk consulting engagements
  • Recognizes potential issues from basic analysis of IT environments, processes, and internal controls, and/or from performance of audit procedures, and effectively communicates them to the team
  • Researches potential issues and presents own conclusions prior to discussing with managers/partners

Leading People

  • Builds and maintains positive relationships across the firm
  • Supports staff in professional development by being available throughout engagements
  • Effectively manages staff during engagement fieldwork
  • Contributes and supports new ideas on internal processes and client engagements
  • Provides suggestions for work papers and engagement deliverables in a timely manner and coaches associates through thoughtful and directional review notes
  • Works with members of the engagement team and management to identify and resolve client issues discovered during engagements
  • Practices timely and effective communication to management and engagement team regarding performance, including any related obstacles

Business Results

  • Gives and receives feedback to minimize repeated errors and to apply new concepts
  • Plans and executes various types of IT audit engagements to determine if client internal control activities are suitably designed and operating effectively
  • Participates actively in training and developmental opportunities, both as an attendee and as a facilitator
  • Takes ownership of assignments to ensure timely completion and professional development

Executive Presence

  • Participates in Firm events year round including but not limited to recruiting, associate meetings, BT Foundation volunteer events, firm outings, etc.
  • Commits to outside reading, studying, and professional growth
  • Demonstrates integrity, objectivity, and a high standard of ethics
  • Actively studying and preparing for relevant certifications such as Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), or Certified Public Accountant (CPA)


Qualifications include:

  • Undergraduate degree required, Master’s preferred
  • 3+ years of IT audit experience is required, additional operational or financial audit experience preferred
  • Demonstrates appropriate understanding of IT audit concepts, including:
    • assessing risks related to various IT areas, including networks, applications, operating systems, databases, and data centers
    • auditing techniques for IT general controls related to identity and access management, systems development and change management, and IT operations, as well as for application controls
    • information security standards, best practices for securing computer systems, and applicable laws and regulations
  • Knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and System and Organization Controls (SOC) reporting is required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong commitment to professional and client service excellence
  • Proven time management, organizational and prioritization skills

Bennett Thrasher is an Equal Opportunity Employer encouraging diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; national origin; sex; pregnancy; sexual orientation; gender identity and/or expression; age; disability; genetic information, citizenship status; military service obligations or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.