Global Internal Auditing Manager

Finance & Accounting Washington, District of Columbia

Program Overview

WRI's Accounting Department manages the bookkeeping and financial reporting under the direction of the VP and Chief Financial and Operations Officer. We carry out a diverse range of primary duties, all revolving around the maintenance of financial accounts and the accounting system. Our core functions are treasury management, billing and cost control, payroll processing, safeguarding assets through internal control, asset management function, managing cash flow and liquidity issues, working capital management, preparation of financial statements, handling tax issues, ensuring compliance with relevant laws, preventing fraud, training of accounting staff, customer service function and others.

Job Summary

In this position, you will be responsible for conducting periodic reviews of financial and operating activities of WRI, its subsidiaries, and other affiliates to provide assurance to management that established policies and procedures are properly applied. You will also perform special reviews, as requested by senior management.

Under the general supervision of the Global Director of Accounting, with latitude for independent initiative and judgment, you will develop and implement an internal audit structure and related processes for WRI offices and affiliates. You should be well-versed in accounting and auditing principles and able to work with minimum supervision. Due to our organizational size and culture, this position allows the opportunity for you to train and learn in other areas of accounting. Success for this role will require you to encompass a combination of influence, driving innovation, and working well under pressure in a fast-paced environment.


  • Identify operational functions or processes which may present financial or compliance risk, operating inefficiencies, ineffective application of operating procedures, or inconsistent application of company policies, laws and/or regulations
  • Either individually or as a team leader, review systems, processes, procedures, reports, transactions, and other information to assess reliability, accuracy, and completeness and conduct assurance testing to assess whether governance, risk management, and control processes are operating as intended and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Assist in the implementation of corrective actions or remediation, including training, developing new policies or procedures, and assessment of alternative solutions
  • Conduct follow up reviews to ensure corrective actions have been implemented and report on follow up
  • Perform unscheduled audits, reviews or investigations as requested by management or other parties of interest
  • Review, maintain and enforce appropriate accounting procedures and internal controls to ensure accurate and reliable financial reporting consistent with GAAP
  • Review financial statements and all account reconciliations for completeness and accuracy including:
    • Accurate and timely balance sheet reconciliations, with emphasis on the cash account(s) and proper petty cash use, security/controls, and impressed balance.
    • Review local audits and follow up on outstanding action items
  • Ensure a timely and accurate close process for month and year-end reporting including:
    • Timesheet approval and processing
    • Timely filing of travel and credit card expenses
    • Adherence to travel and credit card policies and the proper use of corporate credit cards
    • Timely submission of Department of Commerce quarterly/annual report and DC Sales & Use Tax report
  • Continually keep up-to-date on current activities, accounting pronouncements and audit information significant to the profession and industry. Provide both advisory and execution support in reviews by identifying, developing, documenting, or executing analytics during all relevant stages of an internal review.
  • Review drafts of deficiencies and recommendations, including the development or revision of complex policies and procedures and process improvements
  • Research increasingly complex accounting issues
  • Staying abreast of company and external policies and procedures. Liaising with personnel for clarification on the application of policies and procedures.
  • Performs other tasks/duties as assigned
  • US work authorization is required for all WRI US opportunities. WRI is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this opportunity. 

Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Accounting or Finance (or an additional two years of experience); Professional Certification (CPA, CIA, CISA, CISSP, or equivalent) preferred
  • Minimum of 7 years of public accounting experience, preferably in nonprofit industries with a minimum of 3 years in a leadership role
  • Strong technical accounting understanding (solid grasp of debits/credits and general ledger account reconciliations)
  • Effectively works independently within a team construct, while supporting teamwork and achievement of team objectives
  • Ability to drive and implement change
  • Analytical and detail-oriented thinking
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong work ethic, take ownership of tasks and demonstrate personal accountability
  • Ability to travel
  • Proactive/continuous improvement focus

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 800+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.  

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.  

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.