GroupM | Senior Risk and Controls specialist

Finance & Commercial Amsterdam, Netherlands


Position at GroupM

GroupM is the leading global media investment management operation serving as the parent company to WPP media agencies including Mindshare, Wavemaker, MediaCom, Essence and each global operations in their own right with leading market positions. GroupM’s primary purpose is to maximize performance of WPP’s media agencies by operating as leader and collaborator in trading, content creation, sports, digital, finance, proprietary tool development and other business-critical capabilities. GroupM’s focus is to deliver unrivalled marketplace advantage to its clients, stakeholders and people. Discover more about GroupM at

The Role Objective

This is a pivotal role within the GroupM structure, part of the newly set up Shared Service organization to support WPP’s operations in the Netherlands. Your key objectives will be to oversee SOx risk and compliance for the shared service function as primary function, ensuring compliance with WPP control requirements. Your key objectives will be to implement one aligned, efficient and effective control environment for local Operating Units (OpCos) and ultimately to WPP. You will be responsible for the design and monitoring of controls, driving the remediation of issues and coordinating internal and external audits.

 Your key responsibilities are:

  • Overseeing SOx risk and compliance for the shared service function as primary function, supporting/assisting the GroupM Risk and controls team where needed;
  • Preparing and maintaining necessary/required audit documents/documentation;
  • Ensuring that the company’s controls, processes, and systems follow local laws and regulations, group internal procedures, client contract requirements;
  • Maintaining and updating internal policies and procedures;
  • Liaising and working with regional risk and controls team;
  • Working closely with unit finance management and IT to devise and develop internal processes and systems to ensure compliance with SOx and internal polices/procedures;
  • Working closely with unit management to conduct reviews across various business units, recommending best practice, testing the accuracy, reliability and completeness of controls and systems;
  • Coordination of internal and external SOx audits;
  • Following-up on various audit findings and recommendations;
  • Developing remediation plan;
  • Ad hoc compliance activities;
  • Supporting global compliance tools and systems in the local market;
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with the internal and external stakeholders;
  • The role reports to the Manager Risk and controls of the GroupM Netherlands Group.  

Experience and skills:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in global companies;
  • Big four/audit background and experience is a plus;
  • Knowledge internal auditing standards, auditing techniques and processes;
  • Sound knowledge of IFRS techniques;
  • Experience in a consumer and/or professional service businesses;
  • Strong, balanced technical financial skills with an operational, systems and process orientation;
  • Ability to find innovative solutions to control, process and systems issues;
  • Fluent Dutch & English written and spoken is essential;
  • Team player and able to work independently;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Good interpersonal skills – positive attitude to challenges;
  • Hands-on and detail-oriented;
  • Advanced Excel skills;
  • Systems savvy.

WPP (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.