Business Controls Specialist

Job Description

Experienced staff position for the Business Controls professional career. Act as a trusted business advisor, with the following responsibilities:
Provide Leadership over IBM's Framework of Internal Controls: Demonstrate knowledge of the internal controls framework and utilize it to ensure the required control mechanisms are in place. Promote understanding by line management.

Improve Controls Posture: Foster collaboration with line management across organizational boundaries to identify, mitigate and control risk. Collaborate with other compliance and governance functions, e.g., Internal Audit, Trust and Compliance, Enterprise Risk Management. Ensure that all risks are covered in all B-BBEE and EEIP related streams such that when any Audit is announced, the likely outcome should be a SAT position.

Provide Education and Advisory Support: Use data analytics, historical trends, and marketplace factors to identify problems and control exposures providing in-depth, yet concise, analysis of cause and solution approaches. Demonstrate business knowledge and experience when developing assessments and recommendations. Provide advice, counsel, and support to achieve of business objectives and balancing risks.

Lead Independent Pro-active Process Reviews: Perform independent, risk-based pro-active process and walk-through reviews identifying problem areas and recommendations for improvement. Prepare risk-based assessment reports for use by process owners. Collaborate with process review lead to communicate findings and recommendations.

Assumes additional responsibilities as assigned.
Environment: Demonstrate knowledge of the internal controls framework, and promote understanding by line management. Foster collaboration with line management and other compliance and governance functions to identify and mitigate control risk. Ability to identify control exposures, analyze causes, and suggest solutions based on knowledge of the business. Perform pro-active process reviews, identifying problem areas, making practical and business centric recommendations, and preparing risk-based assessment reports. Understand and make effective use of data analytics tools available.
Communication/Negotiation: Good communication and negotiation skills, sufficient to relay relevant facts to process owners, focal points, team leaders, peers, compliance and governance liaisons, and management.
Problem Solving: Understand and make effective use of data analytics tools and techniques. Identify control issues, evaluate recommendations and advise / alert senior controls staff and/or management. Work independently to generate recommendations and implement change. Possess basic team / project management capabilities. Draw conclusions from diverse data and make recommendations.
Contribution/Leadership: Coordinate the operation of departments and small teams within the respective controls organization. Provide advice and direction on most controls issues to other professionals and management. Responsible and accountable for diverse assignments. Work with team members to ensure Process and Procedure documents are updated annually and create new procedures where applicable. Work independently yet collaboratively to ensure progress of the Business Unit. Must collaborate and engage in a positive manner with all resources within the team. Must display a positive attitude and solution minded outlook. Must be practical, have a good work ethic and be disciplined
Impact on business scope: Has impact on tactical and strategic controls programs / results within local area of responsibility. Contribute to problem and issue resolution recommendations. Support efforts to identify ways to improve overall controls posture. Accountable for individual, team, or department results for assigned area of responsibility. Must be self-motivated and attentive to detail

Required Technical and Professional Expertise


Preferred Tech and Prof Experience


EO Statement
Affirmative Action and/or EE candidates will be given first preference as per our employment equity strategies.

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