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Global Financial Controls Consultant

Global Financial Controls Consultant
United States
North America
Elanco is a global animal health company that develops products and knowledge services to prevent and treat disease in food animals and pets in more than 90 countries. With a 64-year heritage, we rigorously innovate to improve the health of animals and benefit our customers, while fostering an inclusive, cause-driven culture for more than 5,800 employees. At Elanco, we’re driven by our vision of food and companionship enriching life – all to advance the health of animals, people and the planet. Learn more at
The Global Financial Controls Consultant is responsible for the development and oversight of the Global Sarbanes-Oxley (SOx) Compliance Program and providing internal control consultation. These responsibilities include establishing and maintaining the requirements of the Global SOx Compliance Program; determining annual SOx scope; monitoring the SOx readiness, identifying and managing key relationships with process owners, Corporate Audit Services (CAS), IT, Ernst & Young (EY), and third party service providers to influence and drive key decisions and solutions. In addition, this role may be responsible for special projects occasionally.

Key Responsibilities & Deliverables:

Development and Oversight of the Global SOx Compliance Program:
  • Develop and implement the annual project plan, including determining annual SOx testing scope, processes and materiality
  • Lead SOx Steering Committee meetings and Global Financial Controls Organization (GFCO)/CAS/EY Coordination meetings
  • Escalate issues appropriately to CAO (Chief Accounting Officer), General Auditor, and SOx Steering Committee
  • Liaise with CAS Coordinators and SOx IT Coordinator to coordinate program efficiently and resolve issues timely
  • Coordinate and influence CAS and EY on testing scope and approach and resolution of issues
  • Provide SOx and internal control consultation on changes to controls (new, redesign, gaps, etc.)
  • Address questions from stakeholders (see list below)
  • Identify and implement process improvement initiatives
  • Conduct SOx and internal control presentations and training
  • Lead process improvement initiatives
Provide SOx and Internal Control Consulting:
  • Consult on SOx and internal controls, including issue identification and resolution, deficiency remediation, etc.
  • Serve as subject-matter expert on the PCAOB rules relating to the audit attestation on internal controls
  • Monitor direction of PCAOB proposals and prepare PCAOB comment letters articulating Elanco’s concerns of any proposed relevant standards
  • Assist in evaluation of certain global, regional and local third party service providers, including initial due diligence and annual evaluation of internal controls and internal control reports (i.e., SOC 1, SSAE No. 16)
  • Review and ensure all global EY management letter comments (relating to local statutory audits) are identified with action plans
Perform Oversight of Internal Control Improvement Initiatives:
  • Determine scope and develop procedures for affiliate and shared service center assessments (that includes internal controls) on a rotational basis (in coordination with shared service center leaders, Regional Controllers, and areas Controllers)
Build Strong Working Relationships with Key Stakeholders:
  • CAS (Coordinators for Business & IT) and SOx IT Coordinator
  • SOx Process Owners and Local Coordinators
  • Global Process Owners (Order-to-Cash (O2C), Purchase-to-Pay (P2P), General Accounting (GA), Fixed Assets (FA), Manufacturing)
  • Shared Services Center Leadership and Regional Controllers
  • External Audit Team (Partner, Senior Manager, and other levels)
Other Special Projects:
  • Assist with local GAAP/IFRS (i.e., IFRS implementation) or accounting and reporting issues with affiliate and EY (or other external auditor)
  • Network with other companies to benchmark and share best practices relating to SOx
  • Special Corporate Financial Reporting project work as identified, including assisting with quarter and year end financial reporting
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting
  • CPA or Chartered Accountant
  • Minimum 10 years experience in accounting, finance, controls and auditing.
  • Strong knowledge of and prior experience with:
    • Financial processes (examples: O2C, P2P, Treasury, Manufacturing)
    • SAP
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize responsibilities
  • Develop good relationships with the ability to influence within Elanco, third party service providers and external auditors
  • Solid technical accounting background with extensive knowledge of current US GAAP and SEC reporting requirements
  • Experience in public accounting
  • Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, with ability to lead and influence others
  • Experience with large multi-national corporations
  • Ability to perform well under pressure
  • Strong self-management and project management skills
  • Solid independent problem solving skills and ability to be innovative and creative
Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.