Cargill Controls Specialist in Heredia, Costa Rica

Controls Specialist

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.

Description

Position Purpose:

The Controls Specialist is responsible for improving, testing, and maintaining the financial control framework in alignment with Cargill’s global financial controls strategy. In addition, the Controls Specialist provides education and guidance to Controllers and Accounting & Finance on financial control objectives, design, and effectiveness. Cargill is currently in the process of updating the global financial control framework and rolling out standard controls across the corporation for high risk areas. This position will work as part of a team to roll out global internal control policies and procedures, and to develop and implement tools that are key in meeting control objectives. Main focus of this group will be to test and monitor the implemented high-risk financial controls with emphasis at the global shared service centers.

This position works directly with Country Controllers and with Accounting & Finance teams in businesses, functions, and shared services on the implementation and review/testing of internal controls and provides information, support, and advice on internal controls. In addition, connectivity between the Controls COE and other Finance COEs will be key to the success of this role, especially related to US GAAP and financial reporting areas

Main Responsabilities:

40% Update, Publish, Maintain Cargill’s Financial Control Policies and Procedures

  • Assist in documenting high-risk financial controls and work with process owners to ensure efficient controls.

  • Provides input on, and lead and participate in training on new or updated control policies and procedures.

  • Partners with other accounting peers to ensure accounting COE standards are implemented and executed upon successfully.

  • Assists in regular risk assessments and control framework evaluations.

  • With limited oversight, interacts with other accounting COE domains or global process managers to coordinate impacts of policy and procedure changes.

40% Test & Evaluate Financial Controls

  • With limited oversight, test financial controls in high risk areas

  • Work with Country Controllers and Accounting & Finance teams in businesses, functions, and shared services to improve controls.

  • Provide guidance on action plans to address gaps in control design or effectiveness.

10% Implement and Improve Financial Control Processes

  • Assist in the identification, development, and implementation of control processes with Global Process Owners.

  • Ensure timely publication of financial information in quarterly control review packages provided to Accounting & Finance and control self-assessments performed by the different parties.

  • Look for opportunities to improve the quality of information provided in the quarterly control review package and control self-assessments

  • Find opportunities to drive efficiency in the collection and reporting of information for control processes.

  • Find opportunities for standardized testing techniques, general documentation, and self-assessment tracking

10% Other Projects as Assigned

  • Work on projects, as determined, to advise and decide on internal controls related to business process re-design, policies, procedures, and technology enhancements.

  • Participate in the sharing of best practices for the COE domain among the Finance function.

Qualifications

Requiered:

  • BA/BS degree in Accounting or Finance

  • 7 years of experience in Accounting or Finance

  • Experience identifying internal control gaps and inefficiencies and documenting internal control design

  • Proven ability to assess risks and controls and identify opportunities for improvement

  • Demonstrated ability to make sound decisions and take initiative

  • Strong independent problem solving and analytical skills

  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and projects

  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to interact with and influence multiple levels of an organization

  • Ability to travel 10-15%

Preferred:

  • Experience in working with testing/evaluating financial control framework (SOX) environment.

  • Prior Big 4 or similar experience in audit or consulting.

  • Experience of working in shared service operations.

  • Possess appropriate knowledge and technical proficiency in financial and accounting areas together with having good systems understanding.

  • Experience working across countries and cultures.

  • Working Knowledge of ERP (JDE/SAP)

  • End to end process knowledge on RTR, PRTP, OTSC and others.

Job Finance/Accounting

Primary Location Costa Rica-Heredia

Other Locations BG-Sofia, India-Karnataka

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: SAN01383