Group Internal Financial Control Manager - Quality Assurance (IFRS & Solvendy 2)

Location 75-PARIS, France
Experience level Experienced Hire
Job details sector Finance, Control and Strategy
Apply before 12/02/2016
The role of the Group Internal Financial Control (IFC) team is to ensure the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting for the AXA Group (under IFRS), and manage its yearly certification. The Group IFC programme covers the main entities of the Group in terms of assets, operating income and risk exposure.  
Since 2014,the Group IFC team has extended the IFC framework to Solvency II topics, i.e. processes participating to the calculation of AFR (Available Financial Resources) and STEC (Short Term Economic Capital), including governance aspects such as Use Test, Model Change Policy or Data Quality.
At FY15, 24 entities were in scope for IFRS and Solvency II.
Job position
Within the Group IFC team, the candidate will be managing the Quality Assurance (QA) team. The role of the team is to provide assurance to the Top management and other stakeholders (internal audit, external auditors, supervisors) that the IFC framework is well implemented and efficient throughout AXA local operating units. The team ensure that the IFC methodology and instructions, on IFRS and Solvency II, are appropriately understood and implemented locally and identify the actions to support and develop the teams, ensuring a continuous improvement of the IFC program.
Main responsibilities
As the manager of the QA team, the manager of the team will be responsible for:
  • Defining the QA approach, including topics to review, methodology to follow,  risk assessment of entities in scope;
  • Defining the QA review plan on a yearly basis, keeping in mind that all entities and all topics should be reviewed at least once every 4 years; communicating with the entities and finding the right timing for the reviews;
  • Leading the QA assignments on-site or from the Head office, as well as ensuring the timely completion of the reviews and the delivery of the conclusions on time and with the right level of quality; 
  • Monitoring the open issues as well as their remediation together with the entities and with the corresponding liaison managers; support the entities in their effort to improve and always keep a positive mind-set in that perspective;  
  • Managing the team on all aspects linked to performance, staffing, training, etc.
In addition, as the QA team will hold a central position in the Group IFC team, the manager of the QA team is expected to strongly contribute to several transversal topics such as:
  • The improvement of the IFC methodology, capitalizing on the knowledge provided from the QA reviews;
  • Become a referent on the IFC methodology, best practices, etc. 
  • Actively participate at Group and Local levels to the communication efforts around IFC topics, in order to raise the level of awareness across the Group and ensure management is taking actions when need be; 
  • Play the role of "liaison manager" for some entities, ensuring a smooth and reliable relationship throughout the year and facilitating the use of ICON (when applicable).

Technical and professional skills
  • Good understanding of the insurance business (organization, processes and financial reporting), relevant IFRS accounting rules and Information Security practices;
  • Good understanding on Solvency II topics; a Risk Management background is clearly an advantage;
  • Good understanding of internal control concept & practices; an audit experience can really be an advantage as well;
  • Proven experience in an international and transversal project;
  • Effective change management capacity;
  • Effective communication and writing in English and French (including conference meetings, presentation, reports, guidance, standards). 
Interpersonal skills
  • The manager must be able to work in an international environment, with a great number of interlocutors (inside or outside finance);


  • He needs to have very strong relationship intelligence (“blue” culture), to reach its objectives while maintaining an effective level of communication with his interlocutors;
  • He needs to be able to work and interact with senior people at Group and Entity level (Head of Risk Management for instance)
  • He must be reliable, proactive, flexible and curious.
  • He must be result-oriented, able to anticipate and timely solve problems
  • Team spirit is a must, as well as positive mind-set.
Management skills
  • The candidate will have to manage the Group team (3 persons) and he/she will have to manage the relationship with all the stakeholders in the different entities. As such he/she must have at least one successful experience in team management within a Finance / Risk Management department.

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