Corporate Controller



Accounting & Finance
San Jose, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2023
AppZen is the leader in autonomous spend-to-pay software. Its patented artificial intelligence accurately and efficiently processes information from thousands of data sources so that organizations can better understand enterprise spend at scale to make smarter business decisions. It seamlessly integrates with existing accounts payable, expense, and card workflows to read, understand, and make real-time decisions based on your unique spend profile, leading to faster processing times and fewer instances of fraud or wasteful spend. Global enterprises, including one-third of the Fortune 500, use AppZen’s invoice, expense, and card transaction solutions to replace manual finance processes and accelerate the speed and agility of their businesses. To learn more, visit us at
AppZen, located in San Jose, is currently seeking a highly motivated individual for the position of Corporate Controller, reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer.
As our Controller, you will be a crucial leader in the financial operations of our rapidly growing company. You will be responsible for providing technical accounting expertise, improving financial processes, and developing a high-performing accounting team. You must be a hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves type of manager and should enjoy a fast-paced, start-up environment as well as the demonstrated experience building and developing a team. The individual's ability to embrace change and create an infrastructure to support future growth as the company expands is equally crucial to solid management skills. Particularly important traits and skills include curiosity, intelligence, logical thinking, ability to prioritize, and enthusiasm for change. This position will be responsible for accounting, general ledger, accounts payable, payroll, taxes, treasury services, equity, and consolidation. The specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Oversee monthly and quarterly financial close processes ensuring timely and accurate financial statements
  • Oversee all aspects of financial accounting at the Company, including financial procedures and controls, financial period close, and financial statement preparation and analysis
  • Act as a resource to strategic partners across the business, delivering meaningful insights and financial decision support

Financial Compliance & Risk Management

  • Lead our first company audit. Collaborate with external auditors to ensure accurate and timely financial reporting
  • Ensure compliance with accounting standards and regulations, such as GAAP and local regulatory requirements
  • Ensure adherence to relevant financial regulations and requirements
  • Identify, assess, and mitigate financial risks to protect company assets and ensure financial stability

Finance Operations

  • Manage the accounting team, ensuring efficient day-to-day financial operations, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll
  • Establish and enforce financial policies and procedures to maintain the integrity of financial transactions
  • Drive and refine processes related to financial and accounting operations
  • Oversee the financial systems and infrastructure to scale with business growth and drive controls, efficiency, and accuracy of all financial reporting processes
  • Oversee the Company's banking relationships, including cash management and investing activities Manage the relationship with external auditors and consultants
  • Oversee US and international tax compliance

Strategic Financial Leadership

  • Provide financial insights and recommendations to the executive team to support strategic decision-making
  • Participate in mergers and acquisitions, financial due diligence, and integration processes.
  • Drive the financial systems & operations roadmap to enable AppZen to scale

Team Development

  • Mentoring and developing a high-performing team
  • Providing coaching, training, and performance feedback to enhance team capabilities
  • Ensuring cohesiveness between teams and stakeholders
  • Fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement
  • Leading with empathy and humility while also delivering results


  • 10 - 12 years of progressive experience, with a public/private company CPA license (active status) preferred
  • Experience with a multinational corporation; working with legal entities outside of the US required; SaaS/SW subscription experience a plus
  • Strong working knowledge of U.S. GAAP and critical principles of application for a wide array of finance and accounting areas; experience with ASC606 evaluation and adoption a plus
  • Superior analytical skills combined with solid business judgment and communication skills
  • Modern process and tool thinking, specifically working with SaaS financial and accounting technology and robotic automation
  • Advanced MS Excel and data management skills are critical; experience with NetSuite and SFDC, plus a strong track record of successfully motivating, developing, and helping people reach their full potential
  • Flexible and creative, able to learn new and complex concepts quickly
  • Relentlessly resourceful and diligent
  • Strategic perspective – the ability to integrate finance, business, human resources, and legal perspectives into accounting and other decision-making in the company
  • Exceptional work ethic – the ability to “roll up sleeves.”
  • IPO experience a bonus
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their typical responsibilities occasionally, as needed. Equal Employment Opportunity, M/F/D/V
We are equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.