Technical Internal Audit Director (Aerospace / Defense) (tax free) - Project and Programs

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive internal audit plan for projects and programs.
  • Oversee the assessment of project management practices, compliance with contractual requirements, and adherence to relevant regulations and policies.
  • Conduct risk assessments and identify potential project-related risks and vulnerabilities.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of internal controls, project governance, and risk management processes.
  • Lead audits of major defense projects and programs including (Defense, Aerospace, Electronics, Land, & Navy) to ensuring review and analysis of financial, operational, and performance aspects.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to provide guidance on project control improvement initiatives.
  • Review project budgets, expenditures, and cost estimates to ensure accuracy and cost-effectiveness.
  • Monitor project schedules and milestones to identify potential delays or deviations.
  • Provide strategic insights and recommendations to senior management based on audit findings.
  • Proactively contribution for value addition of the divisions’ programs including production and MRO by ensuring that they are executed in effective and efficient manner 
  • Stay informed about industry best practices, emerging trends, and regulations related to project and program management in the defense sector.
  • Help to develop the Internal Audit Function practice including audit methodology, manual, and digitalization
  • Leading special assignment, ethic related matter and investigation 
  • Assist in designing and reporting required audit pack to stakeholders including management, shareholders and audit committee


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering priority otherwise business administration or finance. A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Proven experience in project and program auditing or management, preferably in the defense or aerospace industry, with at least 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of defense sector regulations including Trade Control, acquisition processes, and government contracting requirements.
  • Familiarity with project management methodologies such as PMBOK, PRINCE2, or Agile.
  • Strong understanding of risk assessment, internal control frameworks, corporate governance, and compliance
  • Excellent leadership and people management skills to oversee audit teams and stakeholders.
  • Analytical mindset with the ability to identify and assess complex project-related issues.
  • Effective communication and presentation skills to articulate audit findings and recommendations to senior executives and external stakeholders.
  • Professional certifications such as PMP (Project Management Professional) or CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) are desirable.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion.


*NB: All applicants CVS will be reviewed and should your skillset match our client’s requirements, we will contact you via email / mobile. We are also happy to consider you for other open opportunities within Firstaff. If however, you object to us holding your data on file, please acknowledge via email by return.*


Paul Dooley

Managing Director

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