PKF O'Connor Davies

  • Controller

    Job Locations US-NY-Bronx
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    Our Client, a privately held manufacturer and distributer of food products is looking for a Controller to join their team.  The Controller - Retail is responsible for the accounting operations of the Company, to include the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the Company's reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with directing the fiscal functions of the Company in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board and other regulatory and advisory organizations and in accordance with financial management techniques and practices appropriate within the industries that they operate.

    The Controller - Retail position acts as a partner to the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. The Controller - Retail produces the financial statements and other financial reports for the Retail division, to provide a better decision support system for its users to improve profitability and cash flow of the Company.

    Essential Duties


    • Maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures, developing and implementing control policies and procedures as needed
    • Oversee the operations of the accounting department, including the design of organization structure adequate for achieving the department's goals and objectives
    • Safeguard the Company’s assets
    • Ensure the internal controls over financial reporting processes are in place and complied with to provide reasonable assurance that the financial statements of the Company are few from material misstatement; enhance the controls where appropriate
    • Oversee the accounting operations of affiliated legal entities, especially their control systems, transaction-processing operations, and policies and procedures.
    • Ensure the books and records are kept at a high standard to facilitate the annual audit, performed by an independent audit firm


    • Maintain a system of controls over all accounting transactions
    • Ensure accounts payable are entered and paid in a timely manner
    • Ensure all reasonable discounts are taken on accounts payable
    • Ensure accounts receivable are collected promptly
    • Process payroll in a timely manner
    • Manage bank accounts and ensure adequate controls
    • Ensure that periodic bank reconciliations are completed
    • Ensure that required debt payments are made on a timely basis
    • Maintain the charts of accounts
    • Maintain an orderly accounting filing system
    • Migrate the function to a paperless environment
    • Maintain a rolling 13-week cash forecast

    Financial Reporting

    • In accordance with e Company’s closing schedule, Issue timely, accurate and complete financial statements in accordance with US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
    • Coordinate the preparation of the Executive Management reporting package each month, including performance and cause of change analyses to the established Annual operating plans and forecasts
    • Calculation and distribution of periodic financial covenants, including forecasting same through the next 4 quarters, as required by any debt instruments currently in place
    • Recommend benchmarks against which to measure the performance of Company operations
    • Calculate and issue financial and operating metrics
    • Manage the development of the Annual Operating Plan and quarterly forecasts
    • Calculate variances from the budget and report significant issues to management
    • Provide for a system of management cost reports
    • Provide historical information, as needed, for capital investments, pricing decisions, and contract negotiations


    • Coordinate the provision of information to external auditors for the annual audit and external tax preparers for corporate tax returns
    • Monitor and report debt levels and compliance with debt covenants
    • Comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings
    • Ensure the Company’s fixed assets are properly recorded and controlled



    • Proven work experience as a Vice President, Finance and/or Controller or similar role
    • Hands-on experience with financial and statistical software
    • Experience with Microsoft’s Great Plains general ledger and financial reporting tool, preferred
    • Expertise in MS Excel (creating spreadsheets and using advanced formulas) and PowerPoint for developing executive presentation
    • Familiarity with finance databases
    • Up-to-date with accounting rules and regulations
    • Excellent analytical skills
    • Ability to present financial data using detailed reports and charts
    • Demonstrable strategic thinking skills
    • Confidentiality in handling sensitive financial information
    • Bachelor of Business Administration and/or Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, Accounting or Economics
    • Relevant certification (i.e., CMA/CPA) is a plus


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