Internal Audit - Vice President

Experienced - BFO

New York, NY

Job Overview

The Internal Audit Department of Cowen Inc. is a team of qualified professionals that conduct periodic financial, operational, and regulatory audits. In addition, the team performs a continuous assessment of the related risks facing the Firm and testing of relevant mitigating controls. 

We are looking for an auditor with eight years of relevant broker-dealer audit experience. This is a hybrid role in our New York office. 

Major Responsibilities:

The Auditor is expected to accomplish the following:

  • Perform risk-based audit work, including detailed walkthrough meetings, documentation review, and substantive testing.
  • Perform control reviews and control testing for key business processes.
  • Assess control strengths and weaknesses and determine compliance with policies, regulatory guidelines and industry best practices.
  • Document findings to confirm accuracy of observations, make recommendations to improve controls and agree upon action plans.
  • Present findings in internal audit reports.
  • Follow up on agreed action plans to ensure that these are completed on a timely basis.
  • Provision of management information on the performance of the audit plan.
  • Escalation of key material findings to management.
  • Work with management to strengthen controls across the business.  

Job Requirements/Qualifications

Required - The skills, experience, and knowledge required to be considered for this position include: 

  • Undergraduate degree with a major in Accounting, Finance, or a related field of study.
  • 8+ years’ experience auditing a regulated broker-dealer is a must.
  • Deep knowledge of SEC Rules Deep knowledge of SEC Rule’s 15c3-1, 15c3-3 and 17a-3 & 18a-5.
  • Ability to work independently and/or in a team environment.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Knowledge: 

  • Experience in auditing entities regulated by the CFTC and knowledge of SWAPs and derivative products a plus.
  • Some knowledge of Internal Audit software preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of tools, including Visio preferred. 

The expected base salary ranges from $100K - $165K. Salary offers are based on a wide range of factors including relevant skills, training, experience, education, and, where applicable, licenses or certifications obtained. Market and organizational factors are also considered. In addition to salary and a generous employee benefits package, successful candidates are eligible to receive a discretionary bonus. 

Who We Are

Cowen Inc. (“Cowen” or the “Company”) is a diversified financial services firm offering investment banking services, equity and credit research, sales and trading, prime brokerage, global clearing, commission management services and actively managed alternative investment products. Cowen focuses on delivering value-added capabilities to our clients in order to help them outperform. Founded in 1918, the Company is headquartered in New York and has offices worldwide.

At Cowen, inclusion and diversity are catalysts for success and innovation in everything we do. We pride ourselves on our empathetic and collaborative culture, where the power of diversity is harnessed to transform the status quo. Our focus on inclusion expands our thinking in order to generate better outcomes for clients, while striving to increase fairness and equity for our colleagues. Cowen’s vision of creating a more inclusive and equitable future is supported by our core values and is essential to our ability to outperform.

Our Values

  • Vision: We consistently deliver differentiated and disruptive insights that help our clients outperform
  • Empathy:  We proactively consider and account for the priorities and concerns of our colleagues and clients
  • Sustainability: We endeavor to produce ideas and solutions that are ethically grounded and aim to pass the test of time
  • Tenacious Teamwork: We elevate collaboration to new levels, empowering our ability to provide the best solutions for our clients.

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