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Corporate Controller

The Corporate Controller job family leads the accounting and financial reporting activities and is responsible for the leadership, development and execution of the company’s corporate accounting function. Reporting to the Principal Accounting Officer, the Corporate Controller enhances financial controls, processes and oversees compliance with our policies and procedures. These functions and processes produce timely and accurate monthly financial results in compliance with US GAAP and SEC reporting requirements. The Controller is also responsible for capturing, defining and ensuring accuracy of non-gaap financial metrics. The Controller works closely with our external and internal auditors, and other members of the organization to complete our monthly and quarterly reporting on a timely basis. This role instills a culture of strong internal controls across the company and is responsible for compliance with our technical accounting standards, GL and sub-modules for efficient operations and global revenue.

Responsibilities

  • Guides financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures.
  • Protects assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls.
  • Monitors and confirms financial condition by conducting audits and providing information to external auditors.
  • Accountable to ensure consistent compliance of corporate accounting principles and procedures in full compliance with US GAAP and SEC reporting standards.
  • Experience with and direct responsibility for Netsuite, our G/L system.
  • Partner effectively with other finance team members and non-accounting functions to drive improved controls and process enhancements.
  • Subject matter expert to make decisions, prioritize effectively and meet deadlines while maintaining the highest level of standards for completeness and accuracy.
  • Efficiency in leading remote employees.

Requirements

  • Proven experience developing and leading a high-performing accounting and control organization.
  • Leadership experience at the Sr. Director level or higher in a software or global technology company.
  • Detailed experience of showing strategic and tactical vision with best-practices to guide a high-performing accounting team.
  • Demonstrates strong business judgment applied to routine and complex financial and accounting issues.
  • Proven international experience working with overseas financial operations.
  • Over fifteen (15) years of experience dealing with complex accounting matters.
  • Active CPA license along with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting or equivalent is required.
  • Proven success as a Sr. Director - Corporate Controller managing complex global business entities, and proven ability to handle the financial accounting and reporting duties.
  • Self-motivated team player who can credibly communicate with and relate to individuals at all levels in the finance and accounting organization and other associated internal customer teams, with demonstrated experience in mentoring and leading distributed accounting teams.
  • Ability to both grow in the role and grow with the company, demonstrating leadership capabilities and upward progression.
  • Ability to use GitLab.

Levels

Director, Corporate Controller

Job Grade

The Director, Corporate Controller is a 10.

Responsibilities

  • Oversees the monthly close process and is accountable for achieving our target for days to close.
  • Ensure consistent compliance of corporate accounting principles and procedures in full compliance with US GAAP and SEC reporting standards.
  • Be involved in the global revenue recognition review.
  • Hands-on experience in managing accounting operations, monthly/quarterly accounting close and preparation of financial statements.
  • Ability to optimize and automate accounting processes to drive a faster monthly/quarterly close cycle.
  • Experience with Netsuite.
  • Work with the team to assess and report status of existing accounting and reporting standards, procedures and internal controls to identify areas of improvements.
  • Contribute to remediation plans when deficiencies are noted in testing of internal controls.
  • Partner effectively with other finance team members and non-accounting functions to drive improved controls and process enhancements.
  • Ability to make decisions, prioritize effectively and meet deadlines while maintaining the highest level of standards for completeness and accuracy.
  • Enable increased level of employee job satisfaction and employee engagement through leadership, coaching and development of the team.
  • Efficiency in leading remote employees.

Requirements

  • Proven experience leading to a high-performing accounting and control organization.
  • Leadership experience in a software or global technology company.
  • Strategic vision and best-practices to guide the team.
  • Tactical approach to enable effective implementation.
  • The individual will demonstrate strong business judgment applied to routine and complex financial and accounting issues.
  • Professional curiosity when addressing business and accounting issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with investor facing teams to showcase the company's financial results.
  • International experience working with overseas financial operations.
  • Over 10 years of experience dealing with complex accounting matters.
  • A CPA along with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting or equivalent is required.
  • Proven success as a Corporate Controller of complex global business entity, and ability to handle the financial accounting and financial reporting.
  • Significant technical accounting background.
  • Willing to get into the details to understand business processes at a deep level with the ability to drive efficiencies.
  • Proven ability to drive change in accounting processes driving faster monthly/quarterly close while improving employee engagement.
  • Self-motivated team player who can credibly communicate with and relate to people at all levels in the finance and accounting organization, with experience to mentor the team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work across culturally and to succeed in a dynamic environment.
  • Ability to use GitLab.

