Candidates for this position should have expert-level knowledge of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and/or Bill 198, applicable to both Canadian and U.S. reporting. Most companies look for applicants with five years of experience, a bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance and a chartered professional accountant (CPA) certification. Internal controls analysts should have a thorough understanding of internal controls over financial reporting, strong organizational and analytical skills, as well as good writing and verbal skills.
Typical Duties of an Internal Controls Analyst:
- Manages the organization’s compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and/or Bill 198
- Helps to design and administer the company’s internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR)
- Develops and/or conducts ICFR compliance training for employees
- Assists in the preparation of the annual risk assessment
- Manages communication between internal and external auditors