Director, Internal Audit - Latin America
American Tower 79 reviews - Miami, FL

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The Director, Latin America Internal Audit reports to and directly supports the Senior Vice President, Internal Audit and Chief Risk Officer (CRO). The Director is responsible for leading internal audits in Latin America as part of the Global Internal Audit Department (GIAD).

The Director will implement GIAD strategy as it relates to Latin America and will develop and maintain strong working relationships with the Latin America leadership team. He or she will, with the support of local, corporate, and/or third-party managers and staff, execute financial and operational audits, test SOX-404 controls, and execute special projects, including some or all aspects of investigations.

The Director is responsible for all management associated with the completion of scheduled audits, special projects, audit staff, and related administrative tasks. This position will oversee and review the work of the audit staff, whether internal or external. He or she will ensure that assignments are adequately planned and performed in accordance with GIAD’s procedures and standards and are compliant with the IIA’s Professional Standards. The Director will help the business enhance its processes and controls so they are more effective, compliant, and efficient.

Job Requirements
  • Work with CRO and GIAD peers to assist in setting the strategic direction for a value-focused internal audit department, including audit methodology, automation techniques, and audit planning, and to ensure that its implementation in Latin America is consistent with this strategic direction.
  • Work closely with GIAD peers to perform audit risk assessment, audit plan, departmental budget, and management of global team.
  • Oversee all aspects of implementing the Latin America internal audit plan, ensuring that resources are effectively deployed and costs controlled.
  • Oversee the SOX-404 process in Latin America as an integral part of the global SOX effort, including planning, walkthroughs, testing and follow-up testing of Latin America-based controls.
  • Promote a high level of ethical awareness and conduct across the company and work as a sounding board to provide effective advice to managers in Latin America with respect to promoting strong controls, appropriately mitigating risk, and related topics.
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of organizational goals, strategies, metrics, industry trends, products and services, and processes, especially as they manifest in Latin America.
  • Ensure Latin American business units and corporate departments receive quality, timely, risk-focused, efficient audit services
  • Monitor work papers for quality and consistency with GIAD standards, ensuring that work performed is clearly documented.
  • With GIAD peers, lead the department in ensuring automated software is used optimally and consistently to support audit engagements.
  • Communicate audit findings in well-written audit reports and conduct follow-up audits periodically to verify that management has executed the agreed-to action plans. Advise management with respect to formulating and effectively executing action plans.
  • Manage business unit relationships to ensure awareness of changes to business risk profiles and educate and promote audit client control awareness and accountability. Maintain strong, supportive, but objective relationships with Latin America leadership team.
  • Manage updates to audit programs and carry-forward documents to reflect changes in controls and accounting systems at audited entities.
  • Lead or participate in cross-functional efforts to improve operations, including project task forces, internal control committees, corporate-wide initiatives, process excellence teams, or other cross-functional efforts.
  • Lead or participate in confidential audits or fraud investigations.
  • Communicate with external auditors in Latin America to ensure appropriate leveraging of each other’s work.

  • Other audit and risk related duties as assigned

  • Supervise and manage the performance of Senior- and Staff Auditors

  • Fluent English and Spanish written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong executive presence; ability to interact with leadership as credible advisor. Able to be flexible but also able to stand ground when needed (and be able to correctly assess when each approach is required).
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, set goals, and meet deadlines, prioritize, organize, project-manage, analyze, and lead teams.
  • Superior analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and collaboration skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office required, especially Excel; experience with ORACLE and Audit Command Language (ACL) preferred.
  • Must have held a position in an audit capacity; exposure and insight into the trends and related business issues facing the telecommunications industry preferred.
  • A solid understanding of and experience with U.S. GAAP requirements, Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) Internal controls and risk assessment standards, and IIA Professional Standards are required; understanding of REIT requirements preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in all facets of the audit process, including project management.
  • Must be able to work autonomously with minimal supervision/guidance/direction, develop sound recommendations, and supervise others.
  • Must be able to apply professional knowledge and sound judgments in a variety of new situations as projects and circumstances are frequently unique; while there are department guidelines and methodologies, the Director must be able to apply them effectively in different circumstances.

  • Substantial experience working for a U.S. multinational company is required.
  • At least twelve (12) years of experience (including recent experience in a US multinational) in positions of increasing responsibility in finance/accounting/auditing/operational roles, including at least six (6) recent years in supervisory/leadership positions in internal auditing (financial and operational). Mixture of public accounting, internal audit and finance/operational roles ideal; some public accounting experience preferred.
  • Experience with risk assessment for purposes of determining audit priority and severity of audit findings.
  • Bachelor's degree required (Master’s degree in business or accounting or related field preferred).
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and/or CPA or CA required (both CIA credentials strongly preferred); Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and/or Certified Fraud Auditor (CFE) a plus.


The position requires travel both within the U.S. (approximately 3-4 times a year, possibly more often) and to at least five Latin American countries. As the company grows, additional travel may be required, including to additional geographic regions. Total travel expected to comprise approximately 30%–50% of the employee’s annual time. Travel during first six months may include extended stays in Boston, Massachusetts, in order to become integrated into the team. Boston visits would reduce to once or twice per quarter after the initial on-boarding period. Travel might not be evenly spread through the year and could increase or decrease depending on business needs.


Approximately 75% performed in climate-controlled internal office environment working under normal office conditions. Approximately 30% to 50% travel (annual average) throughout project territory will be required in support of the position’s responsibilities. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, use hands and fingers to feel and handle, reach with arms and hands, talk, and hear. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently is required to stoop, kneel and crouch, lift weight or exert a force up to a maximum of 25 pounds.


We are a dynamic, fast-growing organization in a rapidly changing industry. Accordingly, the responsibilities associated with this job will change over time in accordance with business needs. More specifically, the incumbent may be required to perform additional and/or different responsibilities from those set forth above. It is possible that the job will expand to cover more countries and require additional travel. The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job.

American Tower (the “Company”) is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Company is committed to a policy of equal employment and will not discriminate against an applicant or associate based on his or her age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, creed, religion, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability, handicap, military or veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy or any other category protected under federal, state or local law, regulation or ordinance.

In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Veterans’ Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants that require accommodation in the job application process can contact us at (617) 587-7911 for assistance.

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American Tower, an S&P 500 and a Forbes Global 2000 company, is a leading independent owner, operator and developer of wireless...