Internal Auditor – Life & Investment

Location 75-PARIS, France
Experience level Experienced Hire
Job details sector Audit
Apply before 06/30/2017
Group Audit monitors and reviews the effectiveness of the internal control and risk management framework operated within the Group and directs the global internal audit teams to accomplish its objectives of providing independent and objective assurance on the effectiveness of risk management, internal control and governance processes.  The Head Office team performs internal audit reviews of Head Office as well as coordination of transversal reviews performed across the world by local internal audit teams and occasionally performing certain audit missions or investigations in other parts of the Group.
Core activities:
Internal Audit reviews
  • To conduct internal audit reviews related to Life & Savings, Health or Investment business, either on Group Head Office functions, Business Line functions, Central Life entities (e.g. AXA Global Life) with proactive update and feedback to the manager;
  • To participate to transversal internal audit reviews with coordination of the work performed by local internal audit teams in scope;
  • To write the audit report making recommendations on internal controls, operating efficiencies and governance processes being reviewed;
  • Present audit conclusions to Group management;
  • Follow up audit findings and recommendations and monitor management’s response and implementation;

Audit standards

  • Develop and maintain audit programs;
  • Assist in the preparation of papers for audit committees;
  • Help ensure that highest operational standards are consistently adopted across the Group;
  • Provide assistance to the Life & Investment Audit community, preparing supporting decks on relevant topics needed;
  • Assist in developing training programs on subjects that may be of wider interest to the audit community;
  • Participate to the preparation and review of the quarterly reporting to Heads of Business Lines / Professional families;
  • Actively involved in discussing with Group / Business line functions risks and adequacy of controls to address those risks to ensure that Audit is regarded as a value added function;
  • Participate in ad-hoc projects bringing technical expertise;

Education:        Graduate specialising in Finance, Accounting or Auditing
Experience:      Ideally 5-year experience in:
  • A big four external audit firm with good knowledge of the insurance industry (in particular Life business); or,
  • A life insurance company (either in internal audit or in a second line of defence function, such as Internal Control, Risk Management or Compliance). 
Other skills: 
  • Proficient in English and French (both essential)
  • Strong analytical, report writing and communication skills
  • Willing to travel for up to 20% of time
  • Knowledge of accounting standards (IFRS, French) applied to the insurance sector would be a plus but is not a prerequisite 
Soft skills:        The applicant must: 
  • Show a great ability to listen, a critical mind, a good analytical sense as well as capacity for synthesis;
  • Possess strong (oral and writing) communication skills, ability to convince of the value of his / her opinions;
  • Be concerned with service quality and proactive in the follow-up; and,
  • Be able to work autonomously, be objective and rigorous in his / her approach.

Would you like to wake up every day driven and inspired by our noble mission and to work together as one global team to empower people to live a better life?  Here at AXA we strive to lead the transformation of our industry. We are looking for talented individuals who come from varied backgrounds, think differently and want to be part of this exciting transformation by challenging the status quo so we can push AXA - a leading global brand and one of the most innovative companies in our industry - onto even greater things.  In a fast-evolving world and with a presence in 64 countries, our 166,000 employees and exclusive distributors anticipate change to offer services and solutions tailored to the current and future needs of our 103 million customers.
The headquarters of the AXA Group, based in Paris 8th, brings together the Group's corporate activities. It coordinates the various entities with the Group's strategy, and is responsible for managing international projects. The headquarters has approximately 800 employees and is distinguished by its strong international culture (39 nationalities).