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For our client, a Swiss Pharma company based in the Basel area, Switzerland, we are looking for a

Director Internal Control over Financial Reporting (ICFR) (5974)

in a permanent role, to start as soon as possible.

Your responisibilities:  

  • Review operational and financial processes to provide Top Management with an individual assessment of internal control risks and the overall effectiveness and efficiency of Internal Control over Financial Reporting (ICFR
  • Working with the business and members of the management team to ensure the control environment is operating effectively to mitigate risk and ensure compliance with company's Control Environment
  • Produce regular progress reports for management including support and back up for Audit Committee meetings and documentation
  • Evaluating ICFR/SOX requirements, identifying controls, analyzing control gaps, and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of control
  • Coordinate Internal/External ICFR/SOX audit requests and evaluate ICFR/SOX findings
  • Monitor and revise policies and procedures as needed to ensure the adequacy and effectiveness of ICFR 
  • Setup and oversee annual plans to conduct Internal Control testing and self-assessment questionnaires to determine what gaps exist in the controls and processes
  • Perform process reviews to evaluate current business practices, internal control structure, existing ICFR/SOX documentation, and implement any necessary changes
  • Developing testing approaches, compliance plans, and oversight activities to monitor the effectiveness of the internal control environment in compliance with internal controls over financial reporting
  • Work with process owners to assess the risk related to ICFR/SOX control findings
  • Development and introduction of new internal control policies and procedures
  • Work with respective departments and groups to develop and monitor mitigation plans
  • Provide support for the year-end review of open control deficiencies to ensure all appropriate mitigating controls are properly documented
  • Provide guidance to entity level staff on compliance with Group ICFR requirements
  • Maintain tracking of Internal Audit findings and update status
  • Review Internal Audit Reports for ICFR/SOX related findings
  • Provide Corporate and Internal ICFR/SOX quarterly reports and updates
  • Perform interviews, walk-throughs and sample tests and document field audit results



  • Master’s degree in Accounting/Finance or Controlling
  • CPA
  • 5-10 years of related experience in a similar or in an Internal Audit role in an international listed company or 5-8 years Big 4 public accounting and ICFR experience
  • Proficiency in SOX404 requirements, demonstrated experience with internal controls evaluation, US GAAP and COSO Internal Control Framework
  • Proven implementation experience on requirements set by the Sarbanes Oxley Act (incl. IT controls)
  • Proven track record of successful cross-functional Project and Change management
  • Displaying excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Capability of effective planning and priority setting, including the ability to manage several complex projects simultaneously while working under pressure to meet deadlines. • Strong analytical skills and good attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Business Acumen at a level which includes understanding of business processes, structures, and objectives
  • Ability to effectively interact with all levels of management, across functions, and cultures
  • Able to build and maintain effective working relationships at all levels
  • Capacity to act as cross-functional change agent with ability to determine, support and deploy compliant transitional and end-state solutions
  • Demonstrated Conflict Management skills
  • Ability to handle confidential information sensitively
  • Ability to identify errors or areas for improvement, provide recommendations and follow through to completion in an unbiased manner
  • Knowledge of company policies and procedures and high regard for these policies
  • Ability to access information using automated systems (e.g., ERP)
  • Adhering to strict deadlines
  • Fluent in English; German is an asset