Senior Associate, Risk Management and Independence

Grant Thornton - Chicago, Illinois
7/6/2018 6:42:50 PM

About Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL)

Grant Thornton has set its sights on creating the next generation professional services organisation. The purpose of GTIL as set out by our global CEO, Peter Bodin, is to shape the future of the network through collaboration and innovation and to continuously bring an external, forward looking and global perspective to the network and its leadership.

Overall role purpose

The Risk management and independence function within Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL) sets out to safeguard the Grant Thornton brand and reputation through systems and processes that identify and mitigate key business risks including compliance with applicable professional standards and regulations. The Risk management senior associate will play an important role in advancing this ambition by driving the team’s compliance monitoring efforts and defining, planning, designing and executing activities that serve to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

This role will help with the development, implementation, maintenance and administration of an enhanced global monitoring and compliance program and will work closely with the function’s Directors and process teams to ensure that the firm’s risk management and independence objectives are met.

To effectively achieve risk management goals, this compliance professional will work to maintain current knowledge of regulatory requirements and developments, assist team leadership in understanding implications of new firm or regulatory policies, support the implementation of new or revised policies and programs to address the aforementioned, define and develop improved methods for evaluating and monitoring compliance, prepare reports and analysis that identify possible gaps and weaknesses, and define and develop approaches for addressing these findings.

Main responsibilities

Help define, document and execute monitoring and compliance initiatives to evaluate and improve global compliance with international policies and standards

Help define, document and maintain policies, practices, and procedures documentation, including records of monitoring reports and analyses performed
Work with Directors to define, develop and execute appropriate review, escalation and remedial actions processes
Help define key performance indicators and develop, coordinate, and execute appropriate compliance review, testing and analysis to measure performance
Utilize existing Risk management and Independence systems and available reports to monitor ongoing levels of compliance and identify areas for remediation
Attain and apply knowledge of firm policies and international standards and rules to enhance reporting, analytics and actions plans
Act as a problem solver and provide recommendations for improving compliance and ensure that management remediation plans are adequate. Validate that issues identified through compliance monitoring and review processes are promptly addressed
Identify training needs based on gaps identified through the compliance monitoring process
Assist in developing, maintaining and presenting internal independence publications, including training materials, practice aids and other supporting guidance
Aid in the definition and development of new reports as needed to support and enhance the monitoring program
Help maintain and draft/present new policies as required
Operate in an international setting with occasional meetings and calls occurring outside of normal business hours to accommodate member firm needs

Support continuous improvement of the supporting Risk management and independence tools and reporting capabilities to support compliance objectives

Evaluate effectiveness of application functionality and reports and propose improvements to meet control and information needs
Help define, document and test new application enhancements

Support other GTIL Risk management and independence team processes and projects as necessary and capacity allows

Understand the various processes supported and tools maintained by the broader team in order to provide assistance during periods of high volume activity, team member absences or system upgrades
Assist in various ongoing and ad hoc team projects as needed

Demonstrate the values and behaviours expected of GTIL Risk management and independence professionals

Maintain a collaborative working relationship with team members and internal clients
Adhere to the highest degree of professional standards and strict confidentiality in matters that require discretion, and exhibit our global CLEARR values, of collaboration, leadership, excellence, agility, respect and responsibility
Take ownership of personal development by regularly seeking and responding to feedback, participating in professional development and training opportunities as available and identifying and acting upon learning and development needs





Bachelor’s degree in Business, Information Systems, Marketing and communications or a related degree

Two to three years of experience in public accounting or audit, risk management, compliance or in a similar practice or function

Recognized compliance or other professional certification or equivalent a plus


· demonstrated working knowledge of various industry and professional standards and guidelines

· ability to comprehend and apply policy content to business process scenarios

· experience using business applications

· solid critical thinking and analytical skills

· expert-level computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office suite applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

· excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

· ability to prioritize and follow up on issues, or escalate when necessary, on a timely manner

· must exercise discretion and sound judgment, as position includes exposure to highly sensitive information

· strong organizational, time management and project management skills with the ability to assume, prioritize, and execute multiple assignments and deadlines simultaneously

· experience communicating with professionals with a wide range of English language fluency

· ability to collaborate with a global team

· inquisitive, thoughtful, and having the ability to think independently, while having the awareness to request help when needed

· takes direction well, while also having a natural disposition to take initiative and operate in a self-directed and results-oriented manner

· adheres to established schedules, work plans, and deadlines

· meticulous attention to detail

· flexible team player who embraces challenges and works proactively

· high level of professionalism and integrity

· positive & can-do attitude, high energy with an inquisitive nature

· strong professional acumen and business presence

· previous experience of working within a global professional services environment and with international stakeholders

· fluency in Spanish, French or another foreign language a bonus

· exposure to working in a global organization with an awareness of and keen interest in cultural aspects impacting day to day activities

· experience with data analytics tools and dashboards

· experience working with SharePoint and/or other knowledge management tools


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Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd., one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Grant Thornton has revenues in excess of $1.3 billion and operates 58 offices across the U.S., with more than 565 partners and 8,000+ employees.

Grant Thornton works with a broad range of publicly- and privately-held companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations. Core industries served include consumer and industrial products, financial services, not-for-profit, private equity, and technology. Grant Thornton focuses on serving dynamic organizations that pursue growth holistically — whether through revenue improvement, leadership, mission fulfillment or innovation.

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Requisition ID: 040641

Chicago, IL
Chicago, Illinois

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