Director – Head of SOX Program

  • Foster City, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Common Purpose, Uncommon Opportunity. Everyone at Visa works with one goal in mind – making sure that Visa is the best way to pay and be paid, for everyone everywhere. This is our global vision and the common purpose that unites the entire Visa team. As a global payments technology company, tech is at the heart of what we do: Our VisaNet network processes over 13,000 transactions per second for people and businesses around the world, enabling them to use digital currency instead of cash and checks. We are also global advocates for financial inclusion, working with partners around the world to help those who lack access to financial services join the global economy. Visa’s sponsorships, including the Olympics and FIFA™ World Cup, celebrate teamwork, diversity, and excellence throughout the world. If you have a passion to make a difference in the lives of people around the world, Visa offers an uncommon opportunity to build a strong, thriving career. Visa is fueled by our team of talented employees who continuously raise the bar on delivering the convenience and security of digital currency to people all over the world. Join our team and find out how Visa is everywhere you want to be.

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Job Description

Position Summary

Visa is seeking motivated candidate and a results-oriented leader to join our growing Controllership team as a Director, focusing on management of our global SOX program. The ideal candidate will have hands-on experience identifying and evaluating financial and technology risks, evaluating the design of internal controls, and managing a program that assesses the effectiveness of Internal Control over Financial Reporting. In addition, the candidate will be detail-oriented and have the skills necessary to influence people in a fast-growing company. The position, which reports to the Assistant Corporate Controller, is based in Foster City, CA. This position is part of an integrated team that believes that collaboration, flexibility, resourcefulness and attention to detail are keys to success.


Key Responsibilities

The company has an established and documented SOX program with a defined methodology which has been operating successfully for 9+ years. Our environment is continually changing with new implementations moving us to a more automated environment. This is requiring us to have a strong internal SOX team, specifically with deep expertise in IT and business processes to enable us to design and execute new controls addressing the appropriate key risks. This is a high profile/high impact position with plenty of opportunity for exposure to senior management team. Results of the work performed by this team are typically shared with senior management, audit committee and external auditors. Specifically, the responsibilities in this role can be summarized as below:

  • Project Management
    • Manage the end to end SOX compliance program from scoping to remediation and impact assessment. Establish proper escalation channels and elevate on issues to senior management for timely resolution
    • Act as a central point of contact and subject matter expert to ensure appropriate internal controls (manual and system) over financial reporting are designed and implemented under the 2013 COSO Framework and PCAOB
    • Drive collaboration with cross-functional teams to stay up to date on significant changes that may have an impact on the design and/or operating effectiveness of controls
    • Oversee the coordination efforts between external auditors and internal Business Process and Information Technology owners including alignment on SOX planning, walkthroughs/testing, audit requests, and deficiency evaluation. Resolve issues effectively in a timely manner
    • Educate Business Process and Information Technology control owners by leading training sessions and focus sessions to demonstrate compliance requirements and share hot topics in SOX compliance
  • Reporting
    • Prepare executive management and Audit Committee materials highlighting overall SOX progress and results

    • Deliver timely and concise communication, including developing and producing management reporting, illustrating SOX status, trends, and remediation of deficiencies

  • Team Development
    • Build and manage a team, consisting of approximately 5 – 6 internal company resources, addressing team concerns and issues
    • Develop a pipeline of internal talent and cross-train the team on business and IT controls testing
    • Develop the next successor for the SOX program manager role
  • Process Efficiencies
    • Challenge status quo and bring effective ideas to enhance the SOX program. For example, could a control be designed and tested more effectively; are process owners executing duplicate controls etc.
    • Participate in process reviews and identify opportunities for significant enhancements in operational efficiency, overall effectiveness and identifiable benefits to the company
    • Make recommendations and decisions on what will be most beneficial to the company, strive for an optimum balance between implementing and executing controls versus the cost of implementing controls


Minimum Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience in Big Four and/or internal audit
  • BA/BS in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration
  • Experience in project management practices, tooling, and managing projects through the SOX lifecycle
  • Experience managing a team, consisting of company resources
  • Knowledge of 2013 COSO framework and experience applying the framework in a manner that supports SOX compliance and operational efficiencies
  • Experience in ITGC audits, key interfaces and reports testing over proprietary in-house built and enterprise corporate systems
  • Experience with leveraging data analytics to perform targeted sampling techniques and using automation for continuous monitoring
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills, with demonstrated intellectual and analytical rigor
  • Strong communication skills, interpersonal skills, and presentation skills that allow effective interactions/communications with business partners across regional and/or functional lines

 Preferred Qualifications

  • CPA, CIA, and/or CISA certifications
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification

Additional Information

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