AGM, Head of Internal Audit

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Company:        A Retail Group in Hong Kong


  • Oversee and manage the overall internal audit function of the Group in HK & Mainland China
  • Prepare the annual audit plan for business and IT audit, including the focus and scope for analysis and surveillance work based on the results of risk assessment, recent market developments and legal and regulatory updates for Board Exco’s and Audit Committee’s review and for Chairman’s approval. Work in accordance with the approved annual audit plan
  • Approve the Audit Assignment Workplan and / or Audit Programmes for each planned business audit assignment, planned IT audit assignment, analysis and surveillance and ad hoc work to ensure adequate coverage and defines the audit objectives and scope of work. Review audit files, discuss and finalize the audit findings and recommendations with the relevant line and senior management for issuance of audit reports.
  • Ensure that the systems set in place by the Group’s management provide adequate and effective internal controls, are being observed, prevent abuse or wastage as far as possible and / or conform to the relevant legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Attend the regular meetings of Audit Committee and other management committees by invitation
  • Meet the senior management, line management and other control departments regularly to understand the latest development of the Group and the operational and procedural changes. Communicate with the relevant management and other control departments for any material matters of concern for their prompt follow-up actions and suggest solution for their consideration, if applicable. Initiate ad hoc audit review and checking on the issues, if deemed necessary
  • Provide advices on the design and implementation of significant internal controls and risk management procedures
  • Monitor the available resources, i.e. staffing and budgeted expenditure, within IA to ensure their efficiency and effectiveness of actual use and approves the work plan, training plan and schedules. Report the results of all audit work including departmental activities, e.g. KPI and regular IA activity report, to Board Exco and Audit Committee
  • Train and ensure IA staff’s standard and conduct. Chair regular IA departmental meetings to update the IA staff of the latest relevant policies, practices and activities of the Group and the latest development and changes regarding products and legal and regulatory requirements
  • Liaise with the External Auditors for joint improvement in the performance of internal and external audits and avoidance of any duplication of work
  • Ensure confidentiality and safeguarding of IA’s and auditees’ records and documents in whatever form
  • Perform any work-related duties assigned by Board Exco and Audit Committee


  • Degree holder in Accounting or related discipline
  • Certified with Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) or other professional accounting bodies
  • Minimum 15 years of solid experience in professional audit practices, with relevant business management experience in internal audit, legal, risk management or compliance field(s)
  • Strong strategic and lateral thinking
  • Leadership with strong management, problem solving, analytical, interpersonal, communication and report writing skills
  • Impeccable integrity with a strong sense of responsibility
  • Good command of both written and spoken English and Chinese