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Internal Controls (SOX) , Senior

Lake County, Illinois
Start date
Feb 15, 2024

Job Details

Act (SOX) and control improvement initiatives. This position provides support, and execution of AbbVie’s program for compliance with SOX Section 404, which requires all functions to document, test and assess internal controls over financial reporting.


This position will assist with Internal Controls CoE functions including: program planning, testing scoping, scheduling, and guidance; communication with Division and Corporate functions; maintenance and development of program tools such as Workiva; leading SOX training and process improvement initiatives; oversight of outsourced testing resources; providing guidance for the evaluation and remediation of deficiencies; monitoring of remediation activities; and determination of readiness for review by internal and external auditors.




• The Internal Controls Senior reports to the Internal Controls Finance PMO Manager and assists with the overseeing SOX program standards.

• Assists in the program schedule to ensure deliverables are met (includes all AbbVie deliverables to IC CoE and IC CoE deliverables to external auditors).

• Evaluates internal controls documentation, testing results, reviews ratings and conclusions, and evaluate/prioritize all deficiencies. Communicate expectations for remediation of deficiencies and monitor remediation efforts

• Act as subject matter expert for internal control matters globally by advising management and control owners in various functions such as Corporate, Commercial, Operations, and R&D.

• Assists in providing functional leadership and comprehensive ongoing support to all Managers for the completion of all AbbVie SOX Section 404 and 302 requirements. In addition, serve as primary resource for technical guidance on Section 404 requirements.

• Perform SOX testing in accordance with documentation standards to assess the operating effectiveness of controls.  

• Administer quarterly SOX 302 certification process to identify control changes and monitor control environment globally.

• Liaises with third-party resources, Internal Audit, and external auditors. Assists in identifying and analyzing all relevant matters that could impact SOX scope and propose related approaches (during annual scoping and ongoing).

• Assists in management of impacts to and making updates to the control environment through various projects within the company such as process changes, system implementations, reorganizations, and business combinations/acquisitions.

• Assists in preparing ongoing status and deficiency reports for management.

• Identify opportunities to improve / streamline current processes and procedures.

• Complete ad hoc analysis and performance of internal controls as necessary.

• Administrator for Workiva access requests, reporting, and tool improvements



• 2-4 years’ experience of public accounting – Big 4 or next tier (i.e., Grant Thornton, RMS, BDO), Auditing, Controls, Accounting, or Finance experience

• Previous experience as a Senior Auditor (at least one, preferably two busy seasons)

• Bachelor’s Degree in finance and/or accounting

• CPA preferred or other relevant certifications a plus (e.g., CIA, CFE, MBA)

• Ability to work independently and adjust priorities to achieve accurate and timely results

• Strong communication skills (verbal and written) and ability to collaborate across functions

• Ability to identify process improvement opportunities and aptitude for continuous improvement and change

• Ability to understand the big picture while leveraging technical knowledge at a process/control level

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools (e.g., Excel, PowerPoint, and Word)

• Proficiency in Workiva and PowerBI

• Up to 5% travel to AbbVie's International and Domestic locations required


AbbVie is committed to operating with integrity, driving innovation, transforming lives, serving our community, and embracing diversity and inclusion. It is AbbVie’s policy to employ qualified persons of the greatest ability without discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected group status.


AbbVie’s mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people’s lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Stock Symbol: ABBV

Stock Exchange: NYSE

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1 North Waukegan Road
North Chicago

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