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Lead Auditor


Houston, TX, US, 77010

Req ID:  76398
Facility:  One Houston Center-130
Department:  North American Audit
Division:  Finance

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2021, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fourth consecutive year.

Basic Function

The Lead Auditor role is an experienced position intended to utilize audit principles, skills, and techniques to evaluate the adequacy of internal controls in both design and application in accordance with professional and departmental standards. This position is expected to lead audits of moderate to high complexity with minimal direction of the audit manager. 


The Lead Auditor is also responsible for performing and/or assisting in corporate investigations, ad-hoc special projects, Sarbanes-Oxley 404 compliance activities and demonstrating the ability to function on an increasingly independent basis. While primarily based in one location, team members will participate in audit assignments across our global company at various locations across North and South America and international. Travel to both domestic and international locations up to 25% a year. The position may require overtime at various times. The Lead Auditor is also expected to identify, initiate and implement process improvements, be self-motivated, work with a sense of urgency, support multiple priorities, and meet deadlines. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential as Lead Auditors interact with first-line operating and supervisory personnel and with higher-level management. 


This position is a great opportunity for the successful candidate to learn LYB businesses, processes and procedures as a whole for transition to other Finance or Business roles in the future.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Lead audits of moderate to high complexity in accordance with accepted professional standards. This includes; initial audit planning, setting objectives, coordination with auditee, work paper reviews, evaluation and reporting for audits.
  • Optimize audit team resources to ensure successful completion of audits.
  • Draft final audit report for review by the audit manager and auditee.
  • Lead initiatives for continuous improvement in the effectiveness of the audit process.
  • Assess risks and controls and design evaluation of business activity with little or no guidance.
  • Work effectively with internal and external auditees and stakeholders at all levels to identify and implement (where appropriate) opportunities to add value.
  • Coordinate and effectively communicate with various departments throughout the company and at all levels of the organization regarding audit findings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to move a team to consensus on more difficult issues & ensures active team participation.
  • Demonstrate an ability to resolve conflicts within audit team and with senior management
  • Demonstrate knowledge in critical subject matter area and/or knowledge of key business processes.
  • Interact effectively with associates, mid-level management, upper-level management and other personnel within the organization at all times. Continually demonstrate poise, self-confidence, tact, and maturity in contact with other personnel in the corporation.
  • Serve as the role model and mentor less experienced personnel on professional and personal standards of performance. Mentor less experienced staff on financial and business processes and business drivers. Work with less experienced staff in helping them analyze and solve problems utilizing a risk based approach.
  • Identifies trends and issues across various functions and identifies appropriate parties for resolution.
  • Identifies best practices from other functions internal/external to the company to reduce costs and increase efficiency and/or effectiveness.
  • Assess impact and value added associated with new approaches, methods, alternatives or solutions.
  • Give and receive feedback to peers and subordinates appropriately.
  • Recognizes and understand audit concerns of the auditees and works together to a mutual resolution while maintaining independence.
  • Explain complex concepts clearly using terms appropriate for the audience.
  • Interact with a diversified customer base that includes many different audit areas and processes within the company.
  • Understands and explains Audit Management's rationale to staff and auditees. 


  • Bachelor degree is required, with a major in Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Engineering, or other related business degree.  
  • Typically requires a minimum six (6) years of relevant business experience. Big 4 experience is a plus. 
  • Advanced degree and/or professional certification such as CPA, CIA, CISA, CFE, CISSP, CISM, or other is a plus.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office, preferably advanced in Excel and experience with Advanced Analytics.
  • Prior experience and knowledge of SAP is highly desirable.  
  • Knowledge in IT, operational, financial and audit processes as well as interdependencies among the processes. 
  • Can communicate in a clear, concise, and organized manner as this position may interact with first-line operating and supervisory personnel and with higher-level management.  
  • Strong problem-solving skills and business acumen.
  • Fluent in Business English
  • Any additional language skills are desirable



Builds effective teams
Cultivates innovation
Customer focus
Demonstrates courage
Drives results
Ensures accountability
Instills trust and exemplifies integrity

Must be at least 18 years of age and must be legally authorized to work in the United States (US) on a permanent basis without visa sponsorship.


LyondellBasell does not accept or retain unsolicited résumés or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.


LyondellBasell is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.  The US EEO is the Law poster is available here.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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