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Title:  Internal Controls and Compliance Specialist

Job ID:  56681
Country:  Philippines
City:  Taguig City
Professional area:  Accounting & Finance
Contract type:  Permanent
Professional level:  Experienced

Taguig City, 00, PH, 1634


We’re JTI, Japan Tobacco International and we believe in freedom.


We think that the possibilities are limitless when you’re free to choose. In fact, we’ve spent the last 20 years innovating, creating new and better products for our consumers to choose from. It’s how we’ve grown to be present in 130 countries. But our business isn’t just business. Our business is our people. Their talent. Their potential. We believe when they’re free to be themselves, grow, travel, and develop, amazing things can happen for our business. 

That’s why our employees, from around the world, choose to be a part of JTI. It’s why 9 out of 10 would recommend us to a friend. And why we’ve been awarded Global Top Employer status, six years running.

So when you’re ready to choose a career you’ll love, in a company you’ll love, feel free to #JoinTheIdea. (Learn more: jti.com)

Local applicants are welcome.

Department: Finance

Location: Taguig City, Philippines
Reporting to: Internal Controls & Compliance Lead
Role: Permanent

Opening: 3 Headcount




This position will be critical in ensuring that we obtain and maintain a strong control environment in our very dynamic business and operations for both Market and Factory entities. The coverage will be of both legal entities Market and Factory and all functions within those entities. 


The Internal Controls and Compliance Specialists will work in different areas of compliance including Process review / Operational audits, Corporate Compliance, and Corporate Audits.


Process reviews  / operational audits aim to understand the process, identify control gaps and/or efficiencies and recommend improvements to the control environment scheduled based on risk assessment to the Company. They will also act as ambassadors on policies and procedures, and partner with the business to enhance the knowledge and culture of compliance. They will also monitor the implementation of recommendations made through audits, and other process improvement initiatives. 
They will also be responsible for the overall JSOX testing program for both legal entities to ensure compliance with global standards as defined by Japan. In addition, they will be responsible for Corporate Compliance Programs of JTI such as Know Your Customer (KYC) Program, Anti-Money Laundering, Gifts, Hospitality and Entertainment Policy, and Sanctioned Party Lists.  


The Internal Controls and Compliance Specialist is expected to demonstrate behaviors: (1) learn quickly in a fast-paced environment, (2) work independently with minimal supervision and with high quality of work, (3) collaborate with stakeholders, (4) be flexible in prioritizing workloads and (5) demonstrate curiousness in understanding complex business processes. Good analytical skills, critical thinking, business acumen, and a desire to find solutions to issues observed are required to be successful in this role. 




  • Perform operational audits/business process reviews

    • Engage in planning, delivery, and reporting on operational audits covering all processes and functions of the company on a risk-based approach. 

    • Ensure all testing is completed thoroughly in order that any risks to entities can be timely addressed. Set up reporting for local senior management on findings of the operational audit. 

  • Process Improvement initiatives

    • Drive completion of recommended actions following finalization of operational audits to either close compliance gaps or bring process improvements. Develop reporting on follow-up actions to highlight any problem areas. Lead calls with functions and guide them on how to implement. Seek to influence that they will prioritize so that risks of the Company will be reduced.

  • Knowledge ambassador on P&P and business partner to functions

    • Act as subject matter expert on global policies and procedures, and guide functions to spread the culture of compliance throughout the organization. Develop materials and lead training sessions as needs are identified. On new projects and change initiatives by other teams review to ensure compliance is never compromised.

  • Corporate Compliance 

    • Independently manages and conducts J-SOX testing activity for different processes of two (2) Legal entities, including the completion of work papers and the summarization of findings and observation in accordance with Department standards. Leads formal meetings with stakeholders to discuss and finalize findings and recommendations. Manager other corporate compliance activities such as Know Your Customer, Sanctioned Party Listing, Anti Money Laundering.

  • Ad Hoc Compliance activities

    • Perform ad-hoc compliance work as may arise due to business requirements and as instructed by management e.g. Corporate audits



  • A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance, Audit or equivalent.
  • CPA required, CIA a plus
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in process improvement and audit functions
  • Working with a multinational company/industry is required
  • Sound knowledge of internal controls/ internal audit methodologies, risk management, and business process improvements 
  • SOX experience 
  • Ability to work independently with limited direction and guidance
  • A high degree of independent judgment and decision making
  • Resourceful, Analytical, and critical thinker, with the ability to positively influence and effectively communicate with senior management and other stakeholders, is required



  • Work in JTI Philippines Headquarters Taguig
  • Be covered with medical insurance upon hiring, with dependent coverage and medicine allowance
  • Receive bonuses and cash allowances such as meal and transport allowance
  • Have access to over 200 company training
  • Well-being programs for employees
  • Opportunities for your career growth
  • Recreational facilities in the office - Videoke, billiard and table tennis
  • Be part of a truly international and diverse company with over 40,000 employees in 130 countries.
  • Experience the culture of an Investors in People certified company
  • Find out why 9 out of 10 employees recommend us to a friend.
  • Understand why 9 out of 10 employees say they feel free to be themselves.



  • Thank you very much for your interest in the role. You are welcome to apply.
  • We will make sure every candidate will receive a reply within 2 weeks after the application deadline.


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