Sr Internal Auditor

Location US-IA-Des Moines
Job ID
Internal Audit
Requires Non-Compete?

Job Summary

What's the role? Reporting to the Director of Internal Audit Services, you will perform complex financial, operational, general IT controls, and compliance audits to help leadership manage risk, identify issues that require resolution, and provide recommendations related to compensating controls. This individual will accurately assess risk and controls, develop effective test plans, exhibit appropriate judgment regarding issue notification and escalation, draft findings, and final audit reports.


What does it take? At least four years of audit experience and a desire to pursue a career in corporate audit. Ideal candidates value stakeholder relationships and are effective consultants—trusted business partners, inquisitive, effective communicators, and a knack for developing business/financial acumen. (Our industry, after all, is complex!) They’re also go-getters with track records of success and passion for continuous learning.


Why Wellmark? We’re a mutual insurance company owned by our policy holders across Iowa and South Dakota, and we’ve built our reputation on over 80 years’ worth of trust. We aren’t motivated by profits. We’re motivated by the well-being of our friends, family and neighbors–our members. If you’re passionate about joining an organization working hard to put its members first, to provide best-in-class service, and one that is committed to sustainability and innovation, consider applying today!


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or related field
  • Minimum 4 years of prior audit experience
  • Minimum 1 year experience in Accounting, Banking, Investments or Securities industry
  • Strong attention to detail with proven ability to manage priorities and multiple projects simultaneously
  • Proven analytical skills, with the ability to analyze data and make recommendations
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to concisely communicate findings of an audit to varying audiences
  • Demonstrates use of appropriate interpersonal skills and methods to reduce tension and resolve conflict
  • Ability to lead junior audit professionals toward the achievement of business results
  • understanding relevant regulations and business rules pertaining to the role while identifying and managing risk
  • Ability to think critically using strong business knowledge and perspective to synthesize complex information
  • Practiced effective approaches for strategically choosing a course of action when making decisions
  • Travel required up to 5%


a. Plans and performs complex level financial, operational, basic general IT controls and compliance audits with the objective of assessing compliance with operating policies and procedures, evaluating existing internal controls, and ensuring the use of sound business practices.

b. Assess risk and apply results to the prioritization of audit projects and objectives. Develop audit programs that will effectively test the level of risk that has been addressed with compensating controls within the assigned business area.

c. Coordinates multiple audit projects, including issue identification and coordination of corrective action plans in accordance with regulatory and departmental guidance.

d. Independently identify, evaluate, and provide recommendations for internal control issues and departures from operating procedures and standards to mitigate risks and improve efficiency.

e. Supervises and manages the work of junior-level auditors, including review of workpapers and development of feedback, coaching comments, and suggestions for performance improvement.

f. Recommends internal controls to be embedded in future processes.

g. Compiles and maintains audit documentation in appropriate files, databases, and systems to support audit work performed, conclusions/issues identified, and recommendations/action plans.

h. Discuss and negotiate audit issues with all levels of management. Leads exit conferences as appropriate and performs necessary followup to ensure issues are resolved effectively.

i. Documents audit results in an effective and organized manner consistent with established department standards. Prepare audit reports and memorandums to concisely communicate audit results.

j. Provides assistance to the companys external auditors during their interim and/or yearend audit. Test controls for the WellSOX program as well as the Service Organization Control SOC report to ensure controls are operating effectively.

k. Maintains and continually improves understanding of Wellmarks business and business environment including compliance with laws and regulations, new products and services offered by Wellmark, organizational structure, corporate policies, and Wellmarks strategic direction.

l. Abide by the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and the Code of Ethics.

m. Other duties as assigned.


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