Accounting Director

Location: Irvine, CA
Date Posted: 01-26-2018
POSITION SUMMARY 
 
Reporting to the Vice President of Finance, the Director of Accounting position will serve as head of the accounting function for the company’s largest division, which is comprised of nearly 40 business units.  The Director will lead the Accounting team, overseeing day-to-day transactional work, own the monthly close process and ensure accuracy of reported financial results. 
  
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Serve as functional leader providing guidance and direction to Accounting team, as well functional expert resolving technical accounting treatment questions
  • Responsible for the month-end close process and integrity of financial results for entire division, including P&L and balance sheet
  • Develop a system of controls, processes, and related documentation to ensure data integrity
  • Manage Accounting team including optimizing organizational structure, hiring and developing staff, assigning duties, evaluating performance, and ensuring quality results
  • Achieve expertise with Microsoft Dynamics AX system and contribute to streamlining accounting processes in newly implemented environment
  • Serve as subject matter expert on what financial data the company has and how to access it
  • Challenge the current reporting environment to explore opportunities for improvement or overhaul in financial management reporting
  • Work with M&A team to successfully integrate new acquisitions onto company systems and processes
  • Manage implementation of new accounting standards and corporate accounting policies
  • Support timely audits and interim reviews by company’s external audit firm
  • Collaborate with and support business-unit-level Finance and Accounting staff
  • Coordinate with AR and AP areas to ensure proper revenue recognition and payment of expenses – be a thought leader in streamlining processes around these functions
  • Liaise with Corporate Controller’s office regarding processes, timelines, and requirements
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement, identifying and implementing best practices into the Accounting and Finance functions 
  • Hires, retains, trains, coaches, guides, directs, and develops direct reports using company-wide processes, tools and resources while delegating work to indirect reports; providing guidance and mentoring. 
 
Requirements:
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
    Master's Degree or equivalent experience           
  • CPA Preferred
  • 10+ years of credible accounting and reporting background with substantial experience in accounting closes, consolidations, financial reporting, audits, budgeting and forecasting
  • 8+ years of experience in General Ledger, Accounts Receivable and Consolidation
  • 5-8 years of supervisory experience of medium to large teams
  • Proven track record as head of accounting for a company/division with multiple business units
  • Strong technical understanding of accounting principles and practices, with experience across many facets of accounting
  • Willingness to be hands on, but experienced in leading teams of 10 or more professionals with emphases on organizational structure, individual development and process improvement
  • Ability to interact with senior leadership, influence points of view without having direct authority, and work toward consensus
  • Ability to multi-task across portfolio of business units and projects, and be successful in a fast-paced environment
  • Natural ability for being detail-oriented and accurate with numbers and reporting
  • Highly collaborative and perceptive, and shows prudent analysis in problem solving
  • Proven influencer who can drive change, improve processes, and provide sound solutions to complex and routine business issues
  • Extensive knowledge of US GAAP accounting
  • Comfort and competence using financial systems; Microsoft Dynamics AX a plus
  • ERP implementation and process improvement experience strongly desired
  • Advanced Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
  • Experience in a Fortune 500 organization a plus
  • Retail, CPG or Service industry experience a plus
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