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Global Financial Controls Senior Advisor


The Global Financial Controls Senior Advisor is responsible for the development and oversight of the Global Sarbanes-Oxley (SOx) Compliance Program and providing internal control consultation.  These responsibilities include establishing and maintaining the requirements of the Global SOx Compliance Program; determining annual SOx scope; evaluating and integrating the SOx impact of significant corporate activities (acquisitions, divestitures, system integrations, etc.); monitoring the SOx readiness, identifying and managing key relationships with process owners, Corporate Audit Services (CAS), IT, Ernst & Young (EY), Elanco’s Audit Committee and third party service providers to influence and drive key decisions and solutions.  This role will be responsible for implementation of the SOx Compliance Program within the Bayer Animal Health integration (Project Mustang).  In addition, this role may be responsible for special projects occasionally.


Key Objectives/Deliverables

Development and Oversight of the Global SOx Compliance Program:

  • Develop and implement the annual project plan, including determining annual SOx testing scope, processes and materiality
  • Lead SOx Steering Committee meetings and Global Financial Controls Organization (GFCO)/CAS/EY Coordination meetings
  • Escalate issues appropriately to CAO (Chief Accounting Officer), General Auditor, CFO (Chief Financial Officer) and the SOx Steering Committee
  • Liaise with CAS Coordinators and SOx IT Coordinator to coordinate program efficiently and resolve issues timely
  • Coordinate and influence CAS and EY on testing scope and approach and resolution of issues
  • Provide SOx and internal control consultation on changes to controls (new, redesign, gaps, etc.)
  • Innovate the controls program to optimize efficiency and risk coverage
  • Address questions from stakeholders (see list below)
  • Identify and implement process improvement initiatives
  • Conduct SOx and internal control presentations and training
  • Lead process improvement initiatives


Provide SOx and Internal Control Consulting:

  • Consult on SOx and internal controls, including issue identification and resolution, deficiency remediation, etc.
  • Consult on impact of organization decisions to the SOx program (acquisitions, divestitures, system implementations, etc.)
  • Serve as subject-matter expert on the PCAOB rules relating to the audit attestation on internal controls
  • Monitor direction of PCAOB proposals and prepare PCAOB comment letters articulating Elanco’s concerns of any proposed relevant standards
  • 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


Perform Oversight of Internal Control Improvement Initiatives: 

  • Determine scope and develop procedures for affiliate and shared service center assessments (that includes internal controls) on a rotational basis (in coordination with shared service center leaders, Regional Controllers, and areas Controllers)


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), Record-to-Report (RTR), Fixed Assets (FA), Manufacturing)
  • Shared Services Center Leadership and Regional Controllers including TCS Leadership
  • IT & ERP Security
  • External Audit Team (Partner, Senior Manager, and other levels)


Lead a Team:

  • This position currently has three direct reports.
  • Candidate must be able to manage and lead a team, provide timely feedback and enhance team members’ skills
  • Evaluate program requirements and ensure cost-efficient, sustainable resourcing models are in place


 Other Special Projects: 

  • Assist with local GAAP/IFRS (i.e., IFRS implementation) or accounting and reporting issues with affiliate and EY (or other external auditor)
  • Network with other companies to benchmark and share best practices relating to SOx
  • Special Corporate Financial Reporting project work as identified


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting
  • CPA, Chartered Accountant
  • 10+ years work experience
  • 4+ years public accounting experience
  • Strong knowledge of and prior experience with:
    • Financial processes (examples:  O2C, P2P, RTR, Treasury, Manufacturing)
    • SAP
    • Implementation of SOx
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position.


Additional Skills/Preferences

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize responsibilities
  • Develop good relationships and 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 written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, with ability to lead and influence others
  • Experience with large, multi-national corporations
  • Ability to perform well under pressure
  • Strong self-management and project management skills
  • Solid independent problem solving skills and ability to be innovative and creative


Other information

  • This position is located at Elanco Global Headquarters, Greenfield, Indiana
  • Domestic and international travel of ˜10-25%
  • 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.


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