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Director of International Finance and Accounting Operations - (Pune)



Accounting & Finance, Operations
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2024
Are you ready to power the World's connections?
If you don’t think you meet all of the criteria below but are still interested in the job, please apply. Nobody checks every box - we’re looking for candidates that are particularly strong in a few areas, and have some interest and capabilities in others.
About the role:
We are looking for a driven individual to lead our International Finance and Accounting Operations team based in Pune, India. This leadership role will build, support and scale our international infrastructure. This position will be responsible for helping build out Kong’s initial India presence and transitioning external international accounting operations in-house as well as building FP&A and transactional shared service groups from the ground up. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams including finance, payroll, tax, and HR to build foundational business practices and processes. The ideal candidate will have a solid background in accounting processes and controls and exceptional organizational skills.
Why should you want to work at Kong?
Market Opportunity - We are on a quest to build a $10b+ software company over the next few years and need YOUR help!
Why APIs Matter? APIs have been enabling innovation for decades!
Strong VC team, Series D, strong year over year revenue growth!
Technical Leadership - We are recognized as the leader in innovation in the connectivity space.
Marco, our CTO/co-founder - “We are the Cisco of L4 and L7” - CUBE Conversation, March 2021
We are the leading innovator in the connectivity space!
Amazing Team & Culture - Come be a "Konger" and find out what we mean.
Kong employees exemplify our culture at our 2022 Sales Kickoff
Building Great Products - Learn why the world's largest companies love our tech!
Over 250m+ downloads of our open-source API gateway! Over 40k+ stars on Github between Kong API and Kong Insomnia!

What you will be doing:

  • Oversee, drive, and take responsibility of all Kong’s international finance and accounting operations.
  • Serve as primary contact for the US headquarter team, liaise and direct the India team’s day to day work.
  • Ensure quality and SLA’s are being met to support the daily operations.
  • Responsible for the teams’ overall stability, advancement and progression of team members and communication with the home office to allocate and prioritize day to day responsibilities.
  • Facilitate creation and maintenance of desktop procedures and process documentation.
  • Work closely with local auditors to oversee and manage all aspects of the annual statutory financial audit(s) of our international subsidiaries (or other ad hoc audits) and ensure timely completion.
  • Build scalable accounting processes and controls to drive productivity, establish measures of success, set benchmarks and improve timelines and efficiencies of the local team.
  • Establish, monitor, and enforce processes, policies, and procedures that relate to internal controls and financial integrity and accuracy.
  • Ensure timeliness of accounting close and finance reporting deadlines.
  • Manage day-to-day office operations on the ground.
  • Responsible for setting and managing hybrid work policy along with headquarters support timelines.
  • This role will be based in the office in the initial few months.

What you will bring:

  • 12+ years experience within similar roles, building functions and managing global financial and accounting support teams.
  • Understanding of compliance with local laws and regulations.
  • Netsuite (OneWorld and Multibook) experience, including familiarity with the financial statement consolidation process into a US parent company.
  • Other financial system familiarity with Workday, Coupa, and FloQast.
  • High level of professionalism with demonstrated ability to communicate with various levels of management globally.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Proven ability to be a self-starter who will take the initiative to lead and drive accounting process improvements.
  • Ability to manage all facets of Kong’'s global accounting operations and collaborate closely with local accounting consultants and corporate headquarters.
  • Experience with building a team and developing accounting staff.
  • Experience with office management/administration
What is a Konger?
We are a group of makers, thinkers, and doers focused on helping today’s developers build tomorrow’s technology. Our teams work on the bleeding edge of API innovation to provide our users with a central nervous system for data and services.
We put design at the heart of everything we do, and we’re relentlessly focused on creating beautiful experiences for our customers. That’s why technology companies, major banks, e-commerce innovators, and government agencies put Kong in front of their most important web applications.
We believe in the power of Open Source and everything it stands for. That’s why developers around the world enthusiastically contribute on top of our open-source platform.
We are passionate about solving challenges that will fundamentally shape the future of technology, and we’re looking for the right people to join us on our mission. If you believe in taking ownership of your work, making an impact, and having fun along the way, we would love to talk to you.
Kong Core Values:
We are CUSTOMER CHAMPIONS. Customers are everything, we put them at the center of everything we do. We are all empowered to make an impact.
We are OWNERS. We are drivers, not passengers and own the quality and outcomes of our work.
We are UNSTOPPABLE. We work with purpose, obsession, and grit. It takes muscle to do hard things and doing hard things builds muscle.
We are REAL. We are genuine, principled, and confident without arrogance. Show respect and kindness, especially in tough moments.
We Are ACCELERATORS. We prioritize speed, iteration, and results.
We are GLOBAL. We work together from anywhere to achieve our common goals. Our differences make us stronger.
We are EXPLORERS. We value ideas over hierarchy. Never accept the status quo. We make bold bets, fail, and learn everyday. There is always a way.
About Kong:
Kong is THE cloud native API platform with the fastest, most adopted API gateway in the world (over 300m downloads!). Loved by developers and trusted with enterprises’ most critical traffic volumes, Kong helps startups and Fortune 500 companies build with confidence – allowing them to bring solutions to market faster with API and service connectivity that scales easily and securely.
83% of web traffic today is API calls! APIs are the connective tissue of the cloud and the underlying technology that allows software to talk and interact with one another. Therefore, we believe that APIs act as the nervous system of the cloud. Our audacious mission is to build the nervous system that will safely and reliably connect all of humankind!
For more information about Kong, please visit konghq.com or follow @thekonginc on Twitter.
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.