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Financial SOX Controls Lead

Atlanta, Georgia

Job Type: On-Site

Job Category: Accounting & Finance
Brand: Genuine Parts Company
Job ID: R24_0000013656
Status: Full time

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Employee Benefits

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, life and disability insurance, as well as campus health and wellness programs

  • Paid time off, eight company holidays and flexible work schedules available

  • Tuition Reimbursement and professional development opportunities

  • 401(k) Plan with competitive employer matching

  • Onsite cafeteria, coffee stations and break rooms

  • Employee discounts, including NAPA parts, entertainment, technology, appliances, event tickets and more

Job Description

Summary

The GPC Finance Team has recently embarked on a transformation journey to reduce the time and cost incurred to produce decision-useful financial information. To support this effort, we are looking for a leader who will be responsible for maintaining and improving our internal SOX controls environment in line with our broader transformation initiatives.

In this role, you will help establish a “Second Line of Defense” by ensuring internal processes & controls are designed & implemented effectively, while partnering with the “First” (Control Owners) and “Third” (Internal Audit) Lines of defense to promote a best-in-class control environment that minimizes misstatement risk.

A strong candidate will have working experience with internal controls as well as finance / IT business processes. Foundational skills include communication, business analysis, problem-solving, cross-team coordination, project management, and change management.

Key Responsibilities:

Control Environment:

  • Maintain comprehensive documentation of internal control processes to accurately reflect the control environment via ownership of the Risk Control Matrix (RCM) and control narratives.
  • Support internal and external audit processes, providing necessary documentation and insights (e.g., support development of annual SOX audit plan).
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams (e.g., finance / IT team members and Internal Audit) to design and document effective internal controls for finance business and IT processes.
  • Develop and manage remediation plans for identified control deficiencies.

Stakeholder Collaboration:

  • Function as a liaison between management, internal auditors, and external auditors to facilitate communication and ensure alignment on SOX compliance objectives.
  • Work closely with global team members (e.g., Business Unit Executives, Finance, IT, and other relevant functions) to ensure seamless integration of controls within business processes.
  • Work with stakeholders and internal audit to implement controls during automation, process changes, and / or system implementations.
  • Partner cross-functionally to address business questions, be able to offer and conclude recommendations, drive change and results.

Continuous Improvement:

  • Actively participate in process improvement initiatives, striving for increased efficiency and effectiveness of internal controls
  • Identify areas within finance where digital technologies can streamline processes and reduce manual tasks.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in internal controls, SOX compliance, audit, or related field.
  • Attestation or enterprise risk services (preferably Big 4).
  • Ideally a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
  • Experience in developing and implementing SOX control frameworks, including risk assessment, control design, and testing methodologies.
  • Proven track record of leading SOX compliance initiatives and managing SOX audits in a complex organization environment.
  • Strong understanding of SOX regulations (e.g., Sarbanes-Oxley Act, COSO framework) and their implications for financial reporting.
  • Ability to analyze complex business processes, identify control gaps, and recommend practical solutions to mitigate risks.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to articulate complex concepts clearly and concisely.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with a technology-enabled finance transformation project.
  • Knowledge of current GPC finance tech stack, including but not limited to Oracle, Workday, OneStream, IBM Planning Analytics, RPA (Blue Prism), Blackline, Nintex, Power BI, AuditBoard, and Workiva.

Leadership Skills:

  • Embodies the following values: serve, perform, influence, respect, innovate, team.
  • Collaborative mindset with a willingness to work closely with internal and external partners to achieve SOX compliance objectives and organizational goals.
  • Continuous improvement mindset with an ability to work in a cross-functional, global, and fast-paced environment, pivoting as needed to manage changing priorities.
  • Make balanced decisions and thinks strategically by being a forward thinker.
  • Able to manage ambiguity and be able to iterate to meet business needs.

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