El Segundo, CA
At Beyond Meat, we started with simple questions. Why do you need an animal to create meat? Why can’t you build meat directly from plants? Thus, we make plant-based meats that allow families to eat more, not less, of the traditional dishes they love while feeling great about the health, sustainability, and animal welfare benefits of plant protein. Our goal is to bring exciting change to the plate—and Beyond.
Beyond Meat is looking for a Senior Director of Internal Audit to serve as the company’s Head of Internal Audit. The position will report to the CFO with a dotted line to the BYND Audit Committee. This position will be instrumental in managing the Company’s Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance program, and will develop the long term strategy for the Beyond Meat Internal Audit department structure (including expansion of the department’s capacities and establishing a formal risk-based operational audit methodology).
You will work throughout the organization, coordinating with leadership of each department, the Controller’s office, and members of the Audit Committee. You will manage the relationships with BYND Internal Audit’s external partners, including external auditors and outsourcing partners who support the company’s SOX program.
TASKS, DUTIES, & GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Oversee the audit strategy and practices (i.e. frameworks, methodologies, work products and quality assurance mechanisms).
Participate in the execution of the enterprise risk assessments and development of the annual Internal Audit plan that is responsive to the financial and operational risks of the company.
Drive and coordinate efforts to execute the Internal Audit and SOX project plan.
Oversee an efficient and effective SOX 404 Compliance program, including planning, coordinating, testing, reporting, remediation, and ensuring project alignment within the team and key stakeholders (including IT, Business Process owners and the external auditors).
Liaise with external auditors to plan and implement a comprehensive audit of the Company’s interim, year-end and Sarbanes-Oxley assessments; coordinate and ensure the efficiency of the external auditor’s control testing reliance approach.
Lead risk-based financial, compliance, operational and IT system audits, with a goal of maximizing control, minimizing risk, and optimizing company performance.
Incorporate leading practices related to risk assessment, audit process development, utilization of automated audit tools, and data analytics.
Build, develop, and maintain strong and proactive business and operational relationships with business and technology partners across the organization to support Internal Audit objectives.
Manage and coach internal and third-party personnel to ensure cohesive and collaborative execution.
Present findings and recommendations to executive management to enable them to be knowledgeable about the state of the organization’s system of internal control and risk management processes.
Education, Technical Skills, and/or Previous Experience:
Bachelor’s or master’s degree required in Accounting.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or other relevant certification preferred (Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) considered a plus)
12+ years of relevant work experience in Big 4 Public Accounting and/or Internal Audit experience with a public company.
Demonstrate a strong understanding of US GAAP, COSO framework, Sarbanes-Oxley; knowledge of operational best practices in CPG considered a plus.
Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, including listening, verbal, written, and presentation, with the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the company and senior level management.
Demonstrate the highest level of ethical behavior, discretion, and ability to maintain strict confidentiality in the best interests of the Company.
Exhibit strong project management and organization skills, including the ability to multi-task and prioritize various workstreams simultaneously, including the ability to manage differing perspectives and positively influence outcomes.
Demonstrated risk assessment and management skills.
Experience in a high growth business environment and/or early-phase SOX compliance programs preferred.
Direct experience leading audits of complex SOX 404 programs, including financial controls, entity level controls and IT general controls.
Proficient with Microsoft Office applications is required; experience with audit workpaper tools (i.e. AuditBoard), data analytics software, and NetSuite considered a plus
Beyond Meat is an equal employment opportunity employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, gender identify, sexual orientation, national origin, liability for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. If you are interested in learning the status of your application, please note you will be contacted directly by the appropriate human resources contact person if you are selected for further consideration. Beyond Meat reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time.
Please note that Beyond Meat has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees. All U.S. employees who (a) physically enter a Beyond Meat facility in the United States, (b) represent Beyond Meat at work-related events, including but not limited to trade shows and product demonstrations, or (c) physically enter customer or potential customer sites in connection with their work for Beyond Meat must take all necessary steps to be Fully Vaccinated as a condition of employment, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.