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Location: Tokyo, Kanto
Salary: Open
Employment Type: Permanent
Languages: English > Business Level, Japanese > Native
Industry: Financial Services
Function: Technology, Technology

Company Overview

Global Insurance Provider

Job Description

Internal Audit is an independent global organization within our firm that plays an important role in partnering with the business to ensure that management anticipates, recognizes, and appropriately manages risks. We devote our highly skilled staff to those activities of the highest risk considering the concerns of management and independent boards. We protect our business and our stakeholders through meaningful independent assurance and advice, while advocating for risk management and internal controls. This department is considered as an industry frontrunner in adopting digitalization, Robotics Process Automation (RPA) and AI in its audit practice, and it consists of 300+ employees in global, regional and local audit roles. This division consists of 50+ auditors across finance, technology, insurance operations, actuarial, data governance and data analytics areas.

The role of the Audit Assistant Manager is:

Delivering and managing IT audit assignments to ensure that all IT, business and regulatory risks are anticipated, identified, recognized and appropriately managed in alignment with the departmental audit plan and initiatives.
Applying our audit approach to audit assignments in a professional and effective manner in order to provide management with a fair, objective and technically accurate assessment of their system of internal controls.
Supporting the Senior Manager / Audit Director / Assistant Vice Presidents in relation to the delivery of the audit plan and departmental activities.

Key Responsibilities

Understanding and working together with Audit Senior Manager or Audit Directors expectations regarding deliverables and timeframes for IT audit projects on the audit plan.
Drive internal audit efforts to increase overall value to the business.
Provide management with an objective review of risks and controls from an independent view. Remain active with appropriate external professional organizations and keep informed on developments in the field of auditing, industry regulation and insurance practices.
Provide proactive and relevant management reporting of audit activities and results to Audit Director or Assistant Vice President.


Manage and execute comprehensive IT audits using department guidelines, knowledge of the business and understanding of controls to provide management with an independent appraisal of the control environment.
Support business audit team in conducting integrated audits and evaluating system application controls.
Review and determine the Business’s compliance with established policies, procedures, laws and regulations, and existing regulatory requirements.
Align Internal Audit process, risk and control activities to support business strategies through process-oriented thinking and end to end view capabilities.
Analyze and assess the impact of audit findings and recommendations on future operating environment. Assess effectiveness of key action plans provided by auditees to resolve control issues or risks.
Assist in the performance of risk assessments, development and execution of quarterly plan activities.
Contribute towards IT audit activities with the external auditor.
Lead or participate in team or departmental level projects and initiatives ensuring that goals and target dates are met, and the work product is of high quality.
Achieve goals and execute audit plan in a team environment; be viewed as a valued member of the team; balances multiple responsibilities.
Understanding of project management methodologies and performing project assurance gate reviews.
Tracking and follow-up on open issues.

Relationship Management

Proactively engage with and manage auditees to ensure full understanding of expectations of the audits.
Agreeing all issues with auditees to facilitate completion of final report.
Maintains a positive working relationship with auditees and sustains an ongoing relationship with key business contacts.
Is a ‘trusted advisor’.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Managing people in your project/audit, including supervision and direction to associates on delivering the audit plan and actively engaging in the performance management process.

Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills

Required Experience:

Bachelor’s degree with preference for major in IT, Business, Economics, Finance, Law or Accounting.
4-7 years of hands on IT audit experience.
Good understanding of Generally Accepted Audit Standards, IIA Standards, risk and controls, audit sampling and testing methodologies, SOX (or J-SOX) requirements, risk management, regulatory reporting and data governance.
Good understanding of IT General Controls across platforms (Application, OS, DB) for Change Management, User Access Management, Backup and Recovery Management, Batch Job Management and Problem/Incident Management.
Working knowledge of systems architecture, business processes and system risks, operating system and database platforms (OS such as Wintel, AS/400. Unix and Database such as SQL, Oracle, DB2) with understanding of networking concepts and security configuration for network components.
Experience with auditing or working on Cyber Security or Mobile Applications or other Emerging Technology.
Program assurance experience on transformation programs or auditing emerging technologies.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Strong written and verbal communication skills in Japanese and English.

Preferred Experience:

Big 4 experience and/or internal audit in the financial service industry.
Recognized qualification in CISSP, CISA, CISM or ISO27001 Lead Auditor.
Beginner to Intermediate understanding of data analysis tools and techniques such as Excel/ACL/Tableau/Power BI or other tools.


The Internal Audit Organization plays an important role in partnering with the business to ensure key risks are anticipated, recognized and appropriately managed.
The Internal Audit Department’s mission is to provide objective assurance and advocate for internal controls, enabling us to manage risk, execute on strategy and to make and keep its promises. Our vision is to be innovative, effective and efficient global leaders in governance, risk and control activities.
Ensure compliance to Policy & Procedures, leading practices, procedural efficiency, risk management and accuracy.
Ensure compliance to regulatory standard and good practice.
Ensure compliance with SOX and accurate reporting of the Company’s financial position as required.
Protect our business and its stakeholders through meaningful independent assurance and advice while advocating for risk management and internal controls.

Other Comments
The incumbent must have the ability to motivate an audit team towards common objectives while ensuring business partners recognize the function as objective, value adding and of the highest integrity.
The incumbent must be prepared for minimal travel to ensure there are scheduled on-site visits and visibility to management.

Working Environment

Flextime Policy – Flextime Policy, with core hours of 11:00 to 14:00.
Dress Code - Dress for the Day; Our “Dress for the Day” policy gives employees the flexibility to adapt clothing to their schedule. Use discretion – dress formally or informally according to the needs of the day.
Certification Support Program - Internal Audit supports annual membership fee for CPA, CIA, CISA, etc.

Additional Information

7 - 10 M +14% Bonus
40hr OT included

Probation Period: Standard
Smoking Conditions: Standard
Overtime: Standard
Social Insurance: Standard
Holidays: Standard
Working Hours: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Lunch Break: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM