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Controller

What We’re Looking For

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Controller to join our team.

As a key member of our team, you will be charged with overseeing all aspects of financial management and reporting, ensuring the accuracy, integrity, and compliance of our financial operations. You will play a critical role in providing strategic financial guidance to senior management, supporting decision-making processes, and driving financial performance and operational excellence.

About The Suite

We build high-quality and highly-curated professional communities including The L Suite, with its flagship, TechGC, a private, invite-only community for General Counsels & CLOs of high-growth tech companies and venture funds, and The F Suite, for CFOs, with more to come. Each of our communities is unique, but they are all powered by our custom-built platform which our members like to call “the Braintrust.”

We currently have 4,800+ paid members across our communities, representing C-Suite executives from many of today’s leading tech companies (e.g., Airbnb, Slack, Coinbase, Uber, Notion, Bolt, Figma, Airtable, Dropbox, etc.) and venture funds (e.g., a16z, Softbank, Tiger, Accel, Thrive, Battery Ventures, FirstMark, etc.).

On the other side of our communities, we have built deep partnerships with the top law firms (e.g., Latham, Cooley, WSGR, Fenwick, Goodwin, S&C, Davis Polk, etc.), legal/fintech vendors (e.g., Ironclad, LinkSquares, DataGrail, Lawtrades, Morgan Stanley at Work, NPM, SpendFlo, etc.), and professional service providers (e.g., Aon, Deloitte, EY, Franklin Square Group, Marsh, Newfront, etc.) that support these executives. These partners engage with our members as thought leaders and valued advisors/resources, and we foster a unique environment where the two sides of our ecosystem can connect through targeted education, networking, and support.

Our mission is to help today’s leaders excel in their day-to-day jobs and succeed throughout their careers. One of the core ways we are able to do that is by connecting our members to the right advisors/tools at the right time.

We are a well-funded and rapidly scaling startup with a high-impact team of over 50 people.

Responsibilities

As the Controller, you will primarily be responsible for overseeing the financial operations of the company, including budgeting, financial reporting, cash management, and internal controls. You will ensure the accuracy and integrity of financial data, provide strategic financial guidance to senior management, and support decision-making processes across the organization. 

In order to be successful in this role, you must possess strong technical skills in accounting and finance, including proficiency in financial analysis, reporting, and regulatory compliance. Additionally, you should demonstrate excellent leadership abilities, effective communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

As a key member of the finance team, you will collaborate closely with the Founders of The Suite and other executives to drive financial performance, strategic initiatives, and operational excellence. 

The ideal candidate will have a successful track record in financial management roles, preferably within early-stage tech startups. They should have a solid understanding of accounting principles, financial regulations, and best practices applicable to the industry. A proven ability to navigate the unique challenges of a startup environment, including managing rapid growth, managing an outsourced accounting firm and optimizing financial resources, will be highly valued.  Additionally, candidates with relevant industry experience and professional certifications such as CPA or CMA will be preferred.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Oversee all financial aspects of the company, including budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting, to ensure the company's financial health and sustainability.
  • Revenue Management: Monitor and analyze revenue streams, including membership fees, sponsorship revenue, and any other sources of income, to optimize revenue generation and profitability.
  • Expense Management: Manage and control expenses, including event planning and marketing costs, to ensure efficient resource allocation and cost-effectiveness. 
  • Overseeing the day-to-day accounting operations of the company, ensuring accuracy and compliance with accounting standards and regulations. 
  • In collaboration with other departments, develop and monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess the financial health and performance of the organization. Play a key role in strategic planning and decision-making by providing financial analysis, insights, and recommendations to senior management. 
  • Establish and maintain relationships with external stakeholders such as auditors, accounting firms, regulatory agencies, and financial institutions. 
  • Drive efficiency and effectiveness in financial processes and systems.
  • Ensures compliance with all tax obligations, including timely filing of tax returns, proper accounting for tax liabilities, and implementation of tax-saving strategies within the framework of applicable laws and regulations.
  • Provides financial expertise and guidance to support strategic initiatives such as launching new communities, expansion into new markets, or implementation of new business systems.
  • Develop and maintain robust internal controls, policies, and procedures, conducting periodic risk assessments and implementing corrective actions as necessary.
  • Collaborates closely with the founders and executes the company's financial strategy, ensuring alignment with overall business objectives and goals.

Required Qualities: the ideal candidate for this position should have…

  • Financial Acumen: The candidate should have a strong understanding of financial principles, accounting standards, and financial analysis techniques relevant to both tech startups and traditional businesses.
  • Startup Experience: Experience working in a startup environment is crucial. Candidates should understand the unique challenges and opportunities that startups face, including rapid growth, resource constraints, and the need for agility.
  • Strategic Thinking: The Controller should be able to think strategically about financial planning, budgeting, and decision-making to support the company's growth objectives and long-term sustainability. 
  • Communication Skills: Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, are necessary for presenting financial information to stakeholders, collaborating with other departments, and building relationships with investors and external partners.
  • Problem-Solving Skills: The ability to identify financial challenges, analyze data, and develop creative solutions is essential for addressing issues as they arise and driving continuous improvement. 
  • Agility: The candidate should be adaptable and comfortable working in a fast-paced, constantly evolving environment where priorities may shift quickly. 
  • Attention to Detail: Attention to detail is crucial for ensuring accuracy in financial reporting, compliance with regulations, and effective risk management. 
  • Ethical Integrity: High ethical standards and integrity are non-negotiable qualities for a Controller, as they are responsible for safeguarding the company's financial assets and ensuring compliance with regulations. 
  • Results-Driven: The candidate should be results-oriented and focused on achieving financial objectives while maintaining financial sustainability and integrity.
  • Collaborative Spirit: The Controller should be a team player who can collaborate effectively with other departments, including operations, sales, and marketing, to achieve shared goals and objectives.
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset: A proactive, entrepreneurial mindset is valuable for identifying opportunities, taking calculated risks, and driving innovation in financial management practices.
  • Resilience: The ability to remain resilient and focused during periods of uncertainty or setbacks is essential for navigating the challenges of startup life and maintaining financial stability.

Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • Experience in financial operations at a startup
  • 5+ years of progressive accounting experience – combined public & private experience preferred

Preferred Experience

  • Experience at a company with a membership-based revenue model 
  • Active CPA

Benefits

  • Competitive salary ($85k - $105k), stock options, and bonus opportunity
  • Fully-distributed team with a “work from anywhere” environment and flexible work schedule
  • Bi-annual company gatherings
  • Flexible vacation policy + company shut down two weeks per year
  • Quality medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Life insurance and disability benefits
  • Fitness reimbursement (Peloton)
  • 401(k) plan
  • Apple laptop equipment

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