People Matter

Assistant Controller



Accounting & Finance
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, December 11, 2023

About Faire

Faire is an online wholesale marketplace built on the belief that the future is local — independent retailers around the globe are doing more revenue than Walmart and Amazon combined. At Faire, we're using the power of tech, data, and machine learning to connect this thriving community of entrepreneurs across the globe. Picture your favorite boutique in town — we help them discover the best products from around the world to sell in their stores. With the right tools and insights, we believe that we can level the playing field so that small businesses everywhere can compete with these big box and e-commerce giants.

By supporting the growth of independent businesses, Faire is driving positive economic impact in local communities, globally. We’re looking for smart, resourceful and passionate people to join us as we power the shop local movement. If you believe in community, come join ours.

About this role

Faire is seeking an Assistant Controller who will lead Faire’s core accounting functions, collaborating closely with the Controller as a key thought partner. This pivotal role will oversee monthly close processes, PCAOB US Audits, reporting and accounting policies. This role requires deep technical expertise and the ability to solve complex problems across diverse subject areas. Reporting to the Controller, the Assistant Controller will collaborate extensively with cross-functional partners, including the VP of Finance and CFO. The Assistant Controller should be efficient in working in a fast-growing start-up environment, strategic but hands-on, and help contribute to building a world-class accounting team.

What you’ll do

  • Oversee core general ledger, payroll, technical, and platform teams
  • Manage vital relationships with external auditors, technical accounting advisory, and strategic partners
  • Lead month-end close and PCAOB financial audits
  • Provide guidance and prepare technical accounting memos on critical positions
  • Assist in implementing SOX controls and procedures, gearing towards an IPO
  • Partner with Finance on planning, management reporting, and treasury management
  • End to end management of complex cross functional projects
  • Remove obstacles for team leads and enhance processes and efficiencies
  • Foster opportunities for the development and advancement of team members in order to enhance retention


  • 10+ years of experience in senior accounting leadership roles, spanning both public companies and late-stage startups
  • CPA with a deep understanding of US GAAP and public company reporting requirements
  • Experience working at a hyper-growth startup; preferably a marketplace
  • Have dealt with complex revenue reconciliations
  • Experience with NetSuite, Zip, and Workiva
  • Strong ability to navigate through challenges, multiple tasks, take ownership, and deliver to commitment
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills to drive tasks to completion
  • Ability to motivate and influence all levels of management

Salary Range

San Francisco*: the pay range for this role is $172,000 to $236,500 per year.

This role will also be eligible for equity and benefits. Actual base pay will be determined based on permissible factors such as transferable skills, work experience, market demands, and primary work location. The base pay range provided is subject to change and may be modified in the future.

Faire’s flexible work model aims to meet the needs of our diverse employee community by making work more flexible, connected, and inclusive. Depending on the role and needs of the team, Faire employees have the flexibility to choose how they work–whether that’s mainly in the office, remotely, or a mix of both.

Roles that list only a country in the location are eligible for fully remote work in that country or in- office work at a Faire office in that country, provided employees are located in the registered country/province/state. Roles with only a city location are eligible for in-office or hybrid office work in that city. Our talent team will work with candidates to determine what locations and roles are eligible for each option.

Why you’ll love working at Faire

  • We are entrepreneurs: Faire is being built for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. We believe entrepreneurship is a calling and our mission is to empower entrepreneurs to chase their dreams. Every member of our team is an owner of the business and taking part in the founding process.
  • We are using technology and data to level the playing field: We are leveraging the power of product innovation and machine learning to connect brands and boutiques from all over the world, building a growing community of more than 350,000 small business owners.
  • We build products our customers love: Everything we do is ultimately in the service of helping our customers grow their business because our goal is to grow the pie - not steal a piece from it. Running a small business is hard work, but using Faire makes it easy.
  • We are curious and resourceful: Inquisitive by default, we explore every possibility, test every assumption, and develop creative solutions to the challenges at hand. We lead with curiosity and data in our decision making, and reason from a first principles mentality.

Faire was founded in 2017 by a team of early product and engineering leads from Square. We’re backed by some of the top investors in retail and tech including: Y Combinator, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Forerunner Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Founders Fund, and DST Global. We have headquarters in San Francisco and Kitchener-Waterloo, and a global employee presence across offices in Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Toronto, London, New York, LA, and Sao Paulo. To learn more about Faire and our customers, you can read more on our blog.

Faire provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Faire is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please fill out our Accommodation Request Form (