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About the role


Retool is scaling quickly, essentially doubling headcount since the beginning of 2021.  To support this growth and help us achieve our long-term vision to change the way software is built, we are now laying the foundation for a world-class Finance and Accounting team.  This team will serve as Retool’s “source of truth”, developing high-integrity financials that provide visibility into business performance, delivering insights that drive strategic decisions, and establishing operational rigor so we effectively manage our cash and risk.  As our first accounting leader, this role will be essential in helping us build and scale this capability.


As controller, you will lead our accounting function, streamlining our budgeting, payroll, and financial reporting processes.  You’ll also be responsible for defining and implementing GAAP-compliant accounting policies and overseeing our annual audit.  You and your team will also be expected to produce thorough financial reports that provide visibility on business performance to executives, as well as the board.  Finally, we will look to you to build a best-in-class accounting team that can help Retool scale effectively.  Note that Retool is still very much in start-up mode and you’ll be expected to act as a player-coach, rolling up your sleeves wherever necessary to help us meet the needs of our growing business.


Reporting to the Head of Finance, you’ll join a small but growing Finance team that aspires to serve customers across the business with high-quality financial reporting and insights.  You will also partner with teams across the business as we establish processes and the infrastructure required to scale.


  • Own the monthly, quarterly, and year-end close processes to ensure timely and accurate accounting that is GAAP compliant
  • Set accounting policies and procedures and provide guidance on technical accounting
  • Lead preparation for and management of our annual audit as well as other ad hoc audit activities
  • Develop, implement, and maintain financial controls, processes, and guidelines
  • Provide support for the annual budgeting and planning process
  • Deliver accurate and timely results reporting to management and the Board of Directors
  • Leverage technology to build scalable/sustainable processes to create efficiencies, streamline accounting operations and improve employee experience
  • Manage compliance related to federal, state and local income, sales, and use taxes
  • Build a high-performance accounting team, with a focus on hiring, training, and mentorship


  • Bachelor’s in business, accounting, or related field; MBA or Masters in Accounting preferred
  • 10+ years experience, including Big 4 public accounting experience and public or private company experience
  • Active CPA license
  • Strong knowledge of GAAP standards and familiarity with revenue under ASC 606
  • Prior SaaS experience and understanding of relevant KPIs (e.g., ARR, LTV, CAC, etc) strongly preferred
  • Willingness to roll up your sleeves and get in the details
  • Proven ability to hire, manage, and mentor high-performing teams
  • Excellent knowledge in assessing, developing, and implementing internal controls
  • Strong communicator, both written and verbal, able to communicate complex concepts and risk factors to stakeholders and influence decision making
  • Collaborative business partner, skilled in building trust with stakeholders both within and outside of the finance team
  • Experience implementing systems to achieve scalability of the business and accounting functions, ideally including Netsuite

Retool is a Y Combinator-graduate backed by Sequoia Capital, as well as the founders of Github, Gusto, PagerDuty, Segment, and Stripe. Located in the heart of Hayes Valley, San Francisco, we build tools that delight our customers, empower businesses to run more effectively, and keep engineering teams happy.

Interested in what we're doing? We'd love to hear from you!

Why you should join Retool

Retool's a fast way of building internal tools (to manage deliveries, for customer support, etc.). We just hit profitability, have raised money from some great investors, including John + Patrick Collison (Stripe), Elad Gil (Color), Nat Friedman (Github), Greg Brockman (OpenAI), etc. We're looking to scale our engineering team from 15 people to around 25 this year.

Our thesis is that all internal tools have the same building blocks (tables, textinputs, dropdowns, etc.). So Retool gives you those building blocks, which you can combine and compose to make any sort of internal tool you might want. That's a lot faster than writing the same custom code, over and over again. Here's a 3 minute demo.

Our actual goal - though - is to build the future of programming. We think building boring, internal enterprise apps represents most of programming. And if you can make building these boring things a lot faster, you have a good shot at becoming what "comes after programming languages".

Team Size:40
Location:San Francisco
Anthony Guo
Anthony Guo
David Hsu
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