Director of Internal Audit at ESS
Wilsonville, OR, US

ESS is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our employees and community therefore we require COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment. Medical and religious exemptions may apply. 


Catalyzing a cleaner future.

ESS is a globally recognized leader in sustainable energy storage and is consistently identified as one of the most innovative and exciting technology players in energy storage. Trading on the NYSE (GWH), ESS is poised to be one of the fastest growing energy technology companies in the world, with projects already across 4 continents. The ESS vision is about enabling the decarbonization of the grid by enabling us to achieve up to 100% of our electricity from clean, sustainable renewable energy.


These are ambitious goals, and we are pursuing them with passion.  At ESS, we are leading the energy transition, creating the sustainable energy solutions of the future to help individuals, businesses and communities change energy into lasting value.


The Director of Internal Audit will be instrumental in leading and driving all aspects of planning and coordinating Sarbanes-Oxley and ESS’s internal control environment.  This role reports directly to the Audit Committee and administratively to the Chief Accounting Officer.  This leader will develop the internal audit function for continuous operational auditing and help to drive process improvement that leads to enhanced controls and greater efficiencies.


What you’ll do at ESS.

  • Hire, lead, direct, and develop a small team of internal audit personnel to assess ESS’s control environment, while advising on efficient and effective business processes.
  • Responsible for all aspects of planning and coordinating Sarbanes-Oxley and internal audit of controls, including entity level controls.
  • Assist in the development of Sarbanes-Oxley self-assessment programs for key controls and performs SOX self-assessment testing for all business processes including IT functions and entity level controls.
  • Oversee the annual risk assessment process to define the audit plan as agreed with the Audit Committee.
  • Advisor to different business owners on implementation, execution and compliance with new processes and system implementation.
  • Oversee the execution and completion of all audit fieldwork according to the established schedule and to the IIA auditing standards.
  • Provide recommendations for internal control improvements that may include operational enhancements or efficiencies, and the preparation of audit reports.  Performs financial, operational, fraud, system (IT) and process audits.
  • Coordinate and supervise internal audit work provided by third-party providers as required. 
  • Position is responsible for generating value-added recommendations to enhance overall internal control.


We’d love to see.

Minimum requirements:

  • BA/BS degree in Accounting/Finance
  • Certification as a CIA or CPA
  • Minimum of 5-7 years Sarbanes-Oxley, internal audit experience or equivalent such as Big 4 audit experience
  • Strong knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and audit techniques
  • Must have broad audit experience and the ability to interact and influence management at all levels


Skills and Abilities.

  • Communicate effectively with finance, accounting, and all other management levels throughout the audit process to ensure adherence to work plans, schedules, and that audit concerns are addressed.
  • Strong communication skills and executive presence as demonstrated through crisp writing, speaking and thinking. Proven experience interacting with senior management.
  • Maintain a current knowledge base of audit industry practices and ensure best practices are considered.
  • Be a team player as a key component of the audit process.
  • Ability to provide sound business judgment, strategic thinking, and broad financial and business perspective across the organization.
  • Utilizes audit objectives and procedures to review and assess the adequacy and application of internal controls through corporate operations.
  • Develop a thorough understanding and knowledge base of the Company’s operations.
  • Establish effective business relationships within the company and assist management in the understanding and adoption of internal control principles.
  • Risk based oriented person with strong project management skills


Benefits of working at ESS.

In addition to the value of working with and helping grow a global reaching clean technology, ESS offers a Company assisted Health insurance, Approved PPE Reimbursement, Medical & Dental; Flex spending account; 8 paid holidays; 401K, and a competitive PTO accrual.


As an equal opportunity employer, we are open to considering every qualified candidate who is eligible and legally authorized to work in the United States on a full or part-time basis, without a need for sponsorship.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.