Financial Audit, Risk and Compliance Specialist - SOX (f/m/d)

Signa Sports United • Stuttgart

  • Full-time


as soon as possible

SIGNA Sports United (SSU) is a specialist online retail and tech company. We own companies and brands in various sports including bike, tennis, outdoor and team sports. Across these four sectors we own a group of companies including: Tennis-Point, Tennis Express, WiggleCR.

One of our largest subsidiaries is Internetstores Group or ISG – it includes famous brands like, bikester, bruegelmann, probikeshop, Campz and Addnature.

SIGNA Sports United ("SSU") is an online sports retailer listed on the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) and headquartered in Berlin. We own companies and brands in various sports, including bicycles, tennis, outdoor and team sports. We sell gear and apparel through our 100 owned online stores, work with 500+ independent brick-and-mortar stores, and work with over 1000 sports brands. Together, we serve 7+ million customers around the world.

The part you’ll play

You will be joining an evolving team that will complement the company’s growth journey, requiring you to be extremely comfortable with change and always remaining agile.

In the Audit, Risk and Compliance team, we aim to be highly trusted experts that support the delivery of strategic objectives and promote a culture of accountability and good governance. As ISG’s Specialist of Audit, Risk and Compliance you will have a wide-ranging set of activities and be involved in internal controls, risk management and governance processes, including supporting cross entity projects. This is a fantastic opportunity to join an energetic business, with a strong belief in team play, with also the potential to have an extremely diverse working portfolio and career.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:


  • Assist the Unit Lead of Audit, Risk and Compliance in improving the SSU’s ARC strategy/approach, always ensuring ISG’s objectives and constraints are considered, to result in balanced decision making.
  • Coach, train and provide guidance to control owners and executors, promoting best practice in internal controls documentation
  • Act as consultant to facilitate change activity and help to minimize future disruption of non-compliance, such as transformation/system implementation within ISG and the SSU group.
  • Build and maintain positive stakeholder relationships at all levels of the organization and across SSU, ensuring that the Audit, Risk and Compliance function is seen as highly trusted expert advisor. 

Internal Controls (SOX):

  • Support the Unit Lead Audit, Risk and Compliance in embedding and continuous improvement of ISG internal controls framework (including IT General Controls), aligning to SOx requirements and SSU Group standards, including:
  • Assisting the business in developing control documentation and driving quality.
  • Support the coordination of SOx testing activity and management of SOx processes.
  • Support in the completion of ICOFR testing to a high standard, communicating, and reporting outcomes, ensuring issues are resolved and controls continually improved.
  • Supporting in remediation of SOX findings
  • Conducting SOX testing procedures in SSU entities
  • Supporting training and coaching sessions for key stakeholders
  • Work on projects assigned with cross functional teams within business and finance.
  • Support with the Internal control framework maintenance within the GRC tool

Policy and Compliance:

  • Support the Unit Lead Audit, Risk and Compliance with the implementation of Governance, Risk and Compliance related policies within ISG, including:
  • Collaboration with SSU Group to promote consistency and efficiency.
  • Support the provision of training to enable rollout.
  • Support the reporting as and when required, to SSU Group on related topics.
  • Working on compliance related projects

Risk Management:

  • Support the Unit Lead Audit, Risk & Compliance in the implementation and continuous improvement of ISG’s risk framework:
  • Supporting high quality risk documentation, enabling ISG to achieve objectives through considered risk acceptance.
  • Supporting the completion of risk reviews, risk reporting and follow-up actions.


  • Participate in Audits of SSU entities in accordance with the audit plan and ad hoc audits in assigned priority areas
  • Support in the tracking and implementation of follow-up procedures of audit findings

What you’ll bring to the team

  • You have successfully completed your studies in business administration, economics or a similar field
  • You have at least 2 - 3 years’ experience with internal controls testing or implementation (e.g. Big Four External Audit or Internal Audit experience)
  • You have experience in Sarbanes Oxley requirements (SOX 404)
  • You have a qualification (or willingness to obtain in Internal Controls (e. g. Certified Internal Auditor)
  • You are a team player and have the willingness to travel if needed (approx. 15%-20%)
  • You are fluent in English and German, French would be a plus
  • Experience in retail/logistics/e-commerce would be preferred but is not essential
  • Very good MS-Office/SAP skills complement your profile
  • You are comfortable working within, and adapting to, a rapidly changing business environment
  • You have excellent communication skills with the ability to listen and influence stakeholders
  • You have an independent, structured and proactive working style with emphasis on accuracy
  • You are passionate about making a difference and demonstrating how audit, risk and compliance can proactively support the business in delivering strategic objectives
  • You are creative and solutions-oriented, knowing when to think outside the box

What you need to know

  • Work with a passionate team.
  • Permanent employment contract.
  • 30 days of vacation each year.
  • 10 days working from abroad.
  • Flexible, hybrid working model.
  • Employee discounts in our own shops and from a wide range of partners.
  • Frequent office lunch and team events.
  • Employee Assistance programme with access to mental wellbeing trainings and professional coaching services for you and your family members.
  • 40EUR public transport subsidy.

We celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

We at SIGNA Sports United believe that our team-spirit burns brightest when we're together. We also believe in flexible Hybrid working models. As such, we encourage you to come, work and collaborate in any of our offices in the country you are employed in. And of course, choose few remote working days if needed.

Our benefits

Deutschland ticket - 40 Euro employer contribution

20 % discount for our selected online stores

Corporate benefits

30 of Vacation + Public holidays

Employee Assistance program for mental wellbeing 

Hybrid working model

Meet our recruiting team

Nilima Gandhi
Nilima Gandhi

"I am passionate about people and sports – making SSU the perfect match for me! In my role, I head the central functions' talent needs. This challenging position allows me to expand my boundaries and be a subject matter expert in both recruiting and HR business partnering. 

I love to understand people’s stories, motivations, behaviours, successes, achievements but also their reaction in difficult situations.

My mission is to value, encourage, and support a diverse workforce by continually improving individual and organisational effectiveness at Signa Sports United. I am a proud brand ambassador of SSU’s values and take the initiative to inform people at various forums about our success."

Nilima on LinkedIn


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