Senior Industry Principal - Governance, Risk & Compliance (Sr. Director)


The Senior Industry Principal for Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) provides and operationalizes the delivery of practitioner insights acquired through extensive experience and knowledge of GRC, assurance and audit directives and processes that inform marketing and sales strategies for Workiva solutions within their area of expertise. 

Beyond simply sharing the expertise, this position is able to work with traditional marketing, sales, and other roles to organize, simplify, and scale the dissemination of these insights in a manner that drives meaningful and noticeable impact. 

This insight includes thought leadership, buyer persona and product positioning, sales training, and other marketing support that drive desired outcomes for Workiva's marketing and sales efforts. Both internally and externally, this position is looked to as a leader and influencer within their respective domain.

This role is a subject matter expert (SME) and a leader and mentor of other subject matter experts, aligned to a traditional product marketer within their area of expertise, and supports a broad cross-departmental team aligned to Workiva solutions and marketing campaigns. This role applies deep GRC practitioner experience, and strong leadership and organization skills, to help traditional marketing and sales teams understand the inherent challenges faced by practitioners and how 

Workiva's solutions can solve them. 

They will rely on their practitioner expertise to help current and potential Workiva customers understand how Workiva solutions can be used to drive positive business outcomes. While not directly accountable for sales and marketing performance, this role plays a critical role in helping to drive Workiva's business initiatives while providing leadership to other subject matter experts and the product marketing organization overall.

What You’ll Do

  • Actively lead partnerships with traditional product marketers and cross-functional solution teams within the Industry Principal’s area of expertise

  • Organize, coordinate, draft and execute thought leadership (in-person and virtual events, written content, internal trainings, etc.) both individually and in concert with other subject matter experts to advance awareness, credibility, and progress Workiva prospects as an influencer

  • Actively guide and influence the identification and development of marketing strategies and campaigns, and coach traditional marketing team members to demonstrate comprehension of relevant personas and the "status quo" pain points of their roles.

  • Assist in conceiving, developing and producing marketing artifacts through strong industry expertise

  • Driving customer persona training and understanding of how common technology is used

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with industry influencers, partners, and customers to gather feedback, understand pain points, and drive product enhancements.

  • Stay informed of industry trends, competitive landscapes, and regulatory changes to identify opportunities and threats and translate these insights into actionable marketing plans and opportunities for Workiva

  • Support sales efforts as needed by joining sales meetings and lending perspectives on pricing and solution licensing, and identify trends and opportunities for broader sales enablement trainings or sales process adjustments.

  • Share opinions and perspectives as needed within the Industry Principal’s relevant practitioner expertise and identify areas where organizational training is needed

  • Consult with Workiva team members as needed to support understanding of Workiva customers and the technology they use while identifying potential Workiva solution gaps and expansion opportunities

  • Actively lead and mentor other Industry Principal’s and assist with coordinating the collective work of the subject matter expert team overall.

What You'll Need

Minimum Qualifications

  • Undergraduate Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in a related field

  • 15+ years combined, relevant practitioner experience in audit, accounting, finance, or related fields with a significant emphasis on GRC

Preferred Qualifications

  • Extensive knowledge of the landscape of regulatory mandates and trends in GRC in the European market

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills directed to all levels of an organization

  • Ability to collaborate on a go-to-market (GTM) approach and strategy.

  • Successful track record collaborating and influencing cross-functional leadership teams

  • Demonstrated willingness to share relevant opinions and perspectives with a high-level of self-awareness and emotional intelligence

  • Extraordinary project management skills

  • Ability to represent Workiva as a thought leader both internally and externally

Working Conditions & Travel Requirements

  • Up to 30% travel for customer meetings and company events

  • Reliable internet access for any period of time working remotely, not in a Workiva office.

Where You’ll Work

Our values drive how we work and who we hire. You will see these values ingrained in how we support our customers, work with team members, build our products and in the work environment we’ve created.

  • Customer Success:  Always delight our customers.

  • Trust: Rely on each other. 

  • Integrity: Do the right thing, every time. 

  • Collaboration: Share resources and work together. 

  • Innovation: Keep creating solutions and finding better ways. 

  • Inclusion: Support a diverse community where we all belong. 

  • Accountability: Be responsible for your success and failure.

We believe our people are our greatest asset, and our unique culture gives employees the opportunity to make an impact everyday. We give our employees the freedom and resources they need—backed by our culture of collaboration and diverse thought—to continue innovating and breaking new ground. We hire talented people with a wide range of skills and experiences who are eager to tackle some of today’s most challenging problems.

At Workiva, you’ll enjoy: 

  • Casual Dress: Workiva has a casual work environment, most people wear jeans to the office.

  • Involvement: Ability to participate in Business Employee Resource Groups (Black, Hispanic, Asian, Women, Rainbow (LGBTQIA+), Veterans, Disabilities), Volunteering, Company wide celebrations, and more

  • Work-life Balance: We have competitive PTO, VTO and Parental Leave. We encourage employees to spend time enjoying life outside of work.

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Workiva is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that great minds think differently. We value diversity of backgrounds, beliefs, and interests, and we recognize diversity as an important source of intellectual thought, varied perspective, and innovation.  Employment decisions are made without regard to age, gender identity, race, religion, disability status, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic.  

Workiva is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. To request assistance with the application process, please email

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Tags: Compliance Finance Governance Strategy

Perks/benefits: Parental leave Team events

Region: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
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