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Controller (Remote)

Administration | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Create a New Asset Class. Feed the Planet. Fight Climate Change.

Recognizing that farming is the single most vital industry on our planet, we want to drive sustainable and prosperous food systems that work for everyone in our globally connected world.

We are creating a technology-driven investment and trading platform for a brand new asset class - a $10 trillion global farmland market, previously only accessible to the largest institutional investors. This is a unique opportunity to join at the very beginning of this exciting journey and help grow a truly innovative financial product while also having an active role in battling climate change and creating food systems of the future.

The founding and executive teams have decades of institutional experience in ag, farmland, and food investing, having previously deployed over $1B into this asset class. We also have deep financial and tech expertise that allows us to build investment products for the future. We’ve raised several million dollars in VC and angel funding to date, have thousands of investors on our platform, and have deployed millions of dollars into farmland deals across the United States.

Our backers include Blue Seed Collective, Franklin Templeton ($1.5T global asset manager), Richie Prager (a former key executive at BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world), founders of Grammarly, founder of Pillpack, former CEO of Fonterra (largest dairy exporter in the world) and many other prominent financial, agricultural and tech professionals.

Our vision is to provide all investors with access to farmland investments, and farmers and farmland owners with access to flexible and creative capital.


About You:

First and foremost we want to hear from you if:

  • You are passionate about one more of these: agriculture, climate, farming, investing or finance.

  • You are a hustler.

  • You have a “no task too-big or too-small mentality”

  • You are a self-driver that can take a project and run with it.

  • You are a doer. We are looking for actions and results first and foremost. 

  • You are data-driven and analytical by nature.

  • You learn fast.

  • You are looking for a long-term remote culture.

You will succeed in this role if:

  • You are able to prioritize and balance multiple competing priorities & projects at once

  • Have strong analytical and problem-solving abilities

  • Have a finance background / understanding of investing

  • Have great interpersonal, presentation and communication skills; you are social by nature and enjoy talking to people on the phone

  • Are able to build strong, lasting professional relationships

  • Have a hunger to learn and take on new challenges/roles outside of the main job description


Responsibilities:

We are seeking a Controller to build (from scratch) and manage a team responsible for the accounting operations, tax and treasury functions for our investment vehicles and our corporate management entities. Today, FarmTogether manages over a dozen investment vehicles with thousands of investors raised through SEC-registered Reg D 506-c offerings. Today, this work is managed through two in-house employees as well as outside firms. Over time, we want to bring these functions in-house for quality and cost-savings.

 

We are seeking an experienced, adaptable, high-performing individual who is familiar with corporate and investment company (ASC 946) accounting principals, processes, and operations with SEC registrants. The ideal candidate has experience in building accounting organizations and operations, together with the ability to be nimble and hands-on in a fast-paced, growing company. The role would be a senior member of the Operations Team and would report to our Chief Operations Officer.

Investment Entities - Accounting Operations:

  • Own the accounting standards and stay abreast of relevant updates

  • Lead transition to in-house book-keeping

  • Maintain all records in Quickbooks (Day 1) and evaluate ERP transition options

  • Compile GAAP financial statements and support Operations Team in drafting SEC-filed annual and semi-annual reports

  • Assist in reviewing SEC offering statements

  • Coordinate annual audit process and tax return preparation for investment SPVs

  • Assist with fair valuation process and calculation of distribution payouts

  • Manage and monitor entity bank accounts and treasury functions

  • Bring tax preparation in-house, including automating partnership returns and K-1 preparation and standard investor registry reports to be used for tax reporting

Corporate Management Entities - Accounting Operations

  • Own the accounting standards and stay abreast of relevant updates

  • Lead transition to in-house book-keeping

  • Maintain all records in Quickbooks (Day 1) and evaluate ERP transition options

  • Produce timely monthly financial reporting packages

  • Manage accounts payable and employee expense reports

  • Manage payroll function

  • Manage treasury functions

General Accounting Operations

  • Develop operational efficiencies for on-going bookkeeping by implementing automation and API-based workflows and leverage various internal datasources

  • Develop operational efficiencies for the processing of distributions to investors

  • Develop, document and maintain system of internal financial controls and processes


Requirements:

  • 7-10 years+ experience in accounting, finance and/or operations leadership role

  • Must have an active CPA license (Illinois or California preferred)

  • Demonstrated experience managing financial audits and working with external auditors; managing financial and managerial reporting, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, cash flow, and payroll

  • Experience in building and managing an accounting operation in-house

  • Experience with SEC registrants

  • Ability to learn, develop and implement new systems and technologies with ease

  • Rigorous in producing quality work product and analysis, foster internal collaboration and mentorship, and embrace accountability to outcomes

  • Growth mindset, with the ability to adapt to a dynamic, fast-paced environment


Bonus Points:

  • A Master’s degree in accounting, finance or an MBA is preferred

  • Experience with investment company accounting (ASC 946) a plus

  • Big 4 experience a plus

  • Partnership tax experience a plus

  • Experience working with international investors (familiarity with W8-BEN/W8-BEN-E processing)

  • Experience with multiple ERP systems (Great Plains, Oracle, SAP, etc)

  • We are a G Suite environment. Deep familiarity with Google Sheets, Docs, Drive, AppScripts a plus


Perks:

  • - We provide medical, dental and vision insurance for US team members and a $250/month stipend to use towards healthcare for international team members. 
  • - Fully remote work!
  • - One-time stipend for home office setup. 
  • - Professional development expenses covered (courses, conferences, books, trainings, etc)
  • - 401K and HSA 
  • - No-fee investment into our farmland products.