Director, Internal Controls & SOX at Fanatics | Powderkeg

Location: New York - New York

Employment Type: Salaried

Team: Fanatics Inc.

Company Overview

Fanatics is building a leading global digital sports platform to ignite and harness the passions of fans and maximize the presence and reach for hundreds of partners globally. Optimizing these long-standing partnerships, a database of more than 80 million global consumers and a trusted, recognizable brand name, Fanatics is expanding beyond its position as a global leader for licensed sports merchandise to now becoming a next-gen digital sports platform, featuring an array of offerings for fans across the sports ecosystem.

The Fanatics family of companies currently includes Fanatics Commerce, a vertically-integrated licensed merchandise business that has changed the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel, jerseys, headwear and hardgoods through a tech-infused approach to making and quickly distributing fan gear in today’s 24/7 mobile-first economy; Candy Digital, a digital collectibles company that is partnering with prominent sports properties, including MLB and MLBPA, to build an official NFT ecosystem; Fanatics Collectibles, a transformative company that is building a new model for the hobby and giving collectors an end-to-end collectibles experience; and Fanatics Betting & Gaming, a mobile betting, gaming and retail sportsbook platform. Additional ventures that will build out Fanatics’ footprint across the broader digital sports landscape will be rolled out soon. Fanatics’ partners include all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA) and hundreds of collegiate and professional teams, which include several of the biggest global soccer clubs.

As a market leader with more than 8,000 employees, and hundreds of partners, suppliers, and vendors worldwide, we take responsibility for driving toward more ethical and sustainable practices. We are committed to building an inclusive Fanatics community, reflecting and representing society at every level of the business, including our employees, vendors, partners and fans. Fanatics is also dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities where we all live, work, and play through strategic philanthropic initiatives.

At Fanatics, we’re a diverse, passionate group of employees aiming to ignite pride and passion in the fans we outfit, celebrate and support. We recognize that diversity helps drive and foster innovation, and through our IDEA program (inclusion, diversity, equality and advocacy) at Fanatics we provide employees with tools and resources to feel connected and engaged in who they are and what they do to support the ultimate fan experience.

Reporting to the SVP, Chief Accounting Officer, the Director, Internal Controls & SOX Compliance will serve as a critical member of the internal control program team. S/he will be directly involved in managing the overall enterprise internal control, SOX compliance program for Fanatics. The role will have significant exposure to the management team.

We are looking for an exceptional business partner, responsible for challenging and supporting the business, increasing the company’s ability to anticipate business issues, and focus on risk management. The successful candidate must have the ability to function in a matrixed environment at a broad-based, strategic level while being capable of driving detailed, tactical execution.

What You'll Do:

  • Provide oversight of the entire SOX process from planning, scoping, developing, maintaining the SOX documentation, and assistance with control remediation efforts (as needed)
  • Provide oversight of the selection process for the proper SOX software/tools
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of SOX documentation concerning controls over Financial Reporting, including Entity Level Controls
  • Work directly with the operating companies SOX teams and outside 3rd party to complete SOX documentation and testing for the various business processes and IT processes
  • Build strong relationships with IT and leadership (within and external to accounting) to ensure we develop a sound SOX program
  • Develop an external relationship with SOX support provider to support key projects and implementation of enhancements as needed
  • Coordinate and work with internal audit and external auditors as needed to ensure support of our controls over financial reporting
  • Must have strong communication skills and work with various departments on implementing controls and SOX documentation
  • Assist with implementing the Company’s SOX certification process, includes maintaining and supporting this via a quarterly process (software and tools)
  • Provide trainings for staff, IT and business personnel on topics such as SOX documentation, access controls, proper reconciliations, close checklist, SOX compliance, and Service Organization Control (SOC) reporting.
  • Assist with implementing transformational change that will ensure department and Company is ready for public company regulation and compliance
  • Work closely with Internal Audit on due diligence projects related to internal controls for business acquisitions, as needed
  • Help and assist with the sourcing of technology that will help drive efficiency within the SOX Development framework
  • Help foster a culture of continuous improvement mind-set, drive change within the department
  • Capable and willing to make the hard decisions as needed
  • Ability to implement & drive proper controls and ensure controls are properly enhanced with a public company mind-set
  • Assist with remediation of control deficiencies as needed
  • Assist with special projects as needed

What We're Looking For:

  • The ideal candidate should have at least 10 years of finance experience within a public company and/or public accounting with increasing responsibility in core areas such as Internal Controls (SOX), Accounting and Financial Reporting. Finance or Accounting undergraduate degree required. MBA, CPA and/or CFA strongly preferred.
  • Must be seen as a strong business person who knows how to partner with senior executives and guide change.
  • The successful candidate will also bring with him/her immense curiosity; challenging the status quo and stirring innovative approaches to existing processes and operations.
  • The ability to effectively balance the desire/need for broad change with an understanding of how much change the organization is capable of handling, to create realistic goals and implementation plans that are achievable and successful
  • Experience with Workiva and Microsoft D365 is preferred.

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Tryouts are open at Fanatics! Our team is passionate, talented, unified, and charged with creating the fan experience of tomorrow. The ball is in your court now.

Fanatics is committed to responsible planning and purchasing (RPP) practices, working with its business partners across its global and multi-layered supply chain, to ensure that planning, sourcing, and purchasing decisions, along with other supporting processes, do not impede or conflict with the fulfillment of Fanatics’ fair labor practices.

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Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Director, Internal Controls & SOX
  • Company
  • Location
    Jacksonville, FL
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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