Financial Controls COE Leader

Wayzata, MN
Dec 27, 2016
Mar 22, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Financial Controls COE Leader-WAY05493 Working at Cargill is an opportunity to thrive—a place to develop your career to the fullest while engaging in meaningful work that makes a positive impact around the globe. You will be proud to work for a company with a strong history of ethics and a purpose of nourishing people. We offer a diverse, supportive environment where you will grow personally and professionally as you learn from some of the most talented people in your field. With 150 years of experience Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work. Learn more at


The Controls COE Leader will be responsible to develop and execute the controls strategy on behalf of the Global Controller. This position leads the design of the internal global control framework for the corporation, including guiding the establishment of maintaining appropriate internal controls, compliance, policies and procedures as well as ensuring issues are appropriately raised. This position works directly with regional, country controllers and key Accounting & Finance leaders/stakeholders on the implementation of internal controls. This incumbent will partner with the process owners to ensure controls are embedded in business process re-design, policies, procedures, and technology enhancements. The person filling this position directs the training of members of the Controls COE team.

Principal Accountabilities

30% Design/Deployment of Global Control Framework
• The Global Leader responsible for the design and facilitating the deployment of a new, consistent, internal global control framework
• Lead the defining, developing, and maintaining internal control policies and procedures
• Develop internal control design and operational assessment processes with the Corporate Controller, Regional and Country Controllers, and Process and Control Owners
• Monitor status against project plans/timeline and prepares periodic status reports for Regional Controllers, Corporate Controller and CFO LT

40% Ongoing Leadership of Global Control Framework
• Pro-actively assesses internal control deficiencies and makes recommendations to senior finance managers as to the appropriate classification and severity, the appropriate actions to re-mediate any deficiencies, and any policy changes
• Ensure finance employees have full knowledge, awareness and timely/efficient access to the framework
• Oversee process improvement initiatives to enhance accounting and internal control systems
• Ensure the internal control documentation remains accurate and up to date
• Lead projects to ensure compliance with internal controls due to key finance, business and/or system initiatives
• Define the quarterly certification process
• Set the strategy for the risk assessment, materiality determination and review process

20% Managing Relationships
• A key liaison with senior financial leaders across the company to ensure adherence to and understanding of the global control framework
• Primary Contact for Corporate Audit on behalf of the Controllers to agree on appropriate control processes
• Facilitate the education of business leaders about their roles and responsibilities related to internal controls over financial reporting and disclosures, including ownership and accountability for internal controls
• Promote company awareness of processes, internal controls policies and requirements

10% Finance Leadership / Talent & Resource Management
• Provides direction and vision to his/her team on the Global Financial Controls framework and key objectives
• Leads the team that documents and consults on financial controls and company policies
• Manages the team in the creation of content for internal control training, which can be utilized by groups across the organization



Required Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree or higher in Accounting/Finance
• 10 years of experience in finance, accounting and/or audit
• Internal controls framework implementation experience for a large company or equivalent experience
• Strong Management/Leadership Experience
• Strong proficiency and solid hands-on project management experience in the finance, accounting or audit
• Expert skills covering internal control documentation, process narratives, process flows, risk assessments and related areas
• Strong independent problem solving, project management and analytical skills
• Demonstrated strategic thinking skills to prioritize work in alignment with project objectives or goals, recognizes linkages and understands impact of individual actions on other parts of the organization
• Demonstrated service orientation to monitor others' work to ensure quality and alignment in meeting organizational needs
• Experience leading change by questioning the status quo and identifying specific opportunities to improve internal controls
• Demonstrated personal development skills by actively seeking feedback from others and modifies behavior accordingly
• Proven ability to manage and develop others by providing direct, constructive feedback to help others improve performance and develop new skills/talents, identifying current developmental needs and arranges for new assignments and formal training to build upon strengths

Preferred Qualifications

• Public Accounting Experience
• Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
• Experience with SOX 404 compliance
• Significant coordination or management of policy and procedure development and communication for large corporations

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Job Finance/Accounting

Primary Location US-MN-Wayzata

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job