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Area Controller

Kirkland, WA
by Seattle Search Group

Accounting And Finance

Job Description

The Area Controller will provide accounting oversight and develop, complete, and review monthly financial analysis that supports the control environment, focuses on emerging trends and/or addresses complex or highly judgmental aspects of the business. Additionally, the Area Controller will be responsible for executing financial controls, standardizing processes and procedures across the Area, identifying process improvement opportunities, and lead, train, develop and coach members of the field-based accounting team. This role is responsible for ensuring the quality of financial information and compliance with relevant policies and procedures.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other minor duties may be assigned.
  • Directs and Performs Month-End Close functions. Directs the maintenance of general and subsidiary ledgers, accounts receivable, revenue distribution, depreciation, cost, property, and operating expenses, and other records.
  • Drives adherence to the organization's accounting principles, practices, and procedures regarding the maintenance of fiscal records and the preparation of financial reports.
  • Ensures a strong framework of financial controls and adherence to established policies and procedures.
  • Requires a continuous improvement mindset and focus across the function, looking for process standardization and automation opportunities, culling unnecessary work to free team members’ time for higher-value work and encouraging the delivery of business insights over report creation.
  • Establishes a strong “tone at the top” related to WM’s commitments and values.
  • Supervises and participates in the preparation of various financial statements and reports. Ensures integrity and quality of financial reporting in accordance with GAAP and Company policies.
  • Responsible for review of monthly Balance Sheet reconciliations and completion of monthly Area Balance Sheet analysis.
  • Submits reasonable budget information and performs variance analysis comparing results to prior year actual and prior year budget.
  • Reviews and evaluates work to ensure quality and timeliness and ensures quality control in adherence to policies and procedures.
  • Oversees personnel needs of the department including selecting, coaching, and training employees and evaluating employee performance.  Provides input into termination, compensation, and promotion decisions. A focus on diversity and inclusion is critical to building and developing an effective accounting organization.
  • Key contact for all audit related questions, both internal and external.   Ensure compliance with SOX, GAAP and Area specific Municipal or other contract accounting requirements.  Oversees SOX controls and testing as required.
  • Builds a strong foundational knowledge of the business – its customers, profit drivers, operational capabilities (including Collection, Post Collection and Haz Waste Lines of Business)
  • Provides energizing leadership with a focus on attracting, retaining, and developing top talent.  Builds and leads a value-add and focused accounting team that is integrally involved with the day-to-day plans and operations of the business.  Selects and develops diverse, world-class accounting talent for the entire Area.
Supervisory Responsibilities
The highest level of supervisory skills required in this job is the management of supervisory employees. This includes:
  • Direct supervision of 10-12 employees, included full-time accountants and accounting support staff.

Job Requirement


The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

A.  Education and Experience
  • Required: Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience, in Accounting or similar area of study; advanced degree (e.g. MBA, MS-Accounting) is desirable.
  • Eight or more years previous experience in progressively responsible accounting or finance roles; public accounting firm and/or public company experience desired.
B.  Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Other Requirements

Preferred: Certified Public Accountant, or equivalent