Chief Accounting Officer
The candidate for Chief Accounting Officer (CAO) should have strong skills related to written and oral communication, analytics, strategic-planning, and operations. Important traits include a business acumen, ethical conduct, problem-solving, mentoring, and the ability to manage the culture of a finance team driving towards professional development. Additionally, the CAO candidate should have a presence that instills confidence, discipline, and a spirit of financial rigor into leaders across the firm. Supporting a team of individual across our five US office, ideally this person will be located in Charlotte, NC.
The candidate for CAO should have a master’s degree in accounting with relevant business experience and 10+ years of progressively responsible experience for a company or division of a corporation including a minimum of 5 years in a management role as a director of finance or accounting, or controller. Preference will be given to candidates with an MBA in Finance and a professional certification such as CPA, CGMA, or CMA designations. Candidates should possess knowledge of all aspects of GAAP.
As a key member of the executive leadership team, the CAO will report to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and assume a strategic role in the overall financial management of the company. The CAO will have primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing, and controlling the finances and accounting activities of the company.
Typical duties include:
• Act as a strategic business partner to the executive leadership team and provide guidance and assistance to company leaders to ensure financial objectives
• Identify and implement systems and software to drive efficiency and automation related to financial, accounting operations
• Create, implement, track, and report upon yearly financial initiatives and goals that align with the company’s plan for growth and diversification
• Lead a Finance and Accounting team of highly skilled, trusted, and creative professionals. Oversee the hiring, train, and retaining of accounting and finance staff Manage and strategize methods used to attain team goals and initiatives
• Partner with various other members of senior leadership to assist underperforming studios, mentoring, teaching financial principles, and select approvals
• Manage finance & accounting functions within the ERP system (BST)
• Manage the preparation and communication of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial performance and oversee the annual budget
• Manage all banking, credit, vendor, and business relationships in support of strategic objectives including investing excess funds, borrowing for asset purchases, and relationship management
• Manage the cash flow planning process, month-end close process, and year-end financial statements
• Manage and ensure the proper functioning of systems, databases, and financial software
• Manage timeliness and accuracy of financials, local / state / federal tax returns, and external audits
• Manage conformity with professional accounting standards and best practices in accordance with GAAP
Little is a national architectural design firm dedicated to elevating the performance of our clients and communities through the environments we create. It’s a place where you’ll surround yourself with colleagues who have different areas of expertise, are from different cultures and generations, and embody different talents, experiences and passions. We care intensely about our clients and each other, and we do our best to spark a spirit of creativity and excitement in everyone around us. To learn more about Little, please visit us at www.littleonline.com.
To be considered for this opportunity, please submit your letter of interest and resume.
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