Senior Associate, Internal Audit- SOX


Austin, TX, USA

Full time

Finance / Accounting / Audit

Jan 10

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What to Expect

The Tesla Internal Audit Team’s mission is to protect the company by calling attention to critical risks and driving management action to address those risks. Internal projects are driven by two guiding principles – Keep Tesla Safe and Enable Operational Excellence. The Team achieves its objective by collaborating with functional and business/product groups to identify areas of risk, making valuable recommendations on process and control improvements, cost reduction, and operational excellence.

The Team is working in close collaboration with functional and business/product work groups to identify areas of risk, making valuable recommendations on process and control standardization, and influencing the decision-making process to drive change.


The Role

Tesla Internal Audit team is seeking a Senior Associate Internal Audit with relevant operational and financial experience to support the Internal Audit team in the NA region.

This is a high visibility role where you will be interacting with all levels of personnel within the company. The ideal candidate will leverage the knowledge of audit, internal controls, financial and business operations to identify and evaluate critical business risks and relevant business and governance processes.

The successful candidate, who should be able to demonstrate a “can do” attitude and “go getter” personality.

What You’ll Do

  • Actively participate in SOX planning activities, including risk assessments and COSO mapping
  • Project manage the Company’s Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance efforts and deliverables. Support SOX program lead in achieving goals and target set for the team
  • Independently conduct process understanding and walkthrough meetings with control owners
  • Articulate key risk in business processes, assess control design and advise business owners on control improvements over financial reporting
  • Prepare clear and organized audit work papers and ensure relevant control activities are evaluated to assess operating effectiveness of controls across critical cycles such as Order to Cash, Inventory, Procure to Pay, Financial Reporting, Fixed Asset, Tax etc.
  • Assist in managing and reviewing the work products of third-party contractors involved in testing and evaluation of controls
  • Interface with external auditors and IT Compliance on overall SOX program timelines, deliverables, knowledge transfer and resolving control related matters
  • Manage timelines, deliverables and reporting through internal audit automated tool
  • Evaluate processes and controls impact due to new system implementation and business changes globally
  • Formulate appropriate conclusions regarding the adequacy of internal controls, evaluate control deficiencies and propose remediation action to owners for effective resolution
  • Provide support and co lead ongoing operational audits and lead discussion on control enhancements based on risk mitigation strategy and weaknesses identified. Prepare comprehensive audit reports and focus on providing insightful and value-added recommendations to stakeholders

What You’ll Bring

  • 5+ years’ experience in assurance/advisory role or SOX compliance testing,
  • Preferred experience in financial and operational audit with in-depth knowledge of critical business and accounting processes
  • Work experience in Big 4 (assurance or advisory) for at least +4 years and of exceptional ability or;
  • Experience working in the accounting, audit or compliance departments of a large public company, preferably with SOX compliance responsibility;
  • Experience leading and managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent experience
  • Certified Public Accounting (CPA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation preferred
  • Knowledge of financial internal control framework and application along with deep understanding of key business and IT processes (order to cash, fixed assets, inventory etc.)
  • Knowledge of ERP system-based control design and optimization Strong interpersonal skills and understanding of corporate accounting processes and technical matters
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally to all levels of staff and management
  • Advanced skills for use in data analysis, reporting, and data management
  • High degree of initiative, dependability and ability to work with minimum supervision as well as supervise work of other team members

Compensation and Benefits


Along with competitive pay, as a full-time Tesla employee, you are eligible for the following benefits at day 1 of hire:

  • Aetna PPO and HSA plans > 2 medical plan options with $0 payroll deduction
  • Family-building, fertility, adoption and surrogacy benefits
  • Dental (including orthodontic coverage) and vision plans, both have options with a $0 paycheck contribution
  • Company Paid (Health Savings Account) HSA Contribution when enrolled in the High Deductible Aetna medical plan with HSA
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • LGBTQ+ care concierge services
  • 401(k) with employer match, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, and other financial benefits
  • Company paid Basic Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Sick and Vacation time (Flex time for salary positions), and Paid Holidays
  • Back-up childcare and parenting support resources
  • Voluntary benefits to include: critical illness, hospital indemnity, accident insurance, theft & legal services, and pet insurance
  • Weight Loss and Tobacco Cessation Programs
  • Tesla Babies program
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee discounts and perks program

Tesla is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

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