Senior Director, SoX, EMEA

Real Estate / Asset Management

Ref: MR52001

Zurich, Switzerland
CHF Significant six figure basic + bonus + LTIP + benefits

Our client is a US listed group and a household name in their sector. The company completes more than $250 billion dollars’ worth of transactions a year, manages more than $50 billion of invested assets and 5 billion square feet of property.


There is now a need to recruit a senior finance executive to join the team in Switzerland. Key elements of the role include:

  • Provide regional leadership for all financial reporting risk and control activities, including the SOX framework and management testing function and coordination with other assurance functions.
  • Further develop and ensure a consistent risk based internal control framework and management testing approach for financial reporting risks, strongly aligned with the needs of key stakeholders (e.g. Finance, Business Leaders).
  • Drive implementation of consistent financial reporting risk identification, assessment and control process throughout the organization.
  • Oversee EMEA regional SOX testing team and provide independent and objective assurance to finance management and the Board Audit Committee for the design and operating effectiveness of the company’s SOX Controls.
  • Manage the locally outsourced internal controls testing provider.
  • Manage and coordinate the SOX compliance/assessment process within the EMEA region. This includes identifying progress and issues; communicating policy and reporting; and implementing and coordinating management testing, assessing, and reporting.
  • Identify and implement continual improvements and efficiencies in the Company’s SOX compliance process
  • Participate in and support all business transformation, merger and acquisition, joint venture formation, asset and/or business sales/disposition accounting and analysis, with focus on the early identification and communication of relevant accounting for each transaction.


The successful candidate is likely to be a qualified accountant, or equivalent, with experience gained either as a Director in a Big 4 accounting firm or in industry with a US listed organisation and is a technical expert in SOX. In addition, the following would be seen as highly desirable:

  • Experience navigating and leading in environments of transformation, change and disruption; Prior experience driving teams through transformation / M&A preferred.
  • Experience facilitating training and awareness relating to SOX initiatives and compliance on a global basis.
  • Strong analytical capabilities, process improvement and organization skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and presentation skills.
  • Maintain professional relationships with the Company’s auditors/advisors.
  • Coordinate SOX compliance activities with those of the external auditor to ensure maximum reliance of work, adequate coverage, elimination of any duplication of effort and reconciliation of identified deficiencies.
  • Strong executive presence who can simplify complexity and is able to balance strategic decision making with the ability to “do the work” and get their 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 proactive to create followership.


To apply for this role, please use the Apply button, or alternatively, email your CV to Mark Richards: quoting reference MR52001. 

Please note that due to the expected volume of applications we will only be able to respond to those candidates whose experience matches the requirements of our client. If you have not heard from us within the next ten working days, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Walker Hamill has been a specialist finance and strategy recruiter for over 30 years. We have an extensive client group, including major multinational listed organisations, private equity-backed businesses, and privately-owned companies. We recruit across all sectors and have particularly strong client relationships in media, retail, pharma, biotech, technology, property/real estate, leisure, and business services. Headquartered in London, we have additional offices in continental Europe. For more information, please see:

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