Senior IT SOX Auditor

  • Foster City, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

As the world’s leader in digital payments technology, Visa’s mission is to connect the world through the most creative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s dedication to innovation drives the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and fuels the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

At Visa, your individuality fits right in. Working here gives you an opportunity to impact the world, invest in your career growth, and be part of an inclusive and diverse workplace. We are a global team of disruptors, trailblazers, innovators and risk-takers who are helping drive economic growth in even the most remote parts of the world, creatively moving the industry forward, and doing meaningful work that brings financial literacy and digital commerce to millions of unbanked and underserved consumers.

You’re an Individual. We’re the team for you. Together, let’s transform the way the world pays.

Job Description

Global Controllership Overview

Global Controllership ensures the integrity and accuracy of the consolidated Visa Inc. financial statements and local statutory financial statements around the world.  We aim to do so by partnering and collaborating with the business and other Finance functions, providing excellent customer service, while also strengthening Visa’s global financial control environment through effective operating policies, procedures and controls. We provide support to Visa’s business operations in a broad range of functional areas including revenue and client incentive operations, financial close, technical accounting and SEC reporting, tax, financial systems and internal controls.  Global Controllership is driven by its four core values. These core values reflect what is truly important to us as an organization.  These are not values that change from time to time, situation to situation, or person to person, but rather are the underpinning of our company culture. Our four core values are: 1) Excellence in Execution; 2) Constant Enhancement; 3) Ownership; and, 4) Balance.  The team of 400+ is largely represented in Foster City with local Controllership teams spread across multiple geographies, helping to drive greater control through cross-training and staff development, as well as greater efficiency through leveraging economies of scale.

Visa Inc. is seeking a motivated candidate for a Senior IT SOX Auditor on the SOX team, which is part of Global Controllership. This is an individual contributor role on a team of 6, reporting to the Director, Head of SOX.  The SOX team works in a collaborative manner and the ideal candidate will have strong knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley requirements and COSO framework, experience with manual and automated business process controls, and a willingness to share ideas and identify solutions to maintain an efficient SOX program and a reliable control environment, which is critical to the success of the team.   



Basic Qualifications:

  • 4 years of work experience with a Bachelor’s Degree or at least 2 years of work experience with an Advanced degree (e.g. Masters, MBA, JD, MD) or 0 years of work experience with a PhD degree

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 8+ years of experience in Public Accounting, Internal Auditing and/or IT related areas or a combination of education and experience
  • BA/BS in Computer Science, Management Information Systems or Accounting
  • CISA, CISM and/or CIA certifications
  • Experience in the execution of an end-to-end SOX program. Must have strong IT audit or IT controls experience
  • Good understanding of risks and controls for both Information Technology and Business Processes
  • Detail-oriented and able to work well under pressure and accustomed to project work with tight deadlines.
  • Creative, self-starter, quick thinker and dedicated individual who is eager to put his/her stamp on this job role.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills, with demonstrated intellectual and analytical rigor.
  • Team-oriented, collaborative, diplomatic and flexible.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively across regional and/or functional lines.

Additional Information


Essential Functions:

Assist in the execution of Visa’s SOX program in accordance with COSO 2013 framework

  • Assist in evaluating, reinforcing and promoting the SOX 404 and 302 program standards and approaches for documentation, control design, evaluation and effectiveness testing.
  • Assist in the SOX scoping and risk assessment activities.
  • Responsible for walkthroughs, testing, remediation, documentation, and reporting for IT controls, including IT General Controls, Automated Controls, Interfaces, Reports and End-User Computing Controls, etc.
  • Assist in assessing the impact of IT on business and finance processes.
  • Maintain the SOX work paper tool.
  • Support the Director and the Manager in the overall management of SOX program
  • Assist in evaluating, monitoring and resolving findings (internal and external audit, etc.).
  • Develop value-added relationships with process owners and make recommendations for process improvement
  • Evaluate risks and controls for new system implementations such as billing, contract management tools etc., assess the financial impact on SOX controls and recommend solutions to correct issues identified.

  • Participate in process reviews and identify opportunities for significant enhancements in operational efficiency, overall effectiveness and identifiable benefits to the company.
  • Challenge status quo and bring effective ideas to enhance the SOX program.
  • Drive efficiencies by seeking opportunities for centralization, globalization and automation.
  • Liaison with process owners, internal auditors, external auditors and other stakeholders; prepare business stakeholders for internal and external audit reviews.
  • Ad-hoc projects

Decision Making and Complexity:

  • This position requires interaction with business owners and senior management globally. Visa views the individual in this position as a subject matter expert in risks and controls. The individual is expected to use sound discretion and professional judgment when interacting with business owners, senior management and external auditors.
  • This position should at all times make 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.

Work Hours:

  • Incumbent must make themselves available during core business hours

Travel Requirements:

  • This position requires no travel

Mental/Physical Requirements:

  • This position will be performed in an office setting.  The position will require the incumbent to sit and stand at a desk, communicate in person and by telephone, frequently operate standard office equipment, such as telephones and computers, reach with hands and arms, and bend or lift up to 25 pounds

Visa will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Article 49 of the San Francisco Police Code.


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