SOX Controls Manager – El Salvador

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London - London

Job Issue Date:
2019-12-20 13:04:50

Job Start Date:
2020-01-31 00:00:00

Job Description:

Our wide range of fixed and mobile communications services, cable and satellite TV, mobile financial services and local content such as music and sports is available in 13 markets in Africa and Latin America. We make The Digital Lifestyle a reality for our customers. We have grown annual revenues to more than US$6.25 billion and are now uniquely positioned in frontier and emerging markets between the high growth sectors of mobile, social and content.
You will be an integral part the company Group Business Controls, a team which aims to provide practical hands-on support to all our operations to enable them to design, implement, stabilise and optimise their internal controls. You will be responsible for scoping, planning, coordinating and reporting on the testing of SOX controls within all operations in scope for SOX.
The Group Business Controls team is a business partner for Global Business Process Owners to ensure that effective and efficient control activities, that balance risk and reward, are built in to all our daily activities. There is significant scope to work with other team members and the Head of Business Controls to help develop strategies that best add value to the business.
You are open-minded, passionate and the way you work energizes others. You are committed to the timely delivery of a job well done. You behave with integrity and transparency.
The role will be based in our newly established SOX testing Centre of Excellence (COE) in El Salvador. Some international travel may be required. You will report to a Senior Manager within the Business Controls and SOX team.
This is an excellent opportunity for applicants currently working in Internal Controls, External Audit, SOX compliance or Internal Audit to develop your knowledge of internal controls in a fast-paced leading telecommunications and media multinational Group. You will work as part of the wider Business Controls team, with external consultants and with a range of stakeholders across the businesses.
This is a newly created role with responsibility to build the SOX testing COE.
Manage the annual SOX testing program, from scoping to reporting, for all operations in the scope of SOX (including headquarters). This will cover: o Scoping and planning for the year ahead, considering scope refresh in Q1 o Coordinating the work of other parties involved in SOX testing (e.g. Internal Audit, co-source testers) o Reviewing and updating test scripts o Setting-up of testing campaigns in the GRC tool used for controls testing o Communicating of launching, reporting on progress and results of controls testing as well as next steps o Managing a team of testers, i.e. allocating tasks and responsibilities, monitoring their work and reviewing the deliverables to ensure high quality testing work papers and conclusions. o Reviewing recommendations for controls remediation / improvements to ensure these are pragmatic and realistic Debrief on testing results with control owners/reviewers and other stakeholders. Ensure the results are clearly and timely communicated to ensure the remediation of deficiencies. The scope will cover all three streams of SOX controls, i.e. 1) Business processes, 2) Sales to collect, 3) IT general controls. Ensure the testing is running in accordance with the SOX and Business Controls methodology in terms of sampling, frequency, and controls evidence requirements
Ensure the testing program is optimized to minimize disturbance on the business Ensure independence of testing team at all time with the view to maximize reliance from external auditors Develop the skills and knowledge of teams Feedback on potential areas of improvements identified through the testing exercise (i.e. suggestions to update controls descriptions, controls evidence, frequency, etc.), and major road blocks encountered Monitor KPI and look for ways to improve performance Providing regular progress and status reports to senior management and escalate issues as required
Highly experienced auditor with deep SOX experience
Internal controls specialist with experience in planning and running a SOX testing cycle, ideally with a Big 4 background
Minimum of 10 years’ relevant experience
Qualified accountant, internal auditor or equivalent post graduate professional qualification
Experience of working in a complex multinational and multicultural corporate environment
Experience of setting up and managing a team
Knowledge and experience in the telecommunication industry an advantage
Required technical skills and experience
Detailed knowledge of SOX 404 requirements, processes, documentation and remediation
Detailed understanding of internal controls testing requirements in terms of sample, frequency, etc.
Analytical and problem solving skills
Knowledge of core financial controls, sales to collect cycle and of IT General Controls (IT GC)
Communication, leadership and people skills
Excellent verbal and written skills fluent English and Spanish essential
Tenacity, commitment and personal drive to deliver whatever it takes
Proactively liaise with peers across corporate functions, partner with colleagues across our LATAM markets and with external consultants
Relationship management proven experience of building, developing and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders, especially senior management, whilst remaining independent
Root cause analysis understanding an issue or complex problem, the key drivers behind it, then working with the process owners to define and action plan and support the implementation of a sustainable solution
Project management and scoping of work plans
Attention to detail, demonstrated integrity and professionalism
Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects