European Internal Controls Specialist

European Internal Controls Specialist

Job Title: European Internal Controls Specialist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: England, England
Salary: Negotiable
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 16553_1559928553
Contact Name: Marcus Barnes
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 07, 2019 18:29

Job Description

European Internal Controls Specialist - Perm

Desired language skills (one of): Swedish, Danish, Estonian, German, French & fluent English

Salary: Competitive

Location: Home Based

Travel: 50% travel to assigned European location (based on language skills)

Expenses: Covered

Woodrow Mercer Finance is currently supporting one of our key clients to bolster their Internal Controls team across their European Region. They are on the lookout for Internal Control experts with European language skills to join the team on a permanent basis.

The Role

  • Ensure adherence with all compliance standards
  • Support the Internal Controls Manager (ICM) in developing a compliance culture and controls environment consistently across the business
  • To work with your allocated Country/Region in implementing controls framework directed by the ICM including;
    • Process flow charts and associated walk-throughs
    • Control matrix (RCM's)
    • Identification of Control Owners and ensuring they clearly understand their responsibilities, and training plans are in place to address gaps
    • Robust segregation of duties and IT General Controls (ITGCs) defined and remediated where necessary
  • Support on initiatives to enhance control framework, including process improvements, process and control re-design, and system implementations as assigned
  • Deliver support to all allocated regions/ countries within Europe and ensure clear working methodology is in place to identify and address critical remediation plans
  • Work with existing remediation consultants, as directed by the ICM, to develop and implement an action plan to transfer the workload to the Internal Controls team by December 2019
  • Educate and coach process owners on SOX and internal controls; and assisting process owners in maintaining up to date documentation of business processes and internal controls
  • Liaise with Internal Audit team regarding their audit projects and annual programs ensuring a cohesive business partnership that drives knowledge share and continuous improvement across the region

Person Specification

  • At least 2 years internal/ business operational controls or relevant internal/external audit experience
  • In-depth technical knowledge of internal controls practices and principles
  • Strong knowledge of internal controls and Sarbanes-Oxley
  • Full understanding and experience of documenting processes and controls, and assessing financial risks
  • Strong knowledge of accounting principles and a thorough understanding of financial statements
  • Strong understanding of how public companies operate
  • Knowledge of and experience in different manufacturing ERP systems and comparable industry knowledge


  • Ideally a fully qualified accountant (ACA/ ACCA)
  • Further professional certifications such as Certified Internal Auditor
  • Advanced Excel
  • Exposure to SAP is advantageous

If this role sounds of interest and you speak fluent English and either of the languages mentioned above, then please apply now for immediate consideration.