At Morningstar, we believe in building great products in-house in a highly collaborative, agile environment where we focus on technical excellence, the user experience, and continuous improvement. Our technologists represent a range of skills and experience levels, but they all view their work as a craft and push technology’s boundaries to find new and better ways to serve investors.

 The Area: Morningstar is a leading provider of financial information. Reporting to the Board of Directors, Morningstar’s Internal Audit Services is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve the company’s operations. Internal Audit Services helps the company accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.  

The Role:  Morningstar’s Internal Audit Services seeks a highly motivated Associate Internal Auditor who thrives on new experiences and challenges. As an Internal Auditor, you will play an integral role in evaluating the company’s business processes and effectiveness of internal controls.  You will have the opportunity to work on a variety of financial, operational, information technology, and compliance reviews as well as evaluate the effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting as part of the company’s Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 compliance activities.  You will work closely with all levels of management across the organization, recommending changes to strengthen controls for increased efficiencies and reduced risks. As an Internal Auditor, you will have the opportunity to utilize and reference world-class audit tools and audit methodologies in the performance of your duties.  In this role you’ll report to the Internal Audit Manager.  This position is based in Chicago. 

Key Responsibilities

+ Assist with the planning and execution of financial, operational, information technology, and compliance related reviews.

+ Perform walkthroughs of complex business processes and test the design and effectiveness of internal controls. 

+ Document work and assist in the preparation of observations and recommendations for corrective action.

+ Effectively apply the COSO internal control framework and US GAAP accounting principles.

+ Serve as a consultant and business partner with management. 

Requirements

+ Action-oriented, self-starter with strong verbal and written communication skills.  

+ Comfortable working both independently or in teams and working within a complex environment.

+ Ability to diagnose problems, determine root causes, and recommend solutions to complex challenges. 

+ Undergraduate degree in accounting, business, or a related field.

+ One to three years of internal or external audit experience.

+ Experience in working for a Big 4 or Tier-Two public accounting firm preferred.

+ Experience in using data extraction and analysis software a plus.

+ Professional accreditation (e.g., CIA, CPA, CISA) a plus.

+ Willingness to travel to domestic and international offices (25%).

Morningstar is an equal opportunity employer.

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We’re an ambitious group, driven by our passion to make investing better. Imagining the next big thing is in our blood—it’s transformed us from a company with just a few employees in 1984 to a leading independent investment research company with a worldwide presence today.
Culture
There are no corner offices in our Chicago headquarters. In fact, there are no offices at all. At Morningstar, our open environment reflects our belief that anyone at any level can voice their ideas and take part in making them happen. You’ll see little of the typical corporate hierarchy here, with no rigid structures or barriers between people or teams. Morningstar employees enjoy a fluid work environment where they are given both the resources and opportunities to pursue a fulfilling career.
Perks & Benefits
Compensation at Morningstar is more than a salary. It’s about making positive contributions to both life and work. We give our diverse workforce the choice and flexibility they need to maintain their health, retirement plans, time, and professional growth.
Morningstar offers medical, dental, and vision coverage to employees and their families. Our philosophy is to provide access to excellent health care while maintaining low out-of-pocket costs.
Morningstar provides three tools to help employees maintain work-life balance—vacation, sabbatical, and leave. There’s no “use it or lose it” vacation policy at Morningstar. Employees take the time they need with their manager’s approval.
On top of the major benefits, we believe in preserving the little things that make a workplace friendlier. Some of these perks include: Casual dress every day, Open, egalitarian environment, Free beverages, Free bagels every Wednesday, Social events year-round, At-cost subscriptions to products for family members and friends, Employee discounts at selected merchants and retailers.

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