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VP/Controller

Company: baker tilly search & staffing
Location: La Crosse
Posted on: February 5, 2020

Job Description:

Our client is an $800 million consumer loan, mission-oriented organization that has well-defined goals and is growing fast. This means that the successful candidate's career path will be accelerated at a pace that is not found in larger financial institutions, and there is an opportunity to fast-track to the CFO position. As such, we are seeking a highly skilled communicator and strategic thinker who is also a hands-on and growth-oriented banking leader. This person will oversee the development of controls and efficiencies across the accounting function, will lead the preparation for FDICIA and CECL regulations, streamline procedures, and provide due diligence and lead integration efforts for successful acquisitions. Previous experience with M&A is preferred. CPA is preferred but not required. This position will office in the company's headquarters in beautiful La Crosse, Wisconsin. SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES:-- Oversee the accounting department and all accounting department staff. Manage the accurate and timely accounting and financial reporting process for internal and external users, using generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) compliant with appropriate NCUA regulations. Maintain and continue to optimize an effective and robust financial internal control system and support organizational and strategic goals. The Controller will lead the day-to-day accounting operations and oversee the accounting department ensuring efficient, accurate, and compliant financial accounting and reporting. Specific Responsibilities: --- Accurately measure, record, and report the financial performance of the credit union. Ensure the credit union's financial activities follow sound financial principles in accordance with GAAP and comply with all appropriate credit union and government body regulations. Provide organizational guidance on developing and evolving changes to GAAP.-- --- Measure and report, by use of cost accounting principles, the financial performance of branches and departments within the organization.-- --- Ensure ongoing accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, reporting and reconciliation activity is efficiently and effectively carried out by the department.-- --- Complete call report and other regulatory reporting on a timely and accurate basis.-- --- Oversee the hiring, direction, mentoring, motivation, and evaluation of all accounting department staff.-- --- Manage the career and leadership development of accounting department staff to ensure effective succession planning for the team.-- --- Ensure policies and work procedures are well documented to assist in training accounting staff, and efficiently carrying out work duties in compliance with best practice and regulations. --- Provide focus and direction for the daily activity of staff, ensuring the definition of roles and allocation of tasks ensures excellence of work output. Meet with individual staff one-on-one monthly to conduct progress reviews, and hold regular team meetings to assist in delegation of work activity.-- --- Monitor internal training/cross-training efforts to ensure staff remain knowledgeable, department staff is flexible to changing work activity, and redundant cross training is accomplished for primary accounting duties.-- --- Participate in due diligence and integration for merger and acquisition targets and transactions.-- --- Provide appropriate accounting for merger and acquisition activity.-- --- Help implement and manage regular audit processes to ensure quality and accuracy.-- --- Oversee and support annual external financial statement audit.-- --- Assist with preparation of regulatory exams. REQUIRED CAPABILITIES: --- C.P.A. - Certified Public Accountant strongly preferred-- --- Strong understanding of corporate accounting issues and management experience within the banking/financial services/credit union industry is required.-- --- Previous experience in audit with a Big Four or regional CPA firm for the financial institution industry is desirable.-- --- Five or more years of leadership experience managing the work of an accounting department is required.-- --- Proven success in producing effective deliverables through the work of others.-- --- Experience implementing policies/procedures to improve efficiency.-- --- Expertise in training and developing other accounting staff.-- --- Analytical, detail oriented, organized.-- --- Self-motivated and driven to succeed.-- --- Focused on deliverables through strong processes and not just work activity.-- --- Ability to lead others, including staff motivation and team building.-- --- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to delegate, focus, and direct individual work activity as needed.-- --- Knowledge of Prologue, and/or Jack Henry/Symitar is strongly preferred but not a specific requirement. Experience with Windows Office including Word and Excel, and computer applications is required.-- --- Above average computer skills required.-- EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in accounting required. An MBA designation, while not required, will set apart candidates that are more desirable. RELOCATION:-- Industry standard relocation expenses are reimbursable and will be tailored to the successful candidate's needs.

Keywords: baker tilly search & staffing, La Crosse , VP/Controller, Accounting, Auditing , La Crosse, Wisconsin

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