Head of Internal Audit

Job Summary

As Head of Internal Audit, you will be building the team responsible for providing objective assurance on the design and operational effectiveness of Paystack’s internal controls and business processes, compliance with laws and regulations and risk management framework, and other governance processes. In addition, you will be responsible for providing advisory services in the form of targeted analyses, model evaluations, systems design assessments, and policy reviews. We’re looking for a leader who will lead the buildout and scaling of our audit program, serve as a key member of the Paystack leadership team and partner to the business, and who will elevate the ambitions of Paystack. The role is remote-friendly with frequent travel to Nigeria, and expansion markets required, and report to Paystack’s Head of Finance.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 8 years

Job Description/Requirements

  • Develop the annual and longer-term strategy for a risk-based audit plan shaped for Paystack’s expanding global operations and regulatory requirements.
  • Scale the audit program to encompass regulatory compliance requirements governing regulated entities. 
  • Plan and execute audits of business processes subject to regulatory compliance requirements (e.g., AML, KYC, sanctions, safeguarding, data privacy), financial partner requirements (e.g., GARS), independent audit for financial reporting, etc.
  • Lead ad-hoc programs and initiatives to provide advisory insights.
  • Work seamlessly with key business partners within the second lines of defense to build efficiencies into the audit plan and avoid duplication of testing activities.
  • Present findings and recommendations to stakeholders and leadership teams (including the Board of Directors).
  • Secure management action plans for remediation and monitor remediation progress and timeliness.
  • Perform outreach and maintain collaborative working relationships with business partners.
  • Invest in understanding the business to better identify areas of need and opportunities to advise.
  • Research and stay current on applicable regulatory requirements and emerging trends and best practices.  

Requirements:

  • 8+ years of audit and project management experience within an Internal Audit function and/or as part of an accounting/consulting firm.
  • Experience in leading Internal Audit geo, either at a global or regional level.
  • Experience in leading an Internal Audit regulatory compliance subject matter domain/pillar.
  • Experience in payment services, banking and/or financial services, and associated regulatory compliance.
  • Technical auditing skills and knowledge of relevant professional and auditing standards.
  • Experience with performing risk assessments and leveraging to prioritize workstreams.  
  • Ability to discuss complex issues with any level of management and influence perspectives.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including report positioning and clarity.
  • CAMS and/or other relevant certifications.
  • Bachelor’s degree. 
  • CPA, CIA or CISA certification

Nice-to-haves:

  • Start-up / early growth experience
  • Previous experience in a high volume transactional payment environment  


Paystack is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We’re committed to providing employees with a work environment that is progressive and open-minded. Our employment philosophy is to hire the best people and empower them to do the best work of their lives. Employment decisions are based on business needs and individual merit without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, marital status, gender, or age.

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