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Finance Manager, Compliance

Date: Jun 27, 2019

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 3525 

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 3,900 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

We’re adding another Game Changer to our Corporate Finance team and hiring a Finance Manager, Compliance who will report to the Director, Reporting and Compliance. As a Finance Manager, Compliance, you’ll primarily be responsible for overseeing the global operation and effectiveness of internal controls from management’s perspective. Responsivities include:


  • Serve as a trusted advisor for Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance for all areas globally
  • Critical thinking leader around SOX compliance and technical accounting resource expert on projects with focus on process or system changes and potential SOX impact
  • Advise the business of appropriate SOX control updates and oversee their timely implementation
  • Work closely with business and functional leaders to understand their processes and provide expertise/guidance around their documentation and effectiveness of said controls
  • Identify changes in the business strategy & processes to ensure SOX documentation is up to date
  • Work closely with the Finance Policy Committee to ensure SOX related Policies, Procedures, and Implementation Guides are up to date and well documented
  • Analyze and oversee global remediation of SOX issues, including root cause analysis, control failure identification, level of significance assessment for deficiencies, and remediation plans
  • Partner with process owners to ensure the timely implementation of remediation plans for SOX issues and identified deficiencies
  • Evaluate and document management’s conclusions relating to any SOX deficiencies identified through audits
  • Management liaison between global process and control owners and internal and external audit to drive timely completion of annual SOX scoping procedures, testing, walkthroughs, deficiency remediation, etc
  • Coordinate and oversee testing of Grace’s Entity Level Controls including assessing appropriateness of identified ELC’s and the need for additional ELC
  • Maintain a current level of expertise and best practices relating to professional standards and emerging industry and technical developments, including US GAAP, COSO, PCAO
  • Communicate & lead PCAOB guidance implementation related updates to SOX processes & controls
  • Lead standardization and consolidation efforts on global SOX controls in all area
  • Educate and train Grace employees on SOX compliance as needed
  • Identify/analyze gaps in current control environment to drive change and strategically work with process owners to update and avoid control deficiencies
  • Assume duties of Director of Reporting & Compliance on interim basis, as needed
  • Travel up to 25% to include International

Required Skills

  • BS/BA in Accounting or related field
  • 10+ years of work experience in public (Big 4 preferred) or private accounting.

Required Experience

  • Recent Sarbanes Oxley compliance experience at large public company
  • Strong working knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley and the COSO internal control framework

Preferred Qualifications

  • CPA or other relevant certifications (CIA, Chartered Accountant)
  • Manufacturing industry experience
  • SAP
  • IT systems implementation experience
  • Ability to interact effectively with executives, management and functional peer groups
  • Ability to motivate and drive results in multi-geographic and multi-cultural environments
  • Confidence and proven ability to communicate well both orally and written
  • Ability to work independently and perform multiple concurrent and diversified tasks effectively
  • Ability to take ownership of projects and drive them through to completion
  • Ability to provide value added strategic recommendations and lead global process change and improvement
  • Ability to understand project Business Requirements Documents (BRDs) and identify control points and potential risk points and provide compliance guidance to business owners
  • Ability to review recent technical pronouncements and guidance to determine the SOX impact to the company

Grace is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Grace via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Grace. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Grace as a result of the referral or through other means.

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