SOX Program Analyst

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The SOX Program Analyst is a position within the Corporate Accounting Department of Columbia Bank. This is a mid-level, analytical position administering SOX compliance efforts. The incumbent will assist the SOX Program Manager in executing the SOX program for the Bank.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Assist with annual risk assessment, materiality determination, identification of in-scope processes
  • Assist with coordinating and performing annual SOX walkthroughs for business and general information technology control (GITC) processes
  • Assist with creating and maintaining SOX process documentation, as necessary
  • Assist with the external auditors’ requests for documentation
  • Update annual risk and controls matrix and as needed
  • Assist with performing annual segregation of duties (SOD) analysis
  • Assist with performing a deficiency analysis on SOX-related findings, including issues identified in the Bank’s GRC solution
  • Assist with coordinating testing with Internal Audit and the Bank’s external auditor, which includes providing guidance on testing, tracking the status of testing, and answering questions as needed
  • Assist with reviewing Internal Audit’s test scripts and testing results as needed
  • Assist process owners with remediation of control deficiencies, which includes coordinating with Risk Advisors for closure of issues noted in the Bank’s GRC solution
  • Assist with re-writing control descriptions, documenting processes, and updating in-scope systems/applications/servers
  • Ensure that the SOX program is in adherence with the 2013 COSO Framework
  • Assist in serving as the point person to liaise among all relevant personnel on all SOX issues
  • Assist in migrating the SOX program documents to Workiva
  • Assist in creating/maintaining SOX SharePoint site for documentation and access for Internal Audit, external auditors, and process owners
  • Assist with quarterly internal control certifications
  • Provide support on ad hoc projects (e.g., CECL, RPA) and identify opportunities to improve business processes and internal controls
  • Assist with SOC 1/SSAE 18 reviews performed by the Vendor Management/Enterprise Risk Department to ensure that in-scope vendors’ complementary user entity controls are in place and operating effectively

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Finance preferred 
  • SOX 404 compliance experience
  • Ability to multi-task and be detail-oriented
  • Ability to analyze and research and issues
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently to solve problems as well as work as a part of team on special projects and assignments
  • Proficient with MS Office
  • Financial services experience preferred
  • Three years public accounting experience preferred
  • CPA Certification preferred
  • Ability to perform well in high-growth, intensive environments
  • Experience writing reports and ability to identify and implement process efficiencies and improvements

Physical and Mental Requirements: 

  • Ability to sit at a computer monitor for extended periods of time
  • Ability to perform repetitive finger, hand, and arm movements
  • Ability to lift up to 15lbs.
  • Ability to effectively discern information and formulate appropriate action
  • Ability to reach, squat, bend, and manually manipulate standard office equipment

Values and Behaviors:

  • Build enduring RELATIONSHIPS with clients and each other.
  • Drive INNOVATION that simplifies life and work. 
  • Seek continuous GROWTH in your personal and professional development. 
  • Commit with HEART to serve others.
  • Extend TRUST in order to receive it. 

Notice to Agency and Search Firm Representatives:

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from agencies and/or search firms. Agencies must obtain advance written approval from Columbia Bank’s Talent Acquisition team to submit resumes, and then only in conjunction with a valid fully-executed written requisition contract for service and in response to a specific job opening. Resumes submitted to any Columbia Bank employee by a third party agency and/or search firm without a valid written and signed requisition search agreement, will become the sole property of Columbia Bank. Columbia Bank will not pay a fee to any Agency that does not have such agreement in place. No employee outside of Columbia Bank’s Talent Acquisition team has the authority to enter into a requisition search agreement.

We offer a competitive total rewards package including base salary and comprehensive benefits. The annualized range for this role is $66,000 - $123,000, and the pay rate for the successful applicant depends on a variety of non-discriminatory factors including, but not limited to, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The role may be eligible for performance-based incentive compensation and those details will be provided during the recruitment process.


We offer eligible associates cost-effective benefit options including comprehensive healthcare coverage (medical, dental, and vision plans), a 401(k)-retirement savings plan with employer match for qualifying associate contributions, an employee assistance program, life insurance, disability insurance, tuition assistance, mental health resources, paid time off for vacation, illness, volunteerism, and holidays. Benefit eligibility begins the first day of the month following the date of hire for associates who are regularly scheduled to work at least thirty hours weekly.