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Senior Internal Controls Specialist


Porto, Porto, Portugal

COFCO International is a global agri-business with a clear vision, strong values and a positive culture, focused on being a leader in the global grains, oilseeds and sugar supply chains. We provide the food the world needs in a responsible way. Headquartered is Geneva, Switzerland, we are ambitious, with the right structures and culture to meet the world's increasing and changing needs. With 11,000+ people in 35 countries, our global portfolio includes assets across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. We trade with over 50 nations, while providing farmers unique direct access to the growing Chinese market.

Job Purpose


Support the Internal Controls Manager in implementing COSO-based internal controls, documentation of processes and procedures, and its related internal controls worldwide; covering all business units and functions and aligning to COFCO group requirements.




  • Support the implementation of Internal Control systems in the key end-to-end processes of CIL group;
  • Map the current financial and other related areas processes across CIL group organization by function and system; 
  • Identify gaps and improvements in the global standard design process to be put in place across CIL group organization;
  • Prepare functional work instructions for the execution of the process to be in place for business users;  
  • Work on the execution of project plans to implement processes and internal controls procedures in collaboration with other departments;
  • Consolidate and monitor the monthly internal control self-assessment process, and conduct follow-up discussions with local mgmt. teams and prepare PPTs for Senior Management and to the Audit Committee;
  • Contribute to the elaboration, disclosure, and support of the implementation of the Segregation of Duties Matrix in the group in the SAP systems environment;
  • Conduct Risk Assessment processes to define global priorities for the Internal Controls function and identify necessary training areas for the local and central teams;
  • Support Internal Controls Manager on the preparation of Internal Control Evaluation (ICE) report – required by COFCO/SASAC to be provided to Internal Audit;
  • Assist in the preparation, review, disclosure, and training of relevant financial policies and procedures; 
  • Provide continuous support to Internal/External Auditors on the monitoring process of reported control deficiencies. Also, support local management teams in the development, and implementation of effective action plans;
  • Act as an advisor to mgmt. teams, bringing innovative ideas and sharing best practices on internal controls and related;
  • Contribute to continuous Control Monitoring (CCM) – Work with management teams on the development of metrics (KPIs) to anticipate concerns regarding financial, operational, and non-compliance risks (e.g. Procurement metrics, unusual maintenance expenses, T&E expenses not in compliance with policies, etc.).




  • Degree in Business administration and/or CIA / CCSA or CISA type of qualification;
  • At least 5 years experience in a comparable role preferably in a multinational organization;
  • Proven track record of implementation and or monitoring and developing COSO (internal controls) based frameworks;
  • Good Understanding of the COSO framework; experience COSO based systems of internal controls; ideally in SOX 404 compliant control systems;
  • Knowledge/ experience in monitoring/auditing SOX 404-based systems of internal controls;
  • Accounting and IFRS knowledge;
  • Fluent in English and at least one of the following languages (Spanish, Portuguese, or Chinese);
  • Analytical and structured;
  • Systematical and planned way of working;
  • Stress resistance;
  • Strong communicational skills (listening and explaining (training));
  • Ability to document processes, procedures, and analysis/work verbally and graphically;
  • Capability to handle several tasks/projects at the same time;
  • Capacity to adapt whenever priorities or tasks are changed as per management guidelines;
  • High level of ethical conduct;
  • Willingness to travel.


COFCO International is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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