Senior Manager Internal Controls


The Senior Manager Internal Controls – NAM position plays an integral part in our continued focus on Compliance and Corporate Governance. This role heads up the NAM Internal Controls team, which primary objective is to protect company assets as well as ensuring effectiveness and efficiency of operations, reliability of reporting and compliance with applicable laws and internal regulations across all NAM entities.


Key Responsibilities:


People Management

  • Manage the NAM Internal Controls team including training, recruiting, and planning of team resources.
  • Define performance targets and monitor employee performance. Ensure proper, meaningful, and timely performance reviews in compliance with company timelines
  • Ensure team members meet and/or exceed global & local business partner expectations for all compliance and internal controls topics.
  • Engage in people management topics across NAM Corporate Finance as part of the NAM Corporate Finance leadership team.


Internal Controls

  • Oversee the improvement efforts of the internal controls position in NAM by ensuring compliance with established global and local policies, processes, and internal control frameworks.
  • Proactively measure and analyse current business processes with local management to identify opportunities and address areas of risk
  • Reduce and mitigate risk with the implementation of comprehensive risk reduction strategies and countermeasures.
  • Redesign processes to meet the needs of a complex and growing business, driving a harmonised NAM approach in line with global expectations.
  • As head of the NAM internal control team, act as a consultant to the local business partners, supporting and guiding them on any compliance matters.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable external and internal regulations as well as the established Group Internal Control frameworks and Group/Market/Brand best practices and established policies.
  • Support all Internal audit initiatives across NAM
  • Develop, support and lead initiatives focused on improving the efficiency, transparency, and effectiveness of NAM business processes.
  • Raise awareness/ maintain knowledge of the Global Policy Manual on local level including an understanding of emerging developments and addressing of recommended policy changes to GP&IC
  • Design, development, implementation and regular update of local policies, procedures, and related internal controls, based on best practices and global & local requirements
  • Immediate communication of major control deficiencies to local senior management and global HQ
  • Oversee the timely coordination of local quarterly Representation letter process
  • Participation in the global ICS network
  • Oversee the timely and accurate execution of the Internal Controls Testing Phases (or self-assessment) for Market NAM, ensure proper documentation of test results, agree, communicate, and oversee action plans, deadlines, and responsibilities.
  • Coordinate the timely and continuous action plan follow-up with control owners
  • Participate in cross functional projects as required
  • Support/follow Group Policies & Internal Controls (GP&IC) requests on various ICS topics.
  • Perform other Corporate Finance NAM related assignments as required




  • Enforcing local and global policies
  • Enforcing closure of Group Internal Audit findings as well as Internal Control gaps


Key Relationships: 

  • NAM SLT, NAM Finance SLT, NAM department heads, NAM process owners, Group Policies & Internal Controls, Group Internal Audit, Group Risk & Compliance, Global process owners, external auditors


Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from senior executives, stakeholders, and cross functional business leaders
  • Strong analytical & communication skills.
  • Strong project management and process management skills    
  • Must be able to balance multiple priorities, be detail and results oriented
  • Strong auditing, internal controls, and process improvement skills
  • Must be extremely proactive, have strong initiative and be self-motivated.
  • Demonstrate a digital mindset and the ability to use different resources and digital tool to drive automatization and standardization


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Accounting/ auditing qualification preferred
  • 8-10 years’ experience in Accounting, Internal Audit, or Internal Controls
  • Knowledge in ERP systems such as SAP preferred

Will accept any suitable combination of education, training, and experience


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:  Senior Manager Internal Controls

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Portland
TEAM:  Accounting & Finance
State:  OR
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  471136
Date:  Aug 4, 2022