Controller, Accounting

Holmes Murphy

Seeking a highly skilled Accounting Controller to oversee all aspects of financial management and accounting operational functions. If you’re a strategic thinker with exceptional leadership abilities and a proven track record in accounting, we invite you to join our team and make a significant impact on our organization’s success.

We are looking to add a Controller to join our Finance team in Waukee, IA. Candidates thrive in our environment when they harness their collaborative mindset, strong interpersonal communication skills, and a love of learning.

The Controller is accountable for the accounting operations of the enterprise, 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 generally accepted accounting principles.

Here’s a bit of what you’d do:

  • Planning, directing and coordinating all accounting operational functions including general ledger, revenue recognition, cash receipts and disbursements, and payroll
  • Managing the timely accumulation and consolidation of all financial data necessary for an accurate accounting of consolidated business results in financial statements and reports
  • Maintains accounting staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training new employees and coaching and counseling existing employees
  • Overseeing the operations of the accounting department, including maintaining a system of controls over accounting transactions including policies and procedures and evaluating accounting and internal control system.
  • Communicate regularly with the CFO to carry out all financial and reporting priorities and recommend actions where necessary.
  • Coordinating activities of external auditors and outsourced functions
  • Assessing current accounting operations, offering recommendations for improvement and implementing new processes
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of accounting software and supporting database, as needed
  • Preparing special reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trend vital to the decision-making process
  • Protecting operations by keeping financial information and plans confidential
  • Performs special projects and other duties as requested

You’d also need to be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the job, including, but not limited to:

  • Strong numerical proficiency, organization, good problem-solving skills, and excellent use of logic.
  • Capable of exercising discretion in confidential matters and the use of independent judgment.
  • Knowledge of computers and ability to utilize various software packages including, but not limited to: Excel, Word, Sagitta and other accounting systems.
  • Ability to communicate well with persons at all levels of authority both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently as well as in a team environment to attain personal, team and company goals.
  • Ability to keep current on industry trends to include accounting standards.
  • Ability to prioritize, manage time and meet deadlines during peak periods.  
  • Ability to learn and adapt to new changes.
  • Ability to be available for work daily and extended hours as necessary.
  • Ability to assist in other work-related duties, as necessary.

And let’s not forget the qualifications for the position:

  • Education: Four–year degree required. CPA certification required.
  • Experience:Minimum 5 years of accounting experience preferably in the industry agency environment. Two years of management experienced preferred.

Benefits:  In addition to core benefits like health, dental and vision, also enjoy benefits such as:

  • Paid Parental Leave and supportive New Parent Benefits — We know being a working parent is hard, and we want to support our employees in this journey!
  • Company paid continuing Education & Tuition Reimbursement — We support those who want to develop and grow.
  • 401k Profit Sharing — Each year, Holmes Murphy makes a lump sum contribution to every full-time employee’s 401k. This means, even if you’re not in a position to set money aside for the future at any point in time, Holmes Murphy will do it on your behalf! We are forward-thinking and want to be sure your future is cared for.
  • Generous time off practices in addition to paid holidays — Yes, we actually encourage employees to use their time off, and they do. After all, you can’t be at your best for our clients if you’re not at your best for yourself first.
  • Supportive of community efforts with paid Volunteer time off and employee matching gifts to charities that are important to you — Through our Holmes Murphy Foundation, we offer several vehicles where you can make an impact and care for those around you.
  • DE&I programs — Holmes Murphy is committed to celebrating every employee’s unique diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) experience with us. Not only do we offer all employees a paid Diversity Day time off option, but we also have a Chief Diversity Officer on hand, as well as a DE&I project team, committee, and interest group. You will have the opportunity to take part in those if you wish!
  • Consistent merit increase and promotion opportunities — Annually, employees are reviewed for merit increases and promotion opportunities because we believe growth is important — not only with your financial wellbeing, but also your career wellbeing.
  • Discretionary bonus opportunity — Yes, there is an annual opportunity to make more money. Who doesn’t love that?!

Holmes Murphy & Associates is an Equal Opportunity Employer.