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Senior Internal Controller

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 & Control team is a key contributor to the good governance of the company, closely connecting Internal Audit, Risk management and Internal control activities.
 

Overall, the department is responsible for:

  • ensuring that the Company’s operations are running smoothly and efficiently,
  • identifying business and financial risks and contributing to risk mitigation,
  • designing internal controls to ensure process efficiency and reliable financial accounts,
  • coordinating the development of a robust and business oriented Internal control Environment, in coordination with Human Resources, Legal, Finance and operational functions, 
  • helping to develop and apply global policies and procedures,
  • evaluating internal controls in business processes and recommending improvements, and
  • performing ad-hoc advisory and investigation assignments.

 

To safeguard 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

You will become the key coordinator of all Internal Control matters for the company. Based in Wella Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, you will ensure oversight of internal procedures and the development of a risk-based Internal Control Environment. You will oversee the evolution of the list of key process controls (Risk & Control Matrix). You will test controls, remotely or on-site, developing Continuous Control Monitoring capabilities. You will share information with other Internal Audit team members, the Global Wella network of internal controllers and our external auditors. You will suggest improvements based on your knowledge of a company's processes, internal control framework, technical expertise as well as your experience and common sense. From time to time, you will contribute to Internal Audit assignments.

 

Reporting to the VP Internal Audit, you will be regularly operationally guided and coached by him. On internal audit engagements, you will be supervised by the Internal Audit manager. You will gain exposure to personnel from various company locations and most headquarters functions, including procurement, manufacturing, supply chain, marketing, sales, finance, human resources, research & development and information technology.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Internal Controller develops and reinforces the company’s Internal Control environment.  Working directly with all other members of the audit and internal control team, she/he is in charge of:

  • reviewing policies, guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures to ensure they meet regulations and good financial and business practices,
  • analyzing and documenting business process flows and related controls documentation,
  • designing or updating key control activities, preparing guidance and organizing the IC self-assessment system,
  • testing internal controls (in a non-SOX / post-SOX environment), on-site or remotely
  • developing Continuous Control Monitoring practices,
  • identifying organization-wide issues, proposing appropriate business process or information system improvements and recommendations to enhance operational efficiency
  • providing specialist advice on the interpretation and application of policies and procedures, resolving queries and issues, and enabling others to take appropriate actions,
  • animating the Wella Internal Control Network across countries and functions, and
  • communicating synthetic findings to relevant stakeholders.

 

Other responsibilities include:

  • taking an active role in other projects, in particular Internal Audit assignments and Risk Assessments, as they may arise,
  • developing an understanding of the Wella organization, and specifically its information systems / technology supporting business processes,
  • developing and fostering professional relationships, building the department’s standing throughout the organization,
  • maintaining continuous knowledge development regarding regulations as well as internal control best practices, tools, techniques and performance standards,
  • 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 department.

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Essential:

  • Working experience as an internal controller in a multinational corporation (or for such clients in an advisory or outsourcing capacity).
  • Degree in Business Administration, Accounting or Finance.
  • Experience of testing standards and procedures – experience in applying them in a corporate environment, ideally using GRC software.
  • Excellent analytical & reporting skills. Ability to manipulate large data sets, handle complexity and to write synthetic memorandums.
  • 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 15% of your working time, including internationally.
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken.

 

Desirable:

  • Exposure to Enterprise Risk Management / Risk mapping approaches and Compliance Programmes.
  • Experience in or with a stock-exchange listed corporation, with in-house manufacturing and supply chain activities, 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 / disaster recovery, etc.).
  • Knowledge of IT software and tools (SAP, Microsoft Dynamics, Hyperion Financial Management, …) and mastery of Microsoft Office suite.
  • Working knowledge of any additional language would be a plus, in particular French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian.