The PCAOB oversees the audits of public companies and SEC-registered brokers and dealers in order to protect investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate, and independent audit reports.
Job Description Summary
The PCAOB has a full-time, regular position for an Assistant Director in the Office of International Affairs (OIA). The Assistant Director will report to the Director, International Affairs. The Assistant Director assists in developing and advising the Board on strategies for implementing the Board’s statutorily-mandated oversight of registered non-U.S. firms and on the Board’s international cooperation activities, with a particular emphasis on international audit and audit oversight matters addressed in the context of the Board’s participation in the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators (IFIAR) and other international organizations that are active in the areas of audit and audit oversight. The incumbent assists in developing and maintaining good working relationships with relevant foreign regulators, IFIAR and other international organizations, both in the context of the work of these organizations on international audit and audit oversight issues, and in the context of work carried out under the Board’s bilateral cooperation arrangements.
Assist in developing and maintaining good working relationships with relevant international organization officials and non-U.S. authorities, especially within the framework of IFIAR and other international organizations that are active in the areas of audit and audit oversight (such as IOSCO, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the Monitoring Group, the World Bank, and the Financial Stability Board); will participate in support of PCAOB Board Members and directors representing the PCAOB in IFIAR, including through IFIAR’s working groups, in particular supporting IFIAR’s interactions with global networks of the largest accounting firms.
Advise on international accounting and auditing issues arising from developments in specific countries or regions, and in the context of the work of the aforementioned international organizations.
Assist in supporting Board members and senior staff in connection with international conferences or meetings by preparing briefing papers, talking points, etc., especially on international accounting and auditing issues, and international organizational matters relating to such issues.
Track international developments with respect to auditing and accounting standards, financial and securities regulatory matters that impact on audit oversight, corporate governance affecting accounting and audit, and audit enforcement matters; conduct related research and analyses, and prepare concise briefing memoranda to the Board summarizing such developments.
Assist others in OIA in developing and maintaining good working relationships with foreign regulators, with a focus on accounting and auditing issues that may arise in the course of activities carried out under the Board’s numerous bilateral cooperation agreements.
Support other divisions (particularly DRI and DEI) as they address potential problems on accounting and auditing issues that may arise during non-U.S. inspections and enforcement proceedings and recommend appropriate resolution; as assigned, assist DRI in planning and carrying out inspections of non-U.S. firms in foreign jurisdictions and on special projects involving the Board’s international mission.
Assist on strategic planning issues as requested.
Bachelor degree in Accounting.
CPA required with experience in auditing.
Work with international organizations highly preferred.
10+ years professional work experience.
Foreign language skills in at least one foreign language is highly preferred.
Experience in policy issues related to the regulation of accounting and auditing both within the U.S. and/or other countries highly preferred.
Outstanding record of achievement with regard to quality of work, professionalism, work ethic, analysis, resourcefulness, creativity, collaboration, and negotiating results in an international environment.
Excellent written and presentation skills combined with a passion for primary international problem-solving, as evidenced by superior past work performance.
Ability to locate and procure information and data from foreign sources, foreign governments, and international organizations.
Ability to learn quickly and make sense of uncertain and sensitive international developments relating to auditing oversight.
Clarity in communicating and clearly articulating findings and opinions for senior managers and Board members.
Acute intellectual curiosity (i.e., the instinct to "go deeper" on interesting, often unexpected information).
Strong analytical and synthesis skills; ability to condense extensive research findings into relevant, actionable insights for senior managers and Board members.
Ability to execute multiple projects simultaneously and to a very high standard.
Proven ability to collaborate as part of a team.
Willingness to travel.
As we seek to accomplish our mission and implement our vision, we act with integrity, pursue excellence, operate effectively, encourage collaboration, and demand accountability.
Equal Employment Opportunity
All PCAOB employees are entitled to equal opportunity and a professional work environment, free of discrimination and harassment. A workplace free of discrimination is fundamental to professional success and to the PCAOB's mission. The PCAOB will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.
The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board is a nonprofit corporation established by Congress to protect investors and the public interest by promoting informative, accurate, and independent audit reports and to oversee the audits of public companies and broker-dealers.