accounting | Assistant Controller in Atlanta, GA

Assistant Controller

  • Safe-Guard Products International, LLC
  • 6490 Wright Rd NE
  • Atlanta, GA 30328
  • Full-Time



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Job Title: Assistant Controller

Location: US-GA-Atlanta

Company Profile:

Founded in 1992 and based in Atlanta, Safe-Guard Products is driven by the steadfast commitment to provide unparalleled service and the highest quality vehicle protection products to the automotive, RV, marine, and motorcycle/powersports industries. In their twenty-five-year history, Safe-Guard has grown to over 500 employees across the U.S., with a client roster of over 35 leading brands, who serve over 10,000 dealers, and protect over 11 million consumers under Safe-Guard contracts.

Safe-Guard s mission is to provide products and solutions to the motor vehicle industry that drive customer retention and protect consumers from the perils of ownership. Safe-Guard is experiencing dynamic growth and has earned a stellar reputation from customers, partners, and peers by providing: 1) the highest quality protection products in the industry, 2) a broad platform of value-added technology, marketing, and training solutions, and 3) unparalleled client and customer service.

Job Summary:

The Assistant Controller s primary function is to ensure the integrity and control over financial transactions

and balances of the Company. This position is a key member of the Accounting and Finance

management team, reporting to the VP and Controller, and will oversee the accounting staff. The

individual will work closely with the Director of Financial Reporting and the Director of Accounting

Operations and their teams. The individual will be expected to strengthen controls over transactions and

financial reporting by improving technology and processes, and training and mentoring staff. The

Assistant Controller will be responsible for supporting the timely completion of various financial reports in

support of the Controller and CFO.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all general ledger transaction reporting.
  • Work with the Director of Financial reporting to ensure accounting close and financial reporting is executed accurately and timely. The Company strives to produce monthly financial statements within 10 days of the end of the month.
  • Identify areas for accounting improvements and help implement changes to improve efficiency, accuracy and timeliness of financial reporting.
  • Work with the Director of Operational Accounting to ensure coordination between operating accounting team and general ledger accountants, and add business insight to operational improvement initiatives.
  • Responsible for establishing processes for timely and accurate financial reporting, ensuring that transactions and balances within the general ledger are supported and reconciled.
  • Preparation and oversight of tax compliance function, ensuring all required federal, state and other jurisdictional filings are completed accurately and on time.
  • Enhance internal control environment within the accounting group to SOX and SSAE 16 standards.
  • Create, update and maintain an Accounting Policies and Procedures manual.
  • Research, interpret and provide guidance on the application of new accounting pronouncements and accounting for unique transactions. Determine the impact of those standards on the Company s financial statements and financial reporting processes.
  • Serve as the liaison for all audits, including annual financial statement audit, and audits by fronting carriers, regulators and other outside parties.
  • Take the lead on special projects for the VP and Controller or CFO, as needed.
  • Any other financial or accounting related job responsibilities, as requested by management from time to time.

Core Competencies Required:

Teamwork/Collaboration: Support team members by establishing effective interpersonal relationships, and cross functional partnering.

Partners across organizational boundaries Reaches out and to work with associates outside of own department to achieve objectives. Anticipates effects of own area s actions and decisions on other associates and departments; influences others to support individual and team objectives.

Job Knowledge: Clearly demonstrates a good grasp of key job functions, relevant terminology, technical processes and standards.

Has achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in position related areas; keeps up with current developments or trends in area of expertise; understands and uses knowledge, solutions, and capabilities to achieve results.

Customer Experience: Communicate effectively with customers, advocate customer needs and initiate resolution.

Takes action to meet customer needs and concerns Considers how actions or plans will affect customers; responds quickly to meet customer needs and resolve problems; avoids over commitments; responds to customer requests in a timely manner to satisfy customer needs.

EOE Statement:

Safe-Guard Products International is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.


Qualifications:

  • Bachelor s degree in accounting required with a master s degree recommended.
  • CPA required.
  • Minimum ten years experience in public accounting and industry.
  • A strong fundamental understanding and application of GAAP accounting principles is required,Experience with SOX and SEC reporting is strongly preferred.
  • Insurance industry experience is a strong plus.
  • Solid working knowledge of federal, state and local taxes
  • Strong management skills including the ability to supervise, train and coach a team of accountants.
  • Ability to evaluate existing internal controls over transaction processing and financial reporting and to modify, design and implement controls is required.
  • Highly detail oriented with a strong ability to maintain accurate and reconciled documentationsupporting underlying general ledger accounts.
  • Commitment to deadlines and a quick turnaround for ongoing core deliverables and ad hoc requests from management.
  • Strong personal leadership skills and a very strong work ethic that will allow the incumbent to quickly earn the respect of Company management, department staff, and the organization at large.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience with Great Plains, Advanced Excel, Blackline, and SQL queries are a plus.
  • Experience with operational accounting areas such as accounts receivables and accounts payables preferred.
  • Other key qualifications include: unquestionable integrity and professionalism; highly organized; the ability to prioritize and work on multiple assignments simultaneously; understand data workflows; and ability to perform root cause analysis.


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