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Audit Manager

Date: Jun 7, 2022

Location: Irvine, California, US

Company: Kia America, Inc.

At Kia, we’re creating award-winning products and redefining what value means in the automotive industry. It takes a special group of individuals to do what we do, and we do it together. Our culture is fast-paced, collaborative, and innovative. Our people thrive on thinking differently and challenging the status quo. We are creating something special here, a culture of learning and opportunity, where you can help Kia achieve big things and most importantly, feel passionate and connected to your work every day.

Kia provides team members with competitive benefits including premium paid medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your dependents, 401(k) plan matching of 100% up to 6% of the salary deferral, and time off starting at 14 days per year. Kia also offers company lease and purchase programs, company-wide holiday shutdown, paid volunteer hours, and premium lifestyle amenities at our corporate campus in Irvine, California.




The Audit Manager External will focus on managing all Dealer Incentive Audit processes, including planning, field work, work paper reviews and reporting. Additionally, this role will oversee and manage the Senior Auditors External (Dealer) audit activities and performance, ensuring that Dealer Incentive Audits are completed on annual Audit Plan, that state laws are followed in respect to Dealer Incentive Audits, and ensure through audits that dealers are complying with KUS sales policy and other incentive rules. The Audit Manager will be seen as a positive helpful resource for dealerships and regional personnel.

Major Responsibilities

1st - Manage the Dealer Incentive Audit function. Develop and execute the annual Dealer Incentive Audit Plan. Manage Senior Auditors External (Dealer) audit activities and performance. Demonstrates leadership capacity utilizing available audit resources effectively to complete all Dealer Incentive Audits on the Audit Plan within approved time budget. Ensure control systems for dealers audited are adequate to manage risk elements associated with the dealership operations.(40%)

2nd - Execute Dealer Incentive Audits. Select dealers for review using risk analysis. Follow department policy concerning the preparation of the audit justification document, proper notification(s) to the region and dealers for the pre-audit steps. Complete the audit with a written deliverable document that is shared with KUS management and the audited dealer. Review each individual state law using tools available to assist with audit compliance. This position is a working Audit Manager role performing dealership audits and travel is expected up to 60% to 75%. Communicate audit results with KUS and dealer management. The Audit Manager will be seen as a positive helpful resource for dealerships and regional personnel. (30%)

3rd -  Manage dealer audits; develop audit techniques to help with the detection of dealer irregularities. These audits may have a large financial impact on KUS and recovering the funds from the dealer is a high priority. Work with legal counsel to resolve disputes or prepare counsel for litigation/negotiations. (10%)

4th - Develop and/or improve audit processes using the systems available. Work with KUS representative and HAEA to develop, enhance or correct systems as needed. Attend planning meetings as needed to provide Internal Audit perspective for new systems within KUS. Manages Kia Internal Audit IT systems including IA shared folders, sales data report accuracy, and “What If” reports. Manages online IT user access controls for Internal Audit “T” drive and Kia Dealership Ethics Hotline. (10%)

5th - Maintain Internal Audit policy and procedure manual for dealer incentive audits. Update the manual with policy and procedural changes as they occur. Communicate the changes with the audit department. Assist with the annual audit planning and budget requirements. Develops and enhances Dealer Incentive Audit programs and projects based on the application of a risk-based methodology.  Manage Kia Dealer Ethics Hotline case reporting and follow-up communications. Conduct special studies as required by senior management such as those required to discover mechanics of detected irregularities  or implication of large financial impact.(10%)


  • B.S. in Accounting, Business, or equivalent work experience required.
  • CIA or CPA preferred.

Overall Experience

  • Minimum 7-10 years of audit experience in a corporate environment required.
  • Working experience conducting audits in the dealership environment is preferred.
  • Management experience is a plus.
  • Experience working with an audit management IT system is preferred.

Directly Related Experience

  • 5 years of experience in automotive industry preferred.    
  • Project management experience a plus.    

Position Requirements:

  • Travel is expected up to 60% to 75% domestically
  • May need to work additional hours outside of normal business hours


Organization skill to work on several Dealer Incentive Audits at one time.
Excellent soft skills, including communication, and professional demeaner while auditing dealerships.
Knowledgeable to operate business desk top software (MS Windows applications).
Communicate clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations with KUS manager and/or dealership management.
Be familiar with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, internal audit best practices and concepts.
Listens and gets clarification.
Responds well to questions.
Demonstrates group presentation skills.
Writes clearly and informatively.
Edits work for spelling and grammar.
Varies writing styles to meet audience needs.
Presents numerical data effectively.


CHALLENGE - Solving Complex Problems
COLLABORATION - Building and Supporting Teams
CUSTOMER - Serving Customers
GLOBALITY - Showing Community and Social Responsibility
PEOPLE - Interacting with People at Different Levels
Adapting to Change
Championing Customer Needs
Communicating Effectively
Delivering High Quality Work
Entrepreneurial Thinking
Managing Resources


Equal Employment Opportunities

KUS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including pregnancy and childbirth and related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, legally protected physical disability or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  KUS complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KUS has offices.  The KUS EEO policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.


Disclaimer:  The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and for this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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