Senior Manager - Financial Controls & SOX Compliance | Atlanta, GA | Papa Johns

Senior Manager - Financial Controls & SOX Compliance


Job Summary

The Senior Manager - Financial Controls & SOX Compliance, will help improve effective Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (ICFR), standardize, and enhance process mapping and workflows, as well as help support all internal and external partners to influence and innovate to create a positive change experience. This position will help support all SOX and audit activities of Papa John’s International Inc, a publicly traded restaurant company with over 5,500 global units and a $2.9 billion market cap. This position interacts with a broad group of stakeholders, including the Company’s management, Finance Leadership Team, General Ledger and Shared Services team members, and Internal and External auditors.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Assist in managing all activities related to compliance with the Sarbanes Oxley Act and financial internal controls.
  • Serve as liaison with internal, external auditors and management.
  • Help support the preparation of executive management and audit committee materials, highlighting overall SOX progress and results.
  • Ensure best-in-class controls are embedded in each business process area, including effective control design to address the risk.
  • Identify process deficiencies and partner with process owners to remediate control deficiencies as well as enhance processes.
  • Support the scorecard and/or dashboard process to monitor overall SOX compliance and enhancements.
  • Improve legacy SOX documentation - narratives, flowcharts, RCMs, and control descriptions
  • Support the SOX integration of any new applicable accounting pronouncements and business changes – including, but not limited to growth-related changes and continuous improvements.
  • Act as a trusted advisor; fostering strong relationships with business and technology partners, and external auditors.
  • Support various IT compliance projects related to accounting and financial software applications – particularly through partnering with the Director of Accounting Systems, IDS, and Internal Audit.
  • Stays abreast of current changes in regulations to ensure the organization's timely compliance.
  • Maintain, update, document and coordinate management testing of SOX controls assigned to the accounting and finance team, as relevant.


  • Identify accounting and finance processes (including systems supporting those processes) that can be improved, automated, eliminated or rescheduled to improve the finance function and act to implement such changes – serving as a project manager for process improvement initiatives.


  • In-depth knowledge of US GAAP, COSO, PCAOB Auditing Standards, Sarbanes-Oxley, risk and controls standards, and business process best practices.
  • Proven experience in supporting the management of an end-to-end SOX program and driving/supporting risk management initiatives of an enterprise-wide SOX program.
  • Strong project management, and analytical skills.
  • Self-motivated team player with the ability to proactively problem-solve, identify, advocate for, and execute improvements.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), collaboration, and presentation skills.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-moving dynamic, environment.
  • Knowledge of Workday, Peoplesoft, HFM and SOX Hub a plus.
  • Ability to effectively manage time and work productively with competing priorities in a rapidly changing, fast-paced, interactive, results-based team environment.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% on average annually.
  • Ability to work remotely with team members in multiple locations.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc) or Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree preferred.
  • 5-7 years of progressive experience including, at a minimum, 4+ years of direct SOX compliance experience at a “Big 4” public accounting firm and/or at a publicly traded company.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license required. Additionally, having a CIA, CISA, or CFE would be a plus.

Our Values

  • EVERYONE BELONGS – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Teamwork
  • DO THE RIGHT THING – Integrity, Character and Community
  • PEOPLE FIRST – Customer and Team member Focus
  • INNOVATE TO WIN – Think Differently and Lead Change
  • HAVE FUN – It’s Pizza, It Has To Be Fun!

Our Core Competencies

  • CUSTOMER FOCUSED - Put the customer’s needs first
  • RESULTS DRIVEN – Commit to achieving objectives
  • INNOVATIVE MINDSET – Open to new ideas and ways of doing business
  • STRATEGIC THOUGHT LEADERSHIP – Engage in logical and systematic thinking
  • COLLABORATION – Work together in the most effective way

Papa Johns is an equal opportunity employer.

It is the policy of Papa John’s to provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and team members without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status or civil partnership, national or ethnic origin, pregnancy or maternity, veteran status, uniformed service (as defined by 10 U.S.C. §101 (a)(5)), protected disability status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender reassignment, or gender expression, or any other characteristic protected by statute or law.