Internal Controls Specialist (P&D Spec, Sr) - Drainage, Solid Waste

Seattle Public Utilities | Seattle, WA

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Posted Date 9/18/2019

$41.26 - $48.09 Hourly

Position Description

Seattle Public Utilities is seeking a driven, team-oriented and experienced Internal Controls Specialist to join our collaborative and innovative team responsible for developing, improving and monitoring internal controls throughout the Utility. The Internal Controls Team is dedicated to ensuring appropriate accounting for and allowable expenditures of Utility ratepayer funds. 

The Internal Controls Specialist serves as a partner and trusted advisor providing analytical support and technical services to address audit recommendations and develop effective policies, procedures and control improvements to reduce the risk of fraud, waste and misappropriation of funds. Central to this work is partnering with stakeholders to gain a strong understanding of the business, identifying issues and developing, evaluating and implementing solutions. The Internal Controls Specialist is accountable for conducting complex assessments, developing/improving policies and procedures and implementing internal controls while maintaining efficient processes to accomplish the work.

About Seattle Public Utilities:

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility working to make Seattle the best place to live for everyone. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.
SPU commits to Our City Values (Download PDF reader)Workplace Expectations (Download PDF reader), and Racial Equity and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We support and hold ourselves accountable by eliminating barriers to access and providing employees with equitable opportunities for professional growth and advancement.

Job Responsibilities


  • Lead or coordinate with affected divisions and work groups to design new processes, procedures, policies or systems to successfully implement recommended changes identified in audits and assessments.
    • Serve as subject matter expert to assess, design or modify and implement financial internal controls to mitigate risk of fraud and the misappropriation of funds.
  • Develop detailed work plans, including milestones, deliverables and schedules to carry out and implement assigned projects, programs, services, internal controls or policies
  • Carry out research and analysis to develop alternative and recommended strategies, procedures, internal controls and policies
  • Lead or coordinate preparation of reports and presentations for top-level management using various presentation formats and tools; present analysis, alternatives and recommendations to all levels of staff, department management and other City departments for decision-making
  • Lead or support the detailed design and documentation of business processes, procedures, internal controls and policies
  • Develop, conduct or arrange for stakeholder training in new methods or systems; work with affected units to implement changes
  • Develop and maintain tools to track implementation progress and provide routine reports to management
  • Lead, coordinate or support oversight of work functions to ensure new or modified business processes, procedures, internal controls or policies are functioning as intended
  • Serve as a technical expert and perform complex financial duties to strengthen SPU's financial operations and financial internal controls.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.




  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Planning or Public Policy or a related field (or a combination of education, training or experience that provides and equivalent background required to perform the work)
  • Three years (3) experience with program or project management

Working Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Work is typically performed in an office environment
  • May work nights to attend meetings and hearings

The ideal candidate possesses:

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully plan and manage projects
  • Experience in negotiation, organizational development, and/or major and complex program design and implementation; ability to build relationships in difficult situations
  • Experience performing complex and technically difficult accounting tasks
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills

Applicant Requirement

  • As part of your application, please include your resume and cover letter answering the following question(s):
    • How do you define internal controls?
    • What is your experience assessing the effectiveness of existing internal controls or developing and implementing new internal controls?


Additional Information

At Seattle Public Utilities, our job is to protect the area's quality of life. We pledge to meet community and environmental needs by:

  • Maintaining some of the nation's best drinking water
  • Preventing sewer backups, flooding, and landslides
  • Helping Seattle residents and businesses be recycling leaders
  • Protecting local waterways and the Sound from sewage overflows and polluted stormwater runoff.

 We do this while always keeping in mind that we need to spend customers' money wisely.
We are also making sure that as Seattle grows, it's even better for future generations. A place where:

  • Less garbage is shipped to the landfill
  • The drinking water is protected
  • Utility infrastructure is well-built and maintained
  • And where salmon thrive in healthy waterways.

Seattle is known as a progressive leader in technology, innovation, and the environment.

As an employer, the City of Seattle is a leading local government in environmental stewardship, green building and social justice, making our City what it is today and shaping our future. Our employees play an important role in making this possible.

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at our web page


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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