Controller - Seattle Office

Marten Law is seeking an experienced Controller to join our senior management team and support our growing environmental and energy law practice.

A successful applicant must reside in or near, or be willing to relocate to, Seattle. Multiple in-office days each week at the Firm’s Office overlooking the Puget Sound in downtown Seattle will be mandatory.

Firm Overview

Marten enjoys a national reputation as a leader in environmental, energy, and natural resource law. Our team of lawyers includes recognized authorities in climate change, wind and solar development, air quality, water resources and water quality, endangered species, forestry, public lands, fisheries, environmental cleanup, and environmental and energy project review and permitting. We work throughout the United States on large-scale projects involving complex negotiations, transactions, and litigation. Our lawyers practice out of offices in Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Washington, D.C., Boston, Massachusetts; and Sun Valley, Idaho.

Position Responsibilities

Marten’s Controller reports directly to the Firm’s Chief Administrative Officer, is a Senior Management Team member, supports the Firm’s Finance Committee, and plays a key role in the overall financial management of the firm. The Controller has primary responsibility for managing all the Firm’s financial-related activities. This includes direct responsibility for financial reporting, accounting, contracts, risk management (non-client based), banking, tax planning and compliance, forecasting and planning, key financial transaction analysis and negotiations, and managing the Firm’s outside tax, accounting, insurance, and finance resources. The position is based in Seattle but supports all offices within the Firm. It is a permanent, full-time position with exceptional benefits, a competitive salary, and a great work environment. We are looking for a smart, hard worker, who has at least eight years’ experience.

Some of your specific responsibilities at Marten will include:

  • Develop, evaluate, and implement financial management tools, including the firm’s cloud-based legal accounting/firm practice management software platform to timely report performance on all key law firm metrics, including profitability, forecasting, utilization, accounts receivable, accounts payable, work in progress, budget to actual on both hours and expenditures, and other key business data.
  • Ensure effective internal controls and timely produce financial statements.
  • Provide leadership in developing and continuously evaluating short and long-term strategic financial objectives (including the developing appropriate performance metrics).
  • Ensure the firm has adequate insurance protection for the risk tolerance defined by the firm’s objectives.
  • Develop and implement policies, procedures and guidelines for both the department and (in conjunction with HR) end users to ensure timely and accurate best practices.
  • Supervise and mentor accounting department staff, including a full-time staff accountant.
  • Maintain open communication with senior management and equity partners, so that they are up-to-date with all pertinent business issues.
  • Ensure timely and accurate employee and partner compensation reports and payments.
  • Participate in the firm’s Finance Committee.
  • Ensure payroll reporting and related tax compliance matters. Work with outside CPA firm on all federal, state, and local tax reporting and compliance requirements.
  • Review and manage large accounts receivable and unbilled work in progress to maximize collection and billing efforts.
  • Manage 401(k) program, including timely contributions, annual testing and reporting requirements, etc.
  • Maintain relationship with firm's primary financial institution to maximize the firm's cash management and keep all loans, lines of credit, and other financial obligations current and in conformity with the agreements and restrictive covenants.
  • Protect firm assets by ensuring that internal accounting controls are present where appropriate and that such controls are monitored and enforced.

Marten LLP will be a great fit if you have the following skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance; MBA or CPA highly desirable
  • Minimum ten years experience in finance, including at least five years in a lead financial/executive role in a growth-oriented professional services business; law firm finance experience is required. 
  • Extensive experience and understanding of time and billing software systems required; strong preference for significant experience with Rippe & Kingston LMS or other Microsoft SQL based law firm management software such as ProLaw or Juris.
  • Advanced experience in Excel required.
  • Experience with creating and using budgeting and forecasting models to prepare annual operating budgets, model year-end discretionary expenditure scenarios and pro forma financials for strategic planning.
  • Demonstrated success articulating and influencing decisions based on data and other analytical tools.
  • Strong strategic and business acumen, as well as sound and consistent business judgment, entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Desire for continuous improvement.
  • High level of professional integrity and accountability.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, written, and verbal communication, including presentation skills, ability to successfully advise senior management and reflect the Firm’s image to outside parties.
  • Exceptional ability to build credibility quickly and develop and maintain effective working relationships with individuals at all levels within the organization.
  • Exceptional ability to prioritize, move things forward and get things done.
  • Positive, upbeat personality with creative problem-solving skills.
  • Pride in your work and ability to deliver superior work product.
  • Work well as a member of a team and can handle stress effectively.

You can expect the following hours and benefits:

  • A full-time position, working Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be occasional off-hours and weekend work as firm financial management demands.
  • A salary range of $140,000-$160,000, commensurate with your experience.
  • A full benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, paid time off, a 401k with employer match, life insurance, a transportation subsidy, and long-term and short-term disability policies.

You can expect a respectful, diverse working environment

  • Marten Law is dedicated to anti-racist and anti-oppression policies. We are committed to improving greater diversity, equity and inclusion and combating systemic racism. We hire based on demonstrated qualifications without regard to sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, or other qualities.
  • Marten Law does not tolerate discrimination, threats, bullying, harassment, or any other unwanted behaviors of any kind between or among its employees, or third parties (including opposing counsel, clients, visitors, service providers or guests). People experiencing or observing any of these behaviors are expected to report it to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) or the Managing Partners. Marten Law will investigate any complaint and take any actions deemed needed, up to and including termination.

You can expect a thorough and unbiased interview experience

  • Finalists for this position will be interviewed by the Equity Partners and the CAO. We take time to identify the best match with our Firm, and then invest in them for the long term.
  • Applicants must be able to pass a background check and are expected to be truthful in all respects throughout the interview process.

To apply, fill out our online application at the link below. You must also submit a cover letter, resumé, academic transcript, and three references.


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