Sr. Global Financial Compliance Analyst

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The Sr. Global Financial Compliance Analyst plays a critical role in the Company’s efforts to drive business integrity and compliance with regulatory requirements through strong internal controls. The Senior Analyst will be a core component of the team responsible for leading the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance program and directly partnering with the business to achieve management responsibility and accountability for controls, efficient compliance, and effective mitigation of major risks. A key element of the role is to help ensure exceptional integration with the annual external audit of internal controls over financial reporting. The Global Financial Compliance team works in close collaboration with the Controller, Internal Audit and IT Compliance.

The Senior Analyst will play a key role across the breadth of the function’s responsibilities, including: evaluating risk coverage and advising on control design; coordinating periodic control self-assessments; updating documentation to reflect new or changed processes and systems; engaging/coordinating with the external auditor and management testing teams; analyzing third party service organization controls; monitoring, researching, communicating and applying emerging or evolving compliance requirements; compiling and communicating program status, etc. The Senior Analyst will interface with management, global business owners, internal audit, the external audit firm and other members of the Company on internal control matters. Additional responsibilities include active identification and resolution of issues and opportunities for process improvements.


  • Assists and/or leads key elements of the Company’s global SOX compliance program, communicating and coordinating with stakeholders to ensure the program is integrated, efficient, and effective.  
  • Owns program management of the annual external audit process, schedule, and execution across Global Financial Compliance, IT Compliance, Internal Audit, the Controller function, and the external audit team.
  • Supports and/or owns key aspects of the internal control lifecycle, including: risk assessment; control design evaluation; control implementation; control self-assessments; remediation of control issues; deficiency evaluation; exposure analysis; and monitoring, reporting and communications.
  • Updates documentation (i.e., flowcharts, narratives, risk and control matrices, etc.) to reflect changes in process, systems, and/or control design. Promotes continuous improvement of tools and templates to maximize program efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Consults on the implementation of SOX readiness and compliance for acquired businesses and significant system implementations or other new business processes.
  • Supports and/or leads periodic issue and status communications, including internal controls and compliance performance reporting. This reporting is delivered to a variety of stakeholders including the external audit team, the SOX Steering Committee, Internal Audit, the Audit Committee, and other members of the senior leadership team as needed. 
  • Leads the annual evaluation of SOC1 reports for third party service organizations.
  • Collaborates with IT Security to assist in the definition of roles and responsibilities for business groups involved in managing system access and segregation of duties.  
  • Prepares, delivers, and supports communications and training for internal control readiness and continuous improvement.


  • Bachelor's degree in a business related field.
  • CPA and/or CIA preferred.
  • 8+ years of experience in audit and SOX compliance, or a minimum of 5 years in public accounting, preferably in a consumer products industry.
  • Experience leading and/or supporting compliance and controls programs. Background in evaluating risk, processes, controls, and compliance strongly preferred.
  • Experience with financial systems, including SAP, JD Edwards, consolidation/reporting platforms is a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of SOX requirements, Public Company Accountability Oversight Board (PCAOB) trends, and the COSO internal control framework.
  • Thorough understanding of external audit and management testing processes, and the ability to work effectively with the auditors.
  • Ability to express ideas and opinions to all levels of employees, including leadership in various business units, while effectively soliciting cooperation to accomplish tasks and challenge ideas and the status quo.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Familiar with technical GAAP and financial reporting research and analysis.

Columbia Sportswear Company is a portfolio of Brands for active lives.  From our flagship Columbia Brand to Mountain Hardwear, prAna, and even the SOREL Brand….we are all about making products that get people closer to their passions.


This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company. 


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