Avery Dennison Sr. Internal Audit Manager (Americas) in Glendale, California

Company Description

Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science and manufacturing company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical and retail applications; tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other markets. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company employs approximately 30,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2017 were $6.6 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.

Job Description

The position will report to the Senior Director, Internal Audit EMEA & Americas, and will work closely with the Global Internal Audit Team, key stakeholders at the Business Unit, Divisional and Corporate levels as well as external audit and co-sourcing firms. You will be part of a proactive, diverse and multicultural global team focused on continuously elevating the company to higher levels of control maturity. As such, the right candidate will possess strategic business leadership skills with internal audit expertise as well as multicultural exposure and work experience. Avery Dennison is a Fortune 300 global manufacturing company with significant growth opportunities.


  • Support the Regional Senior Director in all aspects of leading and transforming a new strategic direction for an evolving world-class function.

  • Support the Regional Senior Director in progressively managing, recruiting and developing a professional strong North America based audit team with sufficient knowledge, skills, experience and professional certifications to achieve effective auditing, consistent with the global team’s strategic direction, and with emphasis on leadership development.

  • Play a fundamental role in developing the audit team’s strategic approach to risk assessment, integrated and effective audit methodology, and impactful reporting. Emphasis on best practices in efficiently achieving high quality audits and reviews, with identified solutions, and timely reporting to relevant stakeholders.

  • Support the Regional Senior Director in executing an effective audit plan, talent resourcing and management, and managing the overall internal audit budget.

  • Closely work with the other regional teams and the worldwide IT audit team, in executing a comprehensive and flexible audit plan, using an appropriate risk based methodology, standardizing better practices, and general training in areas of arising technical issues.

  • Work with other members of the American and European audit team to proactively develop an effective relationship with all stakeholders in the Business Units (commercial and finance), Corporate Controller, Corporate Functional Leaders, and External Auditors. Understand, anticipate and balance the competing objectives of your stakeholders. Deliver pragmatic solutions.

  • Effective and strategic use and management of co-sourcing arrangements with external internal audit firms, consistent with the global team’s strategic direction, and with emphasis on synergies.

  • Responsible for preparing formal written clear and concise reports expressing an overall opinion on the processes / functions being reviewed, providing valuable recommendations, and conducting closing meetings with management.

  • Ensure audit conclusions are based on a complete understanding of the process, circumstances, and risk.

  • Effectively lead assignments to ensure objectives are achieved and work is completed within established time frames.

  • Consistently identify profit improvement and cost reduction opportunities.

  • Support various compliance initiatives including U.S. Sarbanes-Oxley legislation, and other areas of risk management.

  • Assist the Regional Senior Director in benchmarking the department on a regular basis in pursuit of better practices. Further assist the Regional Senior Director to develop a balanced and progressive approach to training our staff with a cross-over of skill sets to ensure more effective coverage and succession planning. Balanced involvement with relevant professional organizations and roundtables.

  • There will be approximately 35% travel for this role which includes the Americas and Europe.



  • Ability to work in a diverse, international, multicultural team and environment.

  • Ability to seamlessly collaborate across boundaries and in particular with the extended team based in Europe.

  • Ability to work independently whilst maintaining proactive communication with the Regional Senior Director currently based in Europe.

  • Strong influential skills.

  • Self-confident and able to build partnerships with various levels within the organization and business unit personnel with diplomacy and tact.

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills, with an ability to anticipate the next step.

  • Strong English written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to proactively learn, constantly pursue better practices, and energize others to do the same.

  • Progressive financial and operational auditing in both public accounting and industry.

  • Proven track record in leading and managing an audit team with emphasis on best practices in risk assessment, problem solving, and impactful reporting of audits.

  • Large company experience, and particularly in manufacturing, is preferred.

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major/minor or emphasis in Accounting and a CPA are required. MBA or other higher education is preferred. CIA and other similar certifications a plus.

  • 9+ years audit or related experience with 5 years prior supervisory or management experience is preferred.

  • Strong knowledge of US GAAP, internal controls, business processes, and COSO and IIA standards. Awareness of IFRS is a plus.

  • Comfortable with data analytics tools ( Excel, ACL, etc.).

  • International experience preferred.

Additional Information

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled