Risk & Controls Manager Austria, Switzerland, Hungary

Finance & Commercial Vienna, Austria


Position at GroupM


RISK & CONTROLS MANAGER Austria, Switzerland & Hungary


Company: GroupM

Location: Vienna, Austria

Salary range: Competitive

Reporting to: GroupM Austria & Switzerland CFO and Risk & Controls Director, EMEA



GroupM is the world’s leading media investment company responsible for more than $63B in annual media investment through agencies Mindshare, MediaCom, Wavemaker and m/SIX, as well as the outcomes-driven programmatic audience company, Xaxis. GroupM’s portfolio includes Data & Technology, Investment, and Services, all united in vision to shape the next era of media where advertising works better for people.



We are looking for a Risk & Controls Manager to join our team, based in Vienna, Austria. The candidate will be part of the EMEA Risk & Controls team, reporting to both the local GroupM CFO and the Risk & Controls Director, EMEA.

You will be responsible for providing support to the organization in both implementing and monitoring an effective local control framework aligned with Group requirements for the GroupM Austria, Hungary and Switzerland markets. You will coordinate compliance activities and related audits. This is a challenging role with multiple priorities and a wide range of stakeholders both locally and regionally.


  1. Promote and help embed the culture of ethics and integrity across both markets, through training, support and advising on relevant topics such as anti-bribery and corruption, internal controls, as well as internal policy requirements.
  2. Serve as a risk & controls subject matter expert / thought leader within the markets.
  3. Be a great business partner; establish and maintain excellent relationships within the team and collaborate effectively with colleagues across GroupM, WPP and other Networks.  Engage with multiple senior stakeholders, both internal and external.
  4. Support the design and implementation of financial, operational and compliance controls in line with the WPP Internal Control framework, which includes meeting the documentation and evidence standards required.
  5. Design and operate effective on-going quality review / control monitoring programs as a second line of defense.
  6. Identify opportunities for continuous improvement, including use of technology, while adapting to the new and evolving challenges and opportunities.
  7. Reinforce WPP & GroupM policies, control requirements and communicate updates / changes to the business in a clear and concise manner.
  8. Be a partner and source of support and guidance for specific areas of change / strategic importance that require controls implementation to enable on-going success.
  9. Think strategically about our business, develop pragmatic and sustainable solutions to enhance the control environment and streamline and standardise processes, procedures and controls.
  10. Coordinate audit activities for the two markets, liaising with internal and external audit teams (e.g. WPP IA, PwC and Deloitte) and monitor remediation for all sources of assurance.
  11. Coordinate / oversee internal control and risk management processes, e.g. business risk maps, internal control self-certifications, market Letter of Representation submissions, Code of Conduct and related party declarations review.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Certified Accountant, ACA/CA/ACCA qualified or equivalent
  • 6+ years of work experience in industry or consulting in ethics and compliance, business process improvement, risk management, or internal / external audit.



  • Fluent/native in both German & English.



  • Familiar with IFRS, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, PCAOB requirements, etc.
  • Ability to work independently and apply a structured approach towards balancing multiple demands and priorities in a fast-paced environment and work cross-functionally across different geographies, functions, and employees of diverse backgrounds.
  • Experienced in assessing business risk and evaluating adequacy and effectiveness of internal control systems.
  • Experienced in driving improvement and creating stronger business relationships, rather than simply enforcing guidelines.
  • Approachable with excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) in interactions with staff and senior management.
  • Flexibility and openness to grow and take ownership of new projects/tasks/roles.
  • Experience in media and advertising with proven knowledge of core business processes is a plus.
  • Competent in Excel.
  • Willing to travel.


  • Competitive salary depending on qualification and experience
  • Hybrid working environment
  • Learning & development opportunities
  • Numerous social benefits such as pension contribution, life insurance, meal allowance, paid public transport, company-wide and team events etc.etc.