Semiconductor and Fiber Lasers

Assistant Controller

Develop and lead a high-performance accounting team. Streamline existing activities to enable future growth and compliance with rules and regulations. Collaborate cross-functionally to improve systems, processes and controls.

You will be responsible for a variety of accounting, tax, and compliance functions and activities in support of nLIGHT’s expanding businesses in Vancouver, Washington and Hillsboro, Oregon, as well as international locations. You need to be a hands-on and versatile manager who will ensure proper accounting of business results as well as improve the quality of data on which decisions are made. We are seeking a self-starter with very high personal and professional values, attention to detail, strong work ethic and positive attitude. 


  • Support Corporate Controller with managing all aspects of month-end close process for the US general ledger, including journal entries, account reconciliations and analysis, as well as worldwide consolidations and intercompany accounting.
  • Manage coordination of federal, state, income, international and other tax compliance activities internally as well as with third party accounting firms.
  • Work with Accounting Manager to identify opportunities to streamline activities within the transactional processing including US accounts payable and accounts receivable.
  • Overall responsibility for US payroll and benefits accounting and administration. Partner with HR to ensure accuracy and compliance.
  • Maintain knowledge of US GAAP rules and ensure proper application as a part of the accounting and reporting processes.
  • Document existing and develop new policies and procedures. Help develop and communicate accounting policies cross-functionally and across legal entities.
  • Maintain ownership for monitoring and executing compliance activities within the accounting department.
  • Hire, train and develop accounting team members. Coordinate workflows to improve efficiency.
  • Assist with special projects relating to other business initiatives as assigned.


  • CPA required
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or taxation
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience including a mix of public accounting and industry
  • Experience in manufacturing or high-tech industry preferred
  • Practical experience in corporate tax compliance strongly desired
  • Proven track record of working in multi-entity and global organizations
  • Strong knowledge of US GAAP and ability to communicate accounting concepts
  • Familiarity with ERP and Payroll processing systems, strong system skills
  • Recent system implementation experience is a plus
  • Must enjoy new challenges, identifying improvements and following through to drive related changes.
  • Strong communication skills, including ability to communicate complex information to management.

nLIGHT is subject to US Export Control regulations. To qualify for this position, a Foreign Person (that is, not a US Citizen or legal Permanent Resident) must be eligible for a deemed export license under the US Department of Commerce and/or the US Department of State.

Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or age. For more information about our commitment to equal employment opportunity, please see these government posters: “EEO is the Law” and its accompanying temporary supplement.  If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (360) 566-4460 or

About nLIGHT
nLIGHT is a rapidly growing vertically integrated supplier of high-performance lasers that enable innovation in materials processing, microelectronics and defense applications. nLIGHT develops and manufactures fiber lasers based on industry-leading semiconductor laser and optical fiber technology. nLIGHT is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington with additional sites in North America, Asia and Europe. nLIGHT lasers are not only changing the way things are made, but what can be made.

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