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Associate Director, Internal Controls & SOX Compliance

Position Summary:                     
We are looking for an innovative, forward-thinking professional who doesn’t mind digging into data and searching for potential loopholes and vulnerabilities. Reporting to the VP, Finance and Accounting, the successful candidate is to add value and improve our operations by bringing a systematic and approach to the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes. Responsibilities include ownership for the Company’s global internal controls and SOX compliance program, and related business processes. Along with the VP, Finance and Accounting and CFO, this position will be a key liaison with the external auditors and audit committee of the Board of Directors. 

Essential Functions:

  • Manage SOX 404 program including but not limited to managing third party SOX service provider relationships, maintaining the company’s SOX compliance program to ensure appropriate internal controls over financial reporting and related business processes.
  • In collaboration with process owners, process managers and IT owners, ensure proper documentation of all policies and procedures applicable to the key controls of significant processes.
  • Identify key controls and then develop/update work programs for testing of these key controls.
  • Collaborate with SOX IT Compliance team members to understand, document, and evaluate in-scope application systems and automated application controls.
  • Interact directly with internal process owners, external auditors, and management to ensure an effective control environment.
  • Identify, evaluate, document and monitor the remediation of control deficiencies.
  • Communicate to the process owners, IT owner and SOX management any control deficiencies and provide recommendations for remediation.
  • Coordinate SOX testing both internally with process owners and externally with auditors to ensure compliance. Provide direct assistance, as needed (e.g. key reports testing, walkthroughs).
  • Actively participate in implementing and launching systems to further automate processes for efficiencies and effectiveness while enhancing internal controls (e.g. ERP).
  • Cross-trained with other finance/operation functions and ability to act as backup support within the department and corporate service group.
  • Assist in special finance related projects as requested.

Required Experience:

  • 5+ years of relevant working experience, public accounting experience required.
  • Biotech, Pharmaceutical or Medical Device experience required.
  • Hands-on experience with SOX Compliance required.
  • Talent to develop and maintain effective, positive working relationships at all levels of the organization.
  • Proven ability to work cross functionally and influence organization to accomplish goals.
  • Collaborative and team player; focused, passionate, with ability to inspire confidence in employees and senior management.
  • Willingness and ability to adapt to new circumstances, information, and challenges.
  • US GAAP, IFRS, SOX knowledge/experience.

Required Education:

  • BS/MS in Accounting or CPA preferred.

Additional Skills:

  • Excellent verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Results-oriented with strong accounting, finance skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, teamwork, and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to influence and present to leadership team.
  • Committed to the values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor and drive.
  • Current US work authorization required.
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