Sr Internal Auditor in Philadelphia, PA   at Sonepar USA

Date Posted: 7/6/2021

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Job Description

The Opportunity

At Sonepar successful leaders drive and promote our leadership mindset of Adapt, Dare and Learn. 

Our Leaders are focused on building customer centric strategies, inspiring, empowering and developing associates, adapting to change, and driving organizational efficiencies to deliver results.

  • Adapts easily to new situations, people, culture, and technology by choosing the right skill set at the right moment and place
  • Can appropriately challenge the status quo; never satisfied and always looking to improve
  • Is curious, willing to learn and explore new topics and to apply new learnings that align with current business objectives

The SONEPAR Group, global leader in B-to-B distribution of electrical products, solutions and related services, is recruiting for its Internal Audit department in the US a Senior Internal auditor based in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

The mission of Sonepar's Internal Audit is to help the Group achieve its objectives (particularly its strategic and operating objectives, as well as its objectives in terms of security, protection of assets, compliance and integrity) by systematically and methodically assessing its risk management, reporting, control and governance processes, and to make recommendations to enhance their effectiveness and improve the quality of financial and management information, in keeping with Group values (April 2019 Chart).

The scope of work of Sonepar Internal Audit encompasses all Sonepar entities, activities, and processes.

Reporting line:  

  • Will report to the Internal Audit Director in the US who reports to Group Internal Audit VP.
  • Will therefore be part of a worldwide team made of 20+ internal auditors, located in different regions where Sonepar is implemented, with whom you will work in pairs or within teams according to the piloted projects. Most projects will be paired within the US team.

Key Responsibilities:    

  • Prepare and conduct audit missions within Sonepar entities in the USA.
  • Have the ability to work within an "ad hoc" team with internal or external resources temporarily assigned to missions.
  • Ensure an appropriate follow-up of the corrective actions defined and implemented by the management in response to the recommendations of internal audit.
  • Actively participate in the design of work programs, the development of tools and methods of the department, risk assessments as well as other cross-cutting projects in which internal audit is associated.
  • The Missions cover various topics: sales & invoicing, customer credit, purchasing and inventory management, logistics & warehouses, human resources, information systems, finance, health & safety, governance, projects management, fraud, etc.


The position is based in Philadelphia, PA and requires a mobility of about 50% of overnight travel (mostly USA, with occasional possible travelling to Canada, Mexico, Central America or Europe).


Training and Experience:          

  • With a postgraduate degree in Finance / Management, such as a Business School or equivalent, the candidate must have a successful experience of at least 5 years, ideally within an international environment.
  • CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) certification is advantageous.
  • As a generalist of the audit function, you will have audited financial statements as well as operational processes. A combined experience as an external auditor in a Big4 and internal auditor in professional distribution, wholesale or similar is an asset.
  • Demonstrates an ability to understand both strategic issues and operational aspects.

Required Skills:            

  • Demonstrate strong analytical skills and a strong customer service orientation.
  • Must have excellent qualities of written and oral communication. Strong proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite of products (especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • In practicing data analysis, experience using computer-assisted audit techniques and has ideally been exposed to an IDEA or ACL type tool.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to adapt to different interlocutors of the company
  • Team player, energetic, with a real ability to withstand stress, accustomed to the international environments function, proactive and demanding.
  • In the audit, internal control and risk management issues, possess know-how and flexibility should be recognized, as well as qualities of integrity, discretion and rigor.


Fluent English

Spanish working proficiency is a plus.


Valid driver license for driving in the U.S.

About Sonepar USA

Sonepar USA is an independent, family-owned company with global market leadership in the B-to-B distribution of electrical, industrial and safety products, services and solutions. We are a proud member of the Sonepar Group, the world’s largest privately held electrical distributor. Sonepar entered the US in 1998 and has continued to grow due to strategic acquisitions and organic growth. Today, Sonepar USA is represented by 13 locally managed operating companies with over 700 locations nationwide. For more information, visit

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What are the Benefits?

401K Plan, Health Insurance (medical, dental, and vision), Paid Vacation, Paid Sick, Paid Personal, Paid Holidays, Flexible Spending Accounts (Health and Dependent Care), Employee Assistance Program, Tuition Reimbursement, Employee Discounts and a definitive career path.

EOE M/F/Disability/Veteran