Performance Indicators

  1. Average days to close
  2. Number of material audit adjustments
  3. Average days of sales outstanding
  4. New hire location factor
  5. Percentage of ineffective SOX Controls

Senior Director, Corporate Controller

Job Grade

The Senior Director, Corporate Controller is a 11.

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for and drives the monthly close process and is accountable for achieving our target for days to close.
  • Accountable to ensure consistent compliance of corporate accounting principles and procedures in full compliance with US GAAP and SEC reporting standards.
  • Be involved in the global revenue recognition review and reporting.
  • Direct responsibility for managing accounting operations, monthly/quarterly accounting close and preparation of financial statements.
  • Ability to optimize and automate accounting processes to drive a faster monthly/quarterly close cycle.
  • Experience with and direct responsibility for Netsuite, our G/L system.
  • Directs the team to assess and report status of existing accounting and reporting standards, procedures and internal controls to drive efficiency and identify areas of improvements. Responsible for and directs remediation plans when deficiencies are noted in testing of internal controls.
  • Partner effectively with other finance team members and non-accounting functions to drive improved controls and process enhancements.
  • Subject matter expert to make decisions, prioritize effectively and meet deadlines while maintaining the highest level of standards for completeness and accuracy.
  • Viewed as a leader and coach for increased levels of employee job satisfaction and employee engagement through development of the accounting team.
  • Leader in hiring and developing remote employees.

Requirements

  • Proven experience developing and leading a high-performing accounting and control organization.
  • Leadership experience at the Sr. Director level or higher in a software or global technology company.
  • Detailed experience of showing strategic and tactical vision with best-practices to guide a high-performing accounting team.
  • Tactical approach to enable effective implementation of accounting software, SOX 404 controls and efficiency in record to report and purchase to pay and payroll cycles.
  • The Sr. Director has demonstrated strong business judgment applied to routine and complex financial and accounting issues.
  • Professional acumen when addressing business and accounting issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with investor facing teams to showcase the company's financial results.
  • Proven international experience working with overseas financial operations.
  • Over fifteen (15) years of experience dealing with complex accounting matters.
  • Active CPA license along with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting or equivalent is required.
  • Proven success as a Sr. Director - Corporate Controller managing complex global business entities, and proven ability to handle the financial accounting and reporting duties.
  • Significant technical accounting background.
  • Demonstrated ability to get into the details, understand business processes and resolve issues at a deep level with the acumen to drive process efficiencies.
  • Proven ability to drive change in accounting processes resulting in faster monthly/quarterly close processes while improving employee engagement and ownership.
  • Self-motivated team player who can credibly communicate with and relate to individuals at all levels in the finance and accounting organization and other associated internal customer teams, with demonstrated experience in mentoring and leading distributed accounting teams.
  • Proven ability to explain complex accounting issues across the organization and resolve accounting issues as needed.
  • Ability to both grow in the role and grow with the company, demonstrating leadership capabilities and upward progression.
  • Ability to use GitLab.

Performance Indicators

  1. Average days to close
  2. Number of material audit adjustments
  3. Average days of sales outstanding
  4. New hire location factor
  5. Percentage of ineffective SOX Controls

Career Ladder

The next step in the Corporate Controller job family is to move to a senior leader or executive leadership job family of which we do not yet have defined at GitLab.

Hiring Process

Candidates for this position can expect the hiring process to follow the order below. Please keep in mind that candidates can be declined from the position at any stage of the process. To learn more about someone who may be conducting the interview, find their job title on our team page.

  • Qualified candidates will be invited to schedule a 30 minute screening call with one of our Global Recruiters.
  • Meet with PAO for 50 minutes
  • Meet with Key Reports - Payroll Mgr, GL Sr. Mgr., External Reporting Mgr., AP Manager - for 30 minutes each
  • Meet with People Business Partner for the CFO Organization for 25 minutes
  • Meet with VP of Finance for 50 minutes
  • Meet with CFO for 50 minutes

Additional details about our process can be found on our hiring page.

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