The Global SOX Assurance function is part of the Global Governance, Policy, and Special Projects team at CBRE. The function is responsible for managing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) program and supporting the Vice President in special projects and other initiatives.
The Global SOX Assurance Senior Associate (Sr Associate) will be integral for the timely delivery of high-quality SOX program in accordance with professional standards and CBRE guidelines. The Sr Associate provides support in the execution of the design and implementation of internal controls strategy to identify and mitigate risks while meeting key stakeholders' expectations. A strong understanding of SOX is required as part of this role. The Sr Associate will work with the process owners and SOX team and be independently responsible for delivery of their work in time and with quality standards.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Assist in day to day execution of the SOX program; this includes SOX walkthroughs, controls testing, deficiency evaluation and remediation tracking.
Document testing, prepare workpapers, respond to comments and keep their Manager updated on status.
Collaborate with process owners to plan and execute SOX engagements effectively.
Conduct interviews with business partners to ask engaging questions to quickly understand complex business environments and process flows, evaluate financial records, interpret policies and procedures and apply professional accounting and auditing standards to assess risk and controls environment.
Successfully manage competing and priority demands, all delivered on time, with quality and within budgeted hours.
Strong understanding of GAAP, SOX, COSO, financial and IT risks and controls, and leading business practices.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Provide guidance to staff members on audit and special projects through knowledge sharing and assistance with task assignments. Provide assistance with planning audit assignments which can including scheduling planning meetings with clients and the assigning of tasks to team members.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree in business, accounting, finance or related field. 4+ years of external/internal audit and overall knowledge of general accounting and audit procedures. Real estate experience preferred.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) or related certification preferred.
Proficiency in Visio, PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Outlook is required. Proficiency in audit software is a plus.
CERTIFICATES and/or LICENSES
Certified Public Accountant, or Certified Internal Auditor, or Certified Information Systems Auditor (or at least in the process of obtaining).
Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret various types of business documents. Ability to effectively respond to complex inquiries from clients, co-workers, supervisor, and/or management. Ability to present information to client, internal department and/or large groups of employees.
Requires advanced knowledge of financial terms and principles. Organizational ability to collect, analyze, and summarize data and to prepare clear and concise reports. Conducts advanced financial analysis. Ability to calculate intermediate figures such as percentages, discounts, and commissions.
Ability to analyze and solve problems involving several options with limited information. Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form and to work independently. Requires intermediate analytical and quantitative skills.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES
Ability to work independently to complete tasks and assignments. Willingness and flexibility to travel (domestic and international). Knowledge of computer based controls and skills in the use of computers in conducting audit activities. Proficient in Visio, PowerPoint, EXCEL, Word and Outlook. Knowledge and proficiency in ACL and Teammate or other audit software is a plus.
Strong project management experience in organizing, planning and executing the program from vision through implementation preferred.
Effective communication skills with the ability to hold discussions with the audit team and business partners, analyze complex business documents and write reports and other communication succinctly and clearly with attention to detail preferred.
Proven critical thinking and problem-solving skills, with the ability to identify and resolve complex issues and deal with a variety of high priority situations preferred.
Proven ability to thrive in a creative, dynamic, fast-paced environment, and work both independently and in a matrixed team environment, shifting between the role of an individual contributor and team player preferred.
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY
Decisions made with understanding of procedures and company policies to achieve general results and deadlines. Errors in judgment may cause short-term impact to co-workers and supervisor.
Internal Number: 19029064
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