Director of Internal Audit

 

Indigo improves grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health through the use of natural microbiology and digital technologies. Utilizing beneficial plant microbes and agronomic insights, Indigo works with growers to sustainably produce high quality harvests. The company then connects growers and buyers directly to bring these harvests to market. Working across the supply chain, Indigo is forwarding its mission of harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA, with additional offices in Memphis, TN, Research Triangle Park, NC, Sydney, Australia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and São Paulo, Brazil. http://www.indigoag.com/      

 

Responsibilities:

 

Partner with Chief Audit Executive in building the internal audit capabilities for the company, including implementation of Indigo’s internal audit vision, strategy, and hiring plans.

  • Provide key insights into long-term development and structure of the department as the business scales
  • Develop hiring plans to effectively manage the SOX program on a global basis
  • Assist with on-boarding new staff and on-going development

 

Ensure on-going understanding of the business and operations to be able to effectively provide value-added guidance to the business leaders related to operational improvements and compliance

  • Develop and foster strong relationships with senior leaders across the organization
  • Build a strong knowledge of various Indigo business models, including understanding of the various accounting
  • Ensure understanding of our current control environment and anticipate impact of changes in the business to provide value-add operational efficiencies while maintaining effective controls

 

Responsible for full ownership of the Company’s SOX program, including risk assessment, scoping, risk control matrix and development of the annual audit plan including plan for resource requirements (internal and external). 

  • Responsible for development and implementation of plan for transition of the SOX program from external consultants to internal audit ensuring that time-frame for completion of initial implementation is on-time
  • Collaborate with CAE and current consultants to finalize the Internal Audit testing plan & schedule for initial implementation (e.g. test of one design effectiveness testing and plan for sample testing etc.)
  • Responsible for coordinating and preparing all end-to-end process documentation and respective updates annually; including ability to coordinate with external auditors with long-term goal of external audit reliance
  • Partner with the CAE and Sr. Leadership to design and create an on-going SOX control framework for a pre-IPO company while maintaining Indigo’s culture
  • Create or iterate on audit plan

 

 

Lead the planning phase for 2020 SOX program for incorporation into overall 2020 Audit Plan and develop materials for Audit Committee presentation

  • Assist with risk-assessment for 2020 audit planning materiality assessment and scoping of Business Processes for incorporation into 2020 plan

Develop appropriate training programs and materials as necessary to assist the organization’s transition to a SOX environment

  • Ensure training materials and training sessions are conducted in a manner that reflects positively on the IA group and is aligned with and maintains Indigo’s culture
  • Partner with people outside of finance to assist/provide guidance in implementation of SOX controls
  • Responsible for training new auditors on tools process

Partner with CAE to develop standard audit report (ensuring the reports are developed with Indigo’s culture and branding in mind) and provide value-add mentality for consistent, effective reporting to Business Partner Owners, Senior Leadership and Audit Committee

Create Standard Operating Procedure Manual for the Internal Audit group for conducting standard financial statement Business Process audits for SOX compliance

 

Competencies:

  • Enjoys process and procedures
  • High confidence, able to speak their mind
  • Value added contributor vs. “check the box” on controls/compliance testing
  • Understand that internal audit is not the police and has flexibility to partner w/ the business to recommend appropriate processes/controls
  • Comfortable starting from scratch vs. inheriting processes
  • Trusted partner; collaborative
  • Understands the nature of a start-up and that many controls and processes are still in development
  • Able to cope in a evolving, flexible environment
  • Detail oriented
  • Strong communicator; ability to present findings to senior leadership and comfortable presenting to audit committee/BOD members
  • Strong verbal and written skills. Flexible/adaptive approach for discussions
  • Practical perspective
  • Managerial courage; able to manage a team
  • Strong project management skills
  • Solutions-oriented
  • Independent thinker
  • Ability to train future team but also work as an individual contributor
  • Helps to avoid “gotcha” moments through relationship building

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 10-15+ years of experience
  • 5-10+ years in SOX related field
  • CIA or CISA required
  • Big 4 background required (risk advisory group preferred)
  • Public company IA experience, required; strong SOX knowledge including public-company SOX program exposure
  • Visio/flowcharting experience, required
  • Prior management experience, required
  • Corporate internal audit background
  • Start up experience, preferred
  • Audit Board experience, a plus
  • Experience auditing a wide variety of functions: treasury, accounting, GBS, IT, etc.
  • Experience working in a global organization or across different jurisdictions with different reporting systems
  • Experience in revenue recognition and hedging
  • Experience in Business Process Improvement (i.e. Kaizen/Six Sigma)
  • Experience managing/building a global team
  • Willingness to travel

 

 

 

 

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