Director SOX Compliance

Job Locations US-NJ-Princeton
ID 2022-1269
Position Type


About Certara 
Certara is a growing company that provides a dynamic and exciting place to work. Our purpose is to assist in accelerating the development of meaningful medicines that make an impact on our society and the people that need them most. Innovation and creativity are highly valued, and everyone is given the opportunity for training and continuous development. Our portfolio spans the discovery, preclinical, clinical and post-marketing phases of drug development, working with 1,200 commercial companies, 250 academic institutions, and numerous regulatory agencies.    



Certara is seeking a Director of SOX Compliance to lead the Company’s SOX compliance program. Reporting to the Sr. VP, Finance & Corporate Controller, this leader will be responsible for overseeing our SOX compliance program. This person will have broad exposure to the operations of the Company, interacting with leaders across finance, legal, human resources, and employees throughout the organization and with our external auditor and advisors. This individual must possess the skills to understand business processes, assess the control environment, implement process improvements, and champion best practices. He or she will be responsible for coordinating and reviewing  the process documentation and testing with internal and external teams along with communicating findings and recommendations to executive management. This is an opportunity to have a visible impact on the organization and will require strong project management skills, clear communication, and the ability to bring various contributors together to achieve a combined goal.


  • In conjunction with external consultants, lead the annual SOX 404 financial statement mapping, risk assessment and scoping process by identifying significant locations and critical processes and ensure an adequate scope and testing of Company’s financial statement-based

  • Critically evaluate current set of in scope controls and recommend ways to rationalize and optimize controls through

  • Manage external consultants and optimize their engagement according to Act as the lead in the scoping, budgeting, tracking of budget versus actuals and status reporting as needed.

  • Act as the “go-to” person for internal controls within the organization and provide a reliable and insightful resource for implementing controls within a business process in an efficient and effective

  • Coordinate the efforts between external auditors, external consultants, and internal business process / IT owners, including alignment on SOX planning, walkthroughs / testing, audit requests and deficiency evaluation

  • Participate in process reviews and identify opportunities for significant enhancements in operational efficiency, overall effectiveness and identifiable benefits to the company

  • Prepare and routinely deliver executive management and audit committee materials, highlighting overall SOX progress and results

  • Perform other tasks and projects as assigned in support of corporate objectives such as business process improvements, planning and execution of operational audit projects


  • 7+ combination of audit experience in Big 4 and/or corporate environment preferred

  • CPA, CIA, CISA or equivalent certification preferred

  • Experience in project management practices, including tooling and managing projects through a fast-paced and deadline-oriented SOX life cycle

  • Knowledge of COSO framework and experience applying the framework in a manner that supports SOX compliance and operational efficiencies

  • Strong competency in IT applications and controls and experience with cloud applications such as Netsuite, ADP, Concur and Salesforce.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to manage competing priorities with deadlines, without sacrificing quality




Certara bases all employment-related decision on merit, taking into consideration qualifications, skills, achievement, and performance. We treat all applicants and employees without regard to personal characteristics such as race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, nationality, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental condition, genetic information, military service, or other characteristic protected by law.  



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