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Director, Internal Controls at Advance Auto Parts

Director, Internal Controls

Advance Auto Parts Raleigh, NC Full-Time

Job Description

The Director of Internal Controls leads the establishment and execution of the SOX Compliance program. The role coordinates with Business Process and IT Management to design, document, assess, and remediate if needed Internal Controls over Financial Reporting. Working with Accounting Leadership, External Auditors, and the Audit Committee, the Director of Internal Controls determines the strategy for identifying scope of testing, materiality, deficiency tracking, remediation, reliance testing strategy, coordinating of testing samples, tracking audit requests, and process improvement. In addition, this role will partner with the broader Controllership team on process transformation, providing subject matter expertise related to segregation of duties role design, implementation controls for system implementations and updating the internal control framework for the go-forward/future state processes. The successful candidate will also bring a control perspective on the design of any new processes and transformation, providing input such as the design of automated vs manual controls, preventive vs detective controls, application testing, user acceptance testing and go-live of new system implementation. On occasion, this role will also lead aspects of internal control deficiency documentation, root cause analysis, process remediation and control effectiveness testing. This position will manage a team based in multiple locations and work with a diverse set of finance and cross-functional stakeholders.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND KEY SKILLS may include, but are not limited to the following (other duties may be assigned):

  • Directs the design, develop and maintenance of an internal control framework for various key financial accounting and reporting processes based on the COSO framework to comply with section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
  • Monitors and oversees the remediation of deficiencies identified during testing and evaluates any remaining deficiencies.
  • Interfaces with external auditors and provides direct assistance for SOX related activities as required.
  • Conducts the reconciliation control program to ensure compliance with policy and effective reporting to management.
  • Reports internal control and reconciliation issues to various levels of management and the Audit Committee.
  • Assists operating unit management to assess and identify controls needed for new processes and opportunities for operating efficiencies.
  • Assists in training operating units on financial controls and reconciliations
  • Serves on and acts as coordinator for the SOX Leadership Council.
  • Determine and manage the budget or outsourced SOX and process improvement resources.
  • Determine SOX workflow to automate and improve SOX related workflows and standards
  • Drive the adoption and implementation of Internal Control support systems such as workflow automation and account reconciliation tools
  • Assists Management with special projects and process improvement as needed
  • Supports and guides administration of reconciliation tool and SOX program tools


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Advanced Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, conflict solving and negotiation skills.
  • Extraordinary interpersonal skills to work in conjunction with other departments, vendors and internal and external customers.
  • Must be a team player who also works well independently.
  • Must be able to analyze data, draw conclusions, interpret results, and make recommendations with respect to incentive calculations.
  • Must be able to read, analyze, interpret and comprehend financial reports, and legal documents.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in both an oral and written manner to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies or members of the business community.
  • Must be able to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to top management, external department heads, customers, clients and other employees.


  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university; and
  • Certified Public Accountant license or advanced degree preferred; and
  • 12-15 years related experience including public accounting; or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.


Serves as the manager of the department.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Company's policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities may include training, planning, assigning/directing work and resolving problems.


Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Information Systems Auditor certification strongly preferred.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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