Instride Downtown Los Angeles , CA 93648

Posted 2 months ago

At InStride, we're pioneering a new approach to workforce education. Our mission is to enable employers to provide life-changing education to their employees in partnership with the highest-quality global academic institutions. We unlock business and social impact to transform companies and people for the future.

We believe that a company's richest resource is their employees, and that investments in people yield the highest returns for individuals, businesses, and society as a whole. That's why every InStride employee is eligible to enroll in 1,700+ online certificate and degree programs through our Step Forward program. Unlike traditional tuition reimbursement programs, InStride covers your tuition upfront, regardless of your course of study, degree type, or school. The Step Forward program, along with InStride's best-in-class employee benefits, are available to all employees from the day they join InStride.

Read further to see how you can be part of the movement to drive businesses and society forward through life-changing, best-in-class workforce education.

Role Overview

InStride is looking for an experienced Controller to join our high-performing finance team. The Controller will lead the accounting, tax, and billing functions and will be responsible for the production of high-quality, financial statements in accordance with US GAAP, the timely and accurate submission of the Company's tax filings, and the timely billing and collection of customer payments. The Controller will also be responsible for protecting InStride's assets, and driving the successful design, implementation, and management of the financial infrastructure (policies, processes, systems, controls, etc.) required to align to best operating practices and that enable InStride's rapid growth and expansion.

This position is highly visible and requires a strong leader with acute accounting knowledge and the ability to prioritize, plan, influence, and implement in a fast-paced environment. The Controller requires a positive and continuous improvement mentality, as well as a willingness to take ownership and actively partner with other key collaborators to inspire change. Candidates must be prepared to work in a fun, high growth, and dynamic company.


  • Day-to-day management, development, and support of the accounting team

  • Manage the monthly financial close process including the production and management of accurate, US GAAP compliant financial statements

  • Lead the annual audit process including partnership and engagement with InStride's external auditors

  • Lead all tax reporting, filing, and compliance initiatives including partnering with InStride's external tax advisors

  • Ensure the timely and accurate billing of customer invoices, and the timely collection of customer payments

  • Prepare and reconcile revenue and cost entries in compliance with internal accounting policies and US GAAP

  • Establish policies, procedures, and proactive monitoring processes to effectively protect the Company's assets

  • Lead and provide day-to-day management and support of the internal audit function

  • Create and manage financial and accounting systems, processes, and controls that are aligned with best operating practices and that scale with company growth

  • Periodic support of the Company's equity incentive plan

  • Proactively seek and provide recommendations to improve existing financial processes, systems, training needs, and resources

  • Implement best practices and develop, execute, and enforce critical company policies and procedures (i.e., travel policy, purchasing policy, etc.)

  • Be the point of contact and work cross-functionally with internal and external teams on various accounting, tax, billing, or related issues and workflows

  • Coordinate with FP&A to assist with budgeting, reporting, and analytical decision support as required

  • Provide support to the InStride Audit Committee as required

  • Complete special requests and ad-hoc projects, as needed

Ideal Profile

  • 10+ years prior work experience in Controllership, Accounting, Finance, or related fields

  • Demonstrated experience managing, automating, and scaling accounting teams and systems

  • Deep understanding of current US GAAP standards, including ASC 606 and ASC 350

  • A track record of strategic collaboration & sophisticated problem-solving with cross-departmental leadership at all levels on a broad range of financial topics & processes

  • Prior experience leading accounting and tax functions

  • Experience with NetSuite or similar ERPs

  • Able to effectively prioritize, meet established goals, and perform in a fast and dynamic environment

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information and exercise good judgment

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, both written and verbal

  • Adaptable and comfortable in a growing and flexible company

  • Meticulous attention to detail and excellent critical thinking

  • A strong sense of ownership and accountability

  • Excited by the challenge of building a world-class business that delivers not only high revenue growth and compelling return on investment, but also has a meaningful impact on society

  • High EQ, comfort with ambiguity and a "no job too small" startup mentality

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or requisite relevant experience

  • Active CPA license

  • Prior experience in software and/or education is a plus

InStride is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, medical condition, or any other category protected by applicable federal and state law, including the City of Los Angeles' Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance relating to an applicant's criminal history.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please discuss your requested accommodation with our HRBP.

Effective November 1, 2021, all new hires must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation. If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved by the People & Talent team in writing.

For questions on how we use personal information of job applicants, please refer to InStride's Job Applicant Privacy Policy.

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