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Robert Half Controller in Redwood City, California


Robert Half is seeking an ambitious and enthusiastic Controller to join the ranks at a well-respected Education company that helps underserved children to learn. In this leadership position, you will direct an accounting and clerical department. The Controller plans and directs all accounting operational functions, handles the accumulation and consolidation of financial data for internal and external financial statements, evaluates accounting and internal control systems, and leads departmental staff. This company provides competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits package, and strong opportunity for career growth. We are looking for someone who motivates others through a positive professional attitude; exhibits integrity, reliability and leadership; and is able to provide exceptional client services by managing self and others with a sense of urgency, practicality and accountability. In addition, your responsibilities will include key decision making and challenging, negotiating and influencing the team. As part of the leadership team, you will be expected to lead the production of innovative ideas that are sound and progressive, to challenge the status quo, and to encourage creativity throughout your area of responsibility. The hybrid, permanent Controller position is situated in the Redwood City, California area.

What you get to do every day

  • Work closely with executive team and partners to ensure efficient and successful firm-wide operation

  • Produce Financial Statements and calculating cash needs at weekly and monthly intervals

  • Analyze, apply and improve policies, procedures, controls and most methodologies

  • Present executive committee and partners with monthly financial reports

  • Inspect deliverables of self and team to ensure that they meet client expectations

  • Guide all operations of the finance department, including accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll

  • Research, prepare and execute Finance Department initiatives such as software and systems implementation and other departmental or firm-wide improvements, as required

  • Manage the production of the annual budget and forecasts and monitor them monthly

  • Complete month-end and year-end close of income statement and balance sheet, reconcile accounts, and handle G/L analysis


  • Skilled in analytical, quantitative and love to work for an organization that helps underserved children

  • 10+ years of progressive accounting experience, including as a Controller preferred

  • Strong communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, both oral and written, and ability to build as well as deliver effective presentations

  • Seizes opportunities to produce results without direct supervision

  • Ability to work well in matrix organization and dealing with ambiguity

  • Observant, accurate and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment

  • BA/BS in Accounting, Finance, Economics or other business related field

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills

  • Dedication and requisite skills to meet critical business deadlines

  • Deep understanding of auditing

  • Non-profit fund accounting experience desired

  • Knowledge of US GAAP

  • Consolidated Financial Statements experience preferred

  • Previous experience in public accounting is highly valued

  • Excellent technology, analytics and management experience required

  • Advanced credentials such as a Masters of Business Administration / MBA or Certified Public Accountant / CPA are preferred

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