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Unilever Manager Financial Controls (SOX) in Bangalore, India

Manager Financial Controls (SOX)

Job ID: R-08817 Category: Finance Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka Date posted: 06/04/2021


Job Position: Manager Financial Controls (SOX)

Function: FINANCE

Reports to:Senior Manager, SOX

Scope: Global controls


Business Context and Main Purpose of the Job

UniOps (Erstwhile Unilever Enterprise & Technology Solutions (ETS)) is a global business unit that will manage the company’s shared business services, made up of HR Services, Finance Transactions, IT services, Information Management Services and Workplace Services.

Mission - To provide excellent services globally which enable Unilever to win in the market by

  • putting the business’ goals at the heart of what we do

  • leveraging cost-effective, best practice, global solutions across Unilever to meet users’ needs

  • making continuous improvement in both cost and service an integral part of our way of working

  • building a professional services organisation that enables our people to give their best

  • developing win-win relationships with selected providers to meet our current and future requirements

The key benefits from UniOps are expected to be:

  • Lower cost of delivery through standardisation, simplification, process harmonisation & scale leverage.

  • Better user experience by delivery of integrated service bundles to end-user.

  • Continuous improvement through end-to-end process ownership.

Within the service catalogue of UniOps, the Commercial Experience organisation is responsible for the management and delivery of finance services globally, both through third-party outsourced providers (e.g. IBM, CapGemini) and through in-sourced operations.

The Global Control Services Centre (GCSC) which is a part of the Commercial Experience team has 3 broad services - 1) Access Control 2) Monitoring & Reporting; and 3) SOX.

This role is part of the SOX pillar of GCSC. The person handling this role will be responsible for coordination and reporting of global SOX; to coordinate with the countries and the operating centres to ensure the Financial Control Assessments are completed as per the expected timeline and they will also be responsible to carry out the testing of internal controls.

Main Accountabilities

  • This role involves complete understanding of Unilever’s Global Financial Control Framework

  • In-depth knowledge of ICOFR, Sarbanes Oxley Act and COSO Framework

  • End-to-end testing of internal controls of various countries, operating centre and central teams across processes

  • High quality documentation of the test plan and the summary report

  • Conducting trainings for the respective countries on the FCA expectation

  • Managing and coordinating with the stakeholders like CG, KPMG, GCAD, Country Controllers and Service Delivery Directors

  • Governance meeting with the risk managers and controllers of the respective countries to ensure on-time completion of testing and relevant sign-offs on deficiencies and rectification plans

  • Quality review of the identified deficiencies and its documentation

  • Impact assessment of deficiencies identified

  • Reporting / presenting the testing results to GCAD for audit committee

  • Additionally, participate in control improvement health meetings, manage third party teams performing testing and co-ordinate with external auditors

Direct Reports

Key Interfaces

  • 3-4 Service Provider team

  • Cluster Finance Leadership

  • Country Finance Controllers

  • Country Risk Manager

  • Process Owners

  • Control Owners

  • Operating Centres

  • Process Excellence Teams

  • Business Operations Team

  • Group Chief Accountant Department

  • Service Providers

  • External Auditor

Critical success Factors for the Job

Key Skills

Relevant Experience

  • Technical Knowledge: Strong knowledge of US GAAP, COSO, PCAOB Auditing Standards, Sarbanes-Oxley, risk and controls standards and business process best practices

  • Process and Controls understanding:

  • Strong working knowledge various business processes

  • Sound financial knowledge – customer accounting, rebates etc.

  • Strong controls knowledge and expertise – prevent and detect spend controls

  • Understanding of Global financial controls framework

  • Process understanding : Overall understanding of process flows and associated risks in PTP, RTR, OTC, MTD, Payroll, Tax, Pensions (e.g. master data, payment processes, Inventory processes, etc) and working knowledge of access and IT general controls

  • Analytical skills: Ability to analyse the root cause of the deficiency and propose corrective action and ensure quality deliverables

  • Leadership and relationship management skills:

  • Ability to lead teams, and deliver key agendas

  • Ability to influence senior stake holders and cross functional teams to drive agenda

  • Experience in managing 3rd party outsourced vendors

  • Ability to define and execute agenda independently

  • Ability to work in a dynamic organization and manage / balance multiple priorities and diverse projects concurrently

  • Ability to influence senior stake holders and cross functional teams to drive agenda

  • Communication skills:

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to build effective relationships with stakeholders – controllers, central teams etc.

  • Presentation skills: Proficiency in Power point presentation and working knowledge of Power BI

  • Customer and service centric mind set, placing the user at the heart of the solution

  • Ability to work under pressure and at times, in ambiguous situations

  • Experience and awareness of working in a global role, demonstrate awareness and empathy to our many cultures and social needs

  • Proficiency in using SAP and Microsoft tools

  • Masters’ degree in Accounting or Finance preferred - CA/CPA/MBA Finance or similar qualification

  • Minimum of 7-8 years progressive experience in internal audit with SOX 404 testing and reporting

  • Experience with governance, risk and compliance models like GAAPs, IFRS etc. (knowledge in GRC tools like SAP GRC, Archer, others is an added advantage)

  • Experience in managing a team is required


• Analytics mind set

Leadership Behaviours

Should "meet expectations" on the Standards of Leadership behaviours relevant to the WL of this job.