Associate Principal, Technical Control Design

Gurugram, India

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The Community You Will Join 

Airbnb Capability Center (formerly known as Airseva) was set up in 2017 in Gurgaon. We provide specialized operational services which allow Airbnb's business and responsibilities across the world. These include Finance Technology, Finance Shared Services, Analytics, Engineering, amongst other verticals. Our offices are home to multi-experienced teams with an understanding of our business and community. We're hospitable, fun and we welcome all with open arms. 


The difference you will make 

In the role of Associate Principal, Technical Control Design, the successful candidate will be responsible for continued development of our Platform compliance program for Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.  You will support design and testing of key business and IT SOX controls in a rapidly changing and growing company and technology environment, as a leader in the Platform Controlling group.  You will provide guidance to process and control owners in designing controls over technical areas of the Platform and IT General Controls and lead coordination with other SOX stakeholders as well as our internal and external auditors.  

The platform refers to the platform and any in-scope platforms of any acquired businesses.  The scope of your work will also include technologies, platform infrastructure and databases between the platform and the company’s general ledger. You will work directly with control owners in the business (e.g. accounting teams and engineers) for implementation and maintenance of the controls, Global Risk (Internal Audit) for testing of the controls, and interact and support efforts of the Company’s independent auditor.  You will also support control owners in maintaining SOX documentation, the walk through process and evaluation of gaps, remediation of gaps, and evaluation of deficiencies.  You will also be deeply involved in the development of controls over the platform infrastructure and other IT General Controls supporting the company’s financials as changes are made to the existing environment (often tied to new products or lines of business and partnerships) driven by our high growth and rate of change.

The role requires a well-rounded controls focused professional with accounting, deep systems, infrastructure and operational expertise.  Excellent communication, resource allocation and project management skills are critical, as well as the ability to influence across functions and various levels.  The position reports to the Senior Principal SOX Audit Leader that rolls up to the Head of Global Risk and Internal Audit.


A typical day 

  • Consult on new business initiatives impacting platform systems or infrastructure within the service oriented architecture, work to assess the impact of changes on financial processes, manual and automated controls, and provide best practice recommendations on controls 
  • Independently assess changes to Logical Access and Change Management IT General Controls and support the business in designing and implementing control changes
  • Support and implement controls around system implementations
  • Exercise influence in working with stakeholders to design and implement controls
  • Apply a new perspective on existing solutions to recommend manual and automated controls to be implemented as part of new project launches and serve as the SOX subject matter expert for teams to design and implement SOX controls where needed
  • Act as the “go-to” person for technical Platform SOX controls or Non-Platform IT General Controls within the organization and takes the lead on implementing controls in an efficient and effective manner, while creating guardrails to allow the business to move quickly
  • Participate in annual 404 compliance activities, including initial documentation of key manual and automated controls, documentation updates, control testing and audit requests
  • Support the quarterly 302 certification process 


Your Expertise 

  • Chartered Accountant 
  • Minimum of 7 or more years of post CA experience preferably with some years of external audit or consulting experience with publicly traded companies  
  • Understanding and experience with the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Section 404, COSO framework and PCAOB standards
  • Knowledge of technology marketplace environments including both 3rd party and home-grown systems
  • Understanding of a service oriented platform architecture 
  • Experience with external auditor requirements and expectations
  • Mission-driven, enthusiastic to learn and grow; team-oriented with a positive attitude and able to work in hyper-growth, fast paced environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively with people at all levels of the organization, identify risks and anticipate questions, and provide actionable recommendations based on industry best practices and use influence to ensure execution
  • Strong risk management experience, including: performing assessments and audits, advanced understanding of designing SOX controls, leveraging risk and control frameworks, and prioritizing risk
  • Role model for Airbnb core values


Our commitment to inclusion & belonging 

Airbnb is committed to working with the broadest talent pool possible. We believe diverse ideas foster innovation and engagement, and allow us to attract creatively-led people, and to develop the best products, services and solutions. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. If you need assistance, or a reasonable accommodation during the application and recruiting process, please contact us at: