Director, Internal controls

June 12, 2019






Internal Audit




The Director, Internal Controls will be a key member of the Internal Audit leadership team responsible for leading the company’s SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley) program. The scope of the role includes leading the strategy, project management, training, testing, and reporting for the company’s SOX compliance program.

The objective of the SOX program is to support management’s goal of having an effective control environment while balancing resource requirements to be cost efficient. The ideal candidate will be responsible for leading, managing, and developing a team within the internal audit organization to support these programs as well as be part of Internal Audit’s leadership team. We are looking for an individual with excellent communication skills, with the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with business leaders across the organization to influence the overall programs. The ability to identify, prioritize and execute against key initiatives is a critical component of this role.

Primary responsibilities: 

  • Develop the strategy and lead the execution of the company’s program for internal controls over financial reporting, including working with management to design effective and efficient controls and lead the testing, remediation and monitoring strategy to comply with Sarbanes Oxley (SOX).
  • Work cross-functionally to develop and maintain RACI to support strong governance and accountability of the SOX program with business partners.
  • Lead annual IA resource plan of approx. 10,000+ hours. Identify opportunities for cost savings through program strategy, external auditor reliance, and outsourcing activities while improving the effectiveness of the program.
  • Develop process and present on-going updates to stakeholders including summarizing, evaluation of control issues and deficiencies.
  • Identify and lead “deep-dive” engagements to evaluate and recommend changes to control design with process owners or support new activities/systems that affect the control environment.
  • Lead initiatives to work with business unit financial and operational leadership to gain a detailed understanding of significant business areas and recommend opportunities to enhance or streamline controls. This includes working with Internal Audit’s Business Intelligence team to develop continuous monitoring and auditing programs.
  • Identify gaps in the internal controls design that could lead to financial reporting risk and correct design deficiencies.
  • Propose and plan processes and systems that are in-scope and plan annual work assignments for the team through risk-based scoping approach.
  • Coordinate with external auditors to gain efficiencies in the overall program.
  • Partner with stakeholders to assess the impact of known controls deficiencies and analyze the magnitude of design and execution issues reported throughout the year.
  • Work with management and control owners to remediate control deficiencies, as applicable.
  • Prepare program updates for the Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration or other finance related degree.
  • Professional certification including CPA, CIA, CISA.
  • 10-15 years of progressively responsible work experience including recent position leading SOX and/or external audits at a big 4 firm with clients that are large publicly traded companies.
  • Professional experience in retail, consumer product or similar industry.
  • Detailed knowledge of COSO frameworks, US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and PCAOB requirements and trends.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience managing and developing teams.
  • Superb interpersonal and communication skills with proven ability to build and maintain internal/external relationships.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in accounting, financial systems and strong business acumen.
  • Self-motivated, deadline-driven, ability to work autonomously with little oversight.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet strict reporting deadlines.
  • Effective decision-making skills; can choose a prompt course of action amongst options involving uncertainty or risk.
  • Strong problem-solving skills; encourages new innovative solutions when appropriate.
  • Ability to build consensus amongst various stakeholders with competing priorities. 

Additional preferred experience:

  • Experience transitioning and managing off-shore capabilities for SOX compliance activities.
  • Experience developing and leading ERM programs at a large publicly traded company.

Fortune 1000 Company?


Job Type

Full Time

Career Level

SVP, EVP, VP, Tax Director, Internal Audit Director, Control

Travel Requirements


Contact Name

Jillian Calkins

Contact Phone

+1 206-303-5813

Contact Email