Head of Internal Audit

San Francisco
02 Mar 2021
16 Mar 2021
Job role
Contract type
Full time

Nextdoor is where neighbors turn for trusted connections and the exchange of helpful information, goods, and services. Nextdoor's purpose is to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on.

Building connections in the real world is a universal human need. That truth, and the reality that neighborhoods are one of the most important and useful communities in our lives have been guiding principles for Nextdoor. Today, neighbors rely on Nextdoor in neighborhoods around the world in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Australia and Canada, with many more to come. We are based in San Francisco and backed by Silicon Valley's leading investors such as Benchmark, Greylock, Riverwood, Bond, Tiger Global, Shasta Ventures and Insight Partners.

Meet your Future Neighbors

Nextdoor's Finance team is made up of highly motivated, high performing individuals who are responsible for enabling and improving financial decision–making across Nextdoor. We design processes and controls to drive efficiencies and automation and reduce business risk and are preparing the business to be a public company. We engage in strategic decisions, build and maintain the company's operating models, provide timely and clear data and recommendations and interface with investors.

The Impact You Will Make

As the Head of Internal Audit you will partner with the business and technology teams to identify areas of risk, make valuable recommendations on control design and implementation, and project manage these changes and decisions. Internal Audit's mission is to call attention to risks and drive actions to address those risks in order to protect Nextdoor. This position will be responsible for providing strong leadership and vision, as well as management, planning and execution of all global internal audit activities and building the necessary team to meet all public company compliance standards.

This is a high–impact role. You will be a self–starter, independent thinker, deeply analytical, and detailed–oriented, capable of working in a structured manner to thrive in ambiguity. You will work across all functions in the business with access to all members of the team.

The right candidate will have a demonstrated record of successfully leading the Internal Audit function in a large, publicly held company. They will have a proven track record of exceptional communication and partnership with key stakeholders, effective use of data and analytics, and a practical approach to solving business problems.

This position will be based in San Francisco and will report functionally to the CFO and formally to the Audit & Risk Committee.

Core Responsibilities
  • Define the priorities, develop and implement the strategy of the global internal audit function.
  • Build a world–class team
  • Conduct financial and operational audits as well as business process reviews to diagnose financial and operational risks
  • Champion process efficiency by challenging current processes and suggesting improvements or alternatives.
  • Develop plan to achieve Company compliance with Sarbanes–Oxley
  • Evaluate accounting practices, financial reporting and internal controls of the company
  • Aid in the documentation of processes and controls related to Workday financials and other related systems.
  • Effectively communicate with and educate process owners and the Company generally on the importance of controls, an effective control environment, and the role of Internal Audit.
  • Perform forensic audits on financial data to validate that transactions conform with all relevant internal and statutory requirements and expectations
  • Ensure that transactions are accounted for in accordance with established company policies and in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Ascertain extent of protection and safeguarding of company assets and recommend methods for improvement.
  • Improve fraud detection and audit capabilities leveraging data
  • Test, evaluate and remediate controls addressing risks in financial processes, internal systems and applications, IT infrastructure and policies and procedures.
  • Work with management to interpret the significance of audit findings, conclude on findings and make practical recommendations.
  • Design and execute audit programs, including SOX audits, operational process reviews and review of system implementations, applications and other IT–related risk areas.
  • Oversee special projects when required by management such as review of system implementations, due diligence reviews, and internal investigations.
  • Develop a strategic and risk based audit model and plans to insure the company is moving its controls and policies to the next level.

What You Will Bring To The House
  • 12+ years of prior experience leading Internal Audit in a multinational business environment characterized by rapid growth, enhancement of business processes and systems complexity
  • Proven leadership experience building, leading and overseeing an effective global internal audit team
  • Strong understanding of internal audit methodologies and techniques, including data analytics
  • Extensive experience with risk–based internal auditing and annual planning
  • Capability performing risk assessments and identifying key controllable business and financial risks
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, design, and execute financial and operational audit plans and programs
  • Demonstrated knowledge of SOX 404 regulations and compliance and success in achieving compliance
  • CISA / CIA / CPA or related experience highly valued.
  • Experience in conducting contract audits of vendors, contractors and other business partners that support the company
  • Detail–oriented with demonstrated project management and strategic planning skills
  • Self–starter who works well individually and in teams
  • Excellent interpersonal skills along with the ability to synthesize and communicate business issues and solutions
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast–paced, high–growth environment
  • Strong drive for results and success, conveying a sense of urgency and driving issues to closure in a fast–paced, evolving business and risk environment
  • A strong passion for Nextdoor's mission

At Nextdoor, we empower our employees to build stronger local communities. To create a platform where all feel welcome, we want our workforce to reflect the diversity of the customers we seek to serve. We encourage everyone interested in our purpose to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, or any other trait that unfairly targets a group of people. In accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we always consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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