Senior Internal Controls and Process Analyst



Pleasanton, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2023

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About the Team

The SOX and Internal Controls team works within the accounting and finance organization. We prioritize the development and training of team members so that they become well-rounded professionals with the skills vital for the next generation. We are committed to working hard and having fun while maintaining work-life balance.

About the Role

Workday is searching for a naturally curious audit professional to join as a Senior Internal Control and Process Analyst. This position reports to the Manager, Internal Control and Process and works within the accounting/finance organization to help assess and build efficient/effective business controls related to financial reporting risk (SOX compliance).


  • Ensure SOX compliance in an increasingly complex and dynamic business environment

  • Coordinate updates to key financial reporting documentation, including: Risk and Control Matrix, Process Flowcharts, SOX Calendar, System Scoping, Report Population, etc.

  • Assess and document considerations over SOX scoping. Act as a subject matter expert for the financial reporting risks and control requirements

  • Handle direct coordination of external audit controls testing efforts, including walkthroughs, testing, audit requests and evaluation of deficiencies

  • Collaborate with process owners to analyze, evaluate, and enhance business processes and internal controls

  • Collaborate with other SOX team members on business process/control considerations. Note that although this is not a direct IT SOX role, responsibilities may include assessments involving collaboration on IT SOX considerations

  • Collaborate with management to plan and develop project timelines, risk assessments, controls, and other ad-hoc assessments related to financial reporting risks and controls

  • Engage with process owners to help document business process flows and relevant controls

  • Develop a deep understanding of Workday technology and proactively advise on efficient and effective internal controls around new functionality and tools

  • Develop ideas and communicate knowledge through written correspondence and verbal presentations

  • Demonstrate strong project management skills, with a bias towards teamwork, and using current technology/tools to enhance the effectiveness of our integrated control environment

  • Investigate and resolve auditor and process owner queries

  • Build and maintain a strong working relationship with the stakeholders using demonstrated competency, trust, and effective, timely communication to facilitate the audit process

  • Support the evolution and scalability of the company’s internal controls

  • Document, coordinate, and close open requests from a variety of sources to ensure timely completion

  • Special and other projects as assigned

About You

Required Qualifications:

  • 4+ years SOX audit experience within the technology industry

  • Public Accounting firm experience with SOX, audit, or internal audit functions

  • Deep understanding of GAAP, COSO, Sarbanes Oxley Act, and PCAOB Rules

  • Experienced in the use of auditing and assessment frameworks and the application of professional standards

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, Technology, or related field

Other Qualifications:

  • MBA or CPA certification preferred

  • Possesses a practical, hands-on approach and the ability to lead by example

  • Accepts responsibility and shares credit for successes

  • Builds and sustains excellent relationships at multiple levels internally and with partners

  • Possesses high emotional intelligence and an ability to challenge in a nuanced way to deliver on commitments

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Proven ability to interface with all levels of management

  • Customer service focused and solution oriented with the ability to work independently

Workday Pay Transparency Statement - United States

The annualized base salary ranges for the primary location and any additional locations in the United States (US) are listed below. Workday pay ranges vary based on work location. As a part of the total compensation package, this role may be eligible for the Workday Bonus Plan or a role-specific commission/bonus, as well as annual refresh stock grants. Recruiters can share more detail during the hiring process. Each candidate’s compensation offer will be based on multiple factors including, but not limited to, geography, experience, skills, job duties, and business need, among other things. For more information regarding Workday’s comprehensive benefits, please click here.

Primary Location: USA.CA.Pleasanton

Primary Location Base Pay Range: $117,100 - $175,700

Additional US Location(s) Base Pay Range: $92,900 - $175,700

Our Approach to Flexible Work

With Flex Work, we’re combining the best of both worlds: in-person time and remote. Our approach enables our teams to deepen connections, maintain a strong community, and do their best work. We know that flexibility can take shape in many ways, so rather than a number of required days in-office each week, we simply spend at least half (50%) of our time each quarter in the office or in the field with our customers, prospects, and partners (depending on role). This means you'll have the freedom to create a flexible schedule that caters to your business, team, and personal needs, while being intentional to make the most of time spent together. Those in our remote "home office" roles also have the opportunity to come together in our offices for important moments that matter.

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