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Synchrony AVP, Controllership - Governance, SOX Manager in Marlborough, Massachusetts

Job Description:

Role Summary/Purpose:

As part of Synchrony's Controllership Governance Organization (CGO), this role will primarily have responsibility for the development and implementation of Synchrony's strategy to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Focus areas include evaluation of the financial reporting control environment, oversight of SOX control testing, process & control analysis, and stakeholder reporting. The position will have extensive interaction with senior leadership and cross functional SOX program stakeholders. The role will also contribute to CGO routines and initiatives aimed at reducing risk and improving processes. The role reports to the VP, Controllership Governance and SOX Initiatives.

We're proud to offer you choice and flexibility. You have the option to be remote, and work from home, or come into one of our offices. You may be occasionally requested to commute to our nearest office for in person engagement activities such as team meetings, training and culture events.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Assess and monitor the financial reporting control environment to identify risks, processes, controls, systems, and suppliers that are relevant to compliance with SOX.

  • Develop and maintain the annual SOX testing scope and plan.

  • Evaluate the impact of business developments and process changes on financial reporting risk, SOX compliance objectives, and the SOX control testing scope.

  • Identify and evaluate the impact of financial reporting control gaps and deficiencies.

  • Prepare and maintain required documentation to a high standard of quality.

  • Communicate SOX testing requirements, control gaps, and control deficiencies.

  • Monitor SOX testing and deficiency remediation. Appropriately escalate concerns and delays.

  • Support SOX program progress and results reporting.

  • Maintain and apply the needed understanding of the company's control environment, the COSO 2013 internal control framework, SEC & PCAOB regulations, and US GAAP.

  • Provide advice on control design, deficiency remediation, process documentation, and policy compliance.

  • Identify and communicate process and control improvement opportunities.

  • Contribute to broader Controllership Governance routines and initiatives.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or a related field or in lieu of degree, 8 years equivalent experience.

  • Minimum 3 years of experience that includes accounting, audit, internal controls, or quality assurance.

  • Experience applying SOX requirements, auditing principles, and control frameworks (e.g. COSO).

  • Willing to travel up to 10% of the time.

Desired Characteristics:

  • Financial services industry experience.

  • Public accounting, internal audit, or internal control consulting experience.

  • Prior experience with a SOX program or experience implementing or applying accounting, control, and reporting standards (e.g. GAAP, IFRS, PCAOB, Regulatory, Dodd-Frank).

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to use personal influence and credibility to achieve results.

  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to manage multiple & varied priorities.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Comfort with a fast-paced, changing environment.

Grade/Level: 10

The salary range for this position is 75,000.00 - 130,000.00 USD Annual and is eligible for an annual bonus based on individual and company performance.

Actual compensation offered within the posted salary range will be based upon work experience, skill level or knowledge.

Salaries are adjusted according to market in CA, NY Metro and Seattle.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be 18 years or older

  • You must have a high school diploma or equivalent

  • You must be willing to take a drug test, submit to a background investigation and submit fingerprints as part of the onboarding process

  • You must be able to satisfy the requirements of Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.

  • New hires (Level 4-7) must have 9 months of continuous service with the company before they are eligible to post on other roles. Once this new hire time in position requirement is met, the associate will have a minimum 6 months' time in position before they can post for future non-exempt roles. Employees, level 8 or greater, must have at least 18 months' time in position before they can post. All internal employees must consistently meet performance expectations and have approval from your manager to post (or the approval of your manager and HR if you don't meet the time in position or performance expectations).

Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job opening. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Our Commitment:

When you join us, you'll be part of a diverse, inclusive culture where your skills, experience, and voice are not only heard-but valued. We celebrate the differences in all of us and believe that our individual, unique perspectives is what makes Synchrony truly a great place to work. Together, we're building a future where we can all belong, connect and turn ideals into action. Through the power of our 8 Diversity Networks+ ( , with more than 60% of our workforce engaged, you'll find community to connect with an opportunity to go beyond your passions.

This starts when you choose to apply for a role at Synchrony. We ensure all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Reasonable Accommodation Notice:

  • Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.

  • If you need special accommodations, please call our Career Support Line so that we can discuss your specific situation. We can be reached at 1-866-301-5627. Representatives are available from 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday, Central Standard Time

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