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Assistant Controller



Accounting & Finance
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

Grammarly is excited to offer a remote-first hybrid working model. Team members work primarily remotely in the United States, Canada, Ukraine, Germany, or Poland. Certain roles have specific location requirements to facilitate collaboration at a particular Grammarly hub.

All roles have an in-person component: Conditions permitting, teams meet 2–4 weeks every quarter at one of Grammarly’s hubs in San Francisco, Kyiv, New York, Vancouver, and Berlin, or in a workspace in Kraków. This flexible approach gives team members the best of both worlds: plenty of focus time along with in-person collaboration that fosters trust and unlocks creativity.

Grammarly team members in this role will collaborate in person 4 weeks per quarter, traveling if necessary to different hubs. They are required to live within a commutable distance of their home hub of San Francisco. Grammarly may provide relocation assistance.

The opportunity

Grammarly is the world’s leading AI writing assistance company trusted by over 30 million people and 70,000 professional teams every day. From instantly creating a first draft to perfecting every message, Grammarly’s product offerings help people at 96% of the Fortune 500 get their point across—and get results. Grammarly has been profitable for over a decade because we’ve stayed true to our values and built an enterprise-grade product that’s secure, reliable, and helps people do their best work—without selling their data. We’re proud to be one of Inc.’s best workplaces, a Glassdoor Best Place to Work, one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential Companies, and one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in AI.

To achieve our ambitious goals, we’re looking for an Assistant Controller to join our Finance and Accounting team. This role will partner with the Corporate Controller to build a successful, forward-thinking, public company-level accounting function.

Your impact

We are looking for a hands-on, dynamic, and automation-driven Assistant Controller to lead and ensure the success of our Accounting function. As Assistant Controller, you will oversee Grammarly’s accounting operations and technical accounting and financial reporting teams. The Assistant Controller will lead a multi-location team compromising accounting, payroll, financial reporting, and technical accounting. In addition, you will be a cross-functional business partner to the Finance, People, Legal, Product, and Engineering teams.

In this role, you will:

  • Partner with the Corporate Controller to build a top-notch IPO-ready global accounting function.
  • Lead and scale the corporate accounting functions, including technical accounting and financial reporting.
  • Supervise monthly, quarterly, and year-end close processes.
  • Ensure timely and accurate financial statements reporting.
  • Advise and help implement key initiatives for continuous automation improvements in the accounting ecosystem.
  • Create the roadmap for Grammarly’s IPO readiness and be the go-to resource for internal and external stakeholders for educational, project management, and decision-making needs.
  • Assist in implementing SOX controls and procedures, gearing toward an IPO.
  • Oversee the development and adoption of accounting policies and processes to ensure that Grammarly complies with evolving accounting standards and regulations, such as US GAAP and local and international regulatory requirements.
  • Develop accounting operations' mid- and long-term strategy plans.
  • Invest, educate, grow, and develop teams in the accounting and financial reporting functions.
  • Partner closely with the Finance senior leadership team, including Legal, FP&A, Investor Relations, Tax, and Treasury, to ensure accounting aligns with finance and business objectives.
  • Lead Grammarly through the annual external audit process with the Big 4 firm.
  • Serve as the technical accounting expert and trusted advisor to senior management maintaining current knowledge of GAAP, relevant regulations and industry trends providing guidance, planning and direction related to all accounting matters.
  • Own the accounting functional budget, ensuring proper investments generate the highest returns in efficiency and quality of operations.

We’re looking for someone who

  • Embodies our EAGER values—is ethical, adaptable, gritty, empathetic, and remarkable.
  • Is inspired by our MOVE principles, which are the blueprint for how things get done at Grammarly: move fast and learn faster, obsess about creating customer value, value impact over activity, and embrace healthy disagreement rooted in trust.
  • Is able to meet in person twice a week in San Francisco hub.
  • Has 15+ years of professional experience in Accounting and/or Finance.
  • Has strong knowledge of NetSuite and experience working with other systems, such as Workday, Coupa, Workiva, and CloudPay.
  • Has recent experience in a public company or leading an IPO or direct listing process.
  • Has a positive attitude and willingness to take on challenges in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrates having an automation-first mindset of scoping, recommending, and implementing new systems to enhance controls and improve processes.
  • Has experience working directly with external auditors and building an efficient internal control environment.
  • Holds a CPA and 5+ years of Big 4 experience.
  • Have a deep knowledge of B2C and B2B business models.

Support for you, professionally and personally

  • Professional growth: We believe that autonomy and trust are key to empowering our team members to do their best, most innovative work in a way that aligns with their interests, talents, and well-being. We support professional development and advancement with training, coaching, and regular feedback.
  • A connected team: Grammarly builds a product that helps people connect, and we apply this mindset to our own team. Our remote-first hybrid model enables a highly collaborative culture supported by our EAGER (ethical, adaptable, gritty, empathetic, and remarkable) values. We work to foster belonging among team members in a variety of ways. This includes our employee resource groups, Grammarly Circles, which promote connection among those with shared identities, such as BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ team members, women, and parents. We also celebrate our colleagues and accomplishments with global, local, and team-specific programs.

Compensation and benefits

Grammarly offers all team members competitive pay along with a benefits package encompassing the following and more:

  • Excellent health care (including a wide range of medical, dental, vision, mental health, and fertility benefits)
  • Disability and life insurance options401(k) matching (US only)
  • Paid parental leave
  • Twenty days of paid time off per year, eleven days of paid holidays per year, and unlimited sick days
  • Home office stipends
  • Caregiver and pet care stipends
  • Wellness stipends
  • Admission discounts
  • Learning and development opportunities

Grammarly takes a market-based approach to compensation, which means base pay may vary depending on your location. Our US and Canada locations are categorized into compensation zones based on each geographic region’s cost of labor index. For more information about our compensation zones and locations where we currently support employment, please refer to this page.

Base pay may vary considerably depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The expected salary ranges for this San Francisco-based position are outlined below and may be modified in the future.

San Francisco:
Zone 1: $242,000 – $334,000/year (USD)

We encourage you to apply

At Grammarly, we value our differences, and we encourage all—especially those whose identities are traditionally underrepresented in tech organizations—to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, political belief, or any other characteristic protected by law. Grammarly is an equal opportunity employer and a participant in the US federal E-Verify program (US). We also abide by the Employment Equity Act (Canada).


All team members meeting in person for official Grammarly business or working from a hub location are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19.