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Internal Control and Compliance Manager

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Internal Control and Compliance Manager

  • NE01923
  • Bristol, England, United Kingdom

About us

We're a truly international company, fourth largest in our industry and operating across 120 markets. An inclusive, innovative global FMCG business supported by over 27,500 employees. As we embrace a new era of growth, we are transforming. Our ways of working and culture are driven by a challenger mindset, constantly questioning the status quo. Our agility and entrepreneurial spirit, alongside award winning development programmes, enable innovation and success while creating exciting and rewarding career choices.

As we move forward, our customers will be at the heart of what we do, evolving to needs and expectations and committing to a more meaningful contribution to harm reduction by building a successful NGP business. Integral to our long-term success is our sustainability strategy, behaving responsibly and supporting our ambitions, all underpinned by high governance.

Encouraging inclusion at local levels and supporting a developing and robust diversity agenda globally, we’re fully committed to creating and maintaining an environment that celebrates and respects difference.

The role

We are seeking an Internal Control and Compliance Manager in our Finance function. The position will be based in our Head Office in Bristol with occasional business travel to Dublin and within the UK.

Your role will be to support the Cluster in managing its risks in a pro-active and pragmatic manner by promoting an effective control environment through targeted risk assessment, risk management and internal control activities.

To be successful within the role you would need to promote good corporate governance and ensure local alignment with Group, Local policies, procedures. Act as an interface between the cluster and central functions to promote understanding and effective implementation of the Group internal control framework.

It would be your role to provide assurance to Cluster and Divisional management, as well as central functions, that key business risks are effectively managed in accordance with the Group’s risk appetite.

Key accountabilities

Strategic Direction

  • Strong understanding of the business, key processes and control environment within the Cluster and its markets to effectively support management in managing existing and emerging risks.
  • Challenges the Cluster and its markets to ensure that risks are properly assessed and effectively managed in accordance with local regulation and the Group Internal Control Framework.
  • Works with Group Internal Control, the second line of defence units and the wider Cluster Management team to identify risk and develops relevant mitigating activities in line with Group and local requirements.
  • Builds effective relationships with senior management across the Group and acts as an interface with central “second line of defence” departments and the Group Internal Control CoE.
  • Applies knowledge of governance, risk management, internal control, and audit as input to local management to develop or improve local policies and procedures consistent with Group requirements and local risk profile.


Design & Implementation

  • Implementation and maintenance of the internal control framework within the cluster to ensure that appropriate control mechanisms and mitigation strategies are in place to contain key risks.
  • Designs and implements local policies, procedures and other value adding process improvements where required and ensures these are aligned with Group requirements.
  • Performs ongoing review and promotes awareness of Group Policies, procedures, and guidance to ensure the local control framework remains aligned to Group and local legal requirements.
  • Provides feedback for continuous improvement and shares best practice with the wider GRC community.
  • Acts as a local subject matter expert and support for Cluster Management on a range of topics to include Business Continuity and Crisis Management planning, IT General Controls, Code of Conduct, Group Approvals Matrix and Financial Controls.
  • Ensure the correct implementation of approval structures throughout the cluster, in line with the Group Approvals Matrix (BAP process) and the formal local delegation of authority matrix.


Assurance Provision

  • Develops and executes plans to perform cluster-wide review work to assess compliance with the Group Internal Control Framework as well as local (legal) requirements.
  • To ensure accurate delivery of self-assessment on behalf of the cluster when reporting internally to Group and Divisional stakeholders
  • Monitors and assesses on a periodic basis the implementation progress of agreed internal control improvement recommendations and action plans through an established follow-up process.
  • Acts as the key contact for Internal or External audit activity within the cluster to ensure such activity can be executed effectively as well efficiently.
  • Advises management, as required, regarding the implementation of audit recommendations.
  • Coordinates the periodic risk assessment process and acts as the single point of contact for the risk assessment process, GCM checklist process, GCM submission process and Internal Audit follow-up process.
  • Performs or facilitates key verification controls in the areas of user access to key applications, business continuity testing, master data, inventory and cash management.
  • Obtains and validates risk relevant data and shares this data with relevant Group stakeholders to support risk modelling and risk assessment by applicable 2nd line departments.
  • Provides periodic reporting/communication to Cluster, applicable second lines of defence and Group Internal Control.


Skills & experience


  • Qualified ACCA/ACA accountant with audit experience.
  • University degree in business or finance
  • English fluent, both spoken and written
  • Data analytical and related computer skills.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with all levels of seniority
  • Business travel when required


  • Professional Certifications in Risk, Control or Audit
  • Languages

What we offer

Imperial Brands offers a competitive package of salary, bonus scheme, pension and 25 days holiday (with an additional 4 days on top to cover the Christmas period and bank holidays).

Next steps

Interested applicants should apply with their CV highlighting their suitability for the role. 

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