GroupM | Risk and Compliance Manager / Senior Manager

Finance & Commercial Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Position at GroupM

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 Compliance Manager to join us. In this role, you will be working under the guidance of the Director to ensure that WPP policies and procedures are adhered to, and advise on actions required to meet objectives, supporting the implementation of agreed solutions and the monitoring progress made. You will also be working very closely with GroupM Services’ Leads and commercial, supporting and assisting market process improvements across Malaysia.    

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 Manager, Risk and Control

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 markets assigned
  • Review the appropriateness of the markets remediation on past Internal audit findings, work with the market to have proper closure in the system
  • Perform independent review of Internal Control over Financial Reporting (ICFR) documentations on markets assigned to ensure effectiveness on the ICFR controls
  • Work closely with markets to ensure compliance with WPP and GroupM processes and procedures
In 6 months:
  • Monitor and provide guidance in implementing an effective ICFR with the markets assigned
  • Provide guidance to the market 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 to assigned markets 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
  • Assist in facilitating the periodic process review on GMS (GroupM Services) function to identify process improvement in line with ICFR requirement, provide solutions and ensuring the local process is kept up to-date
In 12 months:
  • Work with the market 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 markets assigned, 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 6-7 years of relevant experience in SOX/ ICFR, internal/external audit and compliance, prior experience in the Big 4 companies will be an added advantage
  • Excellent command of written and verbal English communication skills
  • Ability to communicate in Mandarin will be an added advantage
  • Ability to travel between Singapore and Malaysia

More about GroupM

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 Malaysia

GroupM Malaysia is situated in the prime location of Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya. Malaysia is a multi-racial and multicultural country, there is a strong “Muhibbah” culture and the office environment is full of “Semangat” as half of our talent are below the age of 30.

You can expect diversity, strong collaboration and a fun yet dynamic environment here! With endless growth opportunities for marketing, media and branding professionals, we provide the support to enable ambitions to come to life. If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career in media, there is no better place to be in than Malaysia.

GroupM is an equal opportunity employer. We view everyone as an individual and we understand that inclusion is more than just diversity – it’s about belonging. We celebrate the fact that everyone is unique and that’s what makes us so good at what we do. We pride ourselves on being a company that embraces difference and truly represents the global clients we work with.