Accounting & Finance
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2023
Zeni is building an AI powered finance team for start-ups. We are innovating financial maintenance and management into a Zen-like experience for our customers. Zeni is looking for a Controller to be a Zen master with regards to finance applications and financial reporting. The Controller will lead with technology and drive automation of daily financial updates using Zeni’s finance platform and accounting support teams. The Controller will work closely with emerging and all-star founders and teams, driving customer success and enabling Zeni’s customers to scale.


  • Work directly with founders and start-up teams to understand their business and financial model
  • Manage a customer portfolio of SaaS and technology-based start-ups, taking ownership of customer revenue growth and customer profitability
  • Manage a team of remote resources, driving the team to own daily and monthly close processes, reconciliations and classifications
  • Utilize Zeni’s platform and technology to drive automation of customer processes and integration of financial applications
  • Guide customers in the collection and use of data to optimize Zeni’s AI reporting platform, empowering budget vs. actual analysis, forecasts and KPI reporting
  • Educate customers and founders on U.S. GAAP accounting, financial statements and financial metrics for technology companies
  • Drive customer success, anticipating customer needs and responding to customer requests as the finance function for the customer
  • Train and mentor accounting managers, senior accountants and staff to complete daily, monthly and annual accounting and reporting processes
  • Enable Zeni sales growth by assisting customers in scaling their business and supporting additional Zeni services


  • 7-10 years of experience in an accounting, accounting outsource provider or CPA firm
  • Strong experience managing teams of 5+ accounting professionals and drive ownership of deliverables by support teams (Bonus: managing offshore remote employees)
  • Managing a diverse customer portfolio of SaaS-based, e-commerce, inventory and other tech start-ups
  • Undergraduate or Master’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • CPA or MBA, Accounting or Finance concentration
  • Tech savvy with experience in Quickbooks,, Gusto, Expensify and other leading cloud-based finance applications for start-ups
  • Strong knowledge and application of GAAP, ASC 606 revenue recognition, consolidations, and equity compensation and other areas of accounting for SaaS companies
  • Experience in coaching founders at various stages of development, recommending solutions, and guiding the timing of key deliverables as companies grow
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and comfortable working with teams in client-facing role
  • Experience using Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) and advanced Excel skills


Zeni’s culture is based on a foundation of trust. Zeni was founded by founders for founders. We lead with technology enabled through our innovative DNA. Zeni builds relationships by supporting founders on their journey of financial enlightenment. Zeni values humility and knowledge as we work to grow customer confidence in their financial acumen, enabling them to focus on growing their business.

Zeni encourages ownership as you provide value-added services to Zeni’s customers. We provide you the support you need to develop as a professional while also developing mindfulness beyond finance. Although the Controller role is primarily remote, we value community, connection and working together. Additionally, we provide you flexibility in driving customer success and expanding services to our customers. You are accountable for the financial performance of the customers you serve and you are rewarded accordingly. Zeni values responsibility to communities and the environment. We will support you in balancing physical and emotional health, while also balancing family and community commitments.


Your base pay is one part of your total compensation package. The anticipated base salary for this position is expected to be within the below stated range. Your actual base pay will depend on your geographic location. Zeni uses compensation regions that vary depending on location. Pay is also determined by job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Additionally, Zeni leverages current market data to determine compensation, so posted compensation figures are subject to change as new market data becomes available. The salary, other compensation, and benefits information is accurate as of the date of this posting. Zeni reserves the right to modify this information at any time, subject to applicable law.

Salary Range: $110,000-150,000 with an annual bonus target of up to 20% of base salary

Benefits & Perks

  • Medical, dental and vision with a generous company contribution strategy
  • 401(k)
  • Work from home flexibility
  • Home office set up stipend
  • Employee stock options
  • Flexible PTO policy
  • Generous sick and parental leave programs
  • Quarterly team offsites geared toward learning and having fun together

Travel Requirements - The team participates in quarterly offsites in various locations across the US to plan, collaborate, learn and celebrate with each other. All standard travel expenses are covered by Zeni. All candidates must be willing to

Zeni is committed to equal treatment and opportunity in all aspects of recruitment, selection, and employment without regard to gender, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, or any other category protected under the law. Zeni is an equal opportunity employer; committed to a community of inclusion, and an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

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