Pattern Energy Group

  • Senior Manager, SOX Compliance

    Job Locations US-CA-San Francisco
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(10/2/2018 7:16 PM)
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Accounting
    Job ID
    2018-1417
  • Overview

    Pattern Energy Group is an independent, fully integrated energy company that develops, constructs, owns and operates renewable energy projects and transmission assets across North America, Japan, and parts of Latin America.  The company focuses primarily on wind, solar and transmission. The Pattern Energy Group team has a history as one of the top North American renewable energy and transmission providers in the industry. The team is dedicated to delivering the highest value for its customers, partners, financial supporters and the communities in which it works, while exhibiting a strong commitment to promoting environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility.

    Pattern Energy Group operates in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Mexico with offices in San Francisco, Houston, San Diego, New York, Santiago, Tokyo, and Toronto.  Pattern Energy Group’s corporate headquarters is in San Francisco.

    Responsibilities

    JOB PURPOSE

     

    This position is responsible for developing and executing the overall Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance project plan for Pattern Energy Group, Inc. (PEGI) while working together with Internal Audit, External Audit, Executive Management Team, Process Owners and Control Owners to strengthen the control environment and ensure full compliance with all requirements of the SOX Act Section 404. This includes working with Internal Audit and PwC in the selection of material areas to be considered “in scope” each year, developing and gaining approval of the overall project plan from Executive Management Team as well as the Audit Committee, and then executing the plan as effectively and efficiently as possible with the resources available.

    This position directly impacts the external reporting of PEGI so the CFO and CEO have the appropriate evidence supporting the signing of Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting in the Form 10-K and Management’s Assertion in Form 10-Q.

    Key Accountabilities

    • Lead in the design and maintenance of the SOX Compliance methodology and tools.
    • Lead in the annual scoping exercise for SOX Compliance using determined materiality thresholds and the principles of AS5 to apply a top-down approach and identify significant account balances, entity level controls, significant business locations and cycles, and the relevant key controls to be tested that mitigate financial statement risk to an acceptable level.
    • Manage and work with process owners to identify relevant financial reporting risks and controls and evaluate the controls in place as to their adequacy in mitigating the risks, and timely report design and testing deficiencies identified.
    • Manage and oversee teams, process owners, and others involved in SOX compliance efforts to ensure narratives, walkthroughs, operational effectiveness, remediation testing are executed timely in a quality manner.
    • Provide cost effective and innovative solutions to help financial reporting and other processes within the scope of SOX compliance improve controls, policies, and procedures by identifying opportunities to streamline, automate, or restructure processes.
    • Maintain testing exception list and remediation plans to ensure plans are executed timely and efficiently. Guide process owners in remediation of identified control deficiencies.
    • Manage the quarterly certification process ensuring that process and control owners respond with completed certifications and stated process narrative changes and control exceptions are properly addressed in a timely manner.
    • Work with external auditors to ensure the maximum benefit and use of work performed internally by the PEGI SOX Compliance team.
    • Lead and/or advise the Executive Steering Committee on analyses of large or pervasive risk events to identify root causes and recommend and track corrective actions.
    • Lead developing the relevant reports for the Senior Vice President-Controller’s presentation to the Audit Committee and Executive Steering Committee regarding the progress and results of the SOX Compliance project.
    • Lead in building a “Control Environment” culture throughout the organization.
    • Other tasks or special projects as assigned.

    Qualifications

    Experience/Qualifications/Education Required

    Educational Experience

    A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or equivalent major required. With an active CPA license a plus.

     

    Required and Preferred Work Experience

     

    The following criteria will be used as a basis for Pattern to select a qualified applicant:

     

    • Strong current SOX Compliance leadership experience, with a minimum of 8-12 years of experience.
    • Understanding the impacts and relationships of other functional areas, such as: Accounting, Finance, Legal, Procurement, Treasury, and Tax.
    • Action oriented, organized, and possess good business acumen.
    • Experienced using a SOX Compliance tool, a plus.
    • Previous experience working with external auditors.
    • Ability to work with all levels of management.
    • Create and maintain contacts and professional relationships with process owners, control owners, internal auditors and EY.

     

    Additional Requirements

     

    Must possess strengths in the following:

    • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize, follow-through, and manage multiple tasks, responsibilities, and deadlines.
    • Self-starter with flexibility, desire, and eagerness to take ownership of related tasks and responsibilities in order to keep the project on schedule.
    • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.  Must have the ability to contribute in meetings and be well versed on activities and issues within business processes.

     

    Technical Skills

    • Understanding of GAAP and SEC reporting requirements.
    • Understanding of SOX regulatory requirements and COSO 2013 framework and principles.
    • Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint).

    Pattern Energy Group Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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