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Senior Internal Auditor

ABOUT THE WELLA COMPANY

Together, WE enable individuals to look, feel, and be their true selves.

Wella Company is one of the world’s leading beauty companies, comprised of a family of iconic brands such as Wella Professionals, Clairol, OPI, Nioxin and ghd. With 6 000 employees globally, presence in over 100 countries, Wella Company and its brands enable consumers to look, feel, and be their true selves. As innovators in the hair and nail industry, Wella Company empowers its people to delight consumers, inspire beauty professionals, engage communities, and deliver sustainable growth to its stakeholders.

 

ABOUT THE TEAM

The Internal Audit team is a key contributor to the good governance of the company, closely connected with risk management and internal control activities.
 

Overall, the department is responsible for:

  • evaluating internal controls in business processes and recommending improvements,
  • ensuring that the Company’s operations are running smoothly and efficiently,
  • helping to develop and apply global policies and procedures,
  • identifying business and financial risks and contributing to risk mitigation, and
  • performing ad-hoc advisory and investigation assignments.

To guarantee his independence and value-added, the VP Internal Audit reports to the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors and administratively to the company CFO.


Join the new team that is making a tangible difference for the future of Wella, and participate to one of the biggest transformations in the industry, driving and leveraging our culture of pride and performance!

 

ABOUT THE ROLE

We are looking for a key contributor to the Internal Audit engagements. Based in Wella Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, you will ensure compliance with internal procedures as well as external regulations. You will perform field work and apply work standards and procedures for the appraisal of financial and operational records and controls. You will coordinate with team members, guest auditors and external resources. You will suggest improvements based on your knowledge of a company's internal control environment, technical expertise as well as experience and common sense.

 

Reporting to the VP Internal Audit, the Senior Internal Auditor will be regularly operationally guided and coached by the Internal Audit manager. He will gain exposure to personnel from various company locations and most headquarters functions.  Domains may include procurement, manufacturing, supply chain, marketing, sales, finance, human resources, research & development and information technology.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Internal Auditor contributes to the implementation of the company’s Internal Audit strategy.  Working directly with all other members of the audit and internal control team, she/he is in charge of:

  • delivering on the audit plan, in order to cover identified risk areas and address stakeholder’s expectations,
  • performing fieldwork and audit procedures: conducting interviews, reviewing and analysing documentation and evidence, documenting business processes and procedures, evaluating key control activities, identifying issues, instances of non-compliance and root causes, preparing working papers and composing summary memos,
  • testing internal controls (in a non-SOX / post-SOX environment),
  • suggesting recommendations to enhance operational efficiency,
  • communicating findings to relevant levels of management verbally and through concisely written documents,
  • periodically and remotely monitoring the implementation of audit findings to ensure that agreed corrective actions are implemented and that risks are adequately mitigated.

 

Other responsibilities include:

  • developing an understanding of the Wella organization, and specifically its business and IT processes,
  • developing and fostering professional relationships, building the department’s standing throughout the organization,
  • assisting with other projects including Internal Controls, Risk Mgt or Advisory as they may arise,
  • pursuing professional development opportunities, via training or Webinars, and sharing information gained with relevant colleagues,
  • assisting with various administrative tasks and taking a proactive role in continuous improvement initiatives in the audit department.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Essential:

  • Working experience as an internal auditor in a multinational corporation in-house (or for similar clients in an advisory or outsourcing capacity).
  • Degree in Business Administration, Accounting or Finance.
  • Good knowledge of auditing standards and procedures– experience in applying them to practice in corporate environment.
  • Excellent analytical & reporting skills. Ability to manipulate large data sets, handle complexity and to compile synthetic summaries.
  • Ability to communicate in a clear and effective way to express ideas.
  • Disciplined work ethic with excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize.
  • Self-motivated and results driven.
  • Willing to learn and develop, within a growing global business.
  • Ability to work across cultures with different levels of organization and diverse functions.
  • Ability to travel up to 40% of your working time, including internationally.
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken

 

Desirable:

  • Experience with manufacturing and supply chain activities either in-house or in an advisory or outsourcing capacity
  • Exposure to Enterprise Risk Management approaches and Compliance Programmes.
  • Experience in or with a stock-exchange listed corporation, relying on one or multiple Shared Service Centers.
  • Project management skills.
  • Familiarity with Information Systems and IT general controls (computer operations, information security, business continuity, etc.)
  • Knowledge of IT software and tools (SAP, Microsoft Dynamics, …) and mastery of Microsoft Office suite.
  • Working knowledge of any additional language would be a plus, in particular French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian.