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Director Of Controls (M/F)


28.05.2022 | Porto | Referência: 2044040


Director Of Controls (M/F)


Your new company:

Kantar is the world’s leading data, insights and consulting company. We understand more about how people think, feel, shop, share, vote and view than anyone else. Combining our expertise in human understanding with advanced technologies. Kantar’s 25,000 people based in more than 100 countries help the world’s leading organisations succeed and grow. Nobody knows people better than Kantar. We provide insight and inspiration to help our clients, our people and society to create and flourish in an extraordinary world. Kantar is building a world class delivery centre in Porto with finance, human resources and procurement professionals at its heart. Key investments in our technology and digital infrastructure have opened up opportunities for Kantar to deliver critical business services from a broader range of locations. Join us as we shape the future together.

 Your new role:

The Director of Controls role is a group wide role which is responsible for managing the implementation of and the maintenance of an appropriate internal controls framework to ensure that the Kantar Group is effectively mitigating risks and the controls are operating in an efficient manner. This role will report into the Group Director of Finance and will have initial responsibility for the internal controls framework operating within Finance, Procurement and HR. The role may gradually expand to include functional coverage across the group and the incumbent will be expected to work closely with technology, operations, legal and other functions to ensure that functional controls are in line with the overall framework. This role will also be responsible for implementing and maintaining compliance with any listing requirements (including SOX 302 and 404 regulatory requirements, if appropriate).

  • Being a trusted partner and advisor for the Company in the area of process risk and internal controls, serving as a subject matter expert and thought leader for the organisation

  • Responsible for managing, coordinating, delivering, and reporting on all Finance, Procurement and HR related Internal Controls activities in line with ADA waves

  • Designing and delivering an effective on-going quality review / controls monitoring programme as a second line of defence

  • Responsible for leading any controls related implementation programme and ensuring that the Group is able to achieve and maintain regulatory compliance with any listing requirements

  • Managing and reporting the outputs from control assurance works performed by Kantar Internal Controls and BPO Internal Controls teams to the executive team and the audit and risk committee

  • Coordinate / oversee internal control processes, such as internal control self-certifications and coordinating the collation and tracking of updates / remediation status of issues identified through external audit, internal audit and fraud reporting,

  • Managing the minimum controls programme including the testing, remediation and reporting of results

  • Working with external audit partners to ensure queries related to risks and controls are resolved

  • Thinking strategically about the business, develop pragmatic and sustainable solutions to enhance and drive continuous improvement in the Company’s control environment and streamline processes, procedures and controls

  • Reporting on and providing assurance on the Kantar Controls Framework to senior stakeholders including Executive Management, Board / Audit Committee, functional and divisional leaders, and external stakeholders, as needed

  • Engaging with stakeholders across the organisation to foster an understanding of and ownership and accountability for internal controls at all levels

  • Supporting senior leaders and the legal, compliance and Internal Audit and Risk teams in driving a culture of compliance, ethics and integrity

  • Providing training support, as needed, on internal policies, “what good looks like” in relation to controls, supporting controls implementation and demonstrating the value of good controls throughout the Company

  • Embracing technology and innovation to optimise risk & control activities and increase level of compliance across the business

What you'll need to succeed:

  • ACA/CA/ACCA qualified or relevant Internal Audit / Risk certification with a minimum of 15+ years of post-qualification experience (industry or consulting experience in designing and implementing a controls framework and experience of implementing a SOX programme)

  • Strong experience of having led Internal Audit / Controls / Risk teams in a global organisation

  • Experience of having led a large SOX implementation programme across multiple locations

  • Extensive experience of working with and influencing senior stakeholders including Executive Management, Board / Audit Committees on risk and controls related matters

  • Demonstrable experience of managing high-performing teams

  • Strong technical understanding of Sarbanes Oxley requirements and COSO and other risk and control frameworks

  • Familiarity with technology processes and related risks and mitigations

  • Ability to apply a structured approach towards balancing multiple demands and priorities in a fast-paced environment.

  • Work cross-functionally with multiple geographies, functions, and employees of diverse backgrounds.

  • Proven track record of driving improvement and creating stronger business partnering relationships, rather than simply enforcing guidelines.

  • Strong communication skills to convey complex messages succinctly, both orally and written, and the influencing skills to establish credibility and navigate resistance in a global organisation.

  • Change management experience to ensure the controls are embraced across the business.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) in interactions with staff and senior management. Ability to settle issues calmly and win concessions without damaging relationships.

What the company can offer you

At Kantar we have an integrated way of rewarding our people based around a simple, clear and consistent set of principles. Our approach helps to ensure we are market competitive and also to support a pay for performance culture, where your reward and career progression opportunities are linked to what you deliver. We go beyond the obvious, using intelligence, passion, and creativity to inspire new thinking and shape the world we live in. Apply for a career that’s out of the ordinary and join us. We want to create an equality of opportunity in a fair and supportive working environment where people feel included, accepted, and are allowed to flourish in a space where their mental health and well being is taken into consideration. We want to create a more diverse community to expand our talent pool, be locally representative, drive diversity of thinking and better commercial outcomes. We believe in the importance of coming together as teams in an office environment, it helps us create communities and builds a sense of belonging. Kantar offers flexible ways of working (hybrid working) based on the inherent value of being available to collaborate, work creatively and to learn from others when working together in one location.

Next step

Please share with us you English resume if you match these skills and have the willingness to join this ambitious project at Kantar.