Why would I want this job?

Based in Manhattan and reporting to the Corporate Controller, Americas, the Assistant Corporate Controller will be a member of the Americas financial leadership team and will manage day-to-day accounting operations. This includes maintaining fiscal records, developing and maintaining internal controls and procedures, financial processes /infrastructure, preparing financial reports in compliance with the company’s reporting requirements and operating procedures.

What would I be doing?

  • Provide effective direction and oversight for an accounting team of ~8 employees (currently located in the Manhattan support office).
  • Develop and train the accounting team, focusing on a high standard for accuracy, integrity and deadline adherence.
  • Oversee monthly close activities, including supervision of Accounting Manager and junior team members.
  • Oversee completion and review of monthly consolidated results, including reporting packages supporting commercial review process, and quarterly / annual reporting requirements.
  • Books and records are currently prepared in accordance with UK GAAP for group reporting purposes, however Assistant Corporate Controller will also oversee US GAAP reconciliation and preparation of non-statutory financial statements.
  • Work collaboratively with accounts payable, treasury, payroll, tax and FP&A on month-end close requirements.
  • Communicate deadlines & expectations clearly.
  • Working collaboratively with the Group Finance/Reporting team and complying with all group reporting requirements.
  • Provide accounting guidance to finance and business leadership.
  • Research accounting treatment and prepare technical memos as needed or lead preparation as needed.
  • Coordinate and oversee annual audit activities with internal and external auditors.
  • Ensure timely delivery of all audit requirements (group audits and non-statutory audits) and see audits through to completion. Assist with other non-financial audits as needed.
  • Manage and mentor a best-in-class accounting team.
  • Strong focus on flawless execution while emphasizing leadership development and building succession depth.
  • Partner with Corporate Controller on building and maintaining internal controls over accounting & financial reporting, and remediation of any deficiencies.
  • Work effectively with cross functional partners to design and implement effective controls.
  • Partner with the Corporate Controller regarding the continued evolution of the accounting function capabilities (E.g., acquisition accounting/integration, accounting/reporting requirements of new business models/partnerships, shared services, process improvements, new technology and automation).
  • Any other duties assigned by their manager.

What would make me qualified?

  • CPA required; must possess advanced accounting management capabilities gained through 10+ years of hands-on experience with significant public accounting tenure.
  • The ideal candidate would have started a career in a Big 4 public accounting firm and moved into an industry role, including at least 4+ years of people management.
  • The successful candidate will have unquestionable integrity and the highest ethical standards.
  • The ideal candidate would have experience in the hospitality, retail and/or CPG industries.
  • In addition, experience working in a public company environment, multi-location or multi-business unit experience, with ability to manage reporting on all entities in the Americas.
  • Strong technical and academic background in accounting, finance or related field is required.
  • Comprehensive understanding of US GAAP reporting and other requirements of regulations and statutes such as Sarbanes-Oxley.
  • In addition, notable experience with SOX audits and control remediation.
  • Advanced knowledge of ERP functionality, best-in-class business processes across all cycles and prior experience with implementation of new ERP and related systems.
  • Expert proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Excel, Word, and PowerPoint), including advanced excel modeling/query skills a must.
  • Strong change management skills, with ability to lead the team through multiple steps of process improvement and new ways of working, specifically moving from a significant level of manual processes and reporting to automation.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced, dynamic environment and possess the skills to rapidly execute change.
  • Candidate must be detail oriented, have a high level of intellectual curiosity and be an effective problem solver.
  • This includes exemplary time management skills and ability to develop and manage execution of daily team activities coupled with reporting requirements, and project planning.
  • High energy business partner with the ability to work collaboratively across the finance function and cross functionally (IT, operations, membership etc.).
  • Strong team building skills with the ability to motivate and develop others, resolve conflict, and lead a diverse team in various disciplines.