BIRKENSTOCK is a global lifestyle brand that stands for quality, function and all-round well-being. The historic roots of this long-standing family-run company can be traced back to the year 1774.  Nowadays, the product portfolio comprises sandals and closed shoes, accessories, natural cosmetics as well as beds and sleep systems. With more than 5,500 employees, BIRKENSTOCK is the German shoe industry’s largest employer. BIRKENSTOCK has 16 locations in Germany, with privatelyowned distribution companies in Europe, Asia and the USA.

For our Finance Team, at our location in Munich or Cologne or alternatively in the United States, Novato or New York we are looking for a


Head of Internal Controls (m/f/d)


  • To ensure adequate controls, you own the design, implementation, documentation, assessment and monitor the internal control framework in line with the Sarbanes-Oxley regulations (SOX), including group policies and key risks.

  • Leading and establishing the process for internal control reviews and formulateing policies as well as processes to improve compliance and efficiency.

  • Deliver the reporting of the internal control framework and control deficiencies to ensure appropriate communication, documentation and escalation to business partners, executives and relevant committees.

  • Deliver adequate and timely action plans and monitor the progress to address and resolve control deficiencies.

  • Work collaboratively with business and process owners to implement and monitor remediation efforts, ensuring the effective implementation of corrective action.

  • Actively drive standardization and automation, apply and implement best practices for managing internal controls and use innovations to enhance and continuously improve the design and operating effectiveness of the controls, documentation, assessment and review procedures.

  • Actively engage with internal and external auditors to ensure consideration and resolution of all relevant risks and audit findings.

  • Develop and conduct adequate trainings on a regular basis and prepare related information material on the internal control objectives, approach and methodology to business partners to promote knowledge and understanding of risks and control.



  • Bachelor's degree or appropriate in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or equivalent.

  • More than 7 year's experience in a similar position in a multinational group or in a Big 4 audit firm

  • Strong experience and interest in how technology and systems can support internal control effectiveness and efficiency

  • Extensive experience with and a solid understanding of internal control frameworks  (such as e.g. US public company and relevant SOX experience)Relevant professional certification is a plus

  • Strong analytical and communication skills as well as the ability to spot, assess and address risk, presenting internal control and risk matters in an understandable way

  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and ability to work as part of a multigeographic team.

  • Consumer products industry knowledge and experience a plus

  • Flexibility in resolving issues and addressing changing priorities.

  • Willingness to travel as part of the internal control procedures



BIRKENSTOCK offers you all the advantages of a successful, fast growing, global company: dynamic work environment, considerable design freedom, authentic and open corporate culture and excellent development opportunities. Sounds exciting? It is. We are looking forward to receiving your online application, stating your salary expectations!