Senior Specialist, Control Monitoring

At Nordea, we see that the world is changing fast – and we want to be one step ahead of the curve. That’s why we’re deeply committed to providing the financial solutions of tomorrow to our customers. We’re creating an agile environment where we experiment and grow together – and we need your ideas and unique background. With us, you’ll be in good company with a chance to make your mark on something bigger.


About this opportunity


Welcome to Controls & Monitoring, a division within Financial Reporting & Control (FRC), which is the operational hub for Group Finance (GF), undertaking primary processes for financial, regulatory, and management reporting, providing key controls across these processes and securing the ongoing and future compliance with regulation on behalf of stakeholders and framework owners across GF.

The CM team is responsible for maintaining the framework for Internal Control over Financial Reporting (ICFR), setting control standards for the Nordea Group (the Group), and providing training and advice through ongoing partnership and collaboration. CM is the control standard setter within the first line of defence, which designs and executes an annual control monitoring plan, in support of the annual ICFR attestations.


What you will be doing:

  • Part of the Control Monitoring Team, responsible for the governance and annual scoping of Nordea’s ICFR framework, administration of the quarterly Control Approver self-assessment and ICFR attestations, design and execution of the annual control monitoring plan, and reporting material deficiencies, risks and issues to senior management.
  • Deliver annual control monitoring activities including supporting the execution of the risk-based annual testing plan, conduct control testing/monitoring activities, documentation of testing results, and following up on control gaps and action plans to remediate issues and deficiencies.
  • Liaise with second line of defence, internal and external auditors to ensure timely and efficient control testing approach and sufficiency of coverage.
  • Leverage existing financial and regulatory reporting knowledge to develop and maintain close partnership with Control Approvers and Process Owners across the organisation to drive enhanced framework compliance.
  • Support the provision of advice and training to Process Owners and Control Owners to ensure a thorough understanding of the control framework, control design, and the impact of their control(s) on the Group’s financial statements and regulatory reporting.
  • Maintain the centralised control administration application, ACMS, and ensure system performance and functionalities are appropriately set up to facilitate high quality and effective control documentation and attestation by Control Performers, Control Approvers and Process Owners.
  • Drive continuous improvement activities to institutionalize culture of strong internal controls.

The role is for a fixed term of 12 months and based in Poland.


Welcome to a team which sits at the heart of FRC’s efforts to ensure robust and transparent financial and regulatory reporting across Nordea.


Who you are


Collaboration. Ownership. Passion. Courage. These are the values that guide us in being at our best – and that we imagine you share with us.  

To succeed in this role, we believe that you:

  • Are a self-motivating and result-oriented professional with a curious mind.
  • Thrive in learning and trying new things, and youre excited about bringing your ideas to the table.
  • Are dependable and courageous, willing to speak up even when its difficult.
  • Are a team player with a mindset that the whole is stronger than one.
  • Enjoy collaborating with others.
  • Are passionate about making a difference.
  • Take pride in delivering high quality outcome.

Your experience and background:

  • 3+ years of relevant experience, ideally in a large bank, professional services firm (Big 4) or audit or internal controls related experience or similar
  • Bachelors or higher degree preferred in Finance, Accounting or similar
  • Professionally certified or in the process of obtaining certification, CA/CPA preferred
  • Expert knowledge of standard risk and control frameworks (e.g. COSO/COBIT)
  • Experience in providing and delivering assurance over regulatory requirements (e.g. Sarbanes Oxley) is essential
  • Expert ability to identify risks and articulate process and control weaknesses, with a proven ability to recognise and advise on the remediation of control ineffectiveness
  • Reasonable working knowledge of financial and regulatory reporting topics
  • A reasonable understanding of stakeholder requirements, including second line of defence, internal and external audit
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively present information to internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and can effectively navigate through complex and at times challenging organisational dynamics
  • Strong organisational and time management skills. Ability to work actively under pressure as well as to plan effectively and deliver work to agreed timelines
  • Proficient or expert skills in Microsoft Office, including Excel is required
  • Professional fluency in both written and verbal English

If this sounds like you, get in touch!


Next steps

Submit your application no later than 30/09/2021.


At Nordea, we know that an inclusive workplace is a sustainable workplace. We deeply believe that our diverse backgrounds, experiences, characteristics and traits make us better at serving customers and communities. So please come as you are.

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