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Robert Half Controller in Santa Barbara, California

Description The ideal candidate for this position is driven by high expectations. The ideal candidate for this position thrives in a role where integrity, reliability and leadership are valued. If you want to work for a successful company, Robert Half has an opportunity for a Controller to take responsibility for an accounting and clerical department. The full-time Controller position is situated in the Santa Barbara, California area. In this role, it will be critical for you to plan and direct all accounting operational functions, handle the accumulation and consolidation of financial data for internal and external financial statements, evaluate accounting and internal control systems, and lead departmental staff. Candidates who know how to effectively manage self and others within strict time constraints when providing client services will do well in this role along with creative types who can lead while also being a team player, generate innovative ideas, and challenge the status quo. This is a great opportunity for exceptional compensation, benefits and potential for career growth.

Your responsibilities

  • Takes action on items beyond formal job responsibilities

  • Manage the production of the annual budget and forecasts and monitor on a monthly basis

  • Prepare cash-flow reports, projecting cash needs at weekly and monthly intervals, daily cash management

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

  • Present monthly financial reports to executive committee and partners

  • Work closely with executive team and partners to facilitate efficient and effective firm-wide operation

  • Ensure deliverables of self and team meet client expectations

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

  • Lead the operations of the finance department which includes accounts payable, billings & collections, and payroll

  • Time monthly billing and other cash management techniques to make sure cash collection is punctual

  • Responsible for month-end and year-end close of income statement and balance sheet, account reconciliations & G/L analysis Requirements - Ability to complete multiple tasks and projects within deadlines

  • Excellent technology, analytics and management experience required

  • Attention to detail and proven ability to follow standard procedures is a requirement

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

  • CPA/MBA preferred

  • Progressive accounting experience, including as a Controller preferred

  • Demonstrated analytical abilities, tendency to quickly connect dots and surmise logical outcomes

  • Previous experience in public accounting is highly valued

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Experience with budgeting

  • Adeptness in account analysis

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Balance Sheet Reconciliation

  • Solid understanding of Financial Statement

  • Proficiency in Deltek Vision

  • Job Cost experience

  • Journal entries experience

  • Able to build and deliver effective presentations to audiences with wide-ranging backgrounds

  • Ability to work in a dynamic and changing environment

  • Seizes opportunities to produce results without direct supervision

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