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Assistant Controller

Assent Compliance

Assent Compliance

Accounting & Finance
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024

Company Description


Assent is the leading solution for supply chain sustainability tailored for the world’s top-tier, sustainability-driven manufacturers. Hidden risks riddle supply chains, many of which weren't built with sustainability in mind. That's where we step in. With insights from experts, Assent is the tool manufacturers trust for comprehensive sustainability.

We are proud to announce that Assent has crossed the US$100M ARR milestone, granting us Centaur Status. This accomplishment, reached just 8 years following our Series A, makes us the first and only Certified B Corporation in North America's SaaS sustainability industry to celebrate this milestone.

Our journey from $5 million to US$100M ARR in just eight years has been marked by significant growth and achievements. With our $350 million US funding led by Vista Equity Partners, we're poised for even greater expansion and are on the lookout for outstanding team members to join our mission.

Hybrid Work Model

At Assent, we proudly embrace a remote-first work model, valuing the flexibility and autonomy it provides our team. We also acknowledge the intangible benefits of occasional in-person workdays. For team members situated within 50 kms/31 miles of our five global offices in Ottawa, Eldoret, Penang, Columbus, and Amsterdam, you can expect to come into the office one day a week. Similarly, those near our co-working spaces in Nairobi and Toronto are encouraged to work onsite once a month.

Job Description

The Assistant Controller will have a wide range of financial operation duties all of which are in the spirit of supporting the smooth operation of Assent’s Finance department. The Assistant Controller will play a crucial role in managing our company's financial and accounting operations. Your expertise will support our financial reporting, ensure compliance with accounting standards, strengthen internal control and assist in strategic financial planning. You will work closely with the Controller and the rest of the Finance team to maintain accurate accounting records and publish reports to key internal and external stakeholders.

  • Assist with the month-end, quarter end and year-end close process

  • Run revenue recognition and perform monthly revenue analysis and investigate variances and discrepancies

  • Review and approve operational transactions posted by the Finance team

  • Perform account reconciliations on a timely basis (monthly or quarterly depending on the account)

  • Participate in training, supporting and developing Finance team staff

  • Ensure quality control over financial transactions and financial reporting

  • Review and approve commission payments and participate in the development of commission plans

  • Support the annual and statutory audits as well as the tax requirements of the consolidated entity and its subsidiaries

  • Establish and maintain accounting policies, procedures and systems to ensure timely and accurate reporting

  • Assist with internal financial reporting and reporting to the Board of Directors and Investors

  • Provide assistance to the Controller, VP, Finance and CFO with comprehensive analysis, forecasting and decision support as needed

  • Develop and document business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls

  • Follow guidance set out by corporate security policies and standards;

  • Ensure departmental security processes and procedures are followed where applicable.

  • Be familiar with corporate security policies and support the information security function to protect both information systems and corporate assets from undue risk.


  • 4-5 years of overall combined accounting and finance experience

  • A CPA designation or CPA eligible

  • In depth knowledge of financial, ERP and integrated accounting/ business systems

  • Strong knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) specifically related to Revenue Recognition and Share-based Payments

  • SaaS company, Public company or private equity backed company experience considered an asset

  • Knowledge of Netsuite considered an asset

  • Advanced MS Excel (Pivot tables, lookups, macros)

  • Strong attention to detail and high level of accuracy

  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, Google Docs, and Google Sheets

  • You are adaptable, flexible and thrive in a fast-paced environment

  • You are a team player and have superb interpersonal skills

Additional Information

Life at Assent

Wellness: We believe that you and your family’s well being is important. As a result, we offer vacation time that increases with tenure, comprehensive benefits packages (details vary by country), life leave days and more.

Financial Benefits: It’s not all about the money – well, it’s a little about the money. We understand that financial health is important and we offer a competitive base salary, a corporate bonus program, retirement savings options and more.

Life at Assent: There is purpose beyond your work. We provide our team members with flexible work options, volunteer days and opportunities to get involved in corporate giving initiatives.

Lifelong Learning: At Assent, curiosity is not only valued but encouraged. You will receive professional development days that are available to you the day you start.

At Assent, we are committed to growing and sustaining an environment where our team members feel included, valued, and heard. Our diversity and equal opportunity practices are guided and championed by our Diversity and Inclusion Working Group and our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).

Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion includes recruiting and retaining team members from diverse backgrounds and experiences, and fostering a culture of belonging where all team members are included, treated with dignity and respect, promoted on their merits, and placed in positions to contribute to business success.

If you require assistance or accommodation throughout any part of the interview and selection process, please contact [email protected] and we will be happy to help.