Senior Manager, Strategic Projects

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique travel experiences around the world. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb allows people to Belong Anywhere through unique travel experiences at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and over 190 countries. We promote a culture of curiosity, humanity, and creativity through our product, brand, and, most importantly, our people.

Role & Responsibilities

Senior Manager, Strategic Projects, Platform Controlling

In the role of Senior Manager, Strategic Projects, Platform Controlling, the successful candidate will ensure that the proper financial controls and processes are in place to support Airbnb as it scales. Additional strategic projects will includes the development and ownership of policies and procedures to manage mergers and acquisitions and geographic expansions. The candidate will also lead efforts to create and continuously improve core accounting and financial reporting processes.

The role requires a well-rounded professional with broad financial, accounting and operational expertise and a track record of leading cross-functional organizations through large scale transformation. 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 Director, Platform Controller.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead strategic initiatives for Platform Accounting including:
    • Due diligence on M&A projects
    • Develop budget, timeline and platform integration plan for M&A projects
    • Lead gap analysis for accounting processes and accounting policies on target company
    • Oversee Close for acquired company through to integration into the platform
  • Partner closely to manage cross-functional projects with M&A, Product, Payments, Engineering, Finance, Treasury, Tax and GL accounting teams
  • Develop and implement best practices SOX controls around Platform Accounting including Controls owned upstream by business and engineering teams with focus on scalability and building for long term growth
  • Work with 3rd party audit firm and outside consultants on implementation, testing and remediation of Platform Controls
  • Focus on continuous process improvement including developing deep understanding of existing Platform Accounting processes, making recommendations for process improvements, and assisting with implementation of improvements
  • Create month-end Platform Close reporting and analysis for the CAO and Payments CFO

Qualifications and Experience:

  • B.A. or B.S. in Accounting or Finance
  • CPA Certification
  • Minimum of 12+ years of experience with background with Big 4 accounting firm and relevant platform accounting experience
  • 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 and make actionable recommendations and use influence to ensure execution
  • Strong project management experience including M&A integration experience
  • Extensive knowledge of the internal control framework (specifically COSO) and a solid understanding of the concepts of control design and operational efficiency
  • Strong knowledge of SOX requirements and ability to assist with documentation of ITGC and financial process controls to support operational as well as SOX compliance audits, including performing walkthroughs and developing process flow charts
  • Strong risk management experience, including: performing assessments and audits, designing controls, managing enterprise control frameworks, and prioritizing risk
  • Role model Airbnb core values

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