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The principal purpose of this position is to conduct audits of Darden brands, administrative functions, and accounting departments. This position will primarily serve to complete internal control testing required under Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and provide direct assistance to our external auditors in their performance of quarterly and annual audit procedures. Audit focus will be on financial reporting and IT risks, security, application and general computing controls. It will also provide operational and/or vendor auditing assistance when these resources are required.


-Identify relevant IT, operational, vendor, financial and compliance risks associated with the development, operation, and use of technology in executing Company strategic priorities---Develop and communicate practical solutions, processes and controls to mitigate these risks, including consideration of automated and/or continuous monitoring features

-Develop and execute all phases of IT audit projects to address collective risks identified. Significant focus will be on key IT general computing controls, including those needed to help ensure Sarbanes-Oxley compliance

-Support the audit and business teams with a strong understanding of the technology environment, with particular attention to new, more complex or emerging risks

-Identify opportunities and present effective oral or written recommendations to improve design, effectiveness, efficiency and security of internal controls and operating processes in IT and business functions

-Provide direct audit assistance to independent auditors in the performance of their quarterly reviews and annual audit of Darden's consolidated financial statements

-Provide direct assistance to third party consultants in the performance of their engagements


-Minimum of Two (2) to three (3) years in public accounting and auditing or equivalent experience

-Experience in reviewing or executing SOX Section 404 documentation, testing and reporting requirements primarily from general computing controls perspective

-Familiarity with COSO, COBIT and NIST Cyber Security frameworks

-Strong understanding of IT risks, processes and emerging technologies

-Experience with auditing all technology layers of ERP systems, such as Oracle EBS and PeopleSoft

-Understanding of networking, operating system, database and application information security principles


-Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Engineering, Finance, or Information Technology (or related field)


-Self-starter, with good organizational skills

-Ability to work independently and produce accurate, descriptive and timely results

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills

-Ability to interact well with others on a direct basis

-Strong Microsoft Excel, Word and Access skills

-Experience in developing and executing data sampling strategies


-Certified Information Systems Auditor

-Certified Information Systems Security Professional

-Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor


-Experience in auditing restaurant industry financial transactions, systems and operations

-Proficiency in TeamMate, Oracle EBS, PeopleSoft, Microstrategy Business Intelligence, Hyperion, and Discoverer applications, Robotic Process Automation implementation with tools such as Blue Prism, as well as data retrieval, sampling and analysis tools such as Alteryx, IDEA or ACL, a plus.