Senior Manager, Controls Assurance

  • Universal Music Group
  • Santa Monica, California
  • Jun 07, 2024
Full time

Job Description

We are UMG, the Universal Music Group. We are the world’s leading music company. In everything we do, we are committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship. We own and operate a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising, and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. We identify and develop recording artists and songwriters, and we produce, distribute and promote the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music to delight and entertain fans around the world.

How we LEAD:

The Universal Music Group Control Assurance Department is comprised of in-house professionals located at UMG’s corporate headquarters in the Netherlands and at regional hubs in Santa Monica (U.S.) and Singapore. The department reports to the SVP, Internal Audit and Control Assurance and is responsible for identifying risk and the independent monitoring and assessing of operational effectiveness of  controls at Operating Companies and corporate functions. The team provides advice and consultative services to Operating Companies and key management leaders in identifying risk and devising mitigation strategies. In this role, the Senior Manager will acquire a strong knowledge of the group, its activities and operations which places the Senior Manager in an important position to grow and develop the governance and risk & controls systems of UMG.

How you'll CREATE:

  • Support the Director Internal Control Assurance in developing, enhancing and executing the annual Internal Control Assurance Program for the region

  • Drive continuous improvements in the internal control assurance program

  • Develop and manage the process of monitoring change in company operations and impact on control environment

  • Leads projects (end-to-end) independently with support from the Director

  • Manages all project elements (time, quality, costs) and escalates delays/obstacles timely to the Director

  • Plan and perform reviews of Operating Companies control processes and documentation

  • Provide ongoing support to Operating Companies to improve control processes and documentation

  • Proactively follow-up and track identified remediation plans required in Operating Companies

  • Manage the day to day co-souring relationship with the external service provider and ensure quality of their work

  • Develop, optimize, and execute test plans to evaluate the design and operating effectiveness of controls

  • Reviews the work of and contributes to feedback of the co-source providers, team seniors, supervisors and/or managers

  • Drives individual development of Seniors and/or Supervisors through the development and monitoring of related performance objectives, IDPs

  • Works on issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of organizational objectives.

  • Manage day to day relationships with management members and provide guidance and advice

  • Proactively manage relationships with business functions, IT and other compliance teams

  • Facilitate trainings of internal control related topics to Corporate functions and Operating Companies/ Business Units in the region

Bring your VIBE:

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in a combination of public accounting (Big 4), industry and internal audit or control related roles

  • Prior working experience in finance roles is an advantage

  • Prior experience working in a multinational company

  • Degree from a major university with a major in Accounting, Finance, or Business

  • Qualified Accountant (e.g. CPA, CA, RA) or CIA certification required

  • Experience with data analytic tools is an advantage

  • Strong understanding of governance and internal control regulations, including COSO and SOX

  • Good understanding of accounting principles under IFRS

  • Knowledge of Entity-level, process, IT General and application controls

  • Understanding of operational risk areas and related control strategies

  • Experience with SAP ERP, BPC and Hyperion FM is an advantage

  • Ability to travel internationally (up to 50% of the time) and lead work on-site at Group subsidiaries

  • Multilingual: Fluent English. Another language is an advantage (Spanish and/or Portuguese preferred)

  • Team player with a high level of EQ and ability to listen

  • Curious to understand new concepts and learn

  • Develops talent and drives high levels of employee engagement

  • Able to build and maintain effective relationships

  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to interact with various levels within the organization.

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate multiple tasks concurrently

  • Demonstrates ability to influence the thinking of, or gain acceptance from, stakeholders in sensitive situations, without damaging the relationship

  • Effective in working collaboratively with cross functional team members and with external partners

  • Unquestionable integrity and professionalism

  • Highly motivated, self-starter

  • Eligible to work in the U.S.A.  

Perks Playlist:

  • Be part of an entrepreneurial, global organization that values authenticity, drive, creativity, relationships, and a competitive spirit

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and FSA options, as well as:

    • 100% coverage for out-patient mental health services

    • Wellbeing reimbursements for fitness classes, spa treatments, meal services, travel, and so much more (up to $720/year)

    • A lifetime fertility support allowance of $30,000 to plan participants

    • Student Loan Repayment Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement

    • 100% immediately vested 401(k) match on the first 5% of your contribution on eligible compensation

  • Variety of ways to prioritize much-needed time away from work including:

    • Flexible Paid Time Off (PTO) for exempt employees

    • 3-weeks PTO for non-exempt employees

    • 2-weeks paid Winter Break

    • 10 Company Holidays (including Juneteenth and Wellbeing Day)

    • Summer Fridays (between Memorial Day and Labor Day)

    • Generous paid parental leave for every type of parent

Check out our full overview of benefits on the Perks Playlist page of the career site.

Disclaimer: This job description only provides an overview of job responsibilities that are subject to change.

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Job Category:

Finance & Accounting

Salary Range:

$76,680 - $164,817

The actual base salary offered depends on a variety of factors, which may include, as applicable, the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, specific and unique skills, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job.  All candidates are encouraged to apply.