Salary Mid-Point: $175,000
Location: Chicago IL
Job Type: Permanent

Position: Corporate Controller, Business Unit

Company: Technology (SaaS)

Location: Chicago Downtown Loop (walking distance to Metra train station and Chicago “L” transit system)

Highlights from Hiring Manager:

  • Team size: 14 (4 direct reports; 10 indirect reports)
  • Minimum 5 years of management experience
    • Public accounting (strongly preferred)
    • CPA (preferred not required)
  • Internal audit and external audit experience (including managing auditor relationships)
  • SaaS industry experience (not required)
  • Manufacturing industry experience (nice-to-have but not required – company is not a manufacturing company)
  • Hands-on technical leader (e.g. ASC 606, ASC 842)
    • Team leader and also individual contributor
    • Not a people manager who is removed from technical leadership
    • Problem solver
    • Advanced Excel (pivot tables, logic formulas, vLookups)
  • Month-end close, financial reporting and consolidations experience
    • Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains
    • Adaptive Insights (internal consolidations)
    • HFM (parent company consolidations)
  • Business unit is not a public company but parent company is an SEC-filing company
    • SOX experience (strongly preferred)
    • SEC experience (preferred)
  • Promotable: Within the business unit and across the US$4+ billion parent organization
    • 4 Business Units in Chicago; 40+ Business Units outside Chicago (nationally / globally)

Job Description

Position Summary

The individual in this role will report to the Division Vice President and provide support to senior management including management of the financial close processes, related accounting functions and other projects requested by senior management.

  • Oversee and participate in the month-end, quarter-end and year-end financial close processes and related activities; work with the Financial Planning & Analysis team to prepare reports for management and other stakeholders
  • Ensure the accuracy, integrity and effectiveness of financial records and internal controls, including adherence to company accounting policies
  • Advise the senior management team on the financial implications of business unit decisions and strategies; participate in the financial budgeting and forecasting processes
  • Supervise and develop a department of approximately 14 employees
  • Manage transactional processes including accounts payable, accounts receivable, credit and collections, inventory, and fixed assets
  • Oversee the cash management activities of the business unit; forecast near-term cash receipts and disbursements
  • Maintain processes to collect required tax information and prepare company tax returns with the assistance of tax service providers
  • Serve as the primary liaison with service providers, auditors and Corporate team members
  • Ad-hoc reporting and analysis as required

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. CPA or MBA a plus
  • Minimum 10+ years financial reporting and budget accounting experience preferably with some in a manufacturing environment, and 5-7 years of leadership/management experience
  • Public accounting experience including SOX compliance preferred
  • Excellent communication skills across all levels of the organization (i.e. Business Unit, Division and Corporate).
  • Ability to present a clear and concise message to the Executive and/or Senior Leadership Team.
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines and work independently
  • Prior experience with Microsoft Dynamics GP and/or other ERP systems is required; familiarity with Adaptive Insights or other performance management applications is a plus
  • Strong analytical skills and robust understanding of accounting and finance as it relates to the Balance Sheet, P&L, Cash Flows, KPI’s, etc.
  • Advanced Excel skills to manipulate and report on data (pivot tables, V/H lookups, charting)
  • Advanced PowerPoint skills to assist in the compilation of presentations for budget, ROR’s, strategy plans
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work in a fast-paced, high pressure environment
  • Team player that can work well with others and is willing to go above and beyond the call of duty

For immediate consideration, please email your resume in Word format to Cameron Wall at