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Associate Director, Internal Controls COE

Lake County, Illinois Req ID 2207906 Category Finance Division AbbVie

The Internal Controls CoE manages the organization’s compliance with the Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX) and control improvement initiatives.  This position provides support, and management of AbbVie’s program for compliance with SOX Section 404, which requires all functions to document, test and assess internal controls over financial reporting. This position will assist with Program Management Office functions including:  program planning, testing scoping, scheduling, and guidance; communication with Division and Corporate functions; updating or developing program tools and processes; monitoring of program status and schedule; and leading training and process improvement initiatives; assisting in the management and resolution of issues; review of internal control deficiencies; providing guidance for the evaluation and remediation of deficiencies; monitoring of remediation activities; and determination of readiness for review by internal and external auditors.


  • The Sarbanes-Oxley Associate Director assists with the responsibility of the global SOX program ensuring compliance with AbbVie’s SOX program standards
  • Manage the program schedule to ensure deliverables are met (includes all AbbVie deliverables to PMO and PMO deliverables to E&Y)
  • Reviews completed internal control documentation, evaluates testing results, reviews ratings and conclusions, and evaluate/prioritize all deficiencies. Communicate expectations for remediation of deficiencies and monitor remediation efforts
  • Act as subject matter expert for internal control matters globally by advising management and control owners in various functions such as Corporate, Commercial, Operations, and R&D
  • Provides functional leadership and comprehensive ongoing support to department managers for the completion of all AbbVie SOX Section 404 and 302 requirements including oversight of the finance an information technology components of the program. Evaluate resource needs and oversee team annual projects to successful completion
  • Provide coaching and oversight to three – four direct reports
  • Evaluate and propose process improvements to improve efficiency and effectiveness of global SOX program and control environment including technology improvements
  • Manages testing schedule and liaises with third-party resources, internal resources, Internal Audit, and external auditors.  Assists in completing the annual scoping activities in a timely and thorough manner. Assists in identifying and analyzing all relevant matters that could impact SOX scope and propose related approaches (during annual scoping and ongoing)
  • Manages impacts to and making updates to the control environment through various projects within the company such as process changes, system implementations, reorganizations, and business combinations/acquisitions
  •  Prepares ongoing/periodic status and deficiency reports for management. Prepares executive reporting on program status for executive sponsors and audit committee
  • Identify opportunities to improve / streamline current processes and procedures
  • Complete ad hoc analysis and reviews of internal controls within all functions
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance
  • CPA preferred or other relevant certifications a plus (e.g. CIA, CFE)
  • 7-10 years of Auditing, Controls, Accounting, or Finance experience
  • Experience leading effective teams
  • Ability to work independently and adjust priorities to achieve accurate and timely results
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written) and ability to collaborate across functions
  • Ability to identify process improvement opportunities and aptitude for continuous improvement and change
  • Ability to understand the big picture while leveraging technical knowledge at a process/control level
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools (e.g., Excel, PowerPoint, and Word)
  • Availability to travel up to 10%
Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Job Type: Apprenticeship
Schedule: Full-time

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