About Watershed

Watershed is a software platform for running a world-class climate program. We measure our success in the carbon reduction achievements of our customers. We are looking for team members who love product-building, want to work hard at a mission-oriented startup, and will collaborate with us in shaping the culture of a growing team.

We have offices in San Francisco, New York and London and remote team members across the US and Europe. We hope that you'll be interested in joining us!

The role

Corporate accounting is a critical function to scale Watershed successfully. 

The corporate controller will work to build and scale the Company’s financial operations by recruiting, developing and mentoring the Accounting team and designing and implementing best practices. Reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s control processes and accounting policies, maintaining the general ledger, leading the monthly close process, preparing monthly financial statements, managing tax, treasury, and leading international financial operations including transactions, tax, financial controls, & compliance. You should have the ability to help with our fast growth as a private company and eventual transition to become a public company.

You should be passionate about building and scaling functions from the ground up. You should also have a track record as an excellent collaborator and communicator. This role will be in our San Francisco HQ.


You will: 

  • Direct all aspects of accounting operations, including execution of operational accounting policy, general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, international accounting, revenue recognition under ASC606, and other accounting activities.
  • Monitor, evaluate impact, and implement new accounting standards and regulatory requirements based on the evolution of the business.
  • Own relationships with accounting consultants, external auditors and tax advisors; manage annual audits and handle all tax-related workstreams.
  • Own international statutory reporting, audits and compliance requirements.
  • Collaborate with the rest of the Finance team to analyze the company's financial results with respect to profits, trends, costs.
  • Manage the accounting system stack, including Netsuite, by constantly adding capabilities to improve our productivity, accuracy and controls.
  • Partner cross-functionally to scale our company-wide systems and processes to achieve over time appropriate levels required of a public company.
  • Evolve over time into a public company controller, eventually over-seeing SEC reporting, SOX compliance, and other areas.
  • Manage, develop and mentor the accounting team members.

You might be a fit if you: 

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s in Accountancy, Finance, or related degree.
  • CPA license required.
  • 10+ years of related experience.
  • Public accounting experience with a “Big 4” firm preferred.
  • Experience as Assistant Controller or higher in a US public company and/or experience as Controller at a late stage private venture backed company.
  • IPO readiness or public company experience.
  • Experience with High growth, SaaS company
  • History of scaling and process improvement for finance and accounting operations.
  • Strong technical accounting skills (US GAAP) with demonstrated ASC 606/revenue recognition and consolidation experience.
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in assessing, developing, and implementing controls and systems, including NetSuite.
  • Proven ability to hire, manage, and mentor high-performing teams; experience in leading a global accounting team with an international presence is a plus.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills and ability to effectively collaborate and drive initiatives cross-functionally.

At Watershed, we strive to design consistent, fair, and competitive compensation programs. The total cash compensation range may be inclusive of several levels at Watershed and final offer will be determined by a number of factors, including the candidate’s skills, capabilities, and location, as well as scope of the role.

The anticipated cash compensation range is in addition to a total rewards benefit package including equity, health/dental/vision insurance, 401(k), unlimited paid time off, paid parental leave, fertility, and mental health programs etc. 

Salary Range
$243,000$270,000 USD



Where does Watershed work?

We have hub offices in San Francisco, New York and London, and some remote team members in the US and EU. Most of our jobs need to be in San Francisco / New York / London, but certain jobs are open to being remote and will be specifically noted on the jobs page and in the job description.

What’s the interview process like?

It starts the same for every candidate: getting to know the team members through 1 to 2 conversations about Watershed, your experience, and your interests. Next steps can vary by role, but usual next steps are a skill or experience screen (e.g. a coding interview for an engineer, a portfolio review for a designer, deeper experience call for other roles) which leads to a virtual or in person interview panel after that if the screens go well. We prioritize transparency and lack of surprise throughout the process.

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