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SSENSE: Senior Manager, Internal Control


This is a Full-time position in Montreal, QC posted April 4, 2021.

Company DescriptionFounded in 2003, SSENSE is pacing the vanguard of directional retail with its mix of luxury, streetwear, and avant-garde labels.Currently serving 150 countries, generating an average of 76 million monthly page views, and achieving high double digit annual growth since inception, its field of focus has grown beyond that of a typical e-commerce entity as it explores the nexus of content, commerce, and culture.

More than just a retailer, SSENSE is becoming a cultural protagonist in its own right.Job DescriptionReporting to the Corporate Controller, the Senior Manager Internal Control will be responsible for implementation of the internal control framework (52-109) for SSENSE.

This includes the design and implementation of controls, preparation of internal control risk assessments, planning and complete testing of controls, and evaluating, reporting and resolving control deficiencies to ensure the adequacy of internal controls over financial reporting.

The position will be based out of Montreal or Toronto.ResponsibilitiesEnsure that SSENSE establishes a sound system of internal control over financial reporting to ensure reliable and timely financial information in monthly, quarterly and annual reportsLead the design, implementation, documentation, assessment and monitoring of the company’s internal control framework, including SSENSE policies for internal control for core financial processes and key risks in order to ensure that the company has adequate controls to prevent unintentional and intentional errors in financial reporting processesLead, document, and report on risk assessment of material misstatement of the financial reportingLead the process for internal reviews and testing of internal control compliance in subsidiariesDeliver adequate and timely reporting on internal control framework and control deficiencies to ensure appropriate communication, documentation, escalation to business partners, senior leadership and audit committeeDeliver adequate and timely action plans and monitor progress to address and resolve control deficienciesDevelop and conduct adequate training and prepare related information material on the internal control objectives, approach and methodology to business partners on a regular basis to build knowledge and understanding of risks and controlActively seek standardisation and automation through efficient use of financial systems Apply and implement market standard best practices for managing internal controls over financial reporting and deploy innovative technology where possible to enhance and continuously improve the design and operating effectiveness of the controls, documentation, and assessment and review proceduresActively engage with external audit to ensure consideration and resolution of all relevant risks and audit findingsQualificationsBachelor’s degree in accounting, economics or financeRelevant professional certification is an assetMinimum 7 years’ experience from a similar position in a multinational group or delivering similar services via Big 4 audit firm Solid background and interest for how technology and financial systems can support internal control effectiveness and efficiencyExperience working in the the e-commerce industry is an assetStrong understanding and experience with internal control frameworks including COSOExcellent written and verbal communication skills in both French and English Some travel activity should be expectedSkillsStrong analytical skills – includes the ability to spot, assess and address risk, materiality and interdependencies and translate it into impact analysis for the financial reporting and recommendations for improvementStrong communication skills – presenting internal control and risk matters in an understandable way across various forums and levels of the organization with the right level of detail.

Adaptable to working in a fast paced, ever-changing environmentStriving for continuous improvement and optimisationAbility to be diplomatic and yet persistent in the implementation of controls in an entrepreneurial environmentAbility to work effectively as part of a team environment and independently with required direction and guidanceAbility to act independently, be self-motivated, and motivate othersStrong project management skills