EY Associate - IT Risk Assurance in Johannesburg, South Africa

Associate - IT Risk Assurance


Requisition # JOH001YW

Post Date Dec 10, 2018

Job Description

As Risk a Associate, you'll build valued relationships with external clients and internal peers and develop a portfolio of business by focusing on high impact opportunities. You'll lead presentations and proposals for moderately complex projects - or for elements of highly complex projects - and provide subject matter insight to bids and proposals.

Drawing on your skills and experience, you'll create innovative commercial insights for clients, adapt methods and practices to fit operational team and cultural needs, and contribute to thought leadership. In addition, you'll package overall project findings into clear, concise, high-quality work products. Acting as a subject matter resource on one or more services, you'll leverage knowledge and experience to shape Ernst & Young's services to meet client problems.

By driving improvements in business processes, you'll serve as a role model for quality & risk management and confirm that project teams understand and comply with Ernst & Young's Q&RM guidelines. As a respected senior professional, you'll communicate effectively with Ernst & Young engagement partners and managers and work to build, manage and motivate high-performing teams. You'll also help key staff to build sustainable competencies.

Client responsibilities

-Manage the financial aspects of client engagements and communicate significant issues, fees, and estimates-tocomplete to partners and clients.

-Help partners and directors generate new business opportunities and build client networks and relationships.

-understand all Ernst & Young service offerings and actively identify opportunities to better serve clients.

-Build strong internal relationships within Ernst & Young Advisory Services and with other services across the organization

People responsibilities

-Develop people through effectively supervising, coaching, and mentoring all levels of staff.

-Conduct performance reviews and contribute to performance feedback for all levels of staff.

-Contribute to people-related initiatives including recruiting, retaining and training IT Risk and Assurance professionals.

-Maintain an educational program to continually develop personal skills of all levels of staff.

-Understand and follow workplace policies and procedures and communicate these to all levels of staff

Responsibilities, Qualifications, Certifications - External

Technical skills requirements

2 years’ knowledge and experience of a number of the following areas, and be developing deep experience and technical competence in at least one:

-Governance and IT management.

-IT governance and risk:

o Control frameworks such as COSO

o Enterprise risk services with a specific focus on IT, and related industry standards o IT risk management framework

o Common IT governance and control industry frameworks, including CObIT, RiskIT, ValIT, IT o Governance Institute and ISACA good practices o IT industry frameworks such as ITIL and CMM - Project risk:

o Robust understanding of program and project management practices o Familiarity with a typical IT systems development life cycle

o Experience in developing technical skills specific to a solution, e.g., SAP, Oracle, CRM o Proven business process/analysis skills - IT assurance and compliance.

-A broad appreciation of business processes, data structures, IT applications and infrastructure, IT processes, and governance and internal control principles.

-Depending upon your specific area(s) of focus, you'll have additional skills and knowledge in:

-IT audit in the context of a financial audit, and related regulations, auditing standards and guidelines.

-Control frameworks such as COSO, internal control principles and related regulations including SOX and J-SOX.

-Internal audit services with a specific focus on IT, and related industry standards.

-Common IT governance, control and assurance industry frameworks, including CObIT, RiskIT, ValIT, IT Governance Institute and ISACA good practices.

-IT industry frameworks such as ITIL and CMM.

-Third party reporting standards (particularly SAS 70), other reporting and industry specific standards and, if applicable, trust based standards such as SysTrust and WebTrust


-Technically enabled IT /business transformation, program and project delivery, design, architecture and solution design, information management, implementation, operations, and management of IT infrastructure.

-Information systems security assessment, design, architecture, implementation, management and reporting.

-Strong technical or security skills related to a broad range of operating systems, databases or security tools, e.g., UNIX, Linux, Windows 2000 and NT, firewalls and IDS systems.

-Familiarity with IT analysis, delivery and operations methods, including SDLC and CMM.

-Experience with programming languages such as Java, C, C++, C#, asp, and .NET.

-Familiarity with security and risk standards such as ISO 2701-2, PCI DSS, NIST, ITIL, COBIT.

-Experience of security testing methods and techniques including network, operating and application system configuration review and internal/external penetration testing.

-An understanding of web-based application vulnerabilities, and experience in application security review and testing.

-Experience of manual attack and penetration testing above and beyond the running of automated tools.

-Experience in developing custom scripts or programs (used for port scanning and vulnerability identification).


-Application controls and security experiences involving ERPs:

-security modelling.

-sensitive access and SoD testing.

-controls testing

-Process systems and integrity, including risks and controls within business processes (manual, automated, security).

-Change management.

-Project management and program management office (PMO) experience involving ERPs.

-Project assurance/advisory services experience involving ERPs:

-system selections.

-targeted assessments.

-pre- and post-implementation reviews

-Basic programming compliant with ACL, DB and Microsoft Office skills/experience, e.g., Excel and Access.


-Data/information management and manipulation

-Information architecture and integration design

-Information analysis and business intelligence tools

-ETL tool usage, design and deployment

-Database (relational and multidimensional) design, deployment and scripting

-Data governance and data quality design, deployment and tools

You'll have knowledge and experience in one or more of Ernst & Young's priority industry sectors:

-Government & Public Sector.


-Consumer Products.

-Industrial Products.


-Communications & Entertainment.


Additional requirements

-Demonstrated track record with a blue chip consulting organization and/or a blue chip organization.

-Demonstrated experience in business development and account management.

-Strong academic record including a degree.

-Relevant professional qualifications such as CISA, Prince2, PMI, CISSP, CISM, CA, CIA, CGEIT, MBCI.

-Relevant technical qualifications such as MCNE, CCSA, CCSE, CCSP, CNE, RHCE, MCSA.

-Proficiency in Arabic language skills are highly desirable

Who we are

Information technology is one of the key enablers for modern organizations. As one of our information technology risk and assurance professionals, you'll work with clients to improve the competitive advantage of their IT operations by enhancing efficiency and effectiveness. You'll help them create and implement processes to identify risks associated with running their systems and find ways to manage those risks. You can expect to work on some of the biggest external and internal audit engagements in the world and we'll give you the opportunities and support you need to succeed professionally and personally.