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Internal Controls Manager

Req #: 170009QF_en
Location: Dublin, L IE
Job Category: Finance
Date Posted: 11/10/2017 8:13:09 AM
Baxter International


Internal Controls Manager
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The Job 
Purpose of Role: The EMEA Internal Controls Manager plays a key role in supporting the Internal Control Function with managing the EMEA internal control framework, with primary focus on European Shared Service Center , Center Of Expertise, coordination of grants, and assessing opportunities to deploy more efficient and effective internal controls through improved control design, automation or standardization. Additionally, this person is expected to develop and maintain effective working relationships with individuals in other functions and/or business units responsible for the monitoring of internal controls.
Key Responsibilities
Main internal controls responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Maintain an effective and comprehensive understanding of risks and controls in consideration of Baxter’s strategic initiatives, including Project Touchstone.
  • Serve as lead point of contact on internal control matters for EMEA, with primary focus on Shared Service Center and Center of Expertise.
  • Establish an internal control self-assessment framework and coordinate execution.
  • Support process owners in the development and deployment of action plans to close control gaps.
  • Oversee the coordination of grant and donation compliance activities for EMEA
  • Develop, mentor and maintain a team of 5 - 6 professionals with skill sets, competencies and capabilities required to accomplish the team’s responsibilities.
  • Remain current on relevant internal control information from regulators. Be a resource to train others on relevance to the Company and lead efforts in “operationalizing” controls.
  • Direct the SOX 404 internal control assessment and provide guidance on critical Baxter-wide initiatives related to risk and internal controls.
  • Responsible for driving Baxter’s SOX process for assessing internal control over financial reporting (including assuring clear accountability and ownership, routine monitoring and management reporting)
  • Perform annual scoping and risk assessment and monitor balance sheet and income statement items that may fall into scope over the course of the fiscal year.
  • Manage, plan and communicate timing of all SOX process and Information Technology (“IT”) testing with departments, process owners and external audit.
  • Be proactive and alert to potential risk of control breaks. Identify root cause and provide guidance on appropriate resolution, and communication of learning.
  • Maintain close relationship with Internal Audit, review Internal Audit Reports and be proactive in gauging the impact of issues raised on the SOX internal control assessment
  • Continue to refine effectiveness of the company’s SOX assessment and maintain alignment with key leadership and operational changes, including acquisitions.
Adhoc Internal Controls Support:
  • General – Serve as subject matter expert on projects requiring internal controls expertise.
  • M&A - Work with Baxter’s M&A and integration teams to identify and assess the effectiveness of the current state control environment as part of the pre-acquisition diligence phase, and then, partnering with the process owners, develop control gap closure actions, and with the requisite process owners, deploy the actions post-acquisition. The team would also be responsible for ensuring the adoption and application of the global self-assessment frameworks.
  • IT Implementation - Work with teams responsible for implementing new IT applications (i.e. ERP systems) to support and advice on internal control design of said technology.
  • Fraud/Compliance - Work with Ethics and Compliance, Internal Audit and Business/Process Owners to manage the compliance, fraud prevention or detection efforts, and/or investigations that impact internal controls.


Who you are
  • More than 6 years of experience; public accounting or related large public company experience required – Big 4 experience a plus.
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of processes, risks, financial/operational internal controls and internal controls principles (e.g., COSO, ISO) is required.
  • Proficiency in identifying and assessing internal control design and operating effectiveness is required.
  • Robust project management skill and experience working with multi-project management is required.
  • Practical knowledge of ERP systems and PC proficiency in MSOffice applications is required.
  • Strong critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Process improvements focused and thorough understanding of financial controls.
  • Ability to communicate succinctly and effectively with operating and divisional management
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong, flexible team attitude, proactive management style as well as keen business acumen.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic partnerships and work with others to accomplish objectives and results.
  • Self-starter and able to independently lead projects cross-functionally.
  • Current knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (e.g. USGAAP, IFRS), is a plus.
  • Ability to speak one or more of the following languages is a plus: French, Italian, Spanish, and German.
  • Working knowledge of information systems such as JD Edwards, SAP, Pega;
What we offer
It is a challenging opportunity for you and also a chance to work in a diverse team with a great mix of people. Joining Baxter means joining a team that you can truly learn from!
We encourage our employees to develop their skills to meet the demands of an ever-changing work environment, providing them with opportunities to achieve personal and professional goals that will make them valued contributors throughout their careers. If you have an interest in this great opportunity and think you can make a difference then this could well be the role for you.
If you want to learn more about career opportunities go to http://www.baxter.com/careers.page
Who we are
Baxter touches millions of lives every day. Our products and services are essential building blocks of healthcare. You’ll find Baxter’s products and therapies on nearly every floor, in almost every hospital worldwide. You’ll find us in clinics and in the home. Patients and providers rely on Baxter for lifesaving renal and medical products.
Our mission to save and sustain lives inspires our work and our commitment to expanding access to care, providing cost-effective healthcare solutions, delivering quality products and advancing innovations for the world.
Our SSC was set up in 2000 and is based in Deansgrange, Co Dublin. We support a number of Baxter’s European businesses. Operations include: accounts receivable; intercompany accounting; general ledger; PTP,; inventory accounting and treasury accounting. Ours is a multilingual and multicultural environment and we take pride in delivering exceptional service to our customers.  We can offer a great benefits package including professional examination support and an excellent career path; we are a Platinum approved ACCA employer
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