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Senior Audit Specialist (Portland, OR / Salt Lake City, UT) #108977

Date: Sep 19, 2022

Location: PORTLAND, OR, US, 97232

Company: PacifiCorp


PacifiCorp is seeking customer-centric candidates to grow and sustain our commitment to a culture of customer service excellence, environmental sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion. 

General Purpose

With limited supervision, provides advice and counsel to management and client organizations. Conducts special studies and analyses, develops alternatives, presents recommendations to management and influences management decisions. Researches, analyzes, develops and implements new strategies, programs, or processes in response to changing internal and external conditions.


  • Lead financial, operational, governance or compliance audits to ensure controls are effective in meeting company strategic initiatives, business objectives and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Lead the day-to-day efforts of assigned audit personnel maintaining internal audit department effectiveness and efficiency objectives through all internal audit project phases.
  • Maintain knowledge of emerging issues impacting the energy industry, internal auditing and the company.
  • Ensure the planning phase objectives have been met for effectively identifying:
    • Business goals and objectives.
    • Risks for meeting the goals have been identified.
    • Management controls used to mitigate the identified risk.
    • Resources required to complete the audit project. 
  • Ensure appropriate evaluation techniques (e.g. automated testing, statistical sampling, etc.) have been identified for effectively and efficiently analyzing and testing process and control effectiveness and information accuracy. 
  • Ensure work papers, reports, and memos documenting and summarizing the audit results, recommendations are accurate, logical, concise, and grammatically correct in compliance with the internal audit department standards.
  • Collaborate with all levels of personnel from operational staff in the field to the executive management team as applicable for each audit project. 
  • Ensure audit project hours and expenditures are tracked for meeting established project and department budgets.
  • Ensure audit projects are completed in accordance with the internal audit department standards which comply with the following applicable professional standards:
    • Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) 
    • Committee of Sponsoring Organizations' (COSO) 
    • Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies (COBIT) 
    • International Organization for Standardization- Information technology - security techniques - information security management systems requirements (ISO-27001). 
  • Effectively communicate and report audit status, results; and work with management to develop management actions plans to remediate audit issues and process improvement enhancements. Monitor the status of applicable recommendations and enhancement implementations.
  • Provide guidance and timely feedback to internal auditors to ensure the audit project is in compliance with the audit department standards. Alert the audit director of any staff training requirements. 
  • Assist with the preparation of materials presented to Berkshire Hathaway Energy on behalf of the internal audit function.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, finance or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of seven years’ experience in auditing, information systems auditing, risk management, energy trading, regulatory compliance, finance or accounting.
  • Must have professional certification in either information technology, accounting, audit, fraud examination or other related discipline or willingness to obtain within 18 months. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency in establishing and applying effective audit principles, theories and methodologies to information systems, financial, operational, governance and compliance auditing projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency with project management and leadership skills for effectively and efficiently completing all phases of the audit projects such as:
    • Working with all levels and diversity of an organization as well as ability to work as a team member.
    • Planning internal audit projects to identify audit objects and develop efficient audit plans.
    • Establishing and applying effective audit interviews.
    • Completing the audit projects within the yearly audit plan in an effective and efficient manner. 
    • Effectively communicating the results of the audit project in a timely manner. 
    • Maintaining project hourly timelines and budgeted expenses. 
    • Managing and prioritizing competing initiatives.
    • As needed, recommending corrective action to audit clients.
    • As needed, following-up on audit client corrective action(s). 
    • Delivering audit project commitments. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency with the company’s strategic plan, regulatory and political environment, as well as the company’s policies, procedures and practices, and applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency with:
    • Sarbanes-Oxley and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board auditing standards.
    • Committee of Sponsoring Organization of the Treadway Commission (COSO) control framework.
    • Institute of Internal Audit Standards and Code of Ethics.
    • Generally accepted accounting principles and standards and federal energy regulatory commission accounting.
    • Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies (COBIT) 
    • International Organization for Standardization- Information technology - security techniques - information security management systems requirements (ISO-27001). 
  • Proficient with personal computers including spreadsheet, database, word processing and presentation applications to gather, analyze, model and communicate information. 
  • Must have a valid current driver’s license. 
  • Must be able to travel for out-of-town engagements (10%)


  • Advanced Degree.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

Additional Information

Req Id: 108977 
Company Code: PacifiCorp
Primary Location: ​​​​​​​Portland, OR or Salt Lake City, UT     
Department: Pacific Power 
Schedule: FT 
Personnel Subarea: Exempt
Hiring Range: $95,800.00 - $112,700.00  
This position is eligible for an annual discretionary performance incentive bonus of up to 15.00% of salary.  


Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without an accommodation.

At PacifiCorp, we celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion. PacifiCorp is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or religious creed, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status (except as required by law), gender (including gender identity and expression), sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran or military status, familial or parental status, marital status or any other category protected by applicable local, state or U.S. federal law.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening.


Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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