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Itron, Inc. Internal Auditor in Liberty Lake, Washington

Itron, Inc., a U.S. public company dedicated to creating a more resourceful world by innovating the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, has an immediate opening for an Internal Audit Specialist (Finance/IT). This position reports to the North American Internal Audit Manager and has primary responsibility for performing operational and systems audits, ethics and compliance investigations, business process and system implementation reviews, and special projects. This role supports and assists in Sarbanes Oxley Section 404 (SOX) compliance including risk assessment, control design, operating effectiveness testing, and deficiency remediation. This is a role with upward mobility and provides the successful candidate with an opportunity to contribute to improvement of the company's financial and operating environment while gaining exposure to many facets of our business.Job DutiesPerform interviews of key stakeholders and analysis of planning documents to prepare the planning memo and audit work program.Demonstrate understanding of business processes, internal control risk management, IT controls, and related regulatory and compliance standards.Perform internal audit assurance activities, internal audits over financial, operational, compliance, and IT systems, including fieldwork procedures to meet audit objectives of the internal audit plan.Perform and support financial, IT general and application controls design and operating effectiveness SOX.Use problem solving and critical thinking skills to quickly identify internal control deficiencies, evaluate their risk implications and seek to understand the broader impact of current decisions.Document procedures performed, basis of conclusions and recommendations logically, concisely, and timely, while applying internal audit standards in accordance with the Institute of Internal Auditors.Identify and assess IT risk areas including IT security, change management, user access, backup, and process efficiency.Develop and maintain consistent work papers that clearly and concisely document achievement of audit objectives including audit summary memorandum, sample methodology, test work procedures, conclusions, recommendations, and management's response.Drafts written summary of audit findings and recommendations and communicate audit results to local management. In certain cases, may be required to assist in drafting the formal audit report.Assist in various special projects requiring analytical and risk assessment competencies. Ability to work with company personnel in various levels and functional areas of the organization.Coordinate and drive activities with external auditors to support external attest, audit, and review procedures.Exercise professional skepticism, sound judgement and integrity.Be able to assist and address concerns of control owners in matters relating to testing or audit projects assigned. Serve as adviser on ad hoc questions or inquiries from management.Participate in meetings and activities supporting changes and updates to the Company's financial and information systems controls.Key QualificationsEducation: Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting, Information Systems or related field, or equivalent experienceExperience: 2+ years of experience in audit, accounting, and/or finance with prior internal or external audit experience a plusCertifications: CPA, CISA, CIA, or equivalent certification is preferredSkillsAbility to work well both independently as a self-starter, and in a team environment as a team player.Ability to work in an ambiguous, fast paced environment, as well as adapt to organizational change.Strong written, verbal, and presentation communication skillsProficiency with presentation, spreadsheet, and word processing applicationsStrong organization skills includi