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The VP of SOX will be responsible for providing management oversight and managing Salesforces SOX program globally. Given the importance of Trust and Compliance to Salesforce, this role will report to the Chief Accounting Officer and into the CFOs Finance organization. This role will also work closely with the CFO, the COO, the Finance, Office of Transformation, Internal Audit, as well as executives within those organizations who are directly responsible and accountable for internal controls and compliance. The VP of SOX is expected to demonstrate strong business acumen, inclusive of functional area and process expertise across Finance, with a strong working knowledge of other in-scope areas (Information Technology, Security, Product), as well as be extremely knowledgeable in auditing requirements including Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) requirements, US GAAP, and best practices and emerging trends relevant for establishing a best in class SOX program.
This is a hands-on role responsible for a comprehensive, strategic, multi-year plan to develop, deliver and execute a sustainable and scalable SOX program to support Salesforce at $50B+ in revenue. Critical outcomes include the design and development of key SOX controls and a program-wide management-driven self testing program. This position will act as the key contact in coordinating and executing the management-driven self-testing plans with the Internal Audit organization, and with the external auditors in order to achieve their optimal reliance on the Internal Audit organizations work. Additionally, this position will contribute to the assessment of risk within and across Salesforces business and in developing the annual internal management led self-testing audit plans to assist the senior leadership team and Audit and Finance Committee in their oversight and related governance responsibilities.
Develop, design, operationalize and manage the companys multi-year SOX Program strategy globally and cross-functionally, including managements evaluation of the adequacy of the Company's system of internal controls to ensure the safeguarding and protection of assets from loss, completeness and accuracy of financial information and compliance with policies.
Strategically partner with and ensure alignment cross-functionally across executive level stakeholders (across CFO and COO organizations) and business teams, bringing together historically silod SOX initiatives into one, consolidated management led SOX program.
Coordinate and collaborate with internal and external auditors to reconcile the detailed audit plan and scope to an optimal reliance approach over management led self-testing and the Internal Audit organizations testing to support an efficient annual external audit and ICFR assessment.
Continuously improve and innovate the SOX program methodology to become more efficient and effective. This includes the strategic deployment of technology (RPA) to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of control performance and testing.
Manage and coordinate control self-testing performed by a third-party service provider and to support management attestation as to the effectiveness of the control environment.
Review controls regularly to ensure adequate design and appropriate scale. Provide guidance, identify improvements to control design and assist with collaborating and monitoring remediation efforts.
Execute the SOX, internal control and fraud risk training program for internal stakeholders.
Develop and communicate SOX program objectives, program updates and management self-testing results in both written and verbally to senior management.
Support management in the preparation of material, presentations, and other documentation as required for periodic management and Audit Committee meetings.
Consult with business teams and Internal Audit on new business initiatives, system implementations, accounting policy changes, personnel changes and acquisitions and assess the impact of the changes on internal controls.
Drive continuous training and enablement to uplift the expertise of SOX Subject Matter Experts who are functionally embedded across Salesforce.
Demonstrated cross-functional leadership, influence, alignment and execution capabilities in a fast-paced matrixed global organization through collaboration and effective close working relationships
Exceptionally strong communicator who is equally adept at communications strategy and execution, with the ability to independently craft a full range of clear, high-impact communications with top level company executives and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.
Proven ability to think strategically about the SOX Program, finance transformation and map strategy into a detailed plan for execution.
Self-starter who can effectively plan, design and program manage multiple new and complex structures and thrive in ambiguous environments.
Demonstrated ability to influence and align executive stakeholders across large, complex organizations.
Team builder with management experience mentoring, developing, training, upskilling, and coaching staff.
Successful track record with large scale cross-functional Finance transformation, process improvement/automation, management consulting, or program management experience in the high tech industry (software/cloud preferred); proven experience in maturing SOX programs to scale.
Agile with ability to respond effectively to changing business priorities.
Direct experience with M&A integrations specific to SOX, including elevating acquired companys internal controls to meet acquiring companys standards.
Education preferred in Finance, Accounting, Organizational Design, or other related fields. CPA required. Other advanced accounting qualifications such as CIA and MBA are desirable
15-20 years total experience crossing public accounting, Internal Audit or Finance functions, including extensive recent experience with PCAOB and SOX requirements. Senior level professional experience (10+ years) with a Big 4 public accounting firm is a plus.
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