Internal Control Manager

Internal Control



Manage Internal Control activities aiming to increase the value of SEFE Group and contribute to achievement of the SEFE Group goals by providing assurance services and support to the business in improvement of business processes

Securing Energy for Europe GmbH (SEFE GmbH) is a major European energy company focused on maintaining the security of supply and generating commercial value in Europe. Its main business areas include supplying energy to customers, energy trading, gas transportation and the operation of gas storage facilities. SEFE GmbH is an internationally operating group consisting of around 50 companies in 16 countries in Europe, Asia and North America. The SEFE Group employs approximately 1,500 employees, around 200 of whom work at its Berlin headquarters.


SEFE Marketing & Trading Limited (SM&T) is an integral part of the SEFE  Group. Headquartered in London, SM&T is an agile multi-commodity trader and trading partner. With deep experience in derivatives, digital and analytics and ready for the opportunities arising from the energy transition, we seek to create value, both on a proprietary basis and for its partners, in all key European gas, LNG, power and environmental products markets.


Our culture is defined by our people. Through living our values every day, we continue to create a culture that enables us all to succeed. We work as one team with our customers, our parent company and each other in order to understand each other’s needs. With an unstoppable passion for excellence, growth and learning, we’re committed to creating an environment that fosters the development of knowledge, skills and experience, so that our people can thrive and prosper in their careers with us. We believe that we have the best team in the industry which makes us a trusted partner across international capital and energy markets. Our diverse employee base, with a wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience makes SM&T a truly exciting place to work. We encourage new ideas and initiatives as innovative thinking is central to how we do business. Most importantly, we are a growing and developing business where inspired individuals can make a difference and help shape our future.


Role objectives

Manage Internal Control activities aiming to increase the value of SEFE Group and contribute to achievement of the SEFE Group goals by providing assurance services and support to the business in improvement of business processes


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plan, direct and manage a strategic annual work plan in conjunction with the Head of Internal Control, using input from the team and stakeholders to identify priorities, costs and resource requirements for the year
  • Manage the planning, resourcing, review and reporting of audits and internal control activities to deliver the Internal Control work plan and ad-hoc tasks
  • Own the development and maintenance of standards, policies and techniques for implementation of internal control in SEFE Group. Put in place effective monitoring of the internal controls. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • setting internal control standards and the measurement of their effectiveness which business processes owners are required to be compliant with
    • providing Governance and control input into key project management boards across the Group
    • constructively challenging functional leaders to create an action-based culture of continuous improvement and accountability to improve their KPIs
  • Establish and maintain key stakeholder relationships with senior management within the SEFE Group to ensure continuous monitoring of the business control environment
  • Manage the effective delivery of the performance management process (setting objectives, coaching and timely performance appraisals) across the Internal Control team and develop engagement and motivation of team members. This includes coaching and developing the team in relation to risk and controls as well as soft skills

Skills & Competencies

  • Excellent project management skills, able to drive improvements in a fast-paced changing environment to deliver enhanced levels of service to the business
  • Able to work under pressure reflecting conflicting demands and changes in circumstances
  • Excellent knowledge of Internal control related procedures
  • Good team player: able to work constructively with colleagues, demonstrating shared commitment to team success and respect for other people’s cultures and perspectives
  • Ability to develop practical solutions to risk areas identified
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Diligent and reliable
  • Able to build effective relationships and networks across the SEFE Group
  • Fluent in English and German is an advantage


  • Proven experience of managing a team responsible for ensuring compliance with processes, regulatory requirements and legislation; developed and delivered plans that are measurable with clear business outcome
  • Strong knowledge of risk assessment, auditing and risk management techniques
  • Experience in the Energy / Oil & Gas or Investment Trading industry
  • Able to demonstrate significant experience gained in relevant activities: Internal Audit, External Audit and/or risk advisory, Internal Control activities​
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