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Internal Controls Senior Associate

Location Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota Date posted 10/12/2021
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CHS Inc. is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States that provides grain, food and energy resources to businesses and consumers around the world.  We serve agriculture customers and consumers across the United States and around the world.  Most of our 10,000 employees are in the United States, but today we have employees in 19 countries. At CHS, we are creating connections to empower agriculture.


CHS has an exciting opportunity in our Internal Controls department. We are looking for an Internal Controls Senior Associate to help support the company’s Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) compliance effort related to internal controls design and its effectiveness. This position will play a key role in driving a culture that understands and appreciates the importance of a strong internal control environment. As a valuable resource to the organization, you must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with strong planning, problem-solving and presentation skills. An ideal candidate must have the ability to lead others, successfully manage stakeholders and influence those within key areas of the business.  This position will work with other members of the Internal Controls team to support regulatory compliance activities focused on governance, business risk analysis, and internal control framework implementation and assessment.


  • Assist with annual and ongoing risk assessments. Demonstrate and apply a clear understanding of internal control technical and regulatory requirements (SOX/CFTC/SSAE16).
  • Establish strong relationships with business unit stakeholders to develop a thorough understanding of the business, relevant financial reporting risks and core key processes.
  • Support the timely creation of process maps and control matrices for new and updated processes.
  • Evaluate key controls with control owners to identify any changes in existing controls or new activities that may require controls.
  • Advise, assess and document key controls over financial reporting and facilitate timely implementation of enhancements with business owners.
  • Identify gaps in the internal control design that could lead to financial reporting risk.
  • Support the mitigation of action items by helping the business understand the findings, potential controls, dependencies to remediation whether internal or external and setting realistic timeliness while monitoring progress to ensure action items are closed timely.
  • Support internal controls training, development of self-assessment programs and monitoring within assigned areas.
  • Execute process and transaction walk-throughs to validate processes remain in compliance with SOX objectives. ​
  • Support successful execution of the quarterly SOX self-certification process.
  • Support ad-hoc projects to deliver improved processes and controls as requested by the business unit and management.
  • Cultivate and maintain a collaborative relationship with Internal Audit and other risk and control professionals across the organization.
  • Evaluate the impact of new strategic initiatives and significant operational developments on the company’s compliance, governance, and internal control framework effectiveness.
  • Serve on the company’s project-related committees providing advisory services regarding internal control execution.
  • Evaluate and track emerging compliance and market conduct issues and advise management of any issues that could affect current business or necessary revisions to governance process.

Minimum Qualifications (required)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, or related discipline
  • 3 plus years’ experience in auditing, accounting, or related internal controls experience
  • Previous SOX experience at a large SEC Filer company
  • Ability to travel up to 15% domestic and international travel

Additional Qualifications

  • Professional certification including; CPA, CIA, CMA
  • Commodity or financial services industry background/experience
  • Public accounting experience

CHS offers a competitive total compensation package. Benefits include Health, Dental, Vision, Hearing, Life Insurance, Health and Day Care Savings Accounts, Paid Vacation, 401K, Company Funded Pension, Profit Sharing, Long and Short Term Disability, Tuition reimbursement, and Adoption assistance.

CHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Effective January 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires employers to conduct a pre-employment verification full query against the newly established License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse prior to beginning employment in a position that requires a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL). Candidates seeking employment in a position that requires a commercial motor vehicle license must voluntarily enter their information into the FMCSA and must provide disclosure authorization, at the time of offer, to CHS or an authorized third-party agent of CHS to verify the information.

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