Responsible for the performance of forensic royalty audits to enforce and confirm licensee compliance with terms of License Agreements. Interfaces with external parties, including licensees and service providers, to identify/resolve non-compliance issues, reporting discrepancies, and potential business process difficulties that may impact licensee’s reporting requirements. Also interfaces with internal teams, including cross-functional teams (e.g., Compliance, Data, Licensing, Legal) and executives, to ensure all audit/compliance and relevant business issues have been addressed, communicated, and resolved.
The responsibilities of this role include:
• Works independently with little supervision.
• Provides supervision to direct reports.
• Decisions are moderate in nature. Errors are detected and corrected with relatively minor financial impact or effect on projects, operations, or customer relationships. May require involvement beyond immediate work group to correct.
• Requires verbal and written communication skills to convey complex and/or detailed information to multiple individuals/audiences with differing knowledge levels. Role may require strong negotiation and influence, communication to large groups or high-level constituents.
• Works within the prescribed budgetary objectives of the department. Erroneous decisions, failure to achieve results may cause delays in schedules and result in the re-allocation of some resources.
• Has a moderate amount of influence over key organizational decisions (e.g., is consulted by senior leadership to make key decisions).
• Most tasks do not have defined steps; simultaneous use of multiple mental abilities is generally required to determine the best approach; mistakes may result in significant rework.
• Exceptional creativity is needed to innovate new ideas and develop innovative products/ processes without established objectives or known parameters.
• Deductive and inductive problem solving is required; multiple approaches may be taken/necessary to solve the problem; often information is missing or conflicting; advanced data analysis and interpretation skills are required.
• Occasionally participates in strategic planning within own area affecting immediate operations.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Maintains thorough knowledge of complex license agreements, relevant amendments and exceptions, and the peculiarity of each agreement for assigned licensee accounts. Guides team to do the same.
• Reviews and communicates ad-hoc analysis results to internal and external stakeholders. Works with licensing managers and executives to utilize results to help inform business decisions.
• Interviews key members of Licensees' staff and executive teams, and performs extensive analysis of Licensees’ financial books, records, and business practices. Guides team to do the same.
• Leads team to quantify audit findings/damages for moderately complex accounts, oversees preparation of supporting work paper files, detailed exhibits, and reports, and presents audit issues/findings to internal teams including executives.
• Maintains productive relationships with external parties, including licensees and service providers, to identify and resolve non-compliance issues, reporting discrepancies, and potential business process difficulties that may impact reporting requirements.
• Partners with internal teams, including cross-functional teams (e.g., Compliance, Data, Licensing, Legal) and Executives, to address, resolve, and communicate audit/compliance and relevant business issues.
• Manages service providers (e.g., public accounting or consulting firm) throughout audit process, including gathering or generating, and evaluating relevant data. Resolves key issues.
• Develops and executes operational and process improvement projects within and across teams.
• Develops, coaches, and mentors experienced and junior members of the team and trains others on new tasks.
Monitors and utilizes computers and test equipment for more than 6 hours a day.
Continuous communication which includes the comprehension of information with colleagues, customers, and vendors both in person and remotely.
Travels domestically and internationally multiple times per year.
7+ years IPR Compliance Audit or related work experience. ,5+ years audit/forensic and investigative research or related quantitative data analysis experience. ,Multilingual (based on language of assigned accounts) ,2+ years of work experience in a role requiring interaction with senior leadership (e.g., Director level and above) ,3+ years of experience working in a large matrixed organization. ,2+ years working with operating budgets and/or project financials. ,1+ years in a technical leadership role with or without direct reports (only applies to positions with direct reports).
CPA or similar certification - Various Organizations
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