GroupM | Risks and Control Manager

Finance & Commercial Tokyo , Japan


Position at GroupM

Job Description - Risk and Controls Manager

Overview of job

GroupM is the world’s largest media investment company and are a part of WPP. In fact, we are responsible for one in every three ads you see globally. We are currently looking for a Risk and Controls Manager to join us. In this role, you will be working under the guidance of the CFO and Regional team to ensure that WPP policies and procedures are adhere to, and advise on actions required to meet objectives, supporting implementation of agreed solutions and the monitoring progress made.

At GroupM APAC, our people are our strength, which is why fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion is important to us.

Reporting of the role

This role reports to: Market CFO and functional reporting to APAC Associate Director, Risk and Control

3 best things about the job:

  1. You will be overseeing groupm Japan Compliance matters
  2. This will be an exciting experience for you to grow in your career and be independent in your role – your voice will be heard
  3. There is great flexibility in this role

In this role, your goals will be:
In 3 months:

  • Familiar with the WPP’s Control framework, key WPP and GroupM policies
  • Detail review of the Compliance reporting submission from the country
  • Review the appropriateness of the remediation on past audit findings, work with the related departments to have proper closure
  • Perform independent review of Internal Control over Financial Reporting (ICFR) documentations by process to ensure effectiveness on the ICFR controls
  • Work closely with the country to ensure compliance with WPP and GroupM processes and procedures

In 6 months:

  • Monitor and provide guidance in implementing an effective ICFR with the country
  • Provide guidance to markets on risk & controls matters
  • Coordinate management responses and action plans for internal audit issues
  • Manage and participate in the opening and/or closing meeting with outsourced ICFR / SOX auditor
  • Perform periodic training within opco to ensure process adherence to ICFR standard. Effectively coordinate with the process owners to implement process controls and documentation requirements and implement corrective actions to plug control gaps.
  • Liaise with Regional Risk and Control team regularly for control & compliance updates


In 12 months:

  • Work with the country on the annual Business risk exercise and Declaration of Interests
  • Be the first point of contact on assigned market queries on risk & controls matters
  • Establish strong working relationships with key stakeholders at country and regional level
  • Closely work with IT in system enhancement projects, Coordinate and prepare user requirement specification and facilitate transformation process -Manual to Automation

What you’ll bring:

  • Being proactive and taking ownership of your tasks.
  • Independent with less supervision.
  • Good communication and stakeholder management skills.
  • Able to think big picture on risk area and provide out of the box solutions.
  • Problem solving, proactive in escalating issues and recommending and implementing corrective actions
  • Being practical, analytical, and able to voice your opinion.
  • Strong support to the direct reporting line

Minimum qualifications:

  • Degree holder in Accounting/ Finance
  • At least 5-6 years of relevant experience in SOX/ ICFR, internal/external audit and compliance, prior experience in the Big 4 companies and Commercial will be an added advantage.
  • Written and verbal English communication skills
  • Good sense of logical thinking, proactive and taking initiative of your tasks.

More about GroupM

GroupM leads and shapes media markets by delivering performance enhancing media products and services, powered by data and technology. Our global network agencies and businesses enable our people to work collaboratively across borders with the best in class, providing them the opportunity to accelerate their progress and development. We are not limited by teams or geographies; our scale and diverse range of clients lets us be more adventurous with our business and talent. We give our talent the space, support and tools to innovate and grow.

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About Singapore

GroupM Singapore operates in one of the most dynamic and exciting environments in the world. Although it is a small domestic market, there is a vibrant media industry which is undergoing rapid evolution as digital technology reshapes the way marketing supports advertisers’ needs. Being at the crossroads of Asia means that aside from the local clients and media owners, we also have a high proportion of multi-national clients and media owners.

As the largest media investment management company in Singapore with over 41% market share (Recma) and over 650 employees, GroupM Singapore is the premiere organisation to join and develop a career in.