Western Alliance Bank

  • Audit Director-Operations

    Req No.
    Western Alliance Bank
    Regular Full Time
  • Overview

    The Audit Director, Operations will be responsible for defining and executing the annual audit plan for responsible coverage areas.  In addition, the Director will be expected to contribute to initiatives supporting continuous improvement focused on audit methodologies and processes and supporting technology based tools/solutions as applicable.  This newly created role reports directly to the Chief Auditor and will be a leader in our organization. 


    The Audit Director, Operations promotes risk awareness in the enterprise through a positive and collaborative relationship with executives, business leadership, and staff. In addition to oversight of audit execution, the Audit Director meets regularly with senior executives and business leaders to discuss audits, assess risks, evaluate issue remediation progress, provide feedback, and gather insights on business activities. 


    • Drives preparation of a comprehensive risk-based, multi-year plan of audit coverage for assigned area
    • Develops and maintains partnerships with senior executives and other key stakeholders
    • Manages audit projects to cover key risks and produces meaningful audit reports that clearly communicate risks and core audit issues
    • Contributes to overall strategic audit plan; develops goals and monitors accomplishments
    • Manages a team of Audit professionals, providing ongoing coaching, training, development and motivation
    • Develops a strong rapport with senior management to ensure discussions are trusted, constructive and valued; works diligently to understand the company’s strategies and risks
    • Takes ownership of, and demonstrates leadership around continuous improvement initiatives within the Audit department



    The successful candidate will possess the following:

    • Ability to quickly navigate through the organization
    • Superior oral and written communication; comfortable making presentations to executives, groups of professionals, external auditors, and regulators
    • A successful track record developing strong relationships across a broad range of leadership functions
    • The ability to influence and effect change; be viewed as a trusted advisor
    • Creative thinker who can map out creative solutions and lead their implementation
    • Collaborative and takes ownership to ensure the quality of the audit team’s product and success
    • Proactive thought process, with an ability to foresee potential risks ahead of business decisions
    • Strong project management skills, with the capability to prioritize multiple demands
    • Possess business acumen and judgment plus ability to resolve and communicate key issues to all levels
    • Self-motivated and self-directed with a “hands on” style to lead change


    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a college or university
    • 12 or more years of experience in internal / external audit in the financial services industry
    • 5 or more years of experience in a managerial role
    • Professional certification of CIA, CPA, CISA, or CFE
    • Strong understanding of the banking industry, Sarbanes Oxley, COSO, and experience auditing operations related areas including loan servicing, deposit processing, ACH, wire, ebanking and other corporate functions


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