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The Financial Controls Organization (FCO) Advisor role is responsible for the development of internal controls for critical high-risk financial processes and oversight of the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOx) compliance program. These responsibilities include establishing control frameworks for new corporate transactions and IT platforms (e.g. acquisitions, business combinations, divestitures, technology infrastructure, application deployment, etc.), supporting annual SOx and project scoping, developing and executing targeted training programs, developing and disseminating global process templates, and communicating results to management.
This role requires a strong working knowledge of SOx and integrated risk-control frameworks. The role will work closely with corporate Finance management, affiliate Controllers/CFO’s, global project leaders, process owners, Corporate Audit Services (CAS), IT, Ernst & Young (EY), and third party service providers to influence and drive key decisions. The role will support the global organization in progressing the quality of financial processes and reporting, as well as guide project teams for proper integration of controls during stand-up. This role reports directly to the Financial Controls Officer.
Key Responsibilities & Deliverables
Development and Oversight of Internal Control Initiatives:
Determine project scope and develop procedures for corporate transactions and implementations, affiliate processes, and shared service center assessments to ensure appropriate risk mitigation, control development, and identify opportunities for automation
Provide SOx and internal control consultation on changes to controls (new, redesign, gaps, etc.). Understand the business environment, monitor changes, and assess the impact to the financial controls framework
Assist with the development and ongoing monitoring of the global SOx project plan and materiality
Liaise with FCO regional team members, Corporate Audit Services (CAS), and the SOx IT Coordinator to facilitate program efficiency and resolve issues timely
Participate in SOx Steering Committee meetings and lead Financial Controls Organization (FCO)/CAS/EY Coordination meetings
Coordinate and influence CAS / EY on testing scope, approach, and resolution of issues
Conduct SOx and internal control presentations and trainings
Address questions from stakeholders (see list below)
Provide SOx and Internal Control Consulting:
Develop and conduct SOx and internal control presentations and training to corporate functions and affiliate staff
Consult on SOx and internal controls, including issue identification and resolution, deficiency remediation, etc.
Ensure consistency and standardization of control activities, and monitor completion of SOx requirements
Identify, implement, and lead process improvement initiatives
Assist in evaluation of certain global, regional and local third party service providers, including initial due diligence and annual evaluation of internal controls and internal control reports (i.e., SOC 1, SSAE No. 18)
Review and ensure all global EY management letter comments (relating to local statutory audits) are identified with action plans
Build Strong Working Relationships with Key Stakeholders:
CAS (Coordinators for Business & IT) and SOx IT Coordinator
SOx Process Owners and Local Coordinators
Global Process Owners (Order-to-Cash (O2C), Purchase-to-Pay (P2P), General Accounting (GA), Fixed Assets (FA), Manufacturing)
Shared Services Center Leadership and Regional Controllers including TCS shared service centers
External Audit Team (Senior Manager and other levels)
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting
Certified Public Accountant CPA) or Chartered Accountant
Minimum 8+ years work experience which includes public accounting experience
Strong knowledge of and prior experience with financial processes (e.g. O2C, P2P, Treasury, Manufacturing)
Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Elanco does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position.
Ability to multi-task, prioritize responsibilities, and perform well under pressure
Develop good relationships with the ability to influence within Elanco, third party service providers and external auditors
Solid technical accounting background with extensive knowledge of current US GAAP and SEC reporting requirements
Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, with ability to lead and influence others
Experience with large multi-national corporations
Strong self-management and project management skills
Solid independent problem solving skills and ability to be innovative and creative
Experience with SAP
This position is for a period of two years.
Elanco is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status