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Director, Global Internal Audit & SOX

Job Name

Director, Global Internal Audit & SOX


United States of America


Miami, FL


Finance - Administration

Reporting Line:

VP Global Internal Audit/SOX

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Hayley Snowball

About the role

Your Opportunity

The Global SOX Compliance Director is tasked with Bacardi´s global compliance per the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and to assist the business in providing certification that our internal control environment is operating effectively. In this role, the SOX Director will lead and support the company’s SOX efforts, including scoping, planning, execution, reviews, and assessments to comply with SOX regulations. This position reports to the VP-Internal Audit & SOX. The SOX Compliance Team works closely with key stakeholders across business units and corporate functions globally, as well as our technology organizations. Due to the global scope of the role, it is expected that the incumbent will travel approximately 30% of the time. Flexible working (2 days in the office, the rest from home) is an option if preferred.

About You
  • You inspire others to work collaboratively, and you actively promote the team to think creatively.
  • You are Fearless in challenging the status quo in a professional and thoughtful way, championing our Family culture.
  • Outstanding problem-solving skills are required, with a meticulous attention to detail and a great understanding of cyber security trends.


With our Consumer at the heart, your key focus will be to:
  • Lead the SOX Compliance Team and support the VP Global Internal Audit/SOX in ensuring a comprehensive Global SOX Program.
  • Lead the annual SOX financial statement mapping, risk assessment, and scoping process by identifying significant locations and critical processes and ensure an adequate scope and testing of Bacardi´s financial statement-based risks. This assessment is performed for more than 112 markets.
  • Critically evaluate current set of in scope controls and recommend ways to rationalize and optimize controls through automation.
  • Propose/maintain SOX Framework control changes (i.e., additions/deletions/modifications) and participate in the change management process  
  • Prepare/amend detailed test plans for financial controls in compliance with testing SOX requirements
  • Inform management and key process owners of relevant SOX requirements  
  • Support for external auditor reliance on internal audit work for SOX compliance  
  • Assist with detailed scoping/planning for testing of internal controls  
  • Lead and perform walkthroughs of key controls over financial reporting, as needed  
  • Lead and perform testing of key controls over financial reporting as needed  
  • Review documentation updates of business processes and related controls to support process owners with their responsibility for adequate/optimal control design  
  • Lead the preparation of SOX compliance and status reporting, including write-up of deficiencies as needed, to be presented to The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors
  • Support SOX/ICFR requirements are comprehended in policies & procedures impacting financial reporting/assisting in the design of appropriate internal controls around new business processes.   
  • Assist in the review of responses to control deficiencies to validate proper classification for evaluation 
  • Manage both internal and external teams and optimize their engagement according to budget. Lead the scoping, budgeting, tracking of budget versus actuals and status reporting as needed. 
  • Support in the build, design and test plan for control monitoring, and assessing the organization’s information technology and business systems that are related to Financial Statement preparation. 

Skills and Experience

The Skills & Experience needed to create your legacy
  • University degree in Finance/Business Administration, Accounting, or another relevant field. 
  • 10 Years + Internal Audit Experience with a global corporation including global SOX experience
  • At least four years’ experience in a managerial role.
  • CPA or MBA in finance or any other equivalent degree is preferred.
  • Strong financial and accounting required, IT exposure a plus 
  • US GAAP/IFRS experience preferred.  
  • Knowledge of Risk & Controls, and Leading Practices, including understanding of internal auditing standards, COSO and risk assessment practices, and Sarbanes Oxley requirements and testing procedures.
  • SAP knowledge preferred.  
  • Goal-oriented and outgoing with strong interpersonal and teamwork skills. 
  • High energy with a superb attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and deliver in a deadline-oriented environment 
  • Self-starter, ability to work on unstructured assignments 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with fluent command of English 
  • Ability to travel Internationally 25-35% 
Personal Qualities
  • You are a strong collaborator that can easily work with and influence cross-functional teams across the world
  • You are able to provoke thoughtful and meaningful discussion about controls and compliance topics and recommendations for improvement.
  • Belonging: You have a strong capacity to create a culture of ‘Belonging’, where people feel appreciated for who they are, what they do, and who they can become
  • Self-Awareness: You have high levels of self-awareness, are reflective and know yourself well, understanding both your own strengths and weaknesses and your impact on others
  • People Agility: You bring a deep ability to understand and relate to people and navigate through tough situations to harness and multiply collective performance. You create strong positive first impressions and build those into great relationships. 
  • Results Agility: You demonstrate consistent delivery of results in first-time situations by inspiring teams, exhibiting a presence that builds confidence in yourself and others. You operate at pace and are able to multi-skill effectively and are at ease leading projects. You will be highly performance driven, commercially and financially astute
  • Mental Agility: You can think critically to penetrate complex problems and expand the possibilities by making fresh connections. You think strategically whilst being execution focused and bring creativity to the challenges you’re presented with. You will have an attitude of constant learning and improving. Curious, creative, obsessed about the consumer, have strong sense of popular culture to identify passion points the brand and consumer share.  Inquisitiveness/ curiosity around new media, digital, technology and social trends and possessing an attitude to experiment or innovate in these areas.
  • Change Agility: You have a deep natural curiosity, desire to experiment and ability to effectively deal with the heat of change. You have a growth and learning mindset: ready to test, stumble, learn and apply from experience Comfortable with change and ambiguity.

Our culture

We share the passion and entrepreneurial flair of our founder and are guided by our three culture pillars - Fearless, Family and Founders, they inspire our Primos to be the best they can be and drive us forward in all we do. But what does this mean?

·       Being Fearless; means adopting an agile mindset, being comfortable trying new things and taking risks. We are empowered to question, challenge and innovate.

·       Family; We treat each other, and our communities, like Family. Always.

·       Founders; The spirit of entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we do. We see the business as if it’s our own. We do the right thing for the business and we all take accountability for our work.

When you join Bacardi, you become part of our family and gain more than just a job.

Disclaimer: Bacardi is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity. Diversity is core to our business: by embedding diversity into all aspects of our culture, we maximize the opportunity to achieve sustainable business success and growth. The duties and responsibilities described in the role profile might not be a comprehensive list.