Financial Controller Job Opening – Green Zebra Grocery (Portland, OR)

September 12th 2021

Reports to: CEO
Status: Salaried/Exempt
Schedule: Full Time
Wage: DOE

At Green Zebra we are on a mission to increase access to healthy food!  We’re looking for a Financial Controller who has mad accounting/financial skills, is a People Person and a servant leader. Of course the Controller should also be an excellent devil’s advocate and a gate-keeper for our company finances

Our Controller manages all day-to-day related accounting and financing  activities of the company. They are responsible for Payroll, supervising AP/AR, managing our  financial accounting systems, generating Profit and Loss statements, balance-sheet management,  bank reconciliation, management of company/employee benefits plans and administration, as well as,  a bunch of other stuff that in a big company would probably get done by someone else, but in our little company gets done by the Controller.


Our Controller will work side by side with our staff to drive the direction and success of Green Zebra through their comprehensive knowledge of our financials. They will provide strategic vision and be a financial mentor for our team members. This position is ideal for the financial expert who also likes teaching others about “the numbers”.

Our Controller is  a financial leader who is continually seeking improvement and is a champion of change and growth.  We love to try new things and we want to explore new systems so we can spend less time on things like manual data entry and more time on serving our staff, customers and community.

Our Controller must be  a crystal clear communicator who actively listens and embraces our value of communicating  information transparently and sharing open book financials with everyone in the company (not just with the executives). We are a triple bottom line company that walks our talk on valuing ALL stakeholders.

Being best friends with Excel is a requirement of the job.  You also have to be able to create financial models quickly using various assumptions. If forecasting is not your thing and it drives you crazy when the CEO asks for a new version of the forecast, you should think twice about applying for this particular job.

This is a great job opportunity for someone who is an experienced Controller and wants to grow into the CFO role. We are a values-based company and servant leadership is at the heart of  how we lead in our organization. We are striving to become an anti-racist company and that means we work together to make our workplace more accessible and more equitable for all who work and shop with us.

Job Functions


  • Assist in formulating the company’s financial direction and supporting tactical initiatives such as budget to actual reporting.
  • Monitor and direct the implementation of strategic business plans
  • Develop financial and tax strategies
  • Manage the capital request and budgeting processes
  • Develop performance measures and monitoring systems that support the company’s strategic direction


  • Participate in key decisions as a member of the leadership team
  • Maintain in-depth relations with all members of the management team
  • Manage the accounting, investor relations, legal, tax, and treasury functions for the company
  • Oversee the company’s transaction processing systems
  • Implement operational best practices including training store staff on accounting and financial processes
  • Oversee employee benefit plans, with particular emphasis on  providing a robust benefits package at a reasonable cost
  • Work with store staff to oversee accurate cash counting and deposits
  • Report on all key metrics to staff as part of our open-book financial practices.

Financial Reporting

  • Responsible for timely issuance of fiscal period financial reports  in accordance with our fiscal year calendar
  • Report financial results to Leadership team and  the board of directors in person, on a  quarterly and as-needed basis.

Risk Management

  • Understand and mitigate key elements of the company’s risk profile
  • Monitor all open legal issues involving the company, and legal issues affecting the industry
  • Construct and monitor reliable control systems
  • Maintain appropriate insurance coverage
  • Ensure that the company complies with all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Ensure that record keeping meets the requirements of auditors and government agencies
  • Report risk issues to the audit committee of the board of directors
  • Maintain relations with external auditors and investigate their findings and follow through on their recommendations


  • Monitor cash balances and cash forecasts
  • Arrange for debt financing and equity financing
  • Manage Cap Table

Third Parties

  • Maintain relationships  with current investors on cap table
  • Maintain current banking relationships and seek out new opportunities
  • Represent the company with investment bankers and investors

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Excellent Communication Skills Required
  • We need an organized self-starter
  • Degree in accounting or business administration
  • 5+ years of Controller Experience
  • Experience in partnering with an executive team and Board
  • Experience with start-ups
  • Experience with raising capital and managing cap-table
  • Experience successfully mentoring and supervising teams
  • Quick Books and other accounting software experience

Additional Considerations

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with differing abilities to perform the essential functions. Please see The People Team if you feel an accommodation is necessary.  

  • Regularly required to be stationary for extended periods of time that may include but is not limited to cashiering or data processing.
  • Regularly required to position theirself to access items on the ground, above them, beside them, behind them and beyond normal reach, including but not limited to underneath desks, across surfaces or on top of shelving.
  • Regularly required to ascend and descend ladders to gain access to product and/or work areas.
  • Regularly required to move around the store to assist customers, aid in shelving product, product counts and other duties as required.
  • Regularly required to move items up to 50 pounds with or without assistance.
  • Regularly exposed to an environment that may be dusty.
  • Regularly exposed to wet environments.
  • Regularly exposed to an environment that has fresh fruits, vegetables, houseplants and flowers.

Important Notice:

The job duties, responsibilities, requirements & conditions, physical requirements and work environment listed in this job description are examples of the tasks that a staff member may be required to perform. Green Zebra Grocery reserves the right to revise the job description at any time and to require staff members to perform other tasks as circumstances or conditions of business change.