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Do you have top-notch technical accounting skills, and excellent leadership and communication skills? Would you be excited to work for a fun, growing company that is disrupting the eyewear space? Shady Rays is looking for a high-performing Controller to lead our accounting function. This position will be a critical member of the finance team, assisting Shady Rays in elevating its reporting and achieving its overall financial goals.

Position Summary:

The Controller will be tasked with building the accounting function, and with working effectively cross-functionally to elevate the Company’s overall financial reporting environment. In addition to helping implement a new ERP platform, the Controller will build an internal team that supports closing the books in a timely manner. This person will be well-qualified, with outstanding technical accounting skills, and will be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. They will be able to multi-task effectively and be excited about building a world class finance and accounting function.

While the Company is headquartered in the Louisville KY area, this position can be either fully remote or hybrid (part-time in office, part-time remote).

Job Responsibilities: 

·      Lead general ledger and accounting function, ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and regulatory requirements while maintaining accurate financial accounts

·      Build an internal accounting team, transitioning away from an outsourced book-keeping function

·      Manage the transition to a new ERP platform (NetSuite), to be implemented within the first year

·      Manage the month-end closing process and ensure all balance sheet accounts are reconciled monthly in a timely manner

·      Prepare, analyze and submit monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports to C-Team and investors

·      Implement new processes that will ensure data quality, and properly track and control costs; maintain systems to monitor profitability on a more granular basis

·      Create department-level P&L reporting; produce the department level reports for functional leaders and coordinate monthly "budget vs. actual" meetings

·      Coordinate with all ERP stakeholders to ensure the accounting system is recording all transactions, properly captured and recorded in the ERP

·      Maintain adequate accounting systems access controls, and ensure proper management of confidential financial information

·      Review all systems and reports to ensure proper inventory control, and that movement and counts of inventory are accurately reflected in the financial records

·      Manage the coordination and completion of annual financial audits, and all related inventory tracking required to produce clean audited financials

·      Oversee Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Billings functions

·      Coordinate with outside tax accountants on annual income tax returns, and regular sales tax filings

·      Work effectively cross functionally, including assisting with preparation of the Company s annual operating and capital budget

·      Support regular analytical needs of the C-Team and monthly variance reporting

·      Report directly to the CFO; complete special projects and other duties as assigned by the CFO and broader C-Team


Candidate Qualifications:

·      10+ years of experience in a corporate accounting position

·      High performer, demonstrating consistent career progression and increasing responsibilities

·      Controller and/or Assistant Controller experience highly preferred

·      Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification highly preferred

·      NetSuite experience, and experience in ERP migration, highly preferred

·      Experience building a team highly preferred

Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience


  • Competitive compensation plus annual bonus potential
  • Comprehensive health insurance
  • 100% company paid dental and vision
  • PTO (Paid Time Off)
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid wellness days
  • 401k with employer matching and immediate vesting
  • Employee discounts
  • Prescription discounts
  • Health program reimbursement
  • Work from home reimbursement
  • Employee development
  • Employee recognition
  • Short term disability
  • Life insurance
  • Paid maternity/paternity leave
  • Company-wide fitness challenges with rewards
  • Paid adventure days

Why Work Here? 

Shady Rays is an independent eyewear brand and one of the fastest-growing sunglasses brands in the U.S. Shady Rays offers polarized sunglasses with a range of styles spanning performance to lifestyle frames, with high-quality craftsmanship at more affordable prices vs. leading competitors. The Company has maintained strong customer satisfaction, with over 300,000 5-star ratings, and an industry-leading protection program.

Shady Rays focuses on giving back to its communities through the “Shady Rays Impact” charitable program. From supporting childhood cancer patients to young adults with serious health conditions, the Company continues to make a lasting impact on their lives.

Join our dynamic and growing team and help us make a positive impact while disrupting the sunglasses industry. Be an integral part of a fast-growing, socially conscious company with a strong culture of giving back.


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