Assistant Controller

  • Cascade Energy
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Mar 17, 2018
Full time Energy and Utilities Accounting Engineering

Job Description


Cascade Energy, founded in 1993, specializes in industrial energy efficiency. Our work reaches throughout the Pacific Northwest and across North America, with clients ranging in size from small up to Fortune 500 companies. We are proud of our reputation for stellar, high quality work. We foster and value a culture of equals, initiative, and ownership. Contribution in all areas is encouraged. Cascade has offices in Portland, OR; Eugene, OR, Issaquah, WA; Walla Walla, WA; Pleasant Grove, UT; Meridian, ID; Crystal Lake, IL; San Ramon, CA; and San Diego, CA.

At Cascade Energy, we believe in better. We come to work every day with a drive for continuous improvement and we dedicate ourselves to making industrial energy efficiency happen in smart, measurable, and sustainable ways. We are always thinking about new ways to make things happen and achieve results. We offer energy program design and delivery, project management and analysis, energy management services and software, and hands-on training and coaching.

We are seeking an Assistant Controller (AC) to join our busy Finance & Accounting (F&A) team.  The AC will collaborate with the Director of F&A, and supervise the accounting staff. The AC is responsible for a variety of accounting functions, software processes and reporting requirements. The AC reports to the Director of Finance & Accounting (F&A) and will have the opportunity to grow into the position of Controller.

Our team is a reflection of our core company values, which are: do the right thing; put others first; seek shared success; learn constantly; and be industrious.  F&A, HR, and IT comprise our internal operations team, and we view ourselves as a vitally important provider of internal customer service.  We strive to keep our values top of mind, and work to ensure we are approachable, responsive, and consistently delighting our internal customers. 

This full-time, exempt position is located in our Portland, OR headquarters.


This role requires a keen sense of prioritization and comfort level working in a fast-paced environment, with flexibility switching from one task to another.  The Assistant Controller is responsible for the following, with additional assigned tasks that will depend on the volume, needs, and capacity of the F&A department:

  • Oversee project accounting including jobs cost analysis, jobs maintenance, monthly project reporting, and performance against budgets
  • Oversee the Ajera accounting system, including the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll processing and ad hoc reporting
  • Accurate and timely completion of monthly financial statements reporting to the Director of F&A and Leadership Team
  • Oversee outsourced payroll processing, employee benefits, audits and related external reporting for company of 140+ employees
  • Responsible for monitoring accounts receivable and collections
  • Supervise department staff and coordinate workflow across departments
  • Develop internal reporting and metrics to access departmental performance
  • Coordinate development of budgets and forecasts with the Leadership Team
  • Monitor internal controls, develop new processes as needed, and maintain documentation of all processes throughout the company
  • Special projects as assigned
  • Assist Director of F&A with system implementations


  • Exceptional attention to detail and ability to self-review work for accuracy
  • Ability to analyze and manipulate large amounts of data for importing and exporting from various systems
  • Strong working knowledge of Accounting Software and MS Excel
  • Excellent professional judgment with ability to seek necessary expertise
  • The ability to work both independently and in a team environment and to comfortably interact with internal and external customers and serve their needs
  • Requires an individual with high ethical standards, sound technical skills, excellent analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus
  • Ability to efficiently organize and plan work tasks to meet company goals
  • Proactive, resourceful, and highly motivated with good communication skills and a results-oriented approach
  • Exceptional critical thinking and problem solving skills


We’d like to meet candidates with a strong accounting background, including a high level of proficiency with generally accepted principles and best practices.  The role requires someone who is detail-oriented, exceptionally organized, and able to multi-task across a wide range of projects and tasks.  We seek someone with a positive attitude, who can coach and mentor other F&A staff, and make contributions toward the continuous improvement of our processes and systems.

Other requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, CPA a plus
  • Minimum of six years’ accounting experience, including approx. three years as an Accounting Manager/Assistant Controller
  • Demonstrated expertise in a project based software, preferably Ajera by Deltek (or other Deltek products)


Our total rewards includes competitive pay and excellent benefits.  These include health and vision (90% paid for team member, 80% paid for dependents), FSA or HSA options with an employer contribution, life insurance, short and long term disability insurance, 401k retirement plan with both a guaranteed 3% contribution and a profit sharing contribution, annual cash performance bonus, (8) paid holidays per year, paid vacation time and paid sick time.

Our team enjoys a flexible work schedule in a professional, yet casual environment in the historic Eastside Exchange building, surrounded by windows with great views.  We are close to transit and provide a free, annual Tri-Met Pass, free parking in our lot, indoor bike storage, plus locker rooms with showers.


To apply, please submit an application via the Careers Page of our website. Applications cannot be considered unless a resume and cover letter (pdf’s please!) describing what about our team or the position resonates with you, and how your experience could make you a great fit for the role, are included.  Applicants selected for in-person interviews will be asked to complete on-line skills testing prior to the interview.  Professional references will be requested from finalists. 


Please, no phone calls.

Please, no outside recruiters or agencies.

Cascade Energy is not able to provide sponsorship for work authorization in the U.S.


Cascade Energy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Cascade Energy complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. Cascade Energy expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, marital status, or veteran status.  Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including immediate termination. 

Cascade Energy is committed to a drug-free workplace; offers of employment are contingent on passing a pre-employment drug screening.

Cascade Energy follows the U.S. law that requires us to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States – either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization.  To this end, we use the eVerify system provided by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

Cascade Energy will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by Cascade, or (c) consistent with Cascade’s legal duty to furnish information.


Corporate Finance, Corporate Accounting, Bookkeeping, General-Other: Accounting-Finance

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