Controller

Dalton, Ohio
Finance
08-17-2018
Corporate Headquarters
Depends on Experience 

Position Summary & Purpose:       

The Controller is a critical role at Lehman’s, responsible for the accounting operations of this complex, medium sized company.  He/she sets the standards by which the accounting team and the rest of the organization abide to insure accurate and timely financial information for all key stakeholders. 

Due to the complexity of our business, the Controller must be quick on their feet and able to multi-task extremely well.  Be it the creation of new accounting processes and procedures, creating new and insightful financial reports, working with department leaders on budgeting and forecasting projects, or actually closing the books; the Controller at Lehman’s needs to embrace wearing multiple hats and adding value in many ways.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Leadership / People Management – Be an energizing and inspiring leader to the Accounting team which currently consists of the Controller plus 2.5 people.
  • Accounting Management – Full knowledge of GAAP principles.  Full accountability for accurate and efficient management of Accounts Payables, Accounts Receivables, Bank Reconciliations, etc.  Must have proper controls in place over all functions.
  • Financial Reporting and Interpretation – Responsible for all aspects of financial reporting.  After closing the books, must prepare and interpret monthly financial statements for the organization.  Identify key financial trends and present them to those responsible in order to work with them to accelerate growth or rectify issues.
  • Annual Budget and Monthly Forecast – Owns the financial budgeting and forecasting process across the organization
  • Tax Management and Compliance – Insure the corporation follows all applicable tax codes (Ohio Sales Tax, Use Tax, CAT, Nexus issues, etc.).  Preparation of year end reports with external accounting firm for tax filing. 
  • Vendor/ Partner Management – Working with and managing relationships with many third parties on behalf of the corporation.  Contract negotiations included as well. 
  • 401K Plan Administrator – Work with our third party administrator (TPA) and the internal investment team to properly maintain our 401K plan.  Coordinate annual retirement program audit with 3rd party.
  • Fully Leverage our ERP System – Our ERP system, Microsoft Dynamics AX, is the backbone of all operations.  You will play a critical role in insuring that both the Accounting Department and the organization leverage it properly regarding all financial information.
  • Data Driven Decision Making is Required – Strong use of data to accurately analyze performance and make decisions / recommendations.  An ability to parse through data and select the most relevant items to report on and communicate to other business leaders.

·         Other duties as assigned

Qualifications/Skills:

Education

  • BA/BS with significant coursework in Accounting or Finance is required
  • Significant coursework in Information Systems is a plus

Experience

  • Minimum experience required for this position is
    • 5 years of Senior Accounting / Finance Leadership is preferred
    • Experience as a Controller or Assistant Controller is preferred
    • Traditional Direct-to-Consumer Operations preferred but not required
    • Experience managing multiple profit centers preferred but not required

Technical Skills

  • Full knowledge of GAAP principles
  • Experience with electronic banking (ACH debits and credits, wire transfers in foreign currencies, fund transfers, etc.)
  • High level of comfort with IT systems – exploring software, testing and implementing
  • Knowledge and understanding of, but not limited to, the following software:
    • Microsoft Office, specifically Excel for processing data, creating forecasts, reports, etc.
    • Microsoft Dynamics AX
    • FileMaker Pro
    • ADP

Time Management – the ability to manage one’s own time, prioritize projects and work under deadlines

Language

  • English – must be able to communicate and understand the English language utilizing any and all forms of communication (written, verbal, visual, etc.)
  • German (including Pennsylvania Dutch dialect) – not a necessary job requirement, but helpful in dealing with Amish vendors

Scheduling

  • Must be willing and able to work assigned shift/schedule as defined by supervision based on staffing needs
  • Must be able to provide reliable transportation for self to and from assigned worksite(s). Transportation can include but is not limited to self-transport, car-pooling, hired drivers, horse & buggy, bicycle, etc.  Neither Lehman’s nor Lehman’s supervision is responsible for securing or providing reliable transportation for this position.
  • Dependability - must be willing and able to maintain proper attendance and punctuality standards; must be reliable, responsible and fulfill all employment obligations

Other Skills

  • Interpersonal skills which include but are not limited to:
  • Social – being able to initiate and/or maintain a positive rapport with all departments of the Lehman’s business as well as external vendors.  Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Meeting quality standards for service
  • Notice and appropriately interpret social cues when interacting with Lehman’s vendors and/or co-workers
  • Creativity – ability to think unconventionally to bring ideas from concept to completion in a timely and fiscally responsible manner
  • Fiscal responsibility – working within monetary guidelines for all projects
  • Integrity – adhere to moral/ethical principles established by the corporate culture
  • Fairness – adhering to the principals of being non-biased and just
  • Trustworthy – deserving of trust and/or confidence, dependable, reliable
  • Strong Work Ethic – adhering to the moral benefit and importance of work and its inherent ability to strengthen character
  • Self-Control – being able to maintain an appropriate and calm composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger and avoiding aggressive behaviors in all situations
  • Stress Tolerance – accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations
  • Initiative – willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges
  • Attention to Detail – thorough in completing work tasks
  • Cooperation – being pleasant with others while on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude
  • Independence – self-guided, ability to work with little or no supervision and complete tasks/projects; closely related to Initiative and Work Ethic
  • Adaptability/Flexibility – being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace
  • Training Skills which include but are not limited to:
  • Self-study of accounting / finance rules and regulations, staying up to speed with changes in that space, effectively communicating those to your team
  • Ability to accurately learn and implement knowledge of new computer program
  • Ability to teach and assist other team members with accounting and systems knowledge.
  • Cognitive skills which include but are not limited to:
  • Computation – the act, process or method of using/performing calculations
  • Analytical – the ability to process information in a logical way
  • Communicative – the ability to interacting with and relay pertinent information to a variety of individuals in a variety of ways (written, verbal, visual, etc.)

Technical/Electronic skills which include but are not limited to:

  • The ability to learn and correctly operate a computer to:
    • Look up work related information
    • Use email to read and write business correspondence
    • Read and respond to employee related news, policies, updates, etc.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and/or divide quickly and correctly with or without electronic assistance (i.e. calculator)
  • Create designs, layouts, etc. for print production and/or e-commerce uses
  • The ability to learn and correctly operate various computer software programs directly pertaining to the ability to perform ones job appropriately
  • The ability to learn and correctly operate company telephone and paging system
  • Willingness and ability to learn new technologies and/or programs/software
  • Attention to Detail – the ability to be accurate, organized and meet/exceed deadlines

Office Culture – ability to possess or work with/in an environment that is light hearted but steady.  Personality traits that would be helpful but not necessary are:

  • Good sense of humor
  • Light hearted
  • Engaging