Job Details

Employment Type
Direct Hire
Madison, Mississippi
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Service Specialists employment agency is recruiting a Controller for a successful petroleum company in Madison.  The Controller is accountable for managing a small finance team responsible for the daily, month-end and annual processes including the internal controls for all financial functions and reporting (revenue, cost of sales, operating expenses, accounts receivable, and accounts payable). The position will be responsible for the maintenance and control of all systems of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls designed to mitigate risk and provide for the accuracy of the company's reported financial results.

This individual will be a leader of the Support Center’s Finance Team responsible for contributing to the delivery of accurate and timely financial information to Ownership and our Operations Team. This individual will also oversee process design, internal control effectiveness, and computing and financial system interaction for assigned areas.  This position will be a member of the company Leadership Team. Most tasks are performed without direct supervision. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Provide management and leadership to Support Center Finance Team to deliver operational excellence for associated processes.
  • Advise staff in recording of non-routine transactions.
  • Lead the month-end close process within the Finance Team to distribute accurate financial results within designated timelines.
  • Oversee and complete journal entry, account reconciliation, and financial statement review.
  • Complete internal and external financial reporting distribution as assigned.
  • Complete monthly and quarterly bank reporting as assigned.
  • Communicate and coordinate the provision of information to external auditors for the annual audit
  • Provide items to tax accountants for completion of tax returns.
  • Comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings
  • Obtain and maintain a thorough understanding of the financial reporting and general ledger structure.
  • Provide guidance and direction to other service areas with non-routine finance related matters to ensure correct accounting processes and procedures when needed (ie: weekly payroll).
  • Monitor debt levels and compliance with debt covenants
  • Perform administrator responsibilities for company-issued Visa cards.
  • Research potential impact of new accounting guidance on the company and assist with implementation of new guidance.
  • Manage all new/upgrades of finance related systems through all phases including identifying necessary upgrades, developing upgrade/implementation project plans, overseeing completion of project plans by responsible parties, and performing/overseeing testing to validate successful upgrade/implementation.
  • Develop trainings for Finance Team members and other key stakeholders on new systems and refresher trainings or new functionality trainings on existing systems.
  • Actively seek out new products that will improve the Finance Team’s productivity and ability to produce accurate and timely information to key stakeholders within the Company.
  • Evaluate new products for compatibility with existing systems and software, fit with users’ skillsets, and alignment with Company strategic objectives.
  • Analyze system costs and make recommendations for system changes as necessary.
  • Regularly review system of financial controls and implement changes in controls as needed.
  • Actively look for areas of improvement in business processes and systems and direct and support in executing the improvements.
  • Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service.
  • Perform specialized duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • May require some travel to satellite facilities and/ or weekend work in order to prepare for special filings, audits, or to meet deadlines for financial reporting, tax filings, and loan applications.

Other Skills/Abilities

  • Proven track record as a financial / accounting leader
  • Experience with start-up organizations preferred, but multi-facility organization and multi-company familiarity is a must
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and negotiation skills are required.
  • Must be a strong communicator across all mediums
  • Ability to be a self-starter with leadership ability. 
  • Ability to work in both a team environment and independently.
  • Detail orientation and focus with strong problem-solving skills.
  • Strong time management skills, ability to effectively manage multiple priorities in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Incredibly responsive and adaptable with strong intuitive abilities.
  •  Strong project management skills with analytical capabilities.
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite…) required.
  • Excellent understanding of accounting terminology and practices. 
  • Working knowledge of relationship between general ledger and subledger systems and processes.
  • Proficient technical skills related to financial and accounting software applications.
  • Ability to design processes and implement relevant control procedures.
  • Ability to understand, select, and use complex IT tools and complete implementation in partnership with IT consultation and support.
  • Ability to analyze, research, and explain financial information. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, both with co-workers and outside personnel.
  • Ability to learn new concepts, organized, attentive to detail and ability to multitask.
  • Analytic and decisive decision maker with the ability to prioritize and communicate to staff key objectives and tactics necessary to achieve organizational goals.
  • Ability to think strategically and anticipate future consequences and trends and incorporate them in the organizational plan.
  • Ability to effectively build organizational and staff capacity to ensure smooth and efficient results.
  • A strong desire to exceed expectations and provide all departments with exceptional service and accurate reporting.
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment, maintain a positive attitude in difficult situations, and learn new concepts.
  • Manage multiple direct reports overseeing proper execution of their work and providing relevant and timely coaching and training.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, able to work with and through others to accomplish tasks.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.  Able to work effectively with all levels in the organization.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding personnel matters and financial data.

Education and Experience Requirements


  • Management and leadership experience.
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in accounting. CPA, Master’s Degree, or MBA preferred.
  • Five to ten years accounting work experience. Public accounting experience preferred.
  • Retail experience and experience with multiple operating entities and lines of business preferred.
  • Willingness to travel up to 15% to domestic / local stores as needed to conduct due diligence, compliance reviews, inventory audits, etc. and to address all other onsite financial concerns.

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