• Assistant Controller

  • About Excella

    Excella is a technology consulting firm serving commercial, non-profit, and federal clients in the Washington, DC area. Excella builds innovative custom software solutions with a strong focus on Agile engineering practices. We believe that great work leads to great things –- for our clients and our employees. We are growing fast and need passionate, innovative people who love working with technology and are ready to make an impact.

    Here's what you can expect from us:

    • We care about our employees. In fact, The Washington Post and The Washington Business Journal consistently rank us as a "Best Place to Work.
    • You'll work with great people who love what they do: our team includes published authors, certified trainers, and internationally renowned speakers.
    • We have a "bring your own device" workplace and will share the cost of a new computer of your choice -- Mac or PC. It's up to you.
    • We'll invest in your career by providing 3 days of paid professional development every year, including travel and registration fees to attend classes and conferences, in addition to tuition assistance for degrees and certifications.
    • Starting day one, every employee is bonus eligible and receives 17 days of paid vacation.
    • You can bike, drive, or metro to work -- our commute reimbursement plan has you covered.
    • We cater dinner once a month, and always have healthy snacks available!
    • You'll have fun! We hold monthly happy hours and events all year long, including a summer weekend getaway for you and your family


    Excella has an immediate opening for an Assistant Controller to support a fast-paced, growing corporate team. This position will be responsible for performing various accounting functions vital to the ongoing success of Excella. Duties will include, but are not limited to, assisting with compiling financial reports; auditing financial reports for compliance; performing general accounting functions; and supporting overall duties and responsibilities of the finance department.


    The ideal candidate will have experience in the following but not limited to:

    • Oversee monthly, quarterly and annual close process and timelines, including reviewing reconciliations for accuracy and the preparation and review of various internal and external reports and the stand-alone and consolidated financial statements within required close timeline.
    • Oversee the day to day activities of the Finance Department’s Accounting operations which includes initiating and recording all transactions related to accounts payable, distributions, employee expense reimbursements, salaries and benefits, prepaid expenses, fixed assets, accounts receivable, payroll etc.
    • Manage the financial statement, GSA and 401K audits, including coordinating and managing audit timeline, preparing and reviewing audit work papers and the audit report.
    • Research and propose accounting treatment for complex accounting issues.
    • Ensure designated internal controls are in place, monitoring effectiveness of controls and recommending and/or implementing changes as required.
    • Maintain an accurate general ledger and accounting system.
    • Work with Controller in managing the annual budget and rolling forecasts including cash-flow and tracking of Key Performance Indicators.
    • Minimize risks relating to provisions, insurance, and contract compliance.
    • Assist Controller with corporate disclosure, taxation and various special projects.
    • Serve as a day to day contact for staff, management, and other departments by researching and implementing accounting treatment for transactions where necessary.
    • Manage, train and evaluate designated staff within the Finance Department.
    • Prepare ad hoc reports as needed.
    • Document department policies and procedures.


    The Assistant Controller is considered essential and qualifications must reflect (at a minimum): 

    • The Assistant Controller must have a Bachelor’s in Accounting or Finance or equivalent degree from a four-year college or university with eight to ten years of relevant work experience with 4-5 years of work experience in a managerial role, CPA required.
    • Government Contracting/DCAA compliance experience required.
    • Knowledge of GAAP and other accounting concepts and experience in their application.
    • Experience managing an accounting operations department and involvement in the daily/monthly closing procedures, journal entries, reconciliations and controls.
    • Experience preparing and analyzing monthly financial reporting packages and financial statements.
    • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics SL a plus.
    • Experience with Unanet time keeping system a plus.
    • Experience with Ultimate Software (Ultipro) system a plus.
    • Microsoft Office Suite knowledge at proficient level, particularly Excel and Word.
    • High level of analytical and problem-solving ability to analyze data, identify and resolve problems within tight timeframes.
    • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects while identifying areas to improve and offering solutions to make current processes more efficient.

    Desired Skills:


    Prior experience working in a federal contracting environment and working with DCAA auditors.



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