Senior Manager Internal Control - EM South

Cape Town | South Africa | Accounting & Finance

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Area:                                                                                                    Emerging Markets

Department:                                                                                        Finance

Direct Reporting Line:                                                                        Director Internal Control & Profit Protection, EM

Indirect/Second Reporting Line:                                                       Director Finance EM South   

Subsidiary/Country:                                                                           South Africa   

Location:                                                                                             Cape Town

GSMS Grade:                                                                                      M3

Number of Personnel Managed:                                                       None

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organisation

This position is responsible for risk management and internal control in South Africa. This includes assurance and compliance audits of all back-office functions; maintain area risk register and compliance check list, fraud prevention and good corporate governance.

In this role, the primary objectives are the protection of company assets; ensure effectiveness   and efficiency of operations, reliability of financial reporting and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Risk management and compliance are the other 2 pillars of this position that aim at supporting the achievement of qualitative and sustainable growth through good corporate governance practices, the avoidance of financial losses or damages caused by non-compliant behaviour, the management of all types of risk to levels that are in line with Group risk appetite.  

Key Responsibilities

Internal Control

  • Prepare the annual Risk & Internal Control Plan (RICP) in line with the IC Framework for Emerging Markets for review and approval by the Director Internal Control & Profit Protection and communicate its execution timetable
  • Design, test, amend and review new/existing RIC testing procedures
  • Coordinate the execution of the RICP as planned and maintain effective communication with the Director IC&PP on RIC issues and progress of field work
  • Agree action plan, deadlines and responsibilities with department Heads & ensure timely implementation of RIC recommendations
  • Prepare and issue RIC reports & presentation materials for Senior Management
  • Create, review and update policies and controls
  • Coordinate the execution of both Emerging Markets and GP&IC initiatives (e.g. ICS testing, EM IC/PP Playbook)
  • Drive Emerging Market cross-countries initiatives, in line with the Market priorities
  • Responsibility for the timely resolution of all audit/Internal Control findings as identified by Corporate Internal Audit and Group Internal Control
  • Work in close relation with market and local management team to review, improve, document and harmonize processes

Risk Management

  • As the Risk Coordinator, maintain the country’s risk register in line with Group Risk Management guidelines & requirements 
  • Timely submission of the Risk & Opportunity Assessment to the EM Risk Management coordinator on a biannual basis
  • Ultimately responsible for developing and implementing risk mitigating actions within area by thoroughly understanding the cause and effect of each risk.
  • Identify and evaluate current controls and other already implemented mitigating measures.
  • Consider and evaluate the implementation of additional risk mitigating measures (planned mitigating actions) taking into account the cost/benefit relation.
  • Continuously monitor existing and potential risk areas and verifying the adequacy and effectiveness of the handling strategy and/or implemented mitigating actions.


  • At area level, serve as independent contacts for any employee wishing to report a suspected or detected compliance violation
  • Support the Risk Owners in identifying, analysing, evaluating and managing compliance risks as well as the biannual risk reporting
  • Support investigations of compliance incidents
  • Share Group/Area best practices to ensure high compliance levels

Internal stakeholders

  • Market: GMs/Directors, Functions Directors (Finance, Operations, Marketing etc.)
  • All Market Directors (i.e. Operations Director EM, Marketing Director EM, Retail Director)
  • Group: Finance, Corporate Internal Audit, Group Internal Control, Risk Management, Compliance, Sales (both Retail and Wholesale)

External stakeholders

  • External auditors

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from senior executives, stakeholders and cross functional business leaders
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills (with a proven business acumen)
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines to achieve audit program targets
  • Strong auditing/internal control skills
  • Fraud investigation, resolution and reporting skills
  • Ability to manage multiple ongoing tasks

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • University degree in finance and accounting/auditing qualification (CA, CIA, CIMA)
  • Minimum of 3-5 years in similar function/position
  • Fluency in English

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The Facts

Jobtitle Senior Manager Internal Control - EM South
Team Accounting & Finance
Brand adidas
Location Cape Town
Country South Africa
Number 171714
Position Type Full time
Date Feb-09, 2018
Relocation no

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