Controller

City
Chicago
State
Illinois
Title
Controller
Description

The Controller is responsible for overseeing the accounting, finance, and reporting functions around monthly close, financial reporting, budgeting/forecasting, and all audits within the Food Depository. The Controller is responsible for providing mentoring and leadership to the Finance/Accounting team, identifying opportunities to improve efficiencies and profitability, maintaining internal controls, and supporting senior leadership in financial decisions. Specific duties and responsibilities may fluctuate.

End date
Opportunity type
Job
Category
Administration (e.g., Finance, IT, HR)
Job responsibilities

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
1. Responsible for the maintenance of the financial and accounting systems
a. Ensure accurate set up and configuration of all the accounting modules.
b. Manage, monitor, and administer financial database operations to ensure accuracy of the financial reporting data used to interpret operating results to management.
c. Ensure functional areas and processes are compliant with internal controls.
d. Provide technical training throughout organization specific to the accounting system.
e. Implement continuous system improvements to build efficiencies.

2. Responsible for and manages the timely and accurate preparation and completion of:
a. Month-end close reporting function
b. Quarterly and annual budgeting/forecasting
c. Required financial, state, and government audits
d. Feeding America required reporting
e. Inventory cycle counts
f. And other financial reporting and analysis as needed.

3. Plan and Administers all financial Audits and respective data collection, with external auditors and internal contacts, including but not limited to financial statement, SEFA, 403b/5500, IRS 990, and all Governmental specific audits.
4. Oversight of financial reporting for all revenue sources including state, federal, corporate and foundation funding.
5. Collaborate with Development team on all financial activity, data analytics, reporting and metrics within gift processing. Identify and implement financial efficiencies within gift processing, where appropriate.
6. Develops, implements, and enforces accounting controls, internal policies, and procedures to ensure accurate financial reporting. Develops new workflows and efficiencies as needed.
7. Ensure financial compliance and reporting with all appropriate governmental units and agencies including timely and accurate federal and state tax reporting.
8. Assist in managing the treasury function, including cash management and forecasting (short term investing, planning disbursements, and forecasting cash inflow) and recommending investment actions, as required.
9. Drives process improvement, acting as a liaison between Finance and other departments to create efficiency and effectiveness.
10. Model financial stewardship in decision making and encourages others to be financial stewards.
11. Ensure operation performance measurements and productivity levels of direct reports are met. Interviews and trains new employees, takes disciplinary action when appropriate, conducts conflict resolution, and performs annual performance reviews for all direct reports.
12. Serves as a resource on technical matters relating to financial statements by keeping up to date with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and UPMIFA.
13. Acts as Subject Matter Expert (SME) as Finance/Accounting partner with all Food depository teams, including critical IT projects.
14. Special projects, as assigned.

Application qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in Accounting required; CPA preferred.
• 6-9 years not for profit accounting experience required.
• Solid experience in coordinating audit activities and financial reporting, budgeting/forecasting, and general ledger.
• Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, complex technical issues in a clear and concise manner, including presentations to senior management, board members and outside partners.
• Technology savvy with experience overseeing software installations and managing relationships with project manager/vendors, including advanced knowledge of accounting and reporting software.
• Proficiency in MS Office- Word, Excel, Access, Outlook
• Ability to take initiative by identifying problems, conceptualizing resolutions, and implementing change.
• Commitment to recruiting, mentoring, training, and retaining a strong team; the foresight and ability to delegate accordingly.
• Attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and manage projects to ensure all deadlines are met is essential.
• Ability to work independently and meet deadlines in a fast-paced team environment with minimum supervision; Ability to work efficiently and accurately with details and fluctuating work volumes.

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