Accounting Manager, Financial Compliance (St. Louis, MO)

| St. Louis, MO
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About Benson Hill
Benson Hill empowers innovators to develop more healthy, tasty and sustainable food by unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants. Benson Hill’s CropOS™ platform combines machine learning and big data with breeding techniques and plant biology to drastically accelerate and simplify the product development process. This platform allows for cost-effective and more efficient ways for companies to analyze and make improvements in plant genetics. Benson Hill brings a unique and holistic approach to our product and platform development, as we span a broader workflow involving trait and seed development, genome editing, and breeding all the way to creating better ingredients and varieties that tap a strong consumer demand for more flavorful and nutritious fruits and vegetables. More information can be found online at www.bensonhill.com. Follow us on Twitter at @BensonHillInc.

Our Purpose and Core Values

Our Core Values are a set of common principles we share that are fundamental to our company’s identity.

  • Be Bold!  We redefine boundaries by providing new solutions to difficult problems. Together we are driven to transform the future and will not allow the fear of failure to prevent us from innovating. We voice our opinions, embrace change, and challenge each other to think creatively.
  • Be Inspired! We redefine boundaries by providing new solutions to difficult problems. Together we are driven to transform the future and will not allow the fear of failure to prevent us from innovating. We voice our opinions, embrace change, and challenge each other to think creatively.
  • Be Real! We understand who we are, what we want to achieve, and what it takes to get there. We hold each other accountable through timely, candid, and well-intentioned feedback. Together we engage in honest communication and healthy debate that leads to success through true alignment.

Department Overview

The Finance Department oversees the accounting and financial planning and reporting functions of the organization. The team oversees accounting functions such as ledger accounts, financial statements and cost control systems with a focus on regulatory compliance and practices.

Position Summary
The Accounting Manager, Financial Compliance will oversee the Sarbanes-Oxley and other accounting compliance efforts across the Company and Business Segments. Manage the internal controls documentation and testing activities as they relate to the various business lines to ensure compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Interact daily with Management, Internal Audit, and Executive Management on the status of the respective compliance efforts. Serve as the Risk Management application system administrator.  Assist with various Risk Management efforts as needed, including but not limited to analyzing Insurance needs and working with Insurance broker to ensure appropriate coverage.

The Accounting Manager, Financial Compliance will be responsible for assisting with overall Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) and SSAE 18 SOC 1 (SOC 1) compliance, focusing on business process internal controls. This position will play a key role in designing internal controls and ensuring there are adequate business process controls in key processes and an appropriate control environment. This position will be responsible for working with process owners on control design and documentation and any remediation activity necessary for internal control deficiencies. This position will report to the Controller and will have significant interaction with process and control owners, the internal and external audit teams and IT.
Essential Duties and Resposibilities

  • Strong grasp of internal control theories and principles along with a working knowledge of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act requirements and the COSO Framework.
  • Comprehensive understanding of GAAP accounting that will allow them to review and analyze all standards providing management with detailed recommendations.
  • Manage the annual SOX Project Plan, ensuring milestone dates are met. Direct the SOX Process Owners and Testers through the SOX Process.
  • Review SOX test results and communicate any internal control issues to management.
  • Provide proposed remediation activities and timelines.
  • Manage the compilation of quarterly test results and reporting of results to executive management, including presentations to the Disclosure Committee and the Audit and Finance Committee.
  • Serve as management's liaison to external auditors for compliance
  • Serve as the Risk Management application administrator and subject matter expert. Oversee training of business process owners and testers on the application.
  • Drive the transformation underway in the Controllers function
  • Lead stakeholder meetings to facilitate decision making while managing the risks and issues
  • Understanding, documenting the current state processes, and developing the target state process along with the operating model
  • Involvement in system integration support including requirements gathering, application configuration & testing, reports/interfaces/conversions/extensions/forms/workflow development & testing
  • Support stakeholder analysis, communications development and end-user training
  • Supporting audit remediation activities, such as developing/updating process documentation (e.g., narratives and flow charts), and developing/implementing corrective action plans to address findings
  • Leading and coaching audit remediation activities, such as developing/updating process documentation (e.g., narratives and flow charts), and developing/implementing corrective action plans to address findings
  • Managing and performing recurring testing, such as testing internal controls, designing and executing internal controls programs
  • Reviewing work products and providing coaching to junior team members
  • Understanding end to end business processes and designing business process internal controls commensurate with financial statement risk
  • Assisting with annual SOX scoping analysis and periodic updates
  • Collaborating directly with business owners, including senior level management, in process improvement initiatives and remediation of internal control deficiencies related to business process controls
  • Actively liaising with internal and external auditors and various process and control owners and ensuring testing readiness of control owners, timely supply of requested documentation and escalation of control deficiencies with business process controls
  • Performing other tasks as needed including business owner controls training, quarterly 302 certifications, acting as a subject matter expert for any operational controls needs and ensuring timely updates to our controls and process repository
  • Assisting with ad-hoc projects, including Insurance administration as needed

Qualifications

  • Strong grasp of internal control theories and principles along with a working knowledge of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act requirements and the COSO Framework.
  • Comprehensive understanding of GAAP accounting that will allow them to review and analyze all standards providing management with detailed recommendations.
  • Basic understanding of SEC reporting requirements.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills with all levels of management
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Advanced analytical skills
  • Four (4) to seven (7) years experience within a public accounting firm or corporate accounting management or internal audit department.
  • 6-8 years public accounting experience including IT/ITGC SOX and/or SOC 1 internal controls testing. Big Four experience preferred.
    CISA, CIA or CPA preferred
  • NetSuite, iRely, Workiva experience
  • Financial Products knowledge in some or all of the following areas: loans, deposits, derivatives, securities, repurchase agreements, securities lending, commodities, cash equities trading, credit trading, debt, etc.
  • Ability to successfully operate in a complex and matrixed environment
  • Ability to lead projects/initiatives with high risk and complexity
  • Strong analytical skills with high attention to detail and accuracy
  • Experience in key finance & accounting processes that includes general accounting and corporate consolidation, financial planning & analysis, accounts payable and receivable, fixed assets and projects, treasury and cash management, financial, statutory and management reporting
  • Excellent critical thinking, problem solving, communication and analytical skills; able to work independently and manage multiple assignments with strong proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint


Performing COSO Monitoring responsibilities including:

  • Performing walkthroughs of significant processes and ensure required COSO documentation is accurate and reflects relevant risk and key controls;
  • Performing COSO testing of key controls, including design effectiveness assessments and operating effectiveness testing;
  • Validating and challenging risk assessment conclusions, including assessing appropriateness and completeness of key risk and key controls identified;
  • Validating and challenging documentation of control deficiencies, including issue description, root cause, unmitigated impact, and corrective actions;
  • Analyzing the severity of control deficiencies, both individually and in the aggregate, and the impact to internal control over financial reporting;

We have a Total Rewards Package at Benson Hill that consists of more than just your paycheck. Total Rewards at Benson Hill covers Pay (salary and bonus), Health (employer benefit contributions) and Wealth (investments). Some of the perks include:

  • A Collaborative Environment
  • A flexible PTO program with a focus on work/life balance
  • Competitive medical benefits and retirement savings plan
  • FREE Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Education reimbursement
  • PAID parental leave
  • And more….
More Information on Benson Hill
Benson Hill operates in the Agriculture industry. The company is located in St.Louis, MO. Benson Hill was founded in 2012. It has 304 total employees. To see all 39 open jobs at Benson Hill, click here.
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