Controls Lead Analyst

England, West Midlands
20 Nov 2017
20 Dec 2017
Lucy Williams
Job Role
Qualification Level
Fully qualified
Professional Membership
Contract Type

Superb opportunity for a Controls Lead Analyst with this leading FTSE 100 business in the Midlands.

Client Details

Global brand in the Midlands.

Job Purpose:

  • Responsible for the day to day leading, monitoring and delivery of a work plan which supports the Finance and Shared Services compliance frameworks including, internal policies, external compliance standards and the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
  • Perform detailed testing of high risk controls or change processes
  • Evaluates controls testing performed by team members

Evaluates end to end process reviews.


Key Tasks:
40% project management, 40% technical execution role and 20% stakeholder management. Supporting the Controls Manager, which includes:

  • Support the Controls Manager with day to day responsibility to ensure that all key controls are regularly assessed to ensure compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for each year end. This would include the following activities:
    - SOX scoping activities for the UK entity and SSC processes
    - Quality Assurance over SOX process documentation
    - Annual cycles of design and operational testing
    - Evaluation of SOX control environment
    - Communication regarding SOX compliance
  • Maintenance of documentation repositories and infonet sites
  • Primary review of all testing to ensure appropriate testing standards are met
  • Day to day leading of the work requirements of the annual testing plan

  • Identifying key compliance weaknesses and proposals to implement remedial action as appropriate
  • Interfacing with external auditor to ensure the Compliance and Controls team continues to deliver to audit requirements and that implementation of audit points is carried out
  • Supporting the Controls manager in the regular reporting of the status and issues of the controls and compliance team, as well as the annual testing plan to key stakeholders
  • Supporting the Controls manager in the delivery of the annual training programme
  • Leading change initiatives within the controls and compliance.


Experience Required:

  • One or both of the following:
  • Sarbanes-Oxley compliance experience (execution, testing and consolidation)
  • Experience and/or knowledge of regulatory or operational controls, or wider internal control frameworks
  • Ability to understand and critically assess and map business processes and controls
  • Accounting or auditing skills
  • Knowledge and experience of other internal and external compliance frameworks
  • Experience of writing or using Process Flow Commentaries, Risk and Control Matrices (RACM) and test scripts.
  • Proficient use and knowledge of business systems and analytical tools (Visio, Excel, Word,
  • Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proactive self-starter with ability to manage own workload, to time and desired levels of quality.

Qualifications Required:

  • Likely to be a trained for accountant or audit specialist
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent

Membership of a professional body (e.g. IIA, CIMA, ACCA, ICM, CPIM or CPM) but if the candidate can demonstrate adequate experience and knowledge required this may be acceptable.

Job Offer

Excellent package on offer.