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Attestation Lead (Chicago)

A mutually rewarding experience.


Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.


About Mars, Incorporated 


Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


Job Purpose:


To accommodate evolving data privacy laws, the drastic increase in cyberattacks and additional control requirements from the auditors Mars must establish an attestation program. This role is needed to design, implement and operate the program on and ongoing.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Partner with key stakeholders from Security Compliance, Internal Audit and Mars legal to ensure the program will satisfy legal and regulatory requirements for controlling system access. This includes GDPR, as well and controls audited by PwC.
  • Design and implement a global attestation program to deliver the evidence needed to demonstrate compliance while considering impacts to the business.
  • Responsible for Change Management and communicating the goals of the program to all Mars Associates.
  • Must be able to navigate the organization and manage several projects simultaneously. Must be able to influence application owners to participate in the attestation program.
  • Define KPIs for the program and product scorecards and status reports for stakeholders.
  • Monitor system usage and develop reporting to show compliance and adoption rates.


Context and Scope:


  • Co-creation of a program with input from PwC, IA, InfoSec and the Audit steering group.
  • Must be able to design controls that mitigate risk and satisfy audit requirements.
  • Must be able to operate independently with little day to day involvement from management.
  • Must drive adoption and create metrics to highlight areas where there is a resistance to adoption or lack of follow through.
  • Must be comfortable working with all levels of the organization and operate globally with stakeholders in every region.
  • Will be responsible for managing a team of 3rd party developers.
  • Responsible for forecasting program costs and managing the annual budget for attestation.
  • Implement additional use cases to realize additional benefits. License reduction, GDPR etc.
  • Up to 25% travel, with multiple opportunities to travel globally


Job Specifications/Qualifications:


Education & Professional Qualification:


  • Four year university degree (engineering/IT/computer science) or equivalent work experience




  • Experience in Information Security, IT audit or compliance is strongly preferred.
  • 5+ years experience supporting business application (SAP, Hyperion, CRM etc.)
  • Experience with IT control frameworks and Identity solutions (SalePoint, OneIdentity)




Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


Full time
Chicago, IL 60290, US