Internal Controls Specialist

Finance London, United Kingdom


The role:

The Internal Controls Specialist will report to the Internal Controls Senior Manager. You will have primary responsibility for evaluating the adequacy of internal controls over financial reporting (in both design and application), ad-hoc special projects and Sarbanes-Oxley 404 compliance activities. This includes completion of all scoping and program management deliverables. The Internal Controls Specialist must establish strong working relationships with business and finance management & process owners. Additionally, the Internal Controls Specialist will support other special projects to ensure the company has implemented effective internal controls. This highly visible role will interface with senior management on a multi-functional and multi-regional level.

What you’ll do:

  • You will assist the Senior Manager in the development and execution of SOX testing approaches for assigned projects to ensure all key business risks and controls are evaluated
  • You will participate in reviews evaluating the adequacy (both design and operating effectiveness) of controls for Farfetch business units and key business processes, including process mapping key financial cycles
  • You will complete internal controls test procedures to a SOX standard, communicating findings noted from the reviews to the Senior Manager and evaluating and reporting on any identified control deficiencies
  • SOX scoping, testing and reporting
  • You will execute quarterly SOX control assessments and reporting
  • You will support the design and remediation of control deficiencies together with the process owners
  • You will interact successfully with management, team members, business partners and regulators
  • Some business travel will be required, mainly to Europe but also further afield as the business continues to grow

Who you are:

  • You are a qualified Accountant (ACA or equivalent) or Internal Auditor (IIA) with up to 2 years post qualified experience, and a proven internal audit, internal controls and/ or a SOX background
  • You can demonstrate solid experience of flowcharting, documentation and process mapping
  • You have excellent technical, analytical and problem-solving skills and are comfortable working both in a team and on your own
  • You are a highly motivated and organized self-starter, with excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and the ability to interface with all levels of management within the company and across different cultures
  • You have a naturally inquisitive, assertive and tenacious character but you are also pragmatic
  • You take responsibility for the quality, completeness, efficiency and accuracy of your work, and you can manage your time effectively to meet deadlines
  • You have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced high growth environment. Experience of similar working environments would be ideal
  • Fluency in Portuguese or Italian would be an advantage, though not a requirement for this role