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Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

Vice President, Assistant General Auditor

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. - Boston, MA

About Ameriprise

With the right company, life can be brilliant. At Ameriprise, we’re not just in the business of managing our clients’ finances — we also help our advisors and employees reach their true potential, too. Be part of an inclusive, collaborative culture that rewards you for your contributions and work with other talented individuals who share your passion for doing great work. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to make your mark at the office and a difference in your community. So if you're talented, driven and want to work for a strong ethical company that cares, take the next step to create a brilliant career at Ameriprise Financial.

Ameriprise at a glance

• Founded: 1894

• Headquarters: Minneapolis

• Stock Ticker: NYSE: AMP

• Ranked #239 on the FORTUNE 500®2

• $750 billion in assets under management and administration3

• More than 13,000 employees nationwide

Columbia Threadneedle Investments at a glance

• Head offices in Boston, London, Minneapolis and Singapore

• Manage $484bn for institutional and retail clients globally

• More than 2,000 people, including over 450 investment professionals around the world

Ameriprise Financial maintains leadership positions in each of its four core business segments: Advice & Wealth Management, Asset Management, Annuities and Protection.

• Advice & Wealth Management

Provides comprehensive financial advice as well as full-service investments, protection, and cash management services. Ameriprise ranks as the 9th largest sponsor of managed accounts. Ameriprise Financial is a leading provider of mutual fund advisory programs.

• Asset Management

Offers investment advice and investment products to retail and institutional clients. Columbia Threadneedle ranks as the 21st largest U.S. asset manager and as the 34th largest global asset manager.

• Annuities

Provides RiverSource Life variable and fixed annuity products through the company’s affiliated financial advisors.

• Protection

Offers retail clients a variety of protection products, including life, disability income and property-casualty insurance.

Ameriprise Financial is America’s leader in financial planning and one of the largest asset managers in the world. When you join our team, you’ll be part of an inclusive, collaborative culture that rewards you for your contributions, and you’ll work with people who share your passion for doing what’s best for our clients.

Ameriprise Financial’s internal audit function, Risk & Control Services (RCS) is currently seeking a Vice President, Assistant General Auditor for Global Asset Management with a demonstrated track record of managing internal audit in a complex, publicly-held financial services company.

The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring Ameriprise Financial maintains a comprehensive, effective and efficient internal audit program for its global asset management business, Columbia Threadneedle Investments (CTI). The Assistant General Auditor is expected to maintain a culture of innovation and continuous improvement to ensure the global asset management audit function operates with “best in class” practices in a manner that complements the Company’s risk and control culture and meets the needs of key stakeholders. Additionally, the Assistant General Auditor is expected to provide independent advice and perspective to CTI Executive Leadership and Risk Management Program.

This position can be based in either Boston or London and will be responsible for audit teams located in Boston, London, and Minneapolis.

Specific Responsibilities

-Leads, manages and motivates the global asset management internal audit team, clearly articulating the vision, direction and success measures for the function.

-Provides strategic direction for internal audit and adapts strategies to changing circumstances as required. Clearly communicates internal audit strategic direction to CTI Executive Leadership as well as audit committees for asset management entities (Audit Committees), Combined Assurance Functions, the RCS team, and other key stakeholders.

-Builds strong relationships with key stakeholders, including Audit Committees, the CTI Executive Leadership Team and their direct reports, CTI Combined Assurance Functions, and the external auditors.

-Coordinates with Combined Assurance Functions on Audit and Risk Committee agendas, materials and requirements, ensuring appropriate communications regarding governance, risk and control matters asset management activities.

-Ensures the global asset management audit team is staffed with highly-qualified, high-performing leaders and team members.

-Leads the development of the global asset management risk assessment and audit plan, effectively incorporating the needs of and input from key stakeholders, including Combined Assurance Functions, Audit Committees and Executive Leadership.

-Ensures the audit plan is comprehensively and effectively executed, providing periodic progress updates and broader context than may be gleaned from individual audit reports.

-Directly accountable to the RCS Deputy Chief Auditor – Ameriprise Business Lines.

Leadership Expectations

-Capability to think both strategically and tactically about the mission and resources of RCS and the Global Asset Management audit function within the CTI’s Governance and Risk Management framework.

-A successful track record developing strong relationships across a broad range of peers, superiors and subordinates, allowing the individual to effectively influence change.

-Proactive critical thinker – ability to foresee potential risks ahead of making business decisions.

-Maximizes relationships, builds trust and communicates effectively across business units, staff groups and geographic locations.

-Demonstrates accountability and focus on client needs and creating value for the shareholder.

-Politically astute; able to effectively address potentially difficult and unpopular issues with business partners, Executive Leadership and Audit Committees.

-History of effectively interacting with, and influencing, senior executives, Audit Committees, and external auditors.

-Able to effectively frame complex concepts/situations to make them broadly understandable and actionable.

-Excellent record of attracting, retaining and developing talent and building high-performing, engaged and motivated teams.

-Thinks strategically, creatively and drives innovation with a focus on continuous improvement.

-Consistently models, demonstrates and reinforces Ameriprise Financial’s 10 Behaviors & Commitments.

Required Qualifications

Qualified applicants must have the proven ability to effectively motivate and lead a team of audit professionals.

-Has served in a senior leadership role, responsible for managing internal audit in a complex, publicly-held financial services company, including direct experience with global asset management business activities.

-Strong knowledge of internal audit processes, techniques and trends.

-Broad internal and financial control knowledge, including all relevant Sarbanes-Oxley, COSO, COBIT, ISO and internal control standards.

-Demonstrated ability to develop a client and customer-driven environment that appropriately considers a variety of perspectives and positions.

-Ability to manage effectively in an environment of significant and rapid change, driven by both external forces and internal initiatives.

-Ability to “connect the dots” and understand the implications of business decisions, processes, systems and actions across a broad and complex matrix-managed organization.

-Bachelor's degree

-Travel required

Preferred Qualifications

-Graduate degree preferred in Business Administration.

-Preferred Certifications: CPA, CIA, Chartered Accountant (CA)

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Ameriprise Financial is a global financial leader. Integrity has been a core value since we were founded by John Tappan in 1894. It's how, through panics, recessions, the Great Depression and the recent Great Recession, we've grown into a global financial leader. We've never taken a bailout. Never lost our focus on our clients. That's who we are. During trying economic times our strength, integrity, our breadth of services and personal relationships have made us America’s leader in financial planning.