Audit Director

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Date: May 20, 2024

Location: Abu Dhabi, AE

Company: Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority

Job Objective

Manage and lead the planning and implementation of the Department audit plan, strategy and programs to ensure delivering departmental output in line with ADAA relevant methodologies and quality standards.  


Key Responsibilities/Duties

  1. Strategy and Planning
  • Direct and lead the development and implementation of the department related policies, systems, procedures manual, Delegation of Authority, system user manuals and standard forms to ensure compliance across the Authority and alignment with ADAA’s overall policies and procedures.
  • Ensure effective cascading of the sector strategy into the department’s strategic and operational plans to achieve ADAA’s overall objectives.
  • Develop and direct the implementation of the department strategic, budget and procurement, and operational plans, and monitor corporate performance ensuring alignment with the sector strategy, ADAA’s vision, mission and corporate objectives.
  • Forecast and develop department budget and direct the monitoring of financial performance against the budget to ensure areas of unsatisfactory performance are identified, and potential areas of cost reduction or performance improvement opportunities are capitalized upon.
  • Develop the department Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in line with ADAA’s overall objectives and ensure that sections meet KPIs in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness. 
  1. Operations (with sub-headings)
  • Manage and lead the department’s engagements to achieve the overall Audit strategy.
  • Review the Sections’ annual audit plan and prepare the Department audit plan in accordance with the established standard audit framework.
  • Lead relations for subject entities at a senior level in line with ADAA defined protocols and code of ethics.
  • Lead development of industry knowledge related to the department  through research, data analysis and analysing outcomes of audit engagements
  • Manage the planning, execution, and reporting for complex and higher risk engagements, which are strategically important to manage client relations at a higher level.
  • Manage, mentor, guide and coach the section heads, so as to provide strategic leadership and direction to various outputs being undertaken by ADAA and to ensure that these are appropriately executed in accordance with ADAA approved manuals and standards.
  • Manage all assigned Department’s engagement portfolios or services at all complexity levels, in addition to the finalization of reports and deliver to ADAA leadership.
  • Manage the development and delivery of assigned Department plans and objectives in line with approved Sector strategy.
  • Conduct the final review of all department outputs prior to their presentation to the Director General.
  • Manage and lead the risk assessment and audit plan preparation exercise in the department and ensure alignment with ADAA policies, procedures and relevant methodologies.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director on the Annual Performance Management Agreement in line with the ADAA’s plans to reinforce an organization-wide drive for performance.
  • Provide subject matter expertise and monitor the application of audit practices, including developing audit programs related to the Department subject entities, maintaining working papers, audit evidence and ensuring that the latest strategies are applied.
  • Ensure that the audit documentation is kept in order in the audit management system and can be easily understood by others.
  • Manage the development of audit procedures for the Department and ensure alignment with ADAA methodologies manual and standards.
  • Ensure that section heads outputs are appropriately executed in accordance with ADAA approved manuals and standards.
  • Manage section heads for the efficient utilization and deployment of manpower by allocating resources in light of the approved audit plan and leading the day-to-day deployment and utilization of the auditor team to achieve the defined program objectives as per quality standards.
  1. Talent Management and Development
  • Direct the effective achievement of department operational goals through effective leadership and by setting department objectives, managing performance within the department, and developing and motivating the team to maximize performance.
  • Oversee and lead talent development initiatives in coordination with the Human Resources Department and discipline experts and thereby ensure the availability of talent to fit ADAA’s requirements.
  • Act as a role model and ensure the team adheres to organizational values and ethics to establish a value-driven culture within the Authority.
  • Share professional expertise and knowledge to build internal intellectual capital and facilitate knowledge sharing across the Authority.
  • Manage, mentor, guide and coach section heads by using effective leadership strategies, providing directions and ensuring proper execution of all initiative undertaken by ADAA to the highest standards.
  1. Corporate
  • Oversee and direct periodic organizational structure change and to ensure optimal resource utilization.
  • Direct change management through continuous improvement of department systems, processes and practices taking into account global standards and changes in the business environment, which demand proactive action plans.
  • Ensure that all department reports are prepared timely and accurately and meet ADAA requirements, and quality standards.
  • Oversee department adherence and compliance with all ADAA corporate policies, procedures and guidelines (HR, IT, Procurement, Finance, Health and Safety etc.) and code of business conduct.
  1. General
  • The level of performance should reflect the academic qualification, type of courses in the field of specialization, employee job level, and the level of productivity.
  • The academic and professional certificates required and approved by ADAA should be acquired within the period specified and based on the employee’s Individual Development Plan.
  • Perform the task and responsibilities independently unless an approval or directive was obtained to delegate the task to other employees in case of incapability to perform the tasks and responsibilities.
  • Ensure teamwork, collaboration, and dedication in performing duties.
  • Showcase a strong leadership to the team members.
  • Knowledge and awareness about the capabilities of the subordinates and showcase a strong knowledge in the field of specialization.
  • Provide the required support and guidance to the subordinates.
  • Take responsibility of the decisions made.
  • Execute any other assignment assigned by the leadership.






Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Economics, Business Administration, Finance or equivalent.


Professional Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), or 
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), or
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)


Professional Experience

  • 15+ years of relevant experience in financial, compliance, performance audit and advisory industry out of which 8 years in managerial role.
  • A demonstrated rapid career progression and a strong track record with former employers.

Language Proficiency

Proficiency in Arabic and English.


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