Senior Audit Project Leader

Senior Audit Project Leader

BNY Mellon

Brussels, Belgium

Position Summary:

The Senior Audit Project leader is primarily responsible for overseeing audit execution and managing the audit pipeline. Operates as a team member or independently and has responsibility for specific procedures and results (i.e., head of a project relating to an audit, audit project, or model audit). Ensures testing (or other tasks as applicable to a specialty) is adequately thorough and accurate to allow an evaluation of the adherence to company policies and procedures, audit methodologies, and all applicable regulations. Identifies existing and emerging risk/ control themes. Contributes to Constructing Universe and development of the annual plan. May manage and develop staff, though this role is primarily a high-level individual contributor role, fully demonstrating subject matter expertise (SME). Provides thought leadership to assigned audit practice area which is supported by advanced credentials, documented industry experience, and/or publications. Prepares documents and reports that are "client ready." Maintains management relationships and participates in continuous improvement initiatives.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Creates Audit plans and collaborates with leaders to develop appropriate methodologies. Leads testing of financial, operational and other processes, adapting plans in unprecedented situations. Identifies meaningful issues and tracks fieldwork and emerging issues to completion. Possesses an expert understanding of businesses and processes and serves as a key partner to project leaders and auditees on projects of high complexity and involving deep understanding of the regulatory regimes, business models and processes for each assignment. Leverages advanced business knowledge or experience in order to practice strategic or systemic results. Applies exceptional skill in eliciting critical information from business clients and colleagues about underlying processes and procedures necessary to evaluate the control risks. Leads and performs independent research, applying advanced knowledge of statistical sampling and risk analysis and ensuring technical accuracy and validity. Engages in Continuous Monitoring activities;
  • Provides knowledge sharing and contributes to the development of intellectual capital in a specialized technical area within audit groups or across the department;
  • Serves as an internal expert on the most complex Audit topics. Applies a deep understanding of core and advanced concepts in data analytics, relevant technology, the regulatory environment, the financial services industry, project management and business processes and can integrate these concepts into audit processes and leverage them to solve difficult problems and create innovative solutions. Regularly applies project management methodologies to effectively oversee multiple projects/staff across multiple audits; promotes and educates assigned team members in technical concepts;
  • Collaborates with audit management to set area priorities. Builds and cultivates relationships across the Audit team, business leaders, clients, and regulators. Able to clearly explain the audit process to clients (if appropriate), as well as any findings or results. Understands the sensitive nature of confidential information and actively champions security/privacy controls among the team. Triages potential audit issues, escalates to the AIC if required and provides potential solutions for consideration. Has demonstrated ability to explain technical/complex issues to non-technical audiences and is adept at applying logical, well-constructed arguments to persuade and influence others to adopt a new point of view;
  • Applies sophisticated analytical problem-solving skills and leads others in solving complex issues and identifying innovative solutions in area of specialism. In such cases, contributes highly technical or specialized skills sets or business knowledge not readily available elsewhere in the department to solve audit issues. Identifies inconsistencies with the control environment, regulatory requirements and best practices and initiates the development of a structure or solution to address the issue(s). Follows up and validates sustainable resolution of issues on a timely basis. Identifies opportunities for the use of automation and actively takes part in advancing recommendations for software support requests. Provides assistance with key initiatives, leveraging personal subject matter expertise on the relevant topic or topics;
  • Delivers robust metrics and reporting on audit activity and represents audit at relevant internal and external meetings.


No direct reports but assist the Brussels Audit manager to manage the Brussels team and deputise where required. Also expected to manage teams across various location and/or region for the delivery of assigned audit projects. To the extent possible, ensure that team members remain motivated, have clear paths of growth and development identified, minimize attrition and seek to deepen the skills and knowledge base of the team and raise their respective profiles.

Job Scope:

Audit recommendations from the incumbent may have a direct impact on the audited business unit, and ultimately the Company's overall operational, risk or financial position.



  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience required. Degree in Accounting, Finance, or relevant critical thinking specialty such as MIS, DIS, Computer Science, and Mathematics preferred. MBA, CPA, CFA or related certifications preferred.


  • 10-12 years of total work experience preferred;
  • Prior experience in Audit or the relevant experience in the EU regulatory environment and corporate governance requirements, with interest in moving into the third line of defence;
  • Additional core skill requirements include understanding of the applied and interpretation of analytics results for Audit, critical thinking, negotiating issues and resolving problems;
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with various levels of management.

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