Head of Financial Audits
Company: Palantir Technologies
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: June 8, 2021
A World-Changing Company
At Palantir, we're passionate about building software that
solves problems. We partner with the most important institutions in
the world to transform how they use data and technology. Our
software has been used to stop terrorist attacks, discover new
medicines, gain an edge in global financial markets, and more. If
these types of projects excite you, we'd love for you to join
As the Head of Financial Audits, you'll report to the Global
Head of Internal Audit and partner together to build and mature our
SOX and Financial Compliance Internal Audits program. You'll be
responsible for directing activities relating to financial
compliance with applicable laws and regulations, particularly
requirements as defined by Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and Generally
Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
This role involves extensive collaboration with teams across
Palantir, including Finance, IT and Legal. In partnership with the
Systems and Technology Audits leader you'll work on building out an
end-to-end SOX compliance program and execute against it in a
high-growth environment. You will also help develop longer term
strategies for Palantir's internal audit department, including the
build of the enterprise risk management (ERM) function,
establishing a formal, risk-based operational audit methodology,
and supporting multiple regulatory compliance requirements. You
will also oversee the execution of other financial compliance and
operational risk related internal audit efforts.
Our ideal candidate will have a solution-oriented mindset and
risk-based approach to identifying, evaluating, and addressing
critical SOX 404 compliance risks, operational business risks and
the relevant governance processes.
- Drive and manage SOX compliance activities - including annual
planning for the program (risk assessment and determining scope),
walk-throughs, documenting and analyzing procedures and controls,
preparing and reviewing appropriate work papers, and continuously
working to enhance the SOX program to become more efficient and
- Coordinate with co-sourced providers, external auditors,
internal leaders and process owners to ensure engagement and timely
execution of audit work and the SOX compliance program including
alignment on SOX planning, walk-throughs/testing, audit requests,
and deficiency evaluation.
- Serve as a reliable and insightful 'go-to' partner to the
business in providing internal control advisory services, and
assisting in redesign and implementation efforts that improve the
control environment and address control deficiencies.
- Own education and training of control owners so they better
understand internal controls framework and their responsibilities
for internal controls over financial reporting.
- Lead and manage all phases of financial compliance and
operational audits, including but not limited to, audit risk
assessment - scoping, planning, fieldwork, execution, and
- Participate in process reviews and identify opportunities for
improvements in operational efficiency and overall effectiveness of
the processes and controls.
- Prepare clear, written, fact-based reports for board and
leadership use and working with management on documenting action
steps to reduce risk.
- Research and stay current on new technical literature
applicable to the internal control process (e.g. PCAOB guidance,
SEC, COSO etc.).
What We Value
- Minimum of 12 years of audit and project management experience
(including 3+ years' management experience) within an Internal
Audit or SOX function at a public company and/or with a public
- Professional certification such as CPA, CA or CIA
- Experience in financial controls audits covering revenue
process in software services company is required.
- Experience in the use of auditing and assessment frameworks,
the application of professional standards, and in performing risk
- Ability to leverage data analytics to perform targeted sampling
techniques and using automation for continuous monitoring.
- Deep knowledge of GAAP, COSO, Sarbanes Oxley Act, and PCAOB
Rules, as well as knowledge of the IIAs Professional Practice of
Internal Auditing and the Code of Ethics
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, including
experience with leadership reporting.
Palantir is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and
Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon
race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including
pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a
protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or
other applicable legally protected characteristics. Palantir is
committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations
to applicants with physical and mental disabilities. Please see the
United States Department of Labor's EEO poster and EEO poster
supplement for additional information.
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