Semiconductor and Fiber Lasers

Staff Accountant

About nLIGHT

nLIGHT is a vertically integrated global leader in high-power semiconductor and fiber lasers for industrial, microfabrication, aerospace, and defense applications. Headquartered in Vancouver, WA, nLIGHT is a rapidly growing publicly listed company (NASDAQ: LASR), with over 1,000 employees worldwide and operations in the U.S., China, and Finland.


Contribute to the success of a high-performance accounting team. Streamline existing accounting activities to enable future growth. Collaborate with others to improve systems, reporting and controls.

This position will be responsible for a variety of accounting functions and activities in support of nLIGHT’s expanding operations in Vancouver, WA and Hillsboro, OR, as well as international subsidiaries. The ideal candidate should be a hands-on professional who will assist in the proper accounting of business results and improvement of the quality of data upon 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.


  • Participate in the general ledger month-end close process, including journal entries, account reconciliations and trend analysis.
  • Support revenue recognition including monthly transactional testing and evaluation of new contracts.
  • Support government contracting activities, including billing, revenue recognition, contract close out, and government audits.
  • Calculate and track commissions due to sales representatives and collaborate cross functionally with the sales department in the development of new agreements.
  • Participate in design and implementation of the worldwide SOX controls over the revenue enterprise cycle.
  • Serves as a resource for revenue database maintenance and monthly reporting.
  • Support annual audit and tax requirements, including preparation of required materials.
  • Actively seek and implement process improvement opportunities.
  • Assist with special projects as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance. CPA or CPA eligible is preferred.
  • 2+ years of relevant experience.
    • Manufacturing or high-tech industry preferred.
    • Multi-entity and global organizations preferred.
  • Working knowledge of US GAAP and ability to communicate accounting concepts.
  • Strong organizational skills, and the ability to work under pressure, handle multiple tasks, and meet all deadlines.
  • Familiarity with ERP and other IT systems. Dynamics AX experience preferred.
  • Must enjoy new challenges, identifying improvements and following through to drive related changes.

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

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