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.



  • 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.

Other duties may be assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. The below requirements may be substituted for an equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

COMPETENCIES are work habits, attitudes, personal characteristics, and behaviors that reflect how a person accomplishes the duties and responsibilities of his/her job.

Process Management: Efficient at figuring out the processes necessary to get things done; knows how to organize people and activities; understands how to separate and combine tasks into efficient workflow; knows what to measure and how to measure it; can see opportunities for synergy and integration where others cannot; can simplify complex processes; gets more out of fewer resources.

Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.

Leading Change: Ensures that energy and resources are sustained over the long-term of the change. Leverages technology, processes, or systems to enhance organizational learning and change. Clearly defines the expectations and how they will change for internal and external stakeholders. Manages any resistance to change within teams. Monitors the team’s successes and failures and shows a willingness to course correct whenever necessary.

Action Oriented: Enjoys working hard; is action oriented and full of energy for the things seen as challenging; not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning; seizes more opportunities than others.

Peer Relationships: Can quickly find common ground and solve problems for the good of all; can represent his/her own interests and yet be fair to other groups; can solve problems with peers with a minimum of noise; is seen as a team player and is cooperative; easily gains trust and support of peers; encourages collaboration; can be candid with peers.

Active Learning: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.


  • 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.


  • Undergraduate degree in Accounting, MACC or MBA a plus, but not required
  • 5-7 years of progressive experience including, at a minimum, 4+ years of direct SOX compliance experience at “Big 4” accounting firm and/or at a public company
  • Certification in accounting and/or auditing, required, including a CPA, CA, CIA, and/or CISA

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.