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Assistant Controller-Retail HQ
Location: Store Support Center HQ
PURPOSE: Safeguard the assets of the company and manage the Accounting and Finance functions in a manner that maximizes the contribution of corporate goals and objectives.
Responsible for oversight of Inventory Accounting, Sales Audit, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and department process improvement initiatives.
WORKING RELATIONSHIPS: Report to the Controller. Direct reports include the Manager of Accounts Payable/Inventory Accounting and Manager of AR and Sales Audit
« General Administration and Management
o Manages the Accounts Payable, Inventory Accounting, Sales Audit and Accounts Receivable departments
o Directs resources for report completion as necessary to meet deadlines established by management
o Ensures adequate staffing to support company initiatives
« Accounts Payable/Inventory Accounting
o Deep understanding of the cost method of accounting in a retailer
o Involvement in retail based inventory valuation accruals and store/Distribution Center physical inventory counts
« Financial Reporting
o Provides/creates analysis of monthly financial results with insightful business actions to support continued profitability
o Reporting completed timely and accurately
« Internal Control
o Establishment, monitoring and refinement of internal controls
« Working Capital Management
o Provides and develops tools to share early warnings or opportunities around financial performance
« Presentation Style
« Staff Development
Planning and Analysis:
« Profitability Analysis
« Financial Planning
o Supports the weekly forecast and annual budgeting process
o Maintains ongoing projections of cash positions for all operations, including explanations to prior variances
o Develops, creates, and maintains detailed budgets throughout the corporate structure
« Investment/Abandonment Analysis
« Decision Support
« Cost/Benefit Knowledge
Operations and Finance:
« Operations Flow
« Cost Control and Process Improvement
o Possesses a process improvement mindset with demonstrated successes historically
o Identify and execution of process efficiencies and cost containment activities
o Lead and manage all finance/accounting department process improvement initiatives
« Industry Awareness
o Experience in the retail industry or another complementary industry. Sharing of best in class historical experiences
DECISION QUALITY: Make correct decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
DRIVE FOR RESULTS: Push themselves and others consistently to meet or exceed goals. Ability to shift to and manage multiple initiatives concurrently
MANAGING AND MEASURING: Clearly assigns responsibility for tasks and decisions; set clear, measurable objectives; monitors process, progress, and results.
COMMUNICATIONS: Is able to communicate quickly and professionally in a variety of communication settings and styles-with and to all levels of the organization; can express themselves clearly and concisely and is easily understood; does not over communicate unnecessary information.
CUSTOMER FOCUS: Establish a relationship with customers to glean first-hand information that will enhance their experience and provide education/learning on financial results
DRIVING EXECUTION: Assigns clear authority and accountability, tackles problems directly and with speed. Holds team members to the highest standards of performance and accuracy
CHAMPION CHANGE (DEALING WITH AMBIGUITY): Cope with change, shift gears with comfort and can make decisions and act without having all the information.
BUSINESS ACUMEN: Understands how industry, businesses, strategies and the competition operate in the marketplace.
FISCAL MANAGEMENT: Understands the relationship of the budget and resources to the strategic plan; complies with administrative controls over funds; monitors and verifies ongoing cost effectiveness.
DEVELOPING DIRECT REPORTS: Push, challenge and guide direct reports so they can meet their business and career goals.
INTEGRITY AND TRUST: Seen as direct and honest individuals who can keep confidences and admit mistakes. Will not represent themselves for personal gain.
MOTIVATING OTHERS: Create a positive climate that challenges and empowers others to do their best work.
PRODUCT FOCUS: The ability to maintain direction and stay on target with the goals and project at hand to enhance the customer experience with our products and services.
« Profitability of all entities
« Timely and accurate financial reporting
« Staff retention, turnover and development
« Achievement of deadlines and project deliverables
« Working knowledge of tax compliance and other non-income related taxes
« Strong knowledge of technical accounting issues, both current and emerging
« Individual should possess a minimum of three years’ experience in the retail industry with accounting focus
« Minimum of five years in management or leadership role
« Has a strong ability to manage the finances and cash flow of a fast paced, multiple entity environment
« CPA and public accounting experience a plus
« Demonstrated prior experience implementing strong internal controls and system/process enhancements
« Demonstrated ability to implement software to meet operational goals
« Individual must also be experienced in building effective and motivated teams that can support daily corporate activity and key initiatives