Director Internal Controls & Risk Prevention

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

This is role is part of the Latin America (LAM) Finance leadership team with a focus on the Internal Control & Risk Prevention. The position manages a cross-geographical team of 10-12 experts throughout Latin America. 

Position is integral to ensuring Corporate Governance through business partnering with leadership across LAM.

It aims at:

  • Ensuring compliance with applicable external laws and internal regulations as well as the established Group Internal Control frameworks, and Group/Market/Brand best practices and policies. 
  • Protect Company physical assets (e.g. stock, cash on different premises), including public and internal dishonesty, procedural failure, administrative error and wastage, as well as maximized profit ensuring effectiveness and efficiency of operations.
  • Develop, support and lead initiatives/projects focused on improving the efficiency, transparency and effectiveness of business processes at both a local and regional level.
  • Responsible for working with management to identify opportunities for improvement, measure and analyze current business processes and redesign processes to meet the needs of a complex and growing business.
  • Leading a strong set of Internal Control experts to ensure the effective execution of the areas responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

Leadership & People management 
•    Identify and develop talents, look for talents, recruit and develop collaborators.
•    Distribute effectively and manage the time and resources to achieve results.
•    Promote the commitment of the team 
•    Develop and expand a large network within our own function and transversely (internally or externally).
•    They constantly strive to achieve operational excellence in the quest to build a winning culture and based on business goals. 

Risk Assessment & Key controls review

•    Timely coordination with GBS of the local and regional ICS testing/ Global Control Self-Assessment (GCSA) of key controls as well as ensuring the mandatory documentation and heading remediation of all identified control deficiencies in collaboration with Senior Management.
•    Ensure the execution of retail store compliance audits by the supplier to review adherence/compliance to defined controls, policies and procedures. As well as analyze/report findings and ensure remediating actions/action plans are followed by Retail Management.

•    Follow-up the remediating action plans (countries & region) and ensure that are update in regional / global tool. 
•    Seek for proactively and continuously review, assess and identify risk within the business. Reduce and mitigate risk with the implementation of comprehensive risk reduction strategies and countermeasures. 
•    Ensure the review, monitor and manage retail data (shrinkage/cycle counts/stock counts/high risk transactions) affecting the P&L of retail stores (DTC) and develop, recommend and implement comprehensive countermeasures to eliminate or minimize losses.
•    Ensure that SAP access rights are review, and properly approve by GBS.

Policies & Procedures awareness and processes improvement

•    Ensure the team raise awareness/maintain knowledge of the Global/Market/Local policies and procedures, including regular trainings at local & regional level. 
•    Guarantee correctly design, develop, implementation and regular update of local & regional policies (based on global/market policies if existing), procedures and related internal controls, based on best practices and Group requirements. 
•    Develop, support and lead initiatives/projects focused on improving the efficiency, transparency and effectiveness of business processes. 


•    Consolidate IC&RP monthly results from countries and region, follow up LAM target achievements, bring visibility of the risk, findings and opportunities to Senior Management. (e.g. Effectiveness rate, abnormal transaction analysis, shrinkage data, incident and control deficiencies)
•    Immediate communication of major control deficiencies to region & global. 
•    Support and or conduct investigations and complete timely reports/findings to the relevant stakeholders.
•    Timely coordination of the local bi-annual Representation Letter process.
•    Participation in the Global Internal Audit meetings, Global/Market ICS network including ICS calls, WebEx sessions, conferences, sharing of best practices.

Key Relationships: 

  • Local/Market: General Manager, Finance Director, Heads of Departments and Process Owners.
  •  Group: Group Policies & Internal Controls, Group Internal Audit, Group Risk & Compliance Management, GBS and Cross functional process owners.
  •  External auditors.


Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

•    Deliver a great performance record in your career history.
•    Lead / manage a business initiative within the function or market.
•    Effectively identify and manage project and stakeholder risks.
•    Efficiently manage project resources to apply them to the objectives / goals of the project.
•    Demonstrated experience in more than one area / discipline of the function.
•    International experience - preferably that you have worked abroad.
•    Functional / market experience - who has worked on projects in positions with a global / local perspective.
•    Have participated in the execution of a global project and / or contributed significantly to a local / functional project / priority.
•    Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from senior executives, stakeholders and cross functional business leaders.
•    Strong auditing/internal control skills and process improvement experience. 

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

•    10 years’ experience in similar function/position
•    Accounting/auditing qualification preferred 
•    International experience and track record in similar discipline
•    Knowledge on project management
•    Knowledge of ERP system such as SAP, MicroStrategy
•    Fluency in English is a must

adidas celebrates diversity, supports inclusiveness and encourages individual expression in our workplace. We do not tolerate the harassment or discrimination toward any of our applicants or employees. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Title:  Director Internal Controls & Risk Prevention

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Panama City
TEAM:  Accounting & Finance
State:  8
Country/Region:  PA
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  507187
Date:  Apr 5, 2024