Controller (Fractional)

Focused Energy Finance and Accounting Remote
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April 7, 2021

Focused Energy (Virtual) | Fractional Finance/Accounting for Tech, Manufacturing, Distribution, CPG, Cannabis, SMB sector

City: Denver Area / Remote Work

Industry: Consulting & Service Providers

Job Type: Finance/ Accounting

Come join the team that is reformulating what it means to be a multi-disciplined consultancy to some of the fastest-growing and most advanced industries in the world. The value we provide to our clients goes beyond Operations, Finance, and Accounting as we are trusted financial and strategic partners in their journey.

About Focused Energy:

Focused Energy is a multi-disciplined consultancy offering fractional support of core business functions of Operations, Finance, and Accounting specializing in tech, SaaS, startups, and venture capital. We are a diverse group of driven individuals who enjoy the intellectual challenge and appreciate the opportunity to help companies scale. Headquartered in Denver, our consultants are based throughout the U.S., enabling them to work from the location of their choosing. We utilize technology intelligently to interact with clients and each other remotely and lead our professional lives outside an office cubicle. We greatly value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply.

About the job:

We have a current opening for an independent contractor (1099) in the role of Controller. We offer a flexible work-from-home schedule with local guidance and continued opportunities to expand your knowledge and skillset in our specialized sectors. The successful candidate will be a strategic individual with a background in accounting with 10+ years of experience with high-growth small to medium-sized businesses. To be successful in this role, you must have the ability to provide on a fractional basis a range of services to members of the client organization's leadership team and manage simultaneously multiple clients. This position is classified as a fractional or on-demand role and is ideal for any individual who is comfortable with and experienced in performing in a similar consulting role.

For the candidate in search of a position as a contractor who will support multiple clients simultaneously and on a fractional basis, we offer a flexible work schedule and continued opportunities to expand your knowledge and skillset in the specialized sectors we serve.

Basic Function:

The Controller is responsible for the accounting operations of the company, including the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the company's reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with U.S. GAAP. This is an outstanding opportunity for an accounting professional with operational experience and a proven track record of creative problem-solving and working in a rapidly scaling company.


  • Researching technical accounting issues for compliance and implement operational systems for resolution
  • Contributing to a culture of fiscal responsibility infused with creative problem solving
  • Recommending benchmarks against which to measure the performance of company operations
  • Coordinating and directing the preparation of the budget and financial forecasts and report variances
  • Providing financial analyses as needed, in particular for capital investments, pricing decisions, and contract negotiations
  • Leading the design and build of automated systems and processes to achieve scale
  • Directly or indirectly working with C-level executives of the client companies
  • Stretching yourself professionally by jumping into unfamiliar territory whenever necessary
  • Participating in regularly scheduled meetings with members of the Focused Energy staff
  • Collaborating in the resolution of business issues to propel the organization forward
  • Joining a team of like-minded and experienced professionals intent upon flawless execution
  • Leading by example to provide value to the clients we serve
  • Communicating and sharing best practices to aid in continuous improvement of the team
  • Participating in periodic performance reviews to provide constructive and developmental feedback
  • Providing valuable insights to help improve the general operations of Focused Energy
  • Meeting deadlines and delivering work that is completed in a thorough and professional manner
  • Analyzing company's financial results with respect to profits, trends, costs, and compliance with budgets
  • Potentially serving as a client lead on a project, managing a team of controllers and/or accounting associates
  • Manage all accounting operations including billing, A/R, A/P, general ledger, cost accounting, inventory accounting, revenue recognition, and reconciliations, ensuring they are completed in a timely manner
  • Review income statement for proper recording and allocations to ensure the financials and trial balance are accurate and complete
  • Oversee timely and accurate month-end and year-end close process
  • Manage the preparation of timely monthly financial statements
  • Ensure quality control over financial transactions and financial reporting
  • Manage the preparation of regulatory reporting, both internal and external
  • Manage and comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings
  • Develop and document business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls
  • Meet clients in the Denver metro areas in person on a periodic basis or as necessary and permissible
  • Calculate and issue financial and operating metrics


  • Proven working experience as a Financial Controller
  • 10+ years of overall combined accounting and finance experience
  • Experience with SaaS companies is a plus
  • Advanced degree in finance or accounting
  • CPA or CMA preferred
  • Experience with or exposure to the following systems:
  • Excel
  • QuickBooks Online
  • Xero
  • Thorough knowledge of accounting principles and procedures and U.S. GAAP
  • Extensive experience with creating financial statements
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, project management, and communication skills
  • Experience with franchise accounting, in either a single unit or multi-unit environments, is not required but will be given additional consideration
  • Self-motivation, integrity, and ethical mindset
  • Humility, an open mind, and a sense of humor
  • A mind that thinks beyond the tactical activity to see the business impact
  • Ability to work in a self-directed manner
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and assignments in order to meet timelines and critical delivery dates
  • Comply with standard operating procedures as defined by Focused Energy in order to ensure consistency, predictability, and simplicity
  • Experience working and managing team members remotely
  • Experience working in a growing startup environment strongly preferred
  • Proven ability to lead a team in a fast-paced, project-oriented environment
  • Strong communication skills and collaboration with team members, cross-functional departments, and senior leadership

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Contract

Pay: $50.00 - $75.00 per hour

Physical Setting:

  • Office


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Management: 10 years (Required)
  • Business consulting: 3 years (Required)

Contract Length:

  • More than 1 year

Contract Renewal:

  • Likely

Work Location:

  • Fully Remote

Typical start time:

  • 8AM

Typical end time:

  • 5PM

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COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Virtual meetings