Deputy Global Director, Risk Assessment & Controls

Wunderman Thompson

Department: Finance

Location: London, United Kingdom

Who we are:

At Wunderman Thompson we exist to inspire growth for ambitious brands. Part creative agency, part consultancy and part technology company, our experts provide end-to-end capabilities at a global scale to deliver inspiration across the entire brand and customer experience.

We are 20,000 strong in 90 markets around the world; our people bring together creative storytelling, diverse perspectives, inclusive thinking, and highly specialized vertical capabilities to drive growth for our clients. We offer deep expertise across the entire customer journey, including communications, commerce, consultancy, CRM, CX, data, production, and technology.

Deputy Global Director, Risk Assessment & Controls 

THE ROLE      

Wunderman Thompson (WT) is seeking a dynamic, forward-thinking Deputy Global Director of Risks Assessment and Controls with substantial accounting and auditing experience. This role assists in leading a global team and reports to the Global Director of Risk Assessment and Controls.

This role is critical within the Wunderman Thompson network of operating companies to achieve the following goals:

  • Partner with the various operating companies to drive continuous controls improvement to establish processes and controls under a comprehensive controls framework to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and various accounting and control policies;
  • Support the culture of control compliance;
  • Be actively involved with the business. This is not an audit position although this role will work closely with auditors and an audit background is required;
  • Provide assistance in training and development to our operating companies.



  • Operate as the first point of contact for the Wunderman Thompson Risk & Controls team on controls questions
  • Participate with new Risk & Controls team hires when with working with opco teams on processes and controls
  • Stay up to date on structural changes and ensure correct mapping of BFC codes to SOX units for quarterly submission to WPP IA
  • Work closely with opcos when needed to ensure progress is being made through meetings with regional HQ’s and teams
  • Report milestone status for 2021 requirements, leading the collection and preparation of the dashboard summary for Global Director and Controls Committee, identifying and highlighting any issues.
  • Build our WT’s Risk & Controls portal
  • Own and monitor updates of online compliance disclosure tool and lead the collection of the certificates of compliance
  • Work closely with project management to ensure “planning file” is kept up to date with opco status and next call dates, etc.
  • Assist WT Global Director with tasks, as needed, drafting or reviewing communications and aiding with the annual risk map
  • Work on ad hoc requests from WPP
  • Provide inputs to the WT Global Director of Risk Assessment and Controls on planning and strategy for the team, as needed
  • Train all team members as needed on Risk & Control areas to encourage a risk based view
  • Support in building a proactive compliance culture across Wunderman Thompson by delivering trainings in all regions



  • Effective communicator at all levels in the organization, with strong oral and written skills.
  • Organized and detail oriented.
  • Smart and strategic with a collaborative and team first mindset.
  • Strong and proven leadership.
  • Capability to make actionable recommendations to senior management for process improvement solutions.
  • Can communicate diplomatically and skillfully; can settle issues calmly and win concessions without damaging relationships.
  • Ability to work under pressure in an environment with constantly changing priorities.
  • Energetic and Proactive Approach
  • Minimum of 10 years of accounting and internal/external audit experience
  • Undergraduate degree in Accounting.
  • CPA a plus
  • Public Accounting auditing experience required.
  • Experience with GAAP, GAAS, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, SEC, PCAOB requirements, etc.
  • Process narrative and risk & control matrices documentation experience.
  • Proven track record of influencing change.
  • Large company process reengineering and change management experience for systems implementations a plus.
  • Experience with quantifying financial statement impact of deficiencies at a large company a plus.

At Wunderman Thompson, we are committed to actively building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcomed, valued and heard, and is treated with dignity and respect.  As leaders and creative partners across industries, it is our responsibility to cultivate an environment reflective of our greatest asset; our people. We believe that this commitment inspires growth and delivers equitable outcomes for everyone as well as the clients and communities we serve.

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