Senior Director - Internal Audit
9h ago

About Canoo

If you're intrigued by the dream of working alongside the smartest & most revolutionary designers and engineers in the EV space, Canoo just may be the place for you.

Are you a person who is irked by the status quo? Do you derive personal satisfaction from doing something you've never done before, and seeing that work actually put into production?

Here at Canoo, every day is vastly different from the one before it, as we're moving swiftly toward our goal of changing the way the world looks at Urban Mobility.

We're a well-funded start-up, led by the who's who of EV business leaders, whose passion brought them together on this special mission.

We're diligently preparing for our first vehicle launch and looking for deeply experienced and passionate talent, who are not just looking for a job," but rather are driven to raise the bar and create new benchmarks within the global EV industry. Read on...

Job Purpose

The Senior Director, Internal Audit will help establish a best-in-class internal audit function. The Internal Audit function provides independent objective assurance and advisory services to our Company that are designed to improve controls, operations, risk management and compliance.

Internal Audit works closely with accounting, legal, management and the external auditor.

The Senior Director will be responsible for planning and conducting operational, financial and compliance audits to evaluate the effectiveness of internal controls and provide assurance on the same.

He or she will liaise with business and corporate management to complete an annual risk assessment, develop an annual Audit Plan and a SOX audit plan.

The Senior Director will report on the development and execution of the internal audit plan and Sarbanes-Oxley plan to executive management and the audit committee.

The Senior Director will make recommendations to senior management to increase the effectiveness and / or efficiency of the control systems reviewed and identify and evaluate emerging areas of operational and organizational risk.

The individual will help select and lead a team of third-party internal audit resources whose scope of activities will be comprehensive including providing value-added analysis on business operations, internal controls and risk management

The Senior Director, Internal Audit reports functionally to the Chief Accounting Officer and administratively to the CFO.

The preferred candidate should demonstrate executive presence and leadership, accountancy and / or auditing qualifications and experience of auditing (internal or external) in organizations of similar size and complexity.

The position will require excellent interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, and the ability to influence decision making at a senior level.


  • Oversee the development and execution of the annual audit plan using a risk-based approach in conjunction with senior management and business management;
  • present the plan to executive management and the audit committee

  • Develop and implement SOX audit plan
  • Effectively utilize the audit process to identify control and operating weaknesses and to develop recommendations to address for divisions and operations of the company focusing on financial, operational or information technology areas
  • Develop strong relationships with business leaders, guiding them on how to think about identifying and mitigating risks in their environment
  • Oversee the preparation of risk assessment, ensuring that it aligns with the company's strategic plan
  • Partner with Legal and Compliance on the annual ERM assessment and ongoing monitoring of key risks
  • Provide reports to the audit committee on the company's system of internal controls, significant audit issues, investigations and special projects
  • Track audit findings, drive development of action plans, and follow up on remediation actions and issue closure
  • Interface regularly with senior management and business and functional leaders
  • Communicate independently and effectively with key stakeholders
  • Experience

  • Undergraduate degree in accounting, finance, or business
  • 15+ years of related experience
  • Public Accounting experience (Big 4 Preferred)
  • Internal Audit experience
  • CPA or CIA certification
  • Working knowledge of Data Analytics tools
  • Strong internal control background COSO
  • Critical Leadership Abilities

  • Critical thinker, challenges the status quo, strong analytical capability and risk management mindset
  • Strong business acumen and able to make financial-operational linkages
  • Demonstrates initiative and has capability and maturity to operate independently
  • Invites and uses the opinions and perspectives of others. Engages people in a dialogue to gain commitment and bring them "on board", linking their perspective to the intent
  • Thinks creatively and responds to changes as opportunities rather than seeing barriers
  • Strong executive presence, ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Ability to adapt, quick-learner, strong project management and execution skills
  • High personal standards and professional ethics with a commitment to excellence
  • Passion to help improve operations continuously
  • Additional Info

  • Up to 20% travel may be required
  • What's Cool About Working Here...

  • Four months paid primary care giver leave
  • Flexible PTO
  • Participation in the Employee Equity Compensation Plan
  • Casual workplace with an unbelievable feeling of energy
  • Work in a high-growth start up that will redefine urban mobility
  • Canoo is an equal opportunity-affirmative action employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, past or present military service or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

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