Controller

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Position
Controller
Location Confidential
No
Location
New Jersey
Willing to Relocate
No
Industry
Advertising--PR--MarketReseach(Agencies)
Function
FINANCE--CFO/Control/Acctg./Treas./Tax,etc.
Compensation
$100,000 to $200,000

Resume Summary
CPA with 10+ years experience as Controller in Advertising industry. Directed day-to-day accounting operations, revenue recognition, budgeting and financial reporting.

Resume Body      CONTROLLER

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

VP Controller with strong qualifications in financial reporting, general accounting, budgeting, forecasting and analyses including the setting and tracking of key performance indicators. Key member and financial liaison with operating management in support of client presentations and client contracts. A well-organized team player with ability to manage staff and work effectively in a fast-paced, changing environment involving the creation and testing of an effective business controls environment under SOX. Experience includes involvement with two system conversions. Computer proficient with SAP, PeopleSoft, Hyperion, Concur, Media Ocean, Excel and Word.

CORE COMPETENCIES

Financial Reporting & Analysis
Revenue Recognition
Budgeting/Forecasting
General Ledger
Financial Audits
Team Building/Leadership
Sarbanes-Oxley Act
Expense Control
Set Agency KPIs

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


Interim Controller (Feb 2016 - present)

Develop enhancements to existing close process to ensure timely and accurate financial reporting to parent company within accelerated five day close.
Document local office Accounts Payable function and advise management on best practices and process improvements to be implemented to ensure timely payments to vendors.
Review monthly financials, journal entries and balance sheet reconciliations.
Prepare variance commentary for significant balance sheet and expense fluctuations.


VP Controller- Corporate (2006 - Jan 2016)

Oversaw all aspects of financial management for the network consisting of four healthcare advertising agencies with revenues in excess of $50 million. Supervised nine employees in a broad range of functions including corporate accounting, financial reporting and budget/forecast preparation. Reported directly to CFO and Worldwide Controller.

Directed day-to-day operations of the accounting department, including General Ledger, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Revenue and Billing.
Coordinated month end close process and reviewed financial results with CFO prior to submission in Hyperion.
Prepared monthly financial deck and variance commentary for CFO and CEO.
Developed and implemented processes and procedures for accurate and timely reporting of financial data.
Performed variance analysis and trend information related to revenues, expenses and cash flow.
Directed working capital activities of agency assuring timely conversion of inventory and collection of client receivable balances within payment terms.
Reviewed client contracts and estimates to validate revenue recognition method and realization rate for projects.
Agency lead on 15 month SAP system conversion; worked closely with corporate team to successfully convert legacy data, configure accounting software to meet agency operational/financial requirements and complete all phases of the project within the established timeline for agency go-live.
Managed activities with internal and external auditors; consistently received satisfactory ratings for financial and internal control audits.
Documented key accounting controls and evaluated segregation of duties to maximize department efficiency and achieve audit compliance.
Successfully reduced accounting department head count 25% by consolidating job functions and streamlining business processes.
Established performance goals and objectives for accounting staff; recruited and trained new employees.


Controller (2004 - 2006)

Responsible for financial reporting, general accounting, budget/forecasting, payroll and billing functions for one agency. Reported to VP Controller Corporate.

Prepared budgets; analyzed and consolidated financial data; provided status of financial condition.
Oversaw closing activities including journal entries, account reconciliations and financial reports.
Analyzed monthly receivables and inventory balances to identify credit risks and minimize potential write offs.
Provided management with weekly employee utilization reports and revenue forecasts to determine agency staffing and revenue potential.
Presented overview of the key components required for an efficient and timely closing process for parent company's North America Regional Controllers' conference.
Security Manager for Media Ocean accounting system; rolled-out new timesheet/purchasing modules to staff.


Assistant Controller (2000 - 2004)

Supervised the Accounts Payable function from procurement to disbursement. Documented key internal controls, communicated purchasing/T&E policies to agency staff and monitored compliance. Directed accelerated four day monthly close process including lease accounting and revenue recognition. Established SOX protocols after law was enacted. Reported to Controller.


Manager, Financial Reporting and Analysis (1997 - 2000)

Worked closely with Finance Director to build month-end close process. Improved compliance with parent company's reporting requirements. Prepared balance sheet and expense account reconciliations. Agency lead for Media Ocean system conversion. Supervised two staff accountants. Reported to Assistant Controller.

Previous Experience

Senior Accountant (1995-1997)
Senior Accountant (1994-1995)
Public Accounting - Staff Auditor (1991-1994)

EDUCATION

M.S. Taxation, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ -1998
B.S. Accounting, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ -1991
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - State of New Jersey -1994

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