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Manager, Internal Audit (Open to Remote)

DATE:  Sep 10, 2021
CITY:  Columbus
BRAND:  Designer Brands
REQ #:  117829
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus

General Summary:

Manage and conduct audits throughout the company, including the management and training of internal audit staff on audit engagements. Develop the testing strategy for the business process portion of Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) reporting requirements. Identify control improvement opportunities, process inefficiencies, etc. and assist in formulating viable solutions. Requires a general knowledge of retail and strong understanding of general controls (for compliance with SOX, as per above), accounting controls and internal audit standards. Managing, planning, research, testing, analyzing, and reporting are the primary functions performed in the position. Communication, managerial, and leadership skills and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances are necessary. Act as a subject matter expert on all audit, compliance, and risk matters on behalf of Designer Brands Inc. We are open to remote based candidates in the United States for this opportunity.


Reports To: Sr. Director, Internal Audit


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and conduct audits in accordance with the departmental audit plan, ad-hoc business requests or ethics hotline phone calls. Such audits may test the adequacy of accounting, operational and technology controls across all functions ensuring compliance with policies, procedures, standards, and applicable regulations (e.g., Sarbanes-Oxley).
  • Plan, research, test, analyze and report audit work and results. Effectively communicate audit results and recommendations to various groups including the Audit Committee, senior management, and department leaders.
  • Identify areas in which the company has opportunities to improve. Provide timely follow up on aligned action plans to ensure implementation.
  • Develop and utilize data analytics to support audit findings and develop continuous auditing programs.
  • Ensure that audits are completed on a timely basis, in accordance with departmental standards and annual plan.
  • Proactively identify profit improvement and cost reduction opportunities through audit procedures, reviewing management controls and operating efficiency.
  • Produce well drafted audit reports and present findings to management teams identifying opportunities to improve controls and/or operational processes. Assess their risk and impact and partner with the business stakeholder to align on effective management action plans. Will assist in formulating the annual audit plan and preparing quarterly Audit Committee reporting.
  • Maintain good communication with other areas of the company. Resolve conflicts and opinion differences in an effective and productive manner.
  • Ability to represent Internal Audit views/assessments while working with other departments and senior leadership.
  • Mentor, coach and evaluate internal auditors within the Internal Audit department.


Required Skills:

  • Experience in business operations or conducting audits and assessments.
  • Excellent follow-through and drive for timely and quality results.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal oversight.
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite and intermediate to advanced level of Excel skills.
  • Ability to protect sensitive and confidential material.
  • Positive attitude and strong team player, excellent customer service.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage through challenging projects and multiple priorities.
  • Ability to build relationships and influence change.



Strategic Thinking – Creates and effectively communicates long term vision. Keeps team’s work aligned to strategy. Creates and adjusts plans. Understands big picture to constructively challenge the status quo. Generates new ideas. Encourages innovation. Manages change effectively. Knows internal strengths and weaknesses.


Leading & Motivating – Models and supports Designer Brands’ values. Assesses, identifies, retains, and develops talent. Builds complementary teams. Motivates, supports, and challenges associates. Resolves conflict. Makes tough decisions. Provides timely feedback. Works with and through others to exceed expectations of customers (internal/external).


Managing for Results – Produces sustainable results consistently. Holds team accountable. Recognizes and resolves complex problems. Understands underlying issues and addresses root causes. Measures, analyzes quantitative information, and presents it effectively. Seeks input from others. Makes timely decisions.




  • 7+ years of progressive auditing experience, with current experience with business process audits, as well as current experience in managing people.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • CPA, CIA, or MBA
  • Workiva experience



  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Accounting, Finance or Management)


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Why Choose A Career with Designer Brands?

Empowering associates and building strong teams poised to disrupt the retail and footwear landscape through positive change is at the core of who we are at Designer Brands.

  • Invested in helping our associates learn, develop, achieve and grow into strong leaders
  • Shared commitment to creating a culture fueled by engagement, excitement, optimism and fun
  • Dedicated to giving back and community involvement 

About Designer Brands:

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. 

  • Designer Brands Inc. operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. 
  • Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. 












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