Washington, DC, US

Job Description / Skills Required

Lilt is the leading AI solution for enterprise translations. Our stack made up of our Contextual AI Engine, Connector APIs, and Human Adaptive Feedback enable global organizations to adopt a true AI translation strategy, focusing on business outcomes instead of outputs. With Lilt, innovative, category-defining organizations like Intel, ASICS, WalkMe, Canva, Bloomberg, Walmart, AWS, and Philips are using AI technology to deliver multilingual, digital customer experiences at scale.


As a result, Lilt’s AI technology foundation is similar to ChatGPT and Google Translate, before our patented Contextual AI Engine, connector-first approach, and human-adapted feedback.


Our team is located globally in San Francisco, Indianapolis, London, and Berlin with hubs located in Washington D.C., New York City, and Boston. You can learn more about us and what it’s like to work here on our Careers page!


Authorization to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment.


What you’ll do

You will be responsible for accurate, timely, and GAAP-compliant financial reporting, implementation, and maintenance of accounting-related systems, and development of policies, procedures, and comprehensive internal controls. You will initially have one direct report but will be expected to build out a high-performing, results-oriented team. 


This position is based out of our DC hub or Indy office and will be expected to work in the office in a hybrid capacity.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Build and lead a high-performing and results-oriented accounting team.

  • Establish accounting policies and procedures that ensure financial statements are prepared in compliance with GAAP.

  • Review and manage the accounting team to ensure the accurate and timely creation of GAAP financial statements and other ad-hoc reporting requests.

  • Drive improvement in the month-end close timeline.

  • Oversee transactional accounting activities including processing of accounts payable, accounts receivables, purchasing, accruals, expense reporting and payroll processing with a high attention to detail.

  • Assure tax compliance with accurate and timely completion of all corporate, statutory, income and indirect tax regulations.

  • Partner with the CFO, external auditors and other stakeholders to create financial records, controls and processes that position Lilt for a successful future IPO.

  • Implement and manage all Accounting systems. 

  • Manage other business requirements such as insurance, licenses, etc.

  • Oversee key third party resources, supporting accounting, tax, and compliance-related needs for the business

  • Lead all technical accounting matters with well documented research and well written memos. 

  • Design, implement, maintain and enforce company policies, processes and internal controls

  • Act as a key cross-functional business partner preparing ongoing key deliverables and contributing to strategic projects and initiatives as needed

  • Work with teams across the company to identify, design and implement process improvements.


Skills and Experience:

  • Degree in Accounting or Business Administration, CPA license is preferred

  • Big 4 public accounting/audit firm background and 5+ years leading accounting teams at start-up companies.  Public-company experience is a plus.

  • Required experience working with an enterprise level GL system; experience working with Netsuite as GL system is a plus.

  • An entrepreneurial and self-driven mindset, with demonstrated ability to continuously improve

  • Strong organizational, analytical, and project management skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively across diverse teams and geographies with varying levels of financial experience

  • A proven track record of reliability, consistency, and a sharp eye for detail


Our Story

Our founders, Spence and John met at Google working on Google Translate.  As researchers at Stanford and Berkeley, they both worked on language technology to make information accessible to everyone. They were amazed to learn that Google Translate wasn’t used for enterprise products and services inside the company and left to start a new company to address this need – Lilt. 


At its core, Lilt has always been a machine learning company since its incorporation on March 6, 2015. At the time, machine translation didn’t meet the quality standard for enterprise translations, so Lilt assembled a cutting-edge research team tasked with closing that gap. While meeting customer demand for translation services, Lilt has prioritized investments in Large Language Models, believing that this foundation was imperative to the future of enterprise translation.



  • Compensation: Competitive salary with the opportunity to earn on-target earnings (OTE),  meaningful equity, 401(k) matching, and flexible time off plus company holidays.

  • Medical Benefits: Employees receive coverage of medical, dental, and vision insurance, plus FSA/DFSA, HSA, and Commuter benefits. In addition, Lilt pays for basic life insurance, short-term disability, and long-term disability.

  • Paid parental leave is provided after 6 months.

  • Monthly lifestyle benefit stipend via the Fringe platform to allow employees to customize benefits to their lifestyle.


Lilt is an equal opportunity employer. We extend equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to an individual’s race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, veteran or marital status, pregnancy, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state or federal laws. We are committed to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all discriminatory practices.


  • Washington DC Area$150K – $190K • Offers Equity
  • Indy, IN$135K – $168K • Offers Equity


Lilt's compensation philosophy is to pay at the 50th percentile of the market for base pay and the 90th percentile of the market for equity options.