SOX 404 Controls Lead Analyst Job

Marathon Oil

SOX 404 Controls Lead Analyst Job

Date: May 9, 2023


Houston, TX, US, 77024

Marathon Oil



SOX 404 Controls Lead Analyst


The successful candidate will be a lead member of the Accounting Controls team reporting directly to the SOX 404 Controls Manager and up through the Controller.  Principal responsibility will be to contribute to the annual assessment of the Company’s financial controls (including testing), with a concentration in testing and reviewing several processes, as required by Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 legislation. 


  • Exhibits integrity by being widely trusted and admits mistakes.  Is seen as a direct, truthful individual.  Follows through on commitments.
  • Understands how their job adds value and impacts Marathon’s performance.  Is optimistic.  Is results-driven.
  • Possesses a positive, can-do attitude and expects the same from others.  Pursues everything with energy, drive and perseverance.
  • Continually strives for excellence by maintaining and improving professional and technical skills.  Actively seeks to share knowledge and insights that promote learning.
  • Communicates openly and is good at focused listening.  Provides timely and relevant information.  Offers alternatives to “the way it’s always been done”.
  • Willing to be held accountable.  Shares credit when things go right and doesn’t blame others when things go wrong. 
  • Sees change as an opportunity.  Learns from mistakes and shares this information freely.  Remains focused in the face of changing circumstances and relationships.
  • Has a passion for seeking creative and innovative solutions to improve the business.  Pushes self and influences others for results.  Takes action to achieve goals beyond what is required.
  • Is a Team Player and fully supports team decisions.  Earns and gives respect at all levels in the company.  Is reliable; can be counted on for quality and timely work.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Contributes to the annual scoping exercise for Company’s SOX 404 assertion work including determination of the quantitative and qualitative risk of the significant financial transactions and the scoping materiality thresholds.
  • Prepares and updates detailed controls, process, and risk documentation of Company’s business processes.
  • For those processes not prepared by the lead, assists in review of team’s detailed testing.
  • Aids in system administration of Company’s control monitoring tool (Workiva) and leads data integrity checks.
  • Selects key financial controls in significant transactions for testing, performs controls testing, and monitors progress of results in Workiva.
  • Evaluates financial exposure of key control deficiencies for business cycles and ensures Management has effective and timely control remediation plans.  Documents deficiencies within the Summary of Aggregated Deficiencies (SAD).  Evaluation will include communication with our internal and external auditors (audit).
  • Helps coordinate Management’s controls self-testing process for business cycles, which may include providing periodic training to testers and reviewers as well as perform quality assurance reviews of testing results.
  • Assists in documenting Management’s annual assessment of the effectiveness of its overall control framework.
  • Maintains knowledge in effective business process internal controls, including SEC and PCAOB requirements and COSO risk and internal control framework.  Should obtain a sufficient amount of knowledge and understanding of the IT cycle.
  • Develops educational and training materials on the SOX 404 process and internal control framework and provides training to individuals inside and outside the Finance and Accounting organization.
  • Assists in various internal and external audit requests as necessary and leads weekly meetings at the request of the manager.
  • Complies with all Marathon Oil Company Policies and Procedures as they relate to area of responsibility.
  • Undertakes other special projects and analysis as requested.
  • Develops annual personal Performance Goals and reviews progress with Manager at least semi-annually.
  • Attends educational, developmental, and team building programs sponsored by the Company.
  • Collaborates with other managers and subject matter experts regularly (within the Controllers Organization and in other organizations) to understand processes and assess if the control framework for that process is appropriate based on that knowledge.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting required
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in controls, financial or operational accounting assignments
  • CPA or CIA certification desirable
  • Little to no travel required for controls testing


*Hiring manager may hire at a higher grade based on experience level. 


Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company based in Houston, Texas. With a material position in four of the best oil-rich U.S. resource plays in different stages of development, we offer a variety of career opportunities, whether you’re a recent college graduate or an experienced professional. You’ll have the tools to develop and refine the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Marathon Oil Company will take the necessary action to ensure that applicants are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or other protected status under applicable employment law.

If you are a current Marathon employee please use the ERP website to submit referrals.

Posting Notes: ||  Houston  ||  TX   ||  United States (US)  ||  SF:LI; SF:DI; SF:GH; SF:MN; SF:RZ ||  Finance and Accounting  || Not Applicable  || || 31626  ||





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