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Internal Auditor or Senior Internal Auditor

Tacoma, WA


Base Salary Range:

Internal Auditor: $59,660.00 - $74,570.00 - $89,490.00 annual

Senior Internal Auditor: $72,180.00 - $90,230.00 - $108,270.00 annual

Depending on qualifications and experience Internal Auditor or Senior Internal Auditor may be considered.

At Heritage Bank, we work hard, but also know how important it is to take time off to stay healthy, relax, and spend time doing what makes your heart happy!

As part of our team, you’ll enjoy a total rewards package, which includes base salary based on the role, experience, and skill set, along with an exceptional benefits package (medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k), community volunteer time), and generous time off policy. Full-time team members receive a minimum of 10 paid vacation days annually* and eight hours of paid sick leave per month*, while also enjoying 11 paid holidays each calendar year, and an annual float day. *pro-rated from start date and/or hours worked. To view Benefits Summary: Apply > Current Openings > position > attachment.

Position Overview: 
Heritage Bank is seeking an internal auditor who will be responsible for planning, organizing, scheduling and performing financial, operational and compliance audits for the Bank. Examines the accuracy and completeness of records and procedures for internal control to safeguard Bank assets, and ensures areas of the Bank are in compliance with policies, procedures, regulations and laws.  

Preferred geographical location is Tacoma, WA. Depending on experience, the position may be filled in Lynnwood, WA or Portland, OR.

The successful candidate will be able to:   

  • Obtain and maintain a broad and in-depth understanding of the business and its external environment, keeping current of new programs or business changes and the relevant risk implications.  
  • Complete special projects including the investigation of fraud, acquisition audits, and evaluations of systems under development, the review of potential conflicts of interest and other consultative work for the Bank.  
  • Develop and perform operational/financial/compliance audit programs including determining audit objectives and scope, procedures, and internal control reviews to ensure compliance with policies and procedures.  
  • Schedule and perform audit testing; documents testing results in the audit program and prepares audit reports within established timelines. Presents audit findings to management and as necessary, the Audit Committee.  
  • Monitor and test Sarbanes – Oxley Act - Section 404 – Internal Controls over Financial Reporting.  
  • Monitor and follow up on all audit findings.  
  • Assist in the development of audit risk assessments and the annual audit plan.  
  • Attend Audit Committee and Board meetings as necessary.
  • Understand and maintain working knowledge of, and ensures bank activities are performed in compliance with, all state and federal banking laws and regulations applicable to assigned area.
  • Maintain current knowledge of accounting principles, auditing and compliance standards and legal and regulatory requirements impacting the industry.    


  • High School diploma or equivalent-required. Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or relevant course of study – required.  
  • Internal Auditor: 3 or more years recent accounting and/or auditing experience performing audits of moderate to high complexity, with demonstrated ability to perform SOX testing and strong working knowledge of operational policies, procedures, regulatory requirements, best practices, and audit principles in a financial services industry – required.  
  • Senior Internal Auditor: 5+ years recent experience in a public accounting and/or publicly traded company, external/internal audit role, with relevant SOX experience performing operational and financial audits of processes and controls – required.
  • Experience with IT/IS auditing highly desired.
  • Equivalent combination of education obtained through in-house training sessions, formal coursework in business, auditing, accounting and/or financial services industry related curriculum, and experience may be considered.  
  • Provides an exceptional level of quality service and responds to internal customer needs, questions and concerns in an accurate, effective, and timely manner, to solicit feedback to improve service.  
  • Effective listening, verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate outstanding/follow up issues over the phone, in person and via email to a variety of audiences; and the ability to read, write, speak and understand English well.  
  • Advanced knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and ability to perform GAAP research on complex accounting issues.  
  • Strong working knowledge and understanding of accounting principles, control procedures and audit standards, practices and techniques. Thoroughly understands and applies principles, procedures, compliance requirements, state/federal regulations, and policies related to assigned area.  
  • Comprehensive understanding of bank operations, with advanced knowledge and training in all operational, lending, deposit activities and terminology – required.  
  • Strong working knowledge and understanding of accounting principles, control procedures and audit standards, practices and techniques.  
  • Ability to understand the company's control environment as a whole to effectively assess the key controls of business processes.  
  • Ability to work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with management, employees’ and departments, in a timely manner.  
  • Knowledge of federal and state financial regulations and ability to keep up to date on regulation changes  
  • Effective analytical skills, with excellent attention to detail and a strong focus on accuracy. Excels in quickly conceptualizing and assimilating data to make decisions and take appropriate action.  
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational, problem-solving, data review and time management skills; with the ability to manage multiple assignments, and reporting requests ensuring that priorities are set and commitments and deadlines are met with minimal oversight and direction.  
  • Unquestionable integrity and strong moral and ethical foundation to disclose potentially illegal, criminal and unethical business practices or data.  
  • Ability to handle and deal with sensitive, confidential and proprietary information, in a tactful and discreet manner.  
  • Proficient PC experience using MS Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook) and retrieval of data; working knowledge of automated financial management and accounting systems, and financial services core processing systems, with the ability to adapt to and learn new products and technologies quickly.   

Working Environment/Conditions:   

  • Climate controlled office environment.  
  • Work involves being able to concentrate on the matter at hand, under sometimes distracting work conditions, and frequent employee and customer contacts and interruptions during the day.  
  • Work requires regular attendance, punctuality and adherence to agreed-upon schedule with willingness to work a flexible and/or rotating schedule and or extended hours, as needed.   

Physical Demands/Effort: 

  • Ability to operate a computer keyboard, multi-line telephone, photocopier, scanner and facsimile which often requires dexterity of hands and fingers with repetitive wrist and hand motion.  
  • Work may involve the constant use of computer screens, reading of reports; typically sitting at a desk or table; intermittently standing, stooping, bending at the waist, climbing, kneeling or crouching to file materials and/or conduct site/property inspections.  
  • Occasional lifting 25 - 30 lbs., files, boxes, etc.   

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not an exclusive list of all qualifications for this position. 

Heritage Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer  

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by applicable law.  

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Salary Range Disclaimer

The base salary range represents the min, mid and max  of  Heritage Bank’s salary range for this position. Actual salaries will vary depending on factors including, but not limited to, qualifications, experience, and job performance. The range listed is just one component of Heritage Bank’s total compensation package for full time and part time employees. Depending on position, other total compensation rewards may include monthly, quarterly or annual incentive, and/or bonuses.