At Forge, we know our team is our greatest asset. As innovators in the private market, our vision is to deliver a richer future for everyone. We live that vision through our values of being bold, humble and accountable. We experience the value that our vision brings to the world every day, helping the teams behind the greatest innovations of our generation, from space travel to planet-saving, plant-based nutrition and more.

With liquidity solutions, exclusive data and insights and a vibrant marketplace, Forge’s goal is to power a global private market that is transparent, accessible and seamless for companies, their employees and investors. Through Forge, employees can sell their private shares, employers can reward shareholders with pre-IPO liquidity and individual and institutional investors can participate in private unicorn growth.

Forge's differentiated global marketplace addresses rising demand among individual and institutional investors for exposure to private company stocks and it is building a growing network effect with defensible competitive advantages. The Forge marketplace has nearly 400,000 registered users, including over 123,000 accredited investors. Private shares have traded in more than 400 companies since inception, representing over $10 billion in volume across 19,000 transactions with buyers and sellers in 70 countries. Through its custody offering Forge Trust, the company has approximately $14 billion in assets under custody and about $600 million of cash across 1.9 million customers.

Needless to say, our ability to offer these powerful financial solutions has generated incredible interest from investors, demand from customers, and a need to grow our team to meet the needs of more companies, teams and innovators in this way.

The Role:
The Vice President of Internal Audit will lead Forge’s efforts to build and evolve the Internal Audit function and strategy. This individual will be responsible for developing an Enterprise-Wide Audit and Reporting Program that communicates audit plans, findings, and recommendations on key areas of risk and requirements that are aligned to Forge’s overall corporate strategy and risk tolerance. The Vice President of Internal Audit will lead and perform audit engagements over financial, compliance, and operational areas. They must ensure that critical audit issues are escalated to the Audit Committee and Senior Management and that the program meets IIA Standards and regulatory guidelines.

The Vice President of Internal Audit will need to build and lead a dynamic team passionate about driving value through enhancing our internal control infrastructure and reducing overall enterprise risk through their partnership. This individual must be able to build strong relationships and engage an effective strategic partnership with management and assist in the achievement of business objectives and mitigation of ongoing challenges.

This role reports to the Chief Financial Officer and to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors and will provide regular updates at Audit Committee meetings.

The ideal candidate should have a blend of internal audit, compliance, practical business experience and history of running an effective Internal Audit department.

Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and manage a robust and proactive internal audit (IA) program that builds confidence, mitigates risk and enhances the overall growth of Forge.
  • Drive a continuous improvement approach to develop strategies to improve operational efficiencies, effectiveness, and scalability, including the development and execution of policy, processes, and systems changes.
  • Conduct audits with internal staff and outside consultants that may include system (IT), operational, financial, and compliance related engagements.
  • Monitor accounting activities across the organization including interpreting and developing policies to ensure compliance with company SOX policies and US GAAP/SEC and other statutory regulations.
  • Develop professional growth for team members and ensure that auditors have the necessary training and development. Identify skill set gaps and ensure auditors continually improve their proficiency and effectiveness of the audit services.
  • Follows-up on status of audit observations from prior audits, reports status of audit observations to management and the audit committee.
  • Recommend remedial and cost-effective actions for Management to take in correcting procedural or internal control weaknesses.
  • Provide direct support to the Company's outside auditors in conducting their annual audits. Augment the external auditor relationship in completion of the SOX 404 procedures, testing, reviewing controls, communicating deficiencies and advising management on remediation plans.
  • Assist management in identification and evaluation of risks, including but not limited to, Operational, Financial Reporting, Regulatory Reporting, Reputational, Compliance and Fraud.
  • Maintain knowledge of policies, procedures, and regulations, as well as professional certifications to provide objective, independent assurance, and professional advice to all levels of management.

Qualifications: 

  • 10 + years of relevant experience and extensive background in Internal Audit leading quality programs of an Internal Audit team with thorough knowledge of internal audit standards and control concepts.
  • A deep understanding of GAAP, COSO, Sarbanes Oxley, and PCAOB Rules and experienced in the use of auditing and assessment frameworks and the application of professional standards.
  • Professional certification preferred (CPA, CIA, CISA) with firm grasp of technical accounting and SOX methodologies (risk assessment, control design, and testing strategies).
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or other related field required, MBA or other Advanced degree preferred.
  • Experience in FinTech, FinServ, Data, and SaaS is helpful.
  • Demonstrated ability to excel in an innovative, fast-paced environment, with rapid exploration and ability to execute.
  • Excellent presentation skills with the ability to present in a large group setting and delivering compelling, influential presentations.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and project management skills and an ability to work in environment with multiple priorities. A strong relationship builder and ambassador for the Internal Audit brand.
  • Strong communicator, able to convey complex ideas in a clear, concise manner. Comfort in both business and technical discussions. Ability to influence and communicate effectively across all levels and teams across the organization to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Possesses a high energy level, intellectual curiosity, and strong work ethic with a dedication to continuous improvement in a dynamic and changing environment.
  • NetSuite experience is preferred 

Forge is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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