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JOB TITLE IT Compliance Specialist
DATE POSTED 23/09/2010
INDUSTRY IT/Communications
DISCIPLINE Business Analyst
LOCATION Middle East - Qatar

Job Purpose:

This role coordinates and performs all phases of technology audits in the company, its affiliates and shareholders to assess the adequacy of the internal control environment and efficiency process in a diverse technology infrastructure.

The position is responsible for planning, conducting, and reporting on IT governance and compliance audits of the Corporate Information systems and related processes demanding attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy.

Key Result Areas:

·                     Execution and comprehensiveness of technology audits.

·                     Recommendations for improvements arising from the audits.

·                     Assistance in implementing recommendations.

·                     User compliance with all IT-related policies and procedures


·         Performs fieldwork in audits of information systems and related processes.  Performs reviews of related security policies and procedures.

·         Monitor compliance with the department information system and security policies, procedures, and processes.

·         Monitor compliance with government laws, regulations, and accreditation criteria.

·         Review controls over workstations (personal computers), Local Area and Wide Area Networks, database administration, SAP and other corporate business applications, Intranet Workflows and Web Applications, technical support, systems development, etc.

·         Provide departmental support, including the development of computer-assisted audit techniques.

·         Understands all information technology aspects of areas under review. Develops and executes audit procedures to comprehensively test critical controls contained therein.

·         Perform other duties as assigned.

Operating Environment, Framework and Boundaries:

·         Works in a complex and developing business and technology environment, where priorities are frequently changing.

·         Receives guidance from the Section Head but has a high level of discretion in determining the daily work program.

·         Is the focal point for all audits conducted on the IT Department by Internal and External auditors.

·         Provides advice and guidance on activities, issues, and technologies in the area of Information Technology Audits and works effectively in a complex multi-national, multi-disciplinary environment.

·         Keeps current in the information technology area.  Is capable of working independently or serving as "in-charge" of audit team in planning, organizing, reporting and completing IT operational and application audits or special projects.

Communications and Working Relationships:


·         Daily contact with the Section Head to discuss work progress and Information Technology Audit requirements.

·         Regular contact with users and Management on IT audit matters.

·         Regular interaction with the Internal Audit Department to review and discuss Department audit items.

·         Regular interaction with the Finance Compliance Department relating to closure of Department audit items.

·         Daily interactions with IT Department Section Heads on technical audit issues.

·         Daily supervision of subordinates’ work.


·          Regular contact with vendors and suppliers to ensure keeping abreast of appropriate technology developments in the field of IT Auditing.

·          Regular contact with shareholders (QP, RLIC, ExxonMobil, QatarGas), related industries, customers and other partners to discuss best practices, technical and co-operative issues relating to IT Audits.

·          Meetings with External Auditors to discuss IT and group auditing matters.

·          Meetings with other external entities when required.

Problem Solving/Complexity:

·         The role includes the recurring challenge of generating new ideas to enhance the ongoing corporate wide awareness of IT audits.

·         The job requires the clarity and ability to resolve a wide range of technical, analytical, planning, administrative, and operational IT audit issues.

·         A complex issue for this role is keeping abreast of new developments trends, best practices, and benchmarking in the IT industry relating to Audits

Decision Making Authority and Responsibility:

·        Responsibility for the management of audits conducted on the IT Department by Internal and External auditors.

·        Has total authority to perform own technical aspect of the job.

·        Develops and endorses policies and procedures for his areas of responsibility.

Knowledge Skills and Experience:

·         Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, or a related business field is mandatory.

·         Minimum of 12 years’ experience including IT general controls, information security, data centre (mainframe and client/server) and operational IT audits along with application reviews of SAP systems.

·         High level of SAP (multiple modules including HR desired) knowledge, particularly in business processes, data security and controls.
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

·         Demonstrable interpersonal skills including planning, leading, organising and controlling the work of others.

·         Excellent project management skills to enable this position to work independently on multiple projects and to be flexible with the project assignments.

·         Ability to independently analyze information and determine significant audit issues.

·         Strong PC skills.

·         Experience in data extraction and analysis using specialized audit software (ACL preferred).

·         CPA/MBA desirable

·         CISA preferred.

·         Eligibility for membership of relevant professional association (e.g. IEEE Computer Society, Australian Computer Society).

CONSULTANT Warren Gibson


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