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Employee Spotlight: David Kimani, Senior Internal Audit Manager

Employee Spotlight: David Kimani, Senior Internal Audit Manager

May 26, 2022
May 26, 2022

How did you get into internal audit? 

In high school, I always wanted to become a doctor. I was particularly strong in the sciences and mathematics. My dad being a structural engineer, I was sure I would do anything other than Engineering. How I went from interest in medicine to finance is a different story.

I started off my career as an external auditor at one of the ‘big 4’ audit firms in Kenya. Back in the day I was lucky enough to get two offers from the “big 4” audit firms and selected the one with a more relaxed culture I had witnessed during the interview process. It was lots of work and less play but formed a very good foundation for learning the audit process. I then joined banking in a Group internal audit position supporting internal audit operations in 7 countries.

What are your favourite parts about your job, the team, and the workspace? 

I love being able to help business units see where things are not going well, being able to assist streamline processes and support where we can. Auditors are watchdogs, and not bloodhounds. 

I have an amazing team member, Agnes, who helps me support Sendy across all subsidiaries in all markets. Sendy also has amazing people who are always ready and willing to assist and support us.

At Sendy, being able to work from home is a game changer for sure, and I love it. I hate traffic with a passion. While I try to incorporate a few office visits to meet up with people, I love the flexibility of being able to plan out my week. 

What values are important to you when it comes to working in audit?

Integrity is a very important element in any organization. While there would never lack one bad apple in any crowd, we have seen Sendyers speak out when they see things going wrong. People are able to reach out to audit anonymously through our whistleblowing mechanisms. 

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned in your audit career?

Strong internal controls in the long run are more about continuous improvement and not about a “state” at a particular point in time. Being cognizant of the fact that things cannot be perfect all through, but appreciative of risk and proactiveness in trying to mitigate risk, especially significant risks.

Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, once said if you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late. While I think the phrase has been misused over time (I would argue that he did not mean to cut corners or do something knowing very well you will regret it) I would agree that continuously improving on something will get you to a version you will be proud of.

Outside of work what can you be found doing? 

I am a diehard Sendy hiking squad member. It is a very good way to find out exactly how unfit you are. Apparently not everyone is able to get to the summit. The pictures we are not shown are the ones where people are being carried.

I also started archery as a hobby after getting my Discovery 300 and some steel tipped arrows from Decathlon. I did not know just how therapeutic it is.

While I hate commuting, I love to travel so on most I would be found up and about. I used to read but this year I have taken a break to do more hands-on activities. Yes, I am taking cooking classes and No, not to become a professional chef. I just need to learn how I can cook chicken using cognac or sherry.