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Associate Principal Technical Control Testing



Posted on Monday, June 3, 2024

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and experiences that make it possible for guests to connect with communities in a more authentic way.

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 Testing, 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 evaluate the design and effectiveness of SOX controls, provide guidance to process and control owners 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) to evaluate the controls and support business partners in the implementation and maintenance of the controls and interact and support efforts of the Company’s independent auditor. As part of the annual control evaluations, you will perform walkthroughs (including code reviews) over processes and controls to evaluate the design, test sample transactions to evaluate the operating effectiveness, evaluate gaps, and drive the remediation of deficiencies.

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

  • Participate in annual scoping and risk assessment exercises and determine testing approach for financially relevant systems, services, applications, and tools
  • Execute design and operating effectiveness testing over Logical Access, Change Management and Backup and Recovery IT General Controls and Automated Controls within the Company’s systems
  • Evaluate changes made to the Service Oriented Architecture and supporting infrastructure and databases and provide best practice recommendations on controls
  • Apply a new perspective on existing controls to recommend efficiencies in testing and evaluation approaches
  • Support business partners in maintaining internal control documentation over key processes
  • Participate in annual 404 compliance activities with the external auditors, including identification, evaluation, and remediation of deficiencies
  • Support the quarterly 302 certification process

Your Expertise

  • Chartered Accountant (CA) with Minimum of 7+ years of experience post qualification , 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 annual risk assessments, executing annual SOX control testing, and evaluating control deficiencies
  • 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: