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Internal Control Specialist



Lisbon, Portugal · Madrid, Spain
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2024

Pleo’s Risk & Compliance team, is looking for reinforcements to help us maintain high standards of compliance and security - whether it’s for our customers, our regulators (the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority and the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority), our partners, our investors (present and future) or our employees and internal stakeholders.

We’re a diverse team with background in law, risk and anti-money laundering and we have already made significant progress in setting the foundation for building out a solid and charismatic function with the ability to keep this rocket ship on the right trajectory, while also making sure we keep on loving our jobs.

We're on the lookout for a skilled and forward-thinking Internal Control Specialist to join our Risk and Compliance team at Pleo. In this role, you'll be pivotal in shaping and maintaining our internal control framework, ensuring adherence to industry best practices. If you're passionate about delivering top-notch control effectiveness and risk management, and eager to contribute to our ongoing success, this opportunity is for you!

This position is a critical to our success; you will be a crucial colleague who will learn everything about our rocket ship inside and out 🚀

What you'll get up to

Support on the creation, implementation, and maintenance of the Pleo Internal Control Framework: Support on the creation, designing, executing, and maintaining of Pleo Internal Control Framework, ensuring it is in line with industry benchmarks and best practices.

  • Process Mapping: Document and evaluate procedural workflows, identifying potential risks and devising key and non-key controls for business operations.
  • Risk and Control Matrix: Conduct in-depth risk evaluations to gauge potential impacts on Pleos processes, while serving as a subject matter expert to the first line of defense as they build a strong control structure that mitigates identified risks. You'll be tasked with supporting process owners on detailing crucial control attributes— owner, descriptions, id, frequency, type—and consolidating them into a well-structured Risk and Control Matrix (RCM) to underpin our strategic approach to risk reduction, in line with our Enterprise Risk Management framework.
  • Assessments of Control Effectiveness: Regularly determine the adequacy of both the design and the operational effectiveness of controls, and propose enhancements to strengthen them.
  • Action Plan Development and Oversight: Define action plans based on assessments of control effectiveness and actively supervise their implementation, ensuring timely escalation when necessary. It also includes diligent follow-up on action plans pertaining to both internal and external audits, with a primary focus on enhancing control effectiveness.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Serving as the primary contact for stakeholders in matters related to the maintenance of Internal Control Framework, including Risk and Control Matrix (RCM), such as; managing access from our Enterprise Risk Management platform for Internal Control activities, conducting comprehensive training sessions and addressing questions from control and process owners.
  • Reporting: Preparing concise reports summarizing findings and recommendations for stakeholders, including to company management and Board of Directors.
  • Pursuing Automatization and Standardization: Actively seek standardization and automation, applying and implementing best practices for managing internal controls.

We believe you'll thrive in this role if you

  • Are experienced in control testing for design and operational effectiveness
  • Have demonstrated expertise in internal controls, risk management, and auditing
  • Are proficient in essential finance processes such as Order to Cash, FSCP, Purchase to Pay, Revenue Recognition, Treasury, among others.
  • Are approachable and open, with a strong inclination towards partnering with other teams
  • Have proficiency in both spoken and written English
  • Have a proactive and ownership-driven approach to work
  • Have familiarity with Scrum and project management methodology (as a bonus)

Show me the benefits!

  • Your own Pleo card (no more out-of-pocket spending!)
  • Lunch is on us - with catering in our Lisbon office or a monthly lunch allowance paid directly together with your salary in Madrid 🍜
  • Private health insurance to ensure you’re fit in body and mind to do your best work
  • In Madrid + Lisbon, we offer 25 days of holiday + your public holidays
  • For our Risk & Compliance team, we offer full flexibility around remote working
  • Option to purchase 5 additional days of holiday through a salary sacrifice
  • Wellbeing days - fully paid days off designed for a slower pace, allowing you to take time to recharge and prioritise self-care
  • We’re trialling MyndUp to give our employees access to free mental health and wellbeing support with great success so far ❤️‍🩹
  • Access to LinkedIn Learning - acquire new skills, stay abreast of industry trends and fuel your personal and professional development continuously
  • Paid parental leave - we want to make sure that we're supportive of families and help you feel that you don't have to compromise your family due to work 👶
  • All of us have a stake in Pleo’s success - ask us about our equity grant scheme

Why join us?

Working at Pleo means you're working on something very exciting: the future of work. Our mission is to help every company go beyond the books. Pleo itself means ‘more than you’d expect’, and it’s been the secret to our success over the last 8 years. So it’s only fitting that we’d pass this philosophy onto our customers to help them make the most of their finances.

We think company spending should be delegated to all employees and teams, that it should be as automated as possible, and that it should drive a culture of responsible spending. Finance teams shouldn’t be siloed from the rest of the organisation – they should work in unity with marketing, sales, IT and everyone else.

Speaking of working in unity, our values tell the story of how we work at Pleo. We have four core values, the first of which is ‘champion the customer’, which means we address real pain points that businesses face. Next up is ‘succeed as a team’, which highlights how our strength lies in our diversity and trust in each other. We also ‘make it happen’ by taking bold decisions and following through to deliver results. Last but not least, we ‘build to scale’, creating lasting solutions that address today’s challenges and anticipate tomorrow’s needs.

So, in a nutshell, that's Pleo. Today we are a 850+ team, from over 100 nations, sitting in our Copenhagen HQ, London, Stockholm, Berlin, Madrid, Montreal and Lisbon offices —and quite a few full-time remotes in 35 other countries! Being HQ'd out of Copenhagen means we're inspired by things like a good work-life balance. If you don't work in the office with us, we'll help you set up the best remote setup possible and make sure you still have time to connect with your team.

About your application

  • Please submit your application in English; it’s our company language so you’ll be speaking lots of it if you join 💕
  • We treat all candidates equally: If you are interested please apply through our application system - any correspondence should come from there! Our lovely support isn't able to pass on any calls/ emails our way - and this makes sure that the candidate experience is smooth and fair to everyone 😊
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