We’re hiring a Director of Internal Controls in Columbus, OH

The Company: Root was founded on the belief that insurance is a broken industry, and we set out to change it. By getting to the “root” of the issue—the unfair, archaic, complicated insurance business model—and solving it entirely, we set out to transform the insurance world.
We believe our customers deserve insurance that is:
Fair. We lean on data, not demographic labels.
Affordable. We base rates on good driver performance.
Personal. We give our customers the power to affect their rates.
Easy. We create an intuitive experience.
Accessible. We make information clear.
Beyond. We are never, ever satisfied with the status quo.
The Role: We’re looking for the next addition to the Root Accounting Team: a high-energy, action-oriented individual that is enthusiastic about building highly effective processes and procedures and leading our overall compliance program with respect to SOX. The ideal candidate is a CPA and a subject matter expert on internal control guidance who has experience working in a high change organization with an understanding of complex stakeholder dynamics that accompany a software development company and the inherent disposition to work in an environment where we’re building tools from the ground up!  We expect this individual has previous experience developing and executing a SOX program and understands how to work closely with key internal and external partners to support the design and implementation of our annual SOX program.  Additionally, key qualities include an ability to work with and influence others and an ability to lead and affect process change and improvements.  In addition, we expect this individual to be hands-on, comfortable digging into details, and making recommendations to senior leaders. The Director will benefit from broad exposure to all areas of the organization while promoting the importance of quality internal control initiatives and working with a growing team.
Reports to: Chief Accounting Officer 


  • Direct the development, implementation and execution of a best in class SOX compliance program across the company
  • Lead establishment and maintenance of the company’s internal control policies, standards and procedures to ensure a consistent approach to documentation, testing and reporting
  • Be intimately familiar with processes and functions that Finance organization manages and connects with; assess business needs and assist the organization with setting priorities to ensure appropriateness and adequacy versus industry best practices and regulatory requirements
  • Conduct risk assessments of key accounts, financial reporting processes and information systems
  • Partner with finance and non-accounting process owners to develop narratives, flowcharts, risk and control matrices and related internal control documentation
  • Oversee coordination with IT leadership on the design, implementation and evaluation of IT general and automated system controls and configurations
  • Act as subject matter expert to educate accounting/finance personnel and business partners on the importance of controls and an effective control environment. Conduct  internal controls trainings for business partners on a regular basis to build knowledge and understanding of risks and controls
  • Monitor and support evaluation and resolution of identified control deficiencies, including remediation efforts
  • Manage the ongoing improvement and innovation of the SOX program
  • Contribute to reports for Audit Committee and Senior Management on the status of compliance efforts
  • Build and develop a best-in-class SOX team 


  • 9+ years of experience within internal controls, internal audit or big four public accounting environment
  • Active CPA license required
  • Solid understanding of US GAAP, SOX 404 requirements, COSO framework, PCAOB standards, and other relevant professional guidance
  • Experience working in a changing and dynamic environment with a software development company
  • Ability to navigate through ambiguity, direct and coordinate multiple project assignments simultaneously, accept ownership and accountability for projects, and deliver on commitments
  • Creative and innovative team player with an understanding of the interconnectivity of the business processes and their effects on the control environment
  • Ability to propose and implement practical, efficient and effective solutions to internal control issues
  • Strong financial and business acumen
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, conflict resolution and presentation skills
  • Sound independent judgment 

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Finding the right people to help us build Root is a top priority. Whether you would like to explore the possibility of working together or simply learn more about the position, we’d love to hear from you!

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