As Gensler’s Controller, your role is key in delivering superior client service to our practitioners while ensuring an appropriate control environment and clean financial statements. The Controller is a key member of the CFO’s executive team with significant exposure at the most senior levels across the Firm.
What You Will Do
Directly supervise, coach and lead a team of more than 40 dispersed staff overseeing general ledger, payroll, intercompany and global accounting, accounts payable and cash operations. Indirectly supervise the accounting staffs in each of the eleven regions to ensure consistency and adherence to policy and processes.
Oversee preparation of month-end, quarter-end and year-end financial statements and reporting packages. Review all month-end closing activities including general ledger maintenance, balance sheet reconciliations and corporate/overhead cost allocations.
Enhance and implement financial and accounting systems, processes, tools and control systems with an emphasis on automation through technology, ensuring proper maintenance of all accounting systems and functions.
Implement appropriate internal controls and financial procedures to ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for leadership including the preparation and communication of monthly and annual financial statements.
Maintain the firm’s real estate and equipment leasing models and lease information, and advise firm leadership, legal and regional team members on the financial impact of various office lease scenarios. Understand and prepare the firm for compliance with ASC 842.
Plan and direct initiatives and operational procedures to optimize efficiency and reduce costs. Participate in key decisions pertaining to strategic initiatives and operational execution.
Develop, promote, sustain and nurture close working relationships with leadership across the U.S. and the firm’s international network, particularly with the Regional Operating Officers, Finance Directors and Accounting Managers to serve as proxy to the CFO for financial issues as necessary and devise and implement solutions as appropriate.
Manage the firm’s local audits around the globe, ensuring compliance with local regulations.
Manage the firm’s intercompany accounting processes.
Understand the commercial and financial nature of the operations of each region, office and practice to identify issues, recommend and implement solutions.
Ensure the finance function is adequately resourced to assure cost-effective and efficient service delivery.
Ensure regulatory compliance procedures are in place and that reporting deadlines are met.
Work with the entire global finance team, especially peer managers, to continuously improve communication and collaboration.
Serve as a point of contact for external auditors and manage preparation and support of all external financial reviews and audits.
The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree in finance, accounting or related field; a C.P.A. and be well-versed in both U.S GAAP and IFRS standards with a minimum of 15 years of relevant financial management experience, including executive management experience, preferably as a Controller in a large, decentralized organization. An MBA, experience in professional services, and a deep understanding of project accounting with a working knowledge of Deltek Vision accounting tools are highly desirable. In addition, he/she will possess the following:
A high “EQ” and superb interpersonal skills are essential to the firm’s culture, gain the confidence of internal stakeholders and build consensus-based support for goals and processes.
Proven effectiveness in making investments in mentoring, developing and leading staff.
Strong work ethic, attention to detail, and organizational skills.
Excellent problem solving skills, with the ability to think on his/her feet in a fast-paced environment, anticipate requirements, and consistently deliver exceptional customer service.
Knowledge of robotics and artificial intelligence, and an ability to determine where technology can lead to automation of tasks.
An entrepreneurial and forward thinking mindset, with the ability to identify opportunities for improvement and implement new programs to drive efficiency and profitability.
Well-developed executive presence and excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary to interact effectively with all levels of the organization.
Life at Gensler
At Gensler, we are as committed to enjoying life as we are to delivering best-in-class design. From curated art exhibits to internal design competitions to “Well-being Week,” our offices reflect our people’s diverse interests.
We encourage every person at Gensler to lead a healthy and balanced life. Our comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, vision, disability, wellness programs, flex spending, paid holidays, and paid time off. We also offer a 401k, profit sharing, employee stock ownership, and twice annual bonus opportunities.
As part of the firm’s commitment to licensure and professional development, Gensler offers reimbursement for certain professional licenses and associated renewals and exam fees. In addition, we reimburse tuition for certain eligible programs or classes. We view our professional development programs as strategic investments in our future.
Gensler is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participant in the U.S. Federal E-Verify program. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Gensler will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
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