Technology Audit Vice President

  • Not Specified
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Permanent, Full time
  • BlackRock
  • 14 Nov 18

BlackRock helps investors build better financial futures. As a fiduciary to our clients, we provide the investment and technology solutions they need when planning for their most important goals. As of June 30, 2018, the firm managed approximately $6.3 trillion in assets on behalf of

BlackRock helps investors build better financial futures. As a fiduciary to our clients, we provide the investment and technology solutions they need when planning for their most important goals. As of June 30, 2018, the firm managed approximately $6.3 trillion in assets on behalf of investors worldwide. For additional information on BlackRock, please visit | Twitter: @blackrock | Blog: | LinkedIn:

Job Description:

Internal Audit’s primary mission is to provide assurance to the Board of Directors and Executive Management that BlackRock’s businesses are well managed and meeting strategic, operational and risk management objectives. The team engages with senior leaders and all of BlackRock’s individual business units globally to understand and advise on the risks in their business, evaluate the effectiveness of key processes and assist in the design of best practices that can improve their results. Internal Audit’s work builds confidence that BlackRock will meet its obligations to clients, shareholders, employees and other stakeholders.

The team includes professionals with trading, sales, risk management, compliance, technology, finance and operational experience. Internal Audit reports directly to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.

The Technology Audit team performs regional and global audits covering BlackRock’s Technology application systems and infrastructure components such as databases, operating systems, data centers, and messaging platforms. The Technology Audit team also performs business-integrated audits covering the technology components of various BlackRock business units, including investment management, sales, trading, operations, risk management, finance, legal and compliance.

BlackRock’s Internal Audit Technology group is seeking a Vice President for its Technology Audit practice. The Vice President will support the execution of the firm’s annual audit plan and advisory activities by leading global and regional audit reviews and ongoing engagements with business units.

The Technology Audit Vice President will have the following responsibilities:

•Managing and leading the execution of audit reviews, including:

- Project management and resource planning

- Engaging with BlackRock stakeholders to understand and document key processes and risks within a specific business unit

- Making risk-based determinations on audit scope

- Designing and executing test plans to validate controls

- Investigating and escalating issues identified during testing

- Drafting audit reports and issue details

- Discussing observations and remediation activities with senior stakeholders

- Overseeing issue remediation

•Contributing to ongoing business monitoring and optimization activities, including:

- Identifying emerging firm-wide and business risks, understanding organizational changes through quarterly engagements with business units, and completing risk assessments of these areas

- Leading projects aimed at optimizing business processes and control activities

- Providing advisory services during the development of new businesses and systems

- Performing regulatory and industry-driven audit reviews

- Leading or contributing to global department-wide initiatives

•Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with BlackRock businesses and support functions, including acting as the primary Internal Audit business engagement liaison for one or more lines of business

•Contributing to ad hoc presentations to clients, internal committees, Fund Boards, and regulatory bodies

•Assisting in the formation of the annual audit plan

•Managing global audit staff, while providing timely and candid feedback and coaching


•Undergraduate or graduate degree in management information systems, engineering, technology, computer science, or a related field is preferred. BA/BS, or equivalent, is required

•Extensive experience in technology function or in a technology audit role, preferably within the financial services industry

•Strong understanding of application development, databases, operating systems, networking and other key technology infrastructure components

•Advanced knowledge of technology controls including: application security management (e.g. user entitlements, authentication, accountability, data protection), system architecture and design (e.g. availability, performance, scalability, data integrity and validation), technology operations (e.g. change and release management, data backup and retention, performance and capacity management), and technology governance (e.g. technology risk management, cyber security rules and regulations)

•Interest in broad exposure to investment management, sales, trading, operations, risk management, finance, legal, and compliance activities in the asset management industry

•Familiarity with financial instruments and asset management processes

•Proficient understanding of current regulatory and industry events

•Relevant professional certifications are a plus


•Excellent communication (verbal, written, listening) and interpersonal skills

•Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with peers and business partners

•Intellectual curiosity and healthy skepticism

•Ability to synthesize and articulate complex ideas

•Critical thinking and problem solving abilities

•Strong project management, organizational, and presentation skills

•Familiarity with Excel

•Commitment and strong work ethic

BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, and other statuses protected by law.

BlackRock will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the law, including any applicable fair chance law.