Overview

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The Financial Controls Organization (FCO) Consultant role is responsible for oversight and coordination of the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOx) compliance program at global affiliates and with corporate processes. This person will be viewed as a financial controls expert and serve as the point person for financial controls related questions.  This role will assist with the development of internal control procedures for newly established or acquired business processes, assisting with control rationalization and design for corporate transactions and IT platforms (e.g. acquisitions, business combinations, divestitures, technology infrastructure, application deployment, etc.).  Additional responsibilities include: supporting project scoping, developing and executing targeted training programs, developing and disseminating global process templates, and aggregating results for management reporting.

This role requires a foundational 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 process owners in progressing the quality of financial processes and reporting and reports directly to the Financial Controls Officer.

Key Responsibilities & Deliverables

Execution of Internal Control Initiatives:

  • 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

  • Consult and provide guidance to ERP, integration, and other project teams (e.g. acquisitions) to ensure appropriate risk mitigation, control development, and identify opportunities for automation

  • Assist with the development and ongoing monitoring of the global SOx project plan

  • Work with identification of segregation of duties (SOD) conflicts, provide guidance related to mitigation of SOD conflicts, and monitor mitigation

  • Develop control reporting packages for organizational SOx reporting and assist process owners develop and implement action plans to remediate control weaknesses/gaps

  • Lead controls globalization initiative.  Build reporting, analyze with Senior Management, and continuously enhance top-level control activities

  • Liaise with other FCO team members, CAS Coordinators and SOx IT Coordinator to coordinate program efficiently and resolve issues timely

  • Coordinate and influence CAS and EY on testing scope, testing approach, and resolution of issues

  • Conduct SOx and internal control presentations and training

  • 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)

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or CPA candidate

  • Minimum 4+ years work experience which includes public accounting experience

  • Working 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.

Additional Skills/Preferences

  • 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 strong knowledge of current US GAAP and SEC reporting requirements

  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, with ability to lead and influence others

  • Functional knowledge of IT General Controls (ITGC’s)

  • 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.  Proficiency with retrieving and analyzing data to retrieve

  • Experience with SAP and GRC tools (preferably AuditBoard)

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

Tagged as: EARLY CAREER, MID TO SENIOR LEVEL

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