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Head of Accounting and Controllership

Addison, IL · Accounting/Finance
Our client, a leading creator, manufacturer, and marketer of food flavorings and ingredients serving both sweet and savory end markets is searching for an experienced Head of Accounting and Controllership to join their team. This position will be hybrid and located in the Addison, IL office.

The successful candidate will lead our accounting and controllership function, ensuring accuracy, compliance, and efficiency in financial operations. This role will play a critical part in supporting our company's growth trajectory and maintaining financial integrity, by undertaking all aspects of financial management, including corporate accounting, regulatory and financial reporting, development of internal control policies and procedures, automation of financial processes, preparation and coordination of audit and tax documentation and processes, oversight of financial systems of record, and development of the accounting team.

Essential Functions

Under the supervision of the CFO, your primary responsibilities will be:
Leading, developing, and maintaining a strong, competent, and highly-engaged accounting team
Leading accounting functions, financial reporting, treasury, tax, and audit
Planning, directing, and coordinating all accounting operational functions, including accounts receivable and accounts payable functions (general ledger); external tax accounting, compliance, and reporting; month-end, quarter-end and year-end reporting; technical accounting and other regulatory reporting
Managing the accumulation and consolidation of all financial data necessary for an accurate accounting of consolidated business results in accordance with US GAAP and other relevant regulatory bodies
Leading the coordination, preparation, and accuracy of internal and external financial statements and key financial performance indicators
Preparing and analyzing the Company’s recurring deliverables:
Monthly consolidated financial statements and management summaries (supporting FP&A)
Quarterly bank covenant calculations
Quarterly Board Presentation and supporting analyses (supporting FP&A)
Annual financials
Support in preparation of board materials and investor presentations
Manage financial and administrative aspects of the integration of acquired companies
Leading the development and documentation of best practices, business processes, and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls and to ensure Internal Control Over Financial Reporting (“ICFR”)
Assessing current accounting operations, offering recommendations for improvement and leading the implementation of new processes, automation, and financially-related software
Leading the audit and tax preparation processes with the Company’s third-party audit and tax partners, including coordinating activities of the external auditors, third-party accounting services providers, and third-party tax services providers
Overseeing regulatory reporting, including tax planning, reporting, and compliance, and ensuring the accurate and timely preparation of annual and miscellaneous tax returns and supporting workpapers by teammates and third-party service providers
Working with business leaders and third-party tax services providers to identify opportunities for tax strategies and incentives
Interfacing with the Company’s lenders and other financial partners
Providing CFO with research and recommendations related to technical accounting issues for compliance and for adoption of new accounting pronouncements and new regulatory disclosure requirements
In conjunction with the Head of FP&A, overseeing the analysis of monthly financial results, including analyses of cash flows and balance sheet accounts, and reviewing variance analysis from the budget and from the prior year highlighting critical business trends and investor messaging
Assisting in development of the Annual Operating Plan, 3-Year Strategic Plan, and monthly forecasts
Implementing, improving, and helping manage the Company’s working capital management procedures
Identifying and implementing opportunities to increase efficiencies and reduce costs within the accounting and controllership function and across the organization
Assisting the CFO in analyzing and maintaining key corporate programs including enterprise risk management and employee benefits, including leading the annual insurance renewal process

Location and travel: Position will be based in Addison, IL, with infrequent travel to the Branchburg, NJ and other locations as needed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily; the requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Accounting
CPA strongly preferred but not required
Relevant experience in a similar position in a manufacturing environment is required; food and beverage or chemicals manufacturing experience preferred
Prior experience in a large public accounting firm preferred
Cost accounting experience strongly preferred
10+ years of experience in accounting or finance positions, including thorough knowledge of accounting principles and experience with closing processes and financial statement preparation
Strong knowledge of US GAAP and GAAP principles, financial reporting, and regulatory reporting requirements
Audit and tax leadership experience required
Self-motivated and highly-driven; pro-active, hands-on strategic thinker
Strong business acumen and proven business partnering including the maturity and awareness to achieve the appropriate balance between supporting and challenging the business
Strong leader and developer of people; committed to retaining an inclusive environment
Strong cross-functional relationship builder
High standard of accuracy, precision, and organization, with a strong attention to detail
Strong analytic, organizational and problem-solving skills that enable strategic data interpretation
Strong track record of developing people and teams and driving enhanced performance thereof
Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations, to senior management, board and other outside partners
Language Ability: Excellent oral and written communicator
Computer Skills: Advanced Microsoft Office (including Excel, PowerPoint, PowerBI); technology savvy with “hands on” experience with ERP and MIS/reporting systems; prior experience with ERP software provider, Sage X3, a plus

Compensation: competivite

The job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible responsibilities, tasks, and duties. The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder might differ from those outlined in the job description and other duties may be assigned. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. SmartHire is not legally responsible for any change of jobholder's responsibilities or activities, by our clients, that differ from this job description.
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