Senior Internal Controls Tester

Finance Santander Consumer, Florida


Job Family: Finance

The Finance organization is responsible for leading and participating in a number of critical functions including: supporting executive management decisions making by analyzing results, assessing strategic alternatives and developing strategic plans; communicating financial results and forecasts with critical stakeholders, including executive management and Board of Directors, shareholders and regulators; managing the Company’s balance sheet, including interest rate and liquidity risks; establishes the Company’s capital policies and prioritizes investments; develops and implements controls to reduce operational risk; developing and maintaining financial data and systems. The Finance organization works across functions and Business lines in the Company, requiring a broad understanding of our business, risk and strategy.

Job Function: Controllership & Tax

The Controllership function is responsible for the operations and controls surrounding accounting, tax and financial reporting of the institution. This function’s responsibilities demonstrates expertise in processing transactions, recording accounting entries, managing the general ledger and reconciliations, and interpreting and complying with technical accounting matters and financial reporting disclosure requirements. Through the Controllership function, stakeholders receive relevant insight and commentary on transaction-level and financial results for analysis and decision making. The Tax function prepares income tax returns and indirect tax filings. Provides research and advice on tax-related matters.

Summary of Responsibilities:

The primary function of the Associate, Internal Controls is to execute complex Internal Controls testing. In addition the Associate will provide some direct coaching and supervision to less experienced team members as part of Internal Controls processes. The Associate must perform testing in a timely manner, ensuring all Internal Controls quality standards are met, and courteous and professional behavior is observed in all situations.

Essential Functions:

  • Examines business records and collects information, exercises independent judgment in identifying issues and assessing risk; formulates findings and presents the results to the relevant Internal Controls manager(s).
  • Executes control design assessments and operating effectiveness testing over high complexity areas as part of Internal Controls reviews and activities.
  • Conducts post-Internal Controls high complexity follow-up to appraise adequacy of corrective action taken by management to address Internal Controls recommendations.
  • Documents Internal Controls testing and follow-up tasks in accordance to relevant Internal Controls standards.
  • Demonstrates proactively in professional development activities.
  • Attends professional training and maintains professional certifications.
  • Provides consistent quality service to both internal and external stakeholders that meet the company's standards.
  • Starts participating in the design of Internal Controls test stops.
  • Supervises and provides coaching and assistance to less experienced team members as part of Internal Controls reviews and activities. As such, starts reviewing and challenging the testing and work papers prepared by less experienced team members.
  • Starts participating in the drafting of Internal Controls recommendations to be presented to the Internal Controls manager(s).
  • Ensures fieldwork is completed within the budgeted timeframe.

Other Functions:

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Education -
    • Bachelor's Degree: Accounting, Finance, Business or equivalent field.
  • Experience -
    • 3-5 years of Public Accounting, Audit or Internal Controls.
    • 5-7 years of relevant experience.
  • Skills & Abilities -
    • Analytical and problem solving skills as well as the ability to work independently
    • Technology and computer skills, with the ability to effectively use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint)
    • Detail orientated with strong organizational kills
    • Verbal and written communication skills
    • Time management skills and the ability to complete multiple projects simultaneously and in a timely manner.
    • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
    • Solid negotiation skills with the ability to resolve conflicts in a constructive manner
    • Demonstrated leadership and teambuilding skills
    • Proficient command of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

  • Licenses & Certifications
  • CPA - Certified Public Accountant

  • CIA - Certified Internal Auditor
  • CFE - Certified Fraud Examiner
  • CBA - Certified Bank Auditor


  • Change Orientation - Core Competencies:
    • Proficient - Applying and Executing
      • Adapts quickly to change and makes suggestions for increasing the effectiveness of change
      • Appropriately shifts attention and re-focuses on new goals as a result of changes in priorities or competing work demands

  • Execution - Core Competencies:
    • Proficient - Applying and Executing
      • Displays initiative, flexibility and focus to get things done
      • Actively contributes ideas, suggestions, and constructive comments in meetings and discussions

  • Influence - Core Competencies:
    • Proficient - Applying and Executing
      • Communicates in a timely and straightforward manner
      • Probes for additional information, clarifies assumptions and confirms agreed-upon actions
      • Keeps everyone involved informed about progress and issues


  • Collaboration - Core Competencies:
    • Proficient - Applying and Executing
      • Creates a good working environment in the team; works towards shared goals contributing ideas and accepting change
      • Provides assistance and coaches less experienced team members


  • Execution - Core Competencies:
    • Proficient - Applying and Executing
      • Organizes and prioritizes workload and tasks for oneself and team members
      • Actively plans ahead for routine and cyclical work


  • Problem Solving - Core Competencies:
    • Proficient - Applying and Executing
      • Identifies the component parts of a complex situation or problem and the relationship among variables that are not obvious


  • Risk Business Acumen - Core Competencies:
    • Proficient - Applying and Executing
      • Understands the relevant products and services and the markets in which they are sold and their risk return to the organization
      • Can identify and speak to major operational issues across the organization


  • Risk Management - Core Competencies:
    • Proficient - Applying and Executing
      • Executes risk management process and procedures without management direction, and demonstrates awareness of expected results
      • Knows the relationship and impact of actions and results
      • Has an understanding of regulations impacting area supported


Working Conditions:

  • Frequently: Minimal physical effort such as sitting, standing, and walking.
  • Occasional moving and lifting of equipment and furniture is required to support onsite and offsite meeting setup and teardown.
  • Physically capable of lifting up to 50 pounds, able to bend, kneel, climb ladders.

Employer’s Rights:

  • This job description does not list all the duties of the job.  You may be asked by your supervisors or managers to perform other duties.  You will be evaluated in part based upon your performance of the tasks listed in this job description.
  • The employer has the right to revise this job description at any time.  This job description is not a contract for employment, and either you or the employer may terminate employment at any time, for any reason.

Employees desiring consideration should complete an online application, utilizing the appropriate process as subscribed by the posting entity. Employees should provide all pertinent information to support their candidacy.

To be considered eligible for internal posting, Santander employees must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Completion of at least one year of active service in Santander
  • Completion of at least twelve months in current position
  • Be in “Good Standing”   

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At Santander, we value and respect differences in our workforce and strive to increase the diversity of our teams. We encourage everyone to apply.