Senior Associate - Internal Controls & SOX Advisory

Orange County - Irvine, CA
Full-Time /
CNM LLP is a technical advisory firm that provides high value, specialized accounting advisory services based in Southern California, with offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and New York. Recognized as a Great Place to Work®, CNM is an organization fully-committed to help businesses ranging from startups and loosely held mid-market companies to multi-national Fortune 500 companies identify and address critical issues in an effective and proactive way.

Founded in 2003, CNM is a vibrant company full of people committed to consistency in processes and performance. The CNM reputation is built upon a foundation of professional excellence and trusted relationships and is recognized nationally for commitment to excellence. Employees value the open and honest environment, consistent focus on work life balance and an outstanding culture that is difficult to find anywhere else in the professional services industry.

We are currently searching for a Senior Associate to join our high performing Internal Controls and SOX Advisory team in Orange County. We offer a hybrid (onsite/remote) work environment that will allow you to continue working with the flexibility that you have grown accustomed to over the past few years, while also continuing to provide onsite service to our fantastic clients. There is some local travel throughout the Orange County area for 2-3 days per week, with the remaining workdays spent remotely.  Out-of-town travel is very rare.  

Senior Associates collaborate with project team members to successfully deliver internal control advisory projects; ranging from SOX readiness to first-year implementations and on-going compliance.


    • Provide excellent timely client service, deliver high quality work, and foster client relationships
    • Assist in design and implementation of the internal control framework; identifying risks and corresponding key controls surrounding internal controls over financial reporting
    • Collaborate with process owners to create process narratives, risk and control matrices and flowcharts, and ensure documentation is kept up to-date for scoping, testing, and remediation activities
    • Lead process walkthrough inquiries with management, develop probing questions, and identify relevant control attributes
    • Evaluate, synthesize, organize and interpret data and information to conclude on design and operating effectiveness of key controls
    • Identify control deficiencies and develop value add solutions to that are actionable by leveraging your knowledge, prior experiences, and leading practices
    • Assist with Active Project Manager with project management activities including status tracking, reporting, and oversight of off-shore delivery team
    • Demonstrate clear and concise writing and verbal skills to communicate complex issues in simple terms to clients and team members
    • Active effort in improving technical and project management skills by leveraging on the job feedback, performance evaluations, mentoring and firm-sponsored formal training programs including monthly CPE and Subject Matter Expert (SME) training
    • Be a trusted advisor and intermediary between our clients and their auditors; responding timely to client needs and acting as a key contact with clients
    • Balance competing priorities with minimal client disruptions, managing time effectively to maintain project progress


    • Bachelors degree from an accredited university in Accounting, Economics, Business Management, Finance or a related field of study
    • Minimum 2 1/2 years of experience at a public accounting firm with external audit, advisory, or internal audit services
    • Knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley Act provisions and methodologies for achieving compliance
    • Experience with evaluating and testing the design and operating effectiveness within both a 404(a) and 404(b) SOX environment is preferred
    • Professional certification (or active pursuit) of CPA, CIA, or similar is preferred but not required (CNM provides extensive resources and support to enable our team to learn and grow and obtain professional certifications if you do not yet have these certifications)
    • Have an understanding of core business processes such as Financial Close, Accounts Payable, Inventory, Revenue etc.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, clearly, and concisely
    • Experience translating complicated issues into simple and easy to understand terms to guide clients
    • Ability to adapt to unexpected changes in timelines, deadlines, and scope of work

Benefits and Pay:

    • 40-hour work week
    • Training events to ensure CPE compliance
    • Medical, Dental, Vision Plans
    • 401(k) match
    • PTO: 15 days accrued per year            
    • Company paid holidays, including company shutdown the week between Christmas and New Years
    • 3 wellness days
    • Various opportunities for peer engagement: quarterly huddles, happy hours, summer and a holiday party
    • $80 monthly mobile reimbursement
    • Reimbursement allowances: flex, technology, and health and wellness
    • Fully stocked kitchen
    • Base Pay $95,000 - $110,000             
    • Overtime bonus and Performance bonus in addition to the base pay 
CNM LLP offers an excellent base, bonus and incentive compensation package. The benefits package is designed to meet an employee’s needs regardless of the stage an employee is at including medical, dental, paid maternity and parental leave, 401(k) with match and flexible spending accounts for employees and dependents.  We offer training that assists employees in reaching their career goals and, in addition to a regular paid time off policy, we also offer an extra five days off between Christmas and New Year holidays annually for firm-wide shut down. CNM believes in social interaction and networking and employees participate in unbelievable social events each summer and winter. The firm also supports employees offering an annual technology bonus, health and wellness bonus, monthly cell phone reimbursement, fully stocked kitchens with food, drink and snacks and much, much more. Please reach out to our talent team and we will walk you through why you deserve a career with CNM LLP.
Please note: all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable law. We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.