SOX IT Controls Lead



Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Who we are

About Stripe

Stripe is a financial infrastructure platform for businesses. Millions of companies—from the world’s largest enterprises to the most ambitious startups—use Stripe to accept payments, grow their revenue, and accelerate new business opportunities. Our mission is to increase the GDP of the internet, and we have a staggering amount of work ahead. That means you have an unprecedented opportunity to put the global economy within everyone’s reach while doing the most important work of your career.

About the team

Finance is the strategic engine that drives rigorous decision making and acts as the financial stewards of Stripe's businesses - and we'd like your help. Stripe is building a world class Controllership team, which is responsible for the corporate SOX program. Stripe is seeking a bar-raising IT Controls Specialist to join its SOX team. This growing team is responsible for the global implementation and operation of Stripe's SOX program. We seek a candidate that is excited by the challenge of working for a hyper-growth company that is focused on expanding the economic infrastructure of the internet.

What you’ll do

The SOX IT Controls Lead is a key member of Stripe’s SOX Compliance function within the Chief Accounting Organization, building confidence for our investor community through implementing a strong SOX program.

To be successful in this role, you will need to be a subject matter expert with a robust background in SOX, IT system change management, IT system access, IT job scheduling and operations, cross-functional collaboration, and Project Management. You will be part of the ITGC team that oversees IT systems internal controls over all in-scope SOX systems, IT policies, procedures, change management, access, job scheduling/operations, and project management for the Company. You will report to and work closely with the Head of SOX Compliance for the following:


  • Provide strategic thinking, thought leadership, and guidance on identifying gaps in IT controls and designing a proactive risk assessment and inform the design of IT controls as needed
  • Prepare and maintain clear, detailed, and accurate SOX IT documentation, including system diagrams, control descriptions, and risk control matrices
  • Analyze internal controls adequacy and guidance on the creation of new controls based on identified control gaps
  • Provide guidance, assessment, and oversight on the governance of change management, and system access, and job monitoring/scheduling controls; and provide recommendations on the next level of maturity strategy/roadmap and standards
  • Coordinate ITGC and SOX-related activities with systems owners, cross-functional control owners, external auditors, and outside SOX consultants
  • Update and maintain company-wide control standards, perform SOX/audit projects, and provide control-related training to process owners
  • Update and align IT processes, systems, controls, and policies to industry standards and drive remediation efforts for any identified deficiencies
  • Manage the testing of ITGCs, including direct interaction with independent auditors on internal control testing
  • Act as a hands-on leader and SOX Compliance subject matter expert who works with IT, accounting, and cross-functional process owners to help achieve ongoing design, review, testing, and remediation of the IT systems controls for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance
  • Be a thought leader on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, and automation solutions
  • Conduct and/or manage special projects and ad hoc requests to support the senior leadership team and other duties as assigned

Who you are

We’re looking for someone who meets the minimum requirements to be considered for the role. If you meet these requirements, you are encouraged to apply. The preferred qualifications are a bonus, not a requirement.

Minimum requirements

  • 12+ years of work experience in managing and/or assessing SOX programs;
  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree a plus in Accounting, Computer Science, Engineering, Information Systems, or related discipline
  • Technical certification required (e.g., CPA, CIA, CISA)
  • Developed expertise and extensive experience with leading and performing SOX IT program design, control implementation, and monitoring of SOX program
  • Experience in implementing internal controls in early stage public companies is strongly preferred
  • Experience working with JIRA and AuditBoard is a plus
  • Strong communication skills, including presenting to and influencing senior business leaders
  • Demonstrated success managing concurrent workstreams/projects independently

Explicit qualifications

  • Big 4 audit firm or equivalent audit experience required
  • Experience in a highly automated environment, preferably in a technology company is required; online payments company and ecommerce, specifically, is a plus
Office-assigned Stripes spend at least 50% of the time in a given month in their local office or with users. This hits a balance between bringing people together for in-person collaboration and learning from each other, while supporting flexibility about how to do this in a way that makes sense for individuals and their teams.

The annual US base salary range for this role is $158,600 - $238,000. For sales roles, the range provided is the role’s On Target Earnings ("OTE") range, meaning that the range includes both the sales commissions/sales bonuses target and annual base salary for the role. This salary range may be inclusive of several career levels at Stripe and will be narrowed during the interview process based on a number of factors, including the candidate’s experience, qualifications, and location. Applicants interested in this role and who are not located in the US may request the annual salary range for their location during the interview process.

Additional benefits for this role may include: equity, company bonus or sales commissions/bonuses; 401(k) plan; medical, dental, and vision benefits; and wellness stipends.

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