Advisory EMEA SOX Assurance Associate Director
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London - England - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBRE), a Fortune 200 and S&P 500 company, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment management business. The company completes more than $330 billion dollars’ worth of transactions a year, manages more than $100 billion of invested assets and 5 ½ billion square feet of property. The company has revenues of $25 billion and a market cap of ~$32 billion, has more than 80,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors, and occupiers through more than 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide.

Through CBRE’s three global business segments, Advisory Services, Global Workplace Solutions and Real Estate Investments, CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate portfolio outsourcing services; property, facilities, and project management; mortgage banking and services; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting.

CBRE’s Global SOX Assurance (GSA) function continuously endeavors for world class service delivery across the group. Currently the GSA function is expanding and this is a unique opportunity to join a global organization and deliver complex and large projects across various geographies and segments.

This is a new role in the organization and represents a fantastic opportunity to join a motivated, dynamic and truly international team! You will be leading or supporting on SOX programs as well as special projects, combining extensive hands-on experience with change management and techniques for problem-solving with a strong drive for results and quality in accordance with professional standards. Special projects cover a wide variety of business risks across financial, operational, technological, and strategic areas. 

CBRE is also committed to provide an ongoing training program and offers support for certifications and professional education. Additionally, CBRE offers a flexible workplace, enjoyed by our People!


Reporting to the Senior Director – Advisory/REI EMEA SoX Leader, the Associate Director ADVISORY EMEA Lead will provide critical leadership for all internal controls over financial reporting activities related to ADVISORY EMEA.  S/he will ensure further enhancement of the company’s financial reporting control framework in close cooperation with business and major assurance stakeholders. Furthermore, this individual will be responsible for reporting to internal and external stakeholders as to the effectiveness of the internal controls over financial reporting.    

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Provide leadership for all financial reporting risk and control activities, including the SOX framework and management testing function and coordination with other assurance functions related to ADVISORY EMEA.

Further develop and ensure a consistent risk based internal control framework and management testing approach for financial reporting risks, strongly aligned with the needs of key stakeholders (e.g., Finance, Business Leaders).

Drive implementation of consistent financial reporting risk identification, assessment and control process throughout the organization.

Oversee ADVISORY EMEA SOX testing team and provide independent and objective assurance to finance management for the design and operating effectiveness of the company’s SOX Controls.

Manage the locally outsourced internal controls testing provider.

Manage and coordinate the SOX compliance/assessment process within ADVISORY EMEA.  This includes identifying progress and issues; communicating policy and reporting; and implementing and coordinating management testing, assessing, and reporting.

Identify and implement continual improvements and efficiencies in the Company’s SOX compliance process

Develop processes and people while implementing technology solutions which are consistent with, and supportive of, creating an SOX organization which is scalable for future inorganic and organic growth in line with the Global GSA strategy.

Ensure adherence to principles, policies, and standards and improve quality and process reliability in a cost-effective manner.  Facilitate communications, problem resolution, and provide appropriate feedback, both positive and corrective, within the team.

Foster a long-term results-orientation and business partner mindset within the SOX team.

Foster a positive work environment and lead teams in the planning, execution, and reporting phases of audits or special projects, in line with GSA leadership team guideline and timeline.

Participate in ad hoc requests and special projects as required by the GSA leadership team.


Specific experience and qualifications will include, but not be limited to the following:

A solid experience in SOX with knowledge of general accounting and audit procedures

Recent Big 4 or national accounting firm experience required.

Experience navigating and leading in environments of transformation, change and disruption.

Experience facilitating training and awareness relating to SOX initiatives and compliance.

Strong analytical capabilities, process improvement and organization skills; Excellent communication skills and presentation skills.

Maintain professional relationships with the Company’s auditors/advisors.  Coordinate SOX compliance activities with those of the external auditor to ensure maximum reliance of work, adequate coverage, elimination of any duplication of effort and reconciliation of identified deficiencies.

Ability to multi-task, work independently and as part of a team whilst maintaining a positive and professional attitude

Proven track record in leading and managing audit teams and complex projects.


Leading Innovation & Change and Digital Agility – brings a point of view on the new and different, leveraging technology and new digital leadership techniques, and possesses the ability to create a vision, roadmap, and execute on desired path forward.

Strong Leadership Capabilities – demonstrate strong leadership skills across the enterprise, not just the accounting organization.

Communications Skills – communicate effectively across all company constituencies, express complex company issues as simply as possible.

Organisational Influence – be a practical, collaborative, and influential figure within the firm, working across businesses and functions. Invest time and resources to establish strong relationships and be a strong “team player” on the leadership team. Operate comfortably in a complex “matrix” environment.

“Hands On” Leader – work practically and do hard things well with speed and urgency. Operate effectively in a lean organization, with a bias for action.

Ethics – drive an ethical culture, earning the confidence of the Company’s constituencies.


Qualified accountant, CIA qualified or equivalent