Financial Controller

Remote /
Operations – General & Administrative /
About Trail of Bits
Trail of Bits helps secure the world’s most targeted organizations and products. We combine high-end security research with a real-world attacker mentality to reduce risk and fortify code.

As a cybersecurity research and consulting firm, we serve clients in the defense, tech, finance, and blockchain industries. We help with their most difficult security challenges by designing and building new technology, researching new techniques to advance the state of practice, and reviewing the security of the latest available technology products before they hit the market.

Our team consumes, produces, and presents research as a natural part of doing business. When we make new discoveries or developments, we strive to share our knowledge and release our tools as open-source. It’s a practice that’s earned us industry accolades and helped contribute to our double-digit bottom line growth.

Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Controller will put into practice new accounting processes and procedures across the organization. The ideal candidate will have deep accounting expertise and will work closely with the team to ensure the proper controls are in place, followed, and documented. You will be hands-on in implementing and managing day-to-day accounting operations, including the month, quarter, and year-end close processes. 

The Controller will have the opportunity to define the structure of the accounting function and to build the team’s functions to deliver quality results. They will create processes and policies that ensure timely delivery of accurate financial reports, facilitate the smooth operation of all financial systems, and support the rapid growth of the company while at the same time controlling costs. The ideal start date for this position is as soon as possible in early 2021.


    • Create and maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures; implement a system of controls over accounting transactions to minimize risk.
    • Develop standard operating procedures and reporting for cost center SG&A spending, contribution margin, and gross margin analysis.
    • Establish, document, monitor, and enforce policies, procedures and internal controls to support timely and accurate financial reporting.
    • Oversee the production of periodic financial reports; ensuring that the reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles and international financial reporting standards.
    • Provide technical accounting leadership and guidance on significant and complex accounting matters, especially those related to revenue recognition for a dynamic and evolving cybersecurity business.
    • Build a detailed and meaningful monthly reporting package to report to the leadership team.
    • Collaborate with internal and external teams such as auditors and consultants as needed.
    • Ensures compliance with local, state, and federal government requirements.


    • 5-7 years, in-house accounting experience.
    • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Finance, Accounting, or similar field required.
    • CPA certification required.
    • Public Accounting experience preferred.
    • Experience as a Controller in a similarly-sized company or comparable role.
    • Strong understanding of DCAA accounting, GAAP revenue recognition practices, financing models, and cash flow preparation.
    • Experience with FAR accounting.
    • Prior acquisition experience, including accounting for business combinations, asset purchases, and joint ventures, as well as managing business integration
    • New systems and software implementation experience
    • Proven ability to remain pragmatic in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
    • Highly proficient with various softwares including Unanet, Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. Added bonus to have experience in Expensify, Deel, JustWorks and Betterment.

Company Perks

    • Before, during and after COVID-19, our workforce works flexibly. Many employees choose to work from home around the globe. As long as you deliver against your goals, we encourage you to harness your personal working style to let you work best.
    • Liberal expense policy for acquiring the equipment and software that help you do your job. If we need hardware to work effectively, we buy it. 
    • We offer exceptional and tailored technical, leadership and organizational training for our team members. Everyone is encouraged to identify additional opportunities for personal professional growth with working at Trail of Bits.
    • We routinely highlight the amazing work our employees do via our blog, product offerings, and conference talks. We celebrate you!
    • We're at the forefront of a number of markets and have the internal expertise and the ambition to capitalize on those opportunities. Our employees see their work in use and valued by many others.

Benefits for Eligible US Employees

    • Multiple generous health, vision, and dental insurance plans including no-monthly-premium options supporting individuals and families through Justworks.
    • Ancillary benefits including life and disability insurance, pre-tax commuter benefits, free Citi Bike membership, access to a HealthAdvocate, a healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA), and a free One Medical membership.
    • 14 paid company holidays and four weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO).
    • 3-4 months paid parental leave.
    • 401k with 5% company matching through Betterment.
    • Annual charitable donation matching up to $2,000.
    • Bonuses for recruiting, public speaking, tool releases, blog posts, academic posters, proposals, and whitepapers, and end-of-year bonuses based on company, team, and personal performance.
    • Carbon offsets for your personal and corporate carbon emissions through Project Wren.

Benefits for Eligible Canadian Employees

    • Premium health, vision, and dental insurance plans.
    • Life/AD&D Insurance options, as well as short- and long-term disability insurance plans.
    • 14 paid company holidays, including provincial statutory holidays and select US holidays.
    • 2 weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO) and 2 weeks of sick time per year.
    • RRSP plan with 5% company matching.
    • Annual charitable donation matching up to $2,000.
    • Bonuses for recruiting, public speaking, tool releases, blog posts, academic posters, proposals, and whitepapers, and end-of-year bonuses based on company, team, and personal performance.
    • Carbon offsets for your personal and corporate carbon emissions through Project Wren.
Dedication to diversity, equity & inclusion
Trail of Bits is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace where our employees can thrive and be themselves! We welcome all persons into our community. We embrace the diversity of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, physical and mental disabilities, medical condition, genetic characteristic, sexual orientation, marital status, family care or medical leave status, military or veteran status, or perceived membership in any of these groups.