Internal Controller

Department: Finance
Reports to: Chief Financial Officer
Location: London
Type: Full-Time

Purpose of Position

To oversee the risk assessment and processes for the Global business. Responsible for implementing rules and policies in order to provide reasonable assurance about the reliability of financial reporting, efficiency of operation and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • To carry out Risk and Compliance reviews across the business.
  • Manage all aspects of Risk and Compliance from employees to clients by implementing a relevant control environment.
  • Administer training across all levels of the business to ensure employees have an intricate understanding of all internal control guidelines and standards.
  • Conduct regular audits to ensure compliance across departments.
  • Initiate process reviews and advise improvements to policies and procedures to ensure rules are applied and controls are efficient.
  • Help to create employee engagement with Risk & Compliance.
  • Report Risk & Compliance to the Operating Board.
  • Ensure escalations are acted upon in a timely manner and resolved accordingly.
  • Responsibility strategy setting & management: driving progress, managing risks, developing 'tools' to address gaps and opportunities. 
  • Developing responsibility related policies with internal and external support, developing processes for policy compliance.
  • Managing stakeholder relationships internally: keeping everyone on track across all areas of work.
  • Developing and managing external stakeholder relationships: supply chain partners, industry bodies, responsibility support organisations, charities/NGOs etc.
  • Developing and managing data collection: systems/processes.
  • Reviewing responsibility related information from suppliers e.g. sustainability certificates for materials, Codes of Conduct, past audit reports etc. 
  • Organising formal supplier monitoring: audits and managing Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) completion. 
  • Driving traceability work: mapping supply chains from Tier 1 – Tier 4 across all product categories.
  • Driving environmental improvements with supply chain partners; water use and wastewater treatment, hazardous chemical use, energy use & efficiency, waste & efficient use of resources
  • Support with internal & external comms - formal supplier correspondence, press releases, presentations, interviews, website content, swing tickets, social media content etc.
  • Writing reports on responsibility progress: for internal and external audiences and meeting reporting requirements
  • Briefing senior management on latest industry developments
  • Organising team training: on specific areas of responsibility e.g. certifications, circularity. 
  • Vetting collaboration partners: ensure they meet responsibility standards.
  • On-going research: desk based, conferences, training, one-to-one meetings, calls etc.

Any other tasks as requested. 

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Substantial experience as an internal controller, ideally within luxury brand.
  • Experience with corporate governance risk and regulatory matters.
  • Communication: Strong and effective presentation skills and ability to converse with a diverse range of people at all levels.
  • Intellect: Excellent analytical, report-writing skills, accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Language Skills: English and Italian, both verbal and written communication