Vice President, Internal Audit

Shift: Day
Schedule: Full - Time Regular

Ardent Health Services invests in people, technology, facilities and communities, producing high-quality care and extraordinary results. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ardent’s subsidiaries own and operate 30 hospitals in six states with more than 25,000 employees including 1,150 employed providers. Ardent facilities exceed national averages in Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating as ranked by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; 89 percent of its hospitals received a three-star rating or above in comparison with 73 percent of all hospitals ranked. Twelve of the company's hospitals were recognized by Modern Healthcare as "Best Places to Work" in 2019 – the twelfth consecutive year an Ardent facility made this list. Ardent's corporate office was named "Top Work Places" for Nashville based companies in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as Vice President of Internal Audit.

The Vice President of Internal Audit is responsible for all functions of Internal Audit including: administrative duties related to planning, scheduling, supervising all audit staff, training, recruitment, employee relations, performing internal audit assignments, reporting regularly to the President and CEO of Ardent, participating in committees of the corporation, attending and participating in management meetings, reporting at least quarterly to the Audit & Compliance Committee of the Board.


  • Develop Internal Audit Plan (with input from Operations; determination of risk factors affecting company and industry; gain and maintain working knowledge of industry and regulatory environment affecting company).  Continuously monitor risks and audit plan to ensure appropriate alignment of efforts and present proposed changes to the audit committee timely to ensure risks receive appropriate attention.
  • Ensure Audit Plan goals and objectives are reached, through appropriate planning and scheduling. 
  • Plan and ensure completion of audits, develop audit programs/products/protocols and prepare audit work papers/reports.  Issue Audit Reports and follow-up as necessary.
  • Supervise auditors and review work papers to ensure audit objectives have been met and provide necessary training in deficient areas.  Complete Internal Audit Performance Evaluations and communicate such to employees (includes internal evaluations as well as annual evaluations completed for all Ardent employees).
  • Evaluate Ardent’s internal control structure and compliance with SOX requirements.
  • Develop and implement strategy to ensure department maintains high-quality audit products and results and effectively and efficiently provide value to all Ardent stakeholders.
  • Ensure appropriate working relationship between Internal Audit and external auditors to coordinate efforts and utilization of work product.


  • Undergraduate Accounting Degree or equivalent level of higher education
  • CPA in good standing and credentials must be in Active Status
  • MBA Preferred

 Required Experience: 

  • 8+ years of audit experience
  • 5+ years of audit management experience
  • Sarbanes Oxley Compliance

Additional Requirements: 

Proven effective organizational, communication skills (written and verbal), ability to multi-task and delegate duties effectively, ability to be creative – “think outside the box,” innovate and create effective audit protocols to achieve goals and objective of department.