IT Internal Controls Manager

Chicago, IL

Verano Holdings is rapidly growing national, vertically integrated operator of licensed cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, and retail facilities. The main focuses of this highly visible, cross-functional role will be supporting Verano’s internal audit function and helping drive Verano to be a more control conscious and compliant organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Full ownership of the overall management of IT SOX scoping including the evaluation of IT general controls (ITGCs) to determine control effectiveness, gap identification, and remediation plans (e.g. IT flowcharts and risk control matrices).
  • Participate in the execution of the annual enterprise risk assessment, annual fraud risk assessment, internal controls assessment, and other regulatory, operational, and compliance initiatives that support a strong internal control environment.
  • Design and document IT application controls (ITACs) as new systems are implemented across Verano.
  • Lead and execute IT audits by leveraging audit and IT frameworks (e.g. COSO, COBIT, ITIL).
  • Thoroughly document audit findings including thoughtful and reasonable recommendations to improve business processes and enhance the overall control environment.
  • Effectively present audit findings to management in written form and verbally.
  • Lead and support governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) projects to assess risks and controls associated with key strategic initiatives and business functions including the monitoring of segregation of duties and quarterly user access reviews.
  • Work on special projects to identify strategic solutions to issues facing a fast-growing company including pre-implementation and post-implementation reviews to ensure adequate IT controls are in-place (e.g. SAP change management).
  • Train the business on IT control-related areas including IPE requirements, effective user access reviews, and cybersecurity.
  • Provide thought leadership to internal stakeholders on IT internal control best practices.
  • Assist the IT department with drafting IT policies and procedures.
  • Lead and oversee coordination efforts with Internal Audit partners and external auditors.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, or Computer Science
  • 5+ years of tangible, relevant work experience in an internal audit environment
  • SAP experience (e.g. technical skills in security administration, configuration controls, report baselining, and interface reviews)
  • Technical knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and COSO
  • Design and execution of IT controls (e.g. ITGCs, ITACs, and SDLC)
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in IT and impact to risks and controls
  • Microsoft Office suite experience (e.g. Microsoft Word and Excel)
  • Interpersonal communication skills capable of interacting with staff, peers, and senior leadership including the CEO and CFO
  • Excellent problem-solving, time management, written, and verbal communication skills 
  • Project management and supervisory experience
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Comfortable with a fast-paced, environment and flexible to daily changes
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team on multiple projects
  • CISA or CPA designation
  • Ability to travel (10 – 20%)

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Cannabis industry experience
  • Public accounting and/or Fortune 500 public company experience
  • Financial/accounting software experience (e.g. SAP and Sage Intacct)
  • Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) software experience (e.g. Workiva) 
  • Data analytics experience (e.g. ACL, Tableau, PowerBI)

Physical and Mental Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to remain in a stationary position, move and/or position oneself, communicate, operate and/or prepare, place, position objects, tools, or controls The employee must occasionally move packages weighing up to 10 lb Specific vision abilities required by this job include close observation and the ability to adjust focus The mental and physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual, with or without reasonable accommodation, to successfully perform the essential functions of this position

Working Environment:

Work is performed in an office environment The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an individual encounters while performing the essential functions of this position

EEO Statement:

Verano Holdings is proud to be an equal opportunity employer We place priority in an environment of inclusion, diversity, and social justice and are committed to securing a better, brighter way forward for our employees, our markets, and our communities

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