Controller- Business Operations- Champaign

CliftonLarsonAllen - Champaign, IL3.2

Full-timeEstimated: $68,000 - $97,000 a year
We are looking for a Controller to join the Business Operations practice in our Champaign office. The Business Operations team works with our clients to perform accounting and finance functions from an operations perspective. We are our clients’ accountants, controllers, and CFO’s and help our clients reach their organizational goals through our services.

In this role, you will work directly with clients and be responsible for supervising the accounting team on each engagement which may include a combination of CLA staff and client staff. You will also be responsible for delivering timely and accurate financial statements and management information to the client’s leadership team as well as implementing financial and operational best practices related to the client’s specific industry.

This position provides an outstanding opportunity to grow your career as you contribute to the success of clients’ businesses or organizations. This is a full-time, long-term career opportunity serving multiple CLA clients on a permanent basis; it is not an outsourced temporary position.

Job Description

Assist the accounting team to record complex transactions
Review complex account reconciliations prepared by the accounting team
Complete the monthly, quarterly, and annual adjusting and closing process
Adhere to the client’s organizational policies and procedures, federal and state policies and directives, and current accounting standards
Provide detailed review of the general ledger, financial statements and required work papers
Prepare work papers for the independent auditors, if applicable
Analyze and interpret financial information and regularly present to the client’s leadership
Develop budgets, analyze variances and implement corrective actions as needed
Review payroll and payroll tax compliance


BA/BS degree in accounting or related field required
3+ years relevant work experience as a Controller or equivalent is required. Not for Profit experience is a plus.
CPA certification is preferred but not required
Aptitude for developing and maintaining a thorough working knowledge of accounting software and systems. QuickBooks experience is preferred
Proficiency with applicable software (Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, etc)
Ability to travel to client sites as needed


An understanding of generally accepted accounting principles (FASB/SFAS) or other comprehensive basis of accounting
Strong organization skills/goal orientation/self-motivation
Ability to handle pressure in a positive professional manner
Excellent interpersonal skills
Communication that is clear, concise, and considerate of the needs of others
Ability to work cooperatively with others and value the different contributions people make
Proven success in managing work and key client relationships to exceed client expectations

Key Behavioral Competencies

The Controller must possess several key personal effectiveness traits to be successful. These include a high degree of passion for doing impactful work, accountability for actions, initiative to make visions a reality, integrity that places honesty and trust above all else, professionalism, and conscientiousness. Actions and behaviors that are the foundation of successful careers at CLA are broadly defined below.

Leading with Impact : Guides and motivates others and is able to direct team to achieve desired end results
Ownership Mindset : Creates expectations of success throughout the firm
Entrepreneurial Grit : Has the courage to take action on new ideas, understanding the balance of risks vs. positive outcomes
Client Excellence : Anticipates client needs and looks for opportunities to provide proactive consultation
People Development : Provides coaching opportunities for others to develop and pursue their passions
Clear Communication : Communication has high impact and encourages openness
Teamwork & Collaboration : Manages challenging issues and understands when appropriate to leverage internal experts
Growing the Business : Focuses efforts on managing work and key client relationships to exceed client expectations

CLA exists to create opportunities for our people, our clients, and our communities. We are a proud equal opportunity/affirmative action employer . All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability status, protected veteran status, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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