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Raj Pillai
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As a former Big 4 hiring manager, I want to leverage my expertise in accounting and finance to provide value to my clients in need of consulting resources and offer technical knowledge to develop a strong workforce in the ever-changing corporate environment we’re experiencing today.”

Raj Pillai, CPA, is a Senior Manager of Business Development for the Brilliant Management Resources division of Brilliant. Raj gained over a decade’s worth of experience in the accounting and finance arena before joining Brilliant. It was then that Raj was a Manager at Ernst and Young where he worked on U.S. GAAP and SEC regulations and managed audits of SEC clients. After leaving the Big 4, Raj worked as a manager of Corporate Accounting and a Manager of SEC Reporting at large global organizations.

In addition to his role as Senior Manager of Business Development, Raj also serves a Brilliant Brand Ambassador and is using his new platform to reach professionals in the industry looking for updates on the state of the accounting profession.

Follow Raj’s Round Up for thought leadership on various accounting and finance topics. To book Raj for a speaking event, please contact Laurie Canning at

Raj’s RoundUp

It’s been almost one year since Jay Clayton was appointed as the new Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the organization created to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. Of the many initiatives assigned to Clayton, his priorities include modernization and streamlining of disclosures…

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Anytime an external audit team comes in to audit a business, there is a lot of due diligence needed to be completed on the accounting team’s part – typically with the accounting leader at the helm. Generally speaking, it becomes a hectic time for both the internal accounting team and the external audit team hired…

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As an accountant, I know there are many of us who want to be promoted and eventually take charge of an accounting department as a Controller or Chief Accounting Officer. While that’s a great goal to have and all, if you don’t speak up and communicate your career aspirations …

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In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) finalized ASC 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, a set of uniform guidelines for recognizing revenue. The guidance can be applied across multiple industries…

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Raj was born in Mavelikara in the state of Kerala in India and grew up in Hisar in the state of Haryana in India until he was 12 years old. In 1990, he moved with his family to the United States and entered the U.S. Navy in 1996 when he was 18. Raj then went to school to become an accountant while in the Navy reserves. Raj graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from University of Albany, SUNY. He is also a CPA.

As a Senior Manager of Business Development, Raj has experience working with executive-level accounting and finance decision makers. He represents high-level accounting and finance professionals who have practical and technical corporate accounting and finance experience in the following key areas:

  • Tax, audit, internal audit and systems support
  • Technical accounting research
  • Revenue Recognition
  • Balance sheet assurance, Securities and Exchange Commission/SOX and compliance
  • Financial modeling, reporting, planning, M&A integration and analytics
  • ERP, GL and BI systems support (including pre- and post-implementation)

Checkmark 6 Things to Know about Raj


He is fluent in three languages but the language he's most fluent in, English, happens to be his third language.


If you want to buy Raj a drink, get him a Johnnie Walker Black with Ginger Ale. He believes it’s the only scotch that matters.


He served in the U.S. Navy and understands how to use weapons like the M16 but also how to tie a mean knot, navigate the ocean, fight fires and drive the ship.


He doesn't leave the house without an ensemble that includes a pocket square to match his shirt. His socks have to match, too, or he will have a bad day.

Cobra Snake

Raj is a huge fan of cobras. Where he was born, they’re considered sacred and are known to provide strength to those who respect them.


For Raj, family comes first. He enjoys taking his kids out on the weekends so they can have fun yet be tired afterwards. He believes it’s a win-win.

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