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CBRE Senior Finance Manager – Projects (Global SOX) REMOTE in Davenport, Iowa

Senior Finance Manager – Projects (Global SOX) REMOTE

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Dallas - Texas - United States of America, El Segundo - California - United States of America, Los Angeles - California - United States of America, Remote - US - Remote - US - United States of America


Reporting to the Director – Projects Lead, the Senior Manager will provide critical enterprise-wide leadership for internal control over financial reporting activities related to projects, such as M&A activities, system implementations, process transformations, and controls framework enhancements. S/he will work manage projects in close cooperation with IT, Technical Accounting, Controllership, Business Finance and Assurance Stakeholders. Furthermore, this individual will be responsible for reporting to internal and external stakeholders as to the effectiveness of the internal controls over financial reporting related to said projects. S/he will have an understanding of Technical Accounting, SOX, ITGC, SDLC and related IT dependencies including benchmarking / baselining strategies and methodologies related to key reports and automated controls.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Supports the Director – Projects Lead with the development of audit methodologies, policies and procedures aligned with the IIA and PCAOB standards and guidance related to ongoing projects, including Business Process (BP) and IT General Controls (ITGC) and related IT dependencies; management of Global SOX Assurance (GSA) and other key stakeholders’ activities related to the projects; and preparation of various reporting to key stakeholders (e.g., business, finance, and IT leaders and external auditors).

Participates in and supports activities related to business transformation, merger and acquisition, joint venture formation, and asset and/or business sales/disposition accounting and analysis, with focus on the early identification and communication of relevant accounting for each transaction.

Participates in the development of the annual audit plan utilizing a risk-based approach, including the implementation and utilization of emerging technologies (e.g., future of risks and controls).

Performs pre-implementation reviews of significant changes in the control environment.

Provides project teams with guidance and feedback on risk mitigation and controls implementation activities.

Serves as an advisor to business and IT leaders on business transformations e.g., system implementations, significant upgrades and process re-design efforts, and provides guidance on identification of risks and design and implementation of relevant business processes and controls, with a focus on increased automation.

Participates in performing audit procedures around both IT and business process controls including system implementation controls and automated controls.

Maintains a strong understanding of GAAP, SOX, COSO, financial and IT risks and controls, and leading business practices.

Plans, executes, and reports on project-related controls activities, including design, testing, deficiency management and remediation processes.

Implements processes to track and report on status of risks and controls setup for projects to senior leadership while also being able to develop realistic time frames for completion of related activities.

Coordinates project-related activities with external auditors and assures maximum reliance on work performed.

Responsible for leading, mentoring and managing staff, including hiring, onboarding and goal setting; planning, delegation, and tracking of work; training, development and coaching; as well as conducting annual performance reviews within established deadlines for effective team development.

Coaches and develops others, creates high performing teams, and gains reputation as a talent magnet.

Facilitates a work environment that fosters and supports ethical decision-making and actions by motivating, promoting and modeling ethical behavior, as well as executing job responsibilities in accordance with CBRE’s core values, ethics, and policies and procedures.

Sustains professional and technical knowledge with the idea of expanding this knowledge, personal growth and development through continuing professional education efforts. The increased knowledge may occur through attendance at external trainings, seminars, webinars, conferences, as well as reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks and participating in professional organizations.

Ensures adherence to principles, policies, and standards, and improves quality and process reliability in a cost-effective manner. Facilitates communications and problem resolution, and provides appropriate feedback, both positive and constructive, within the team.


Specific experience and qualifications will include, but not be limited to the following:

Minimum of 8+ years demonstrated knowledge, skills, and expertise in the field of accounting and IT auditing including, but not limited to, IT governance, IT general controls, IT project management, IT infrastructure management, software development lifecycle, application security, emerging information security and cybersecurity risk, process automation, cloud architecture and controls related to applications hosted in the cloud, data lifecycle management, data privacy, disaster recovery and business resumption, and other technology risks, and as well as IT infrastructure including databases, networks, and operating systems.

A blend of public accounting and industry experience with a public company, and technical expertise in developing and maintaining a reliable SOX framework.

Knowledge of leading internal control and risk management practices and standards, and ability to perform detailed risk assessments.

Experience navigating and leading in environments of transformation, change and disruption; Prior experience driving teams through transformation / M&A preferred.

Strong verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability to articulate effectively and professionally with all levels of management and internal audit personnel as well as external auditors.

Experience facilitating training and awareness relating to SOX initiatives and compliance on a global basis.

Strong analytical capabilities and process improvement and organization skills; Excellent communication and presentation skills.

Foster and maintain professional and collaborative relationships with the Company’s auditors/advisors. Coordinate SOX compliance activities with the external auditors to ensure maximum reliance on work performed, eliminate duplication of efforts and align on identified deficiencies and remediation plans.

Strong executive presence. Simplify the complex. Ability to balance strategic decision making with the ability to “do the work” and get his or her hands dirty.

Proven track record of outstanding talent development and significant experience transforming the value add of a controllership function. Familiar with the challenges of leading remote teams and being proactive to create followership.

Established expertise in auditing concepts, approaches, tools and techniques; risks and controls; IT and security concepts, standards, frameworks and best practices.

Experience leading end-to-end IT and Information Security (IS) related engagements and serving as a primary liaison for GSA when dealing with external auditors on IT and IS-related audit activities.

Comprehensive knowledge and experience in developing business processes, IT and IS risk-based audit work programs and performing risk-based auditing, leveraging proven project management skills.

Demonstrated knowledge of internal controls frameworks (i.e., SOX, COSO, COBIT, NIST CSF, ITIL, etc.), applicable regulatory requirements and emerging IT and IS related risks (e.g., Cloud Computing, Data Analytics).

Be a team player, with ability to multi-task, prioritize, and dive into the details where appropriate.

Proven and demonstrated leadership ability.

Ability to work at all levels of organizations. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with others, including senior management and executive leadership.

Possess professional expertise as well as strong analytical and technical skills to evaluate highly complex and diverse IT systems while maintaining the ability to understand and evaluate risks related to the Company's overall enterprise risk profile.

Experience using computer-assisted audit techniques in practicing data analysis is a plus.

Strong proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of products (especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

High ethical standards with ability to handle confidential / sensitive issues and information with the highest degree of professional responsibility.

ERP experience. PeopleSoft and MS Dynamics preferred.

Experience leading audit related activities for new/upgraded system implementations (e.g., assessing testing and defect management strategies, data conversions and transitions of systems or processes)


Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration/Management, Computer Science, Finance, Information Technology, or Management Information Systems.

A minimum of one of the following (or an equivalent) Professional certification is required: Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified information System Auditor (CISA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC).

**Colorado Residents: CBRE carefully considers multiple factors to determine compensation, including a candidate’s education, training, and experience. The minimum salary for the Senior Manager- Projects (Global SOX) position is $125,000 annually and the maximum salary for the Senior Manager- Projects (Global SOX) position is $140,000 annually. The compensation that is offered to a successful candidate will depend on the candidate’s skills, qualifications, and experience. Successful candidates will also be eligible for a discretionary bonus based on CBRE’s applicable benefit program.

CBRE is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a long-standing commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

NOTE: An additional requirement for this role is the ability to comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination proof and/or rigorous testing.

CBRE, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (Women/Minorities/Persons with Disabilities/US Veterans)