Job Description Join us and be part of our purposeful journey of invention!
Our Finance team brings together our financial perspectives into our overall strategic and tactical decision making. We use state-of-the-art techniques for financial analysis, planning, accounting, reporting and performance evaluation. This allows the organization to continue advancing medical innovation and improve lives.
The Operations Risk Assurance Senior Specialist is primarily responsible to maintain an effective internal control environment, compliance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) / IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) and Corporate policies in Central America & the Caribbean (CENCA) and Ecuador. In addition, partners with the business to review existing controls / other compliance requirements, develops and standardize any necessary revisions or additions to policies and procedures, implements new procedures and roll out training to the process owners.
This position collaborates of the the Regional Delivery Team to ensure all SOX controls are strictly enforced and to build across the CENCA and Ecuador awareness on the importance of a strong internal control environment. Also, establishes close working relationships with the business / Regional Finance Leadership and supports implementation of new business mandatory controls. And, reviews internal audits findings and recommendations for the markets for potential internal control impacts; provides guidance on implementation of mitigating plans.
The Operations Risk Assurance Senior Specialist will be responsible of strong oversight and for supporting the implementation of financial projects, working hand in hand with the business for the timely implementation and rolling out of the projects insuring alignment with internal and external compliance requirements.
Self-Assessment (Preparation & Execution) - Responsible to prepare a Rotation Plan for the year with the help of Compliance Stewards and Business with a main focus in the areas of risk already identified from prior Internal Audits/Executes the Self-Assessments with the help of the Compliance Stewards including selection of the sample of data to be reviewed/Prepares a formal Report for FD and Regional Operation Risk Assurance Manager.
Internal Audit - Coordinates Internal Auditors Visits in the country for all the scheduled audits - Human Health/Animal Health/SOX/Coordinate Data Gathering with Business Service Center (BSC)/Follow up the Internal Audit status during the field work/Internal Audit Report follow-up including Finance and Compliance audit observation/points.
Finance Control Questionnaire (FCQ) Preparation and Follow Up - Quarterly and Annually.
Pulse Dashboard - Reviews Pulse Dashboard with a focus in outliers by area. The review is coordinated with the process owner, compliance, and executive committee.
Archer System - Supports updates local controls in line with BSC process.
Balance Sheet Review - Responsible to prepare Annual Rotation Plan with the help of BSC with a focus in the areas of risk already identified/Prepare a formal Report for Financial Department and Regional Risk Assurance Manager - only for the annual review/Follows up the open items for final resolution and if consider necessary, the final adjustment of the Balance Sheet Accounts.
Grants of Authorities (GOA's) - Manages and administers the country GOA including training.
Inventory Cycle Count - Participates in the inventory cycle counts and annual inventory.
Standards Operating Procedures (SOP's) - Responsible to support the update the country SOP's including the communication and required training
Performs periodic audit reviews - Supports collaboration with audit review for items related to the Business.
Ad-Hoc Requests - Manages ad-hoc request related with internal control content.
Bachelor's Degree or higher degree Business Administration, Accounting or Finance.
Two (2) or more years of related experience.
Excellent communication skills in Spanish and English, in oral and written.
Strong understanding of Internal Control and Process Standardization.
Strong organization skills to coordinate and manage multiple projects and activities.
Accounting and working proficiency of US GAAP,
Strong accounting and reporting skills and audit skills.
Influencing Executive level management.
Project Management skills.
Willing to travel up to 25% of the time.
Knowledge of SAP, Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC), Financial Sharing Area (FSA) and/or Essbase skills, preferred.
Advanced PC skills (MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint), preferred.
Our Support Functions deliver services and makes recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the experience of working at our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.
Who we are …
Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.
We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.
What we look for …
In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.
We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace
Search Firm Representatives Please Read CarefullyMerck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.
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