Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC dba Advantage Solutions

  • Director of Accounting

    Job Locations US-CA-Irvine
    Primary Posting Location : City
    Irvine
    Primary Posting Location : State/Province
    CA
    Primary Posting Location : Country
    US
    Requisition ID
    2018-146928
    Position Type
    Full Time
    Category
    Professional: (IT, Finance, Legal, HR, Talent Acquisition, Administrative, Customer Service)
  • Summary

    Director of Accounting

     

    The Director of Accounting position will serve as head of the accounting function for the company’s largest division, which is comprised of multiple business units.  The Director will lead the Accounting team, overseeing day-to-day transactional work, own the monthly close process and ensure accuracy of reported financial results.  The position reports to the VP of Finance, with exposure to the senior finance leadership team.

     

    The position will oversee almost 40 business units which include multinationals, supermarket chains, financial institutions, small manufacturing companies, and universities. The Manager will lead a small team of accountants covering a wide range of initiatives and will need to be comfortable managing multiple projects, initiatives and competing priorities. The successful candidate should have operated successfully in a fast paced, results oriented environment and have the ability to influence the decisions of senior business leaders through effective verbal and written communication, logical reasoning and the presentation of alternatives.

     

    Responsibilities

    • Serve as functional leader providing guidance and direction to Accounting team, as well functional expert resolving technical accounting treatment questions
    • Responsible for the month-end close process and integrity of financial results for entire division, including P&L and balance sheet
    • Develop a system of controls, processes, and related documentation to ensure data integrity and efficient delivery
    • Manage Accounting team including optimizing organizational structure, hiring and developing staff, assigning duties, evaluating performance, and ensuring quality results
    • Challenge the current reporting environment to explore opportunities for
    • Work with M&A team to successfully integrate new acquisitions onto Advantage systems and processes
    • Coordinate with AR and AP areas to ensure proper revenue recognition and payment of expenses – be a thought leader in streamlining processes around these functions
    • Foster a culture of continuous improvement, identifying and implementing best practices into the Accounting and Finance functions 

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance – Master’s Preferred
    • Minimum of 10+ years progressively responsible related financial experience required
    • 10+ years of credible accounting and reporting background with substantial experience in accounting closes, consolidations, financial reporting, audits, budgeting and forecasting
    • 5-8+ years of supervisory experience in medium to large teams
    • Experience with significant revenue and relevant industries
    • Advanced Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and PowerPoint.
    • Must present a professional image and be able to represent the Company in a professional manner.
    • Proven track record as head of accounting for a company/division with multiple business units
    • Strong technical understanding of accounting principles and practices, with experience across many facets of accounting
    • Willingness to be hands on, but experienced in leading teams of 10 or more professionals with emphases on organizational structure, individual development and process improvement
    • Natural ability for being detail-oriented and accurate with numbers and reporting
    • Extensive knowledge of US GAAP accounting
    • ERP implementation and process improvement experience strongly desired
    • Experience in a Fortune 500 organization a plus
    • Retail, CPG or Service industry experience a plus 

    Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC dba Advantage Solutions is one of North America’s leading sales and marketing agencies specializing in outsourced sales, merchandising, category management and marketing services to manufacturers, suppliers and producers of food products and consumer packaged goods. Advantage Solutions services a variety of trade channels including grocery, mass merchandise, specialty, convenience, drug, dollar, club, hardware, consumer electronics and home centers. We bridge the gap between manufacturers and retailers, providing consumers access to the best products available in the marketplace today.

    Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC dba Advantage Solutions is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Responsibilities

    Advantage Sales and Marketing LLC dba Advantage Solutions is one of North America’s leading sales and marketing agencies specializing in outsourced sales, merchandising, category management and marketing services to manufacturers, suppliers and producers of food products and consumer packaged goods. Advantage Solutions services a variety of trade channels including grocery, mass merchandise, specialty, convenience, drug, dollar, club, hardware, consumer electronics and home centers. We bridge the gap between manufacturers and retailers, providing consumers access to the best products available in the marketplace today.

     

     

    Position Summary  

     

    Reporting to the Vice President of Finance, the Director of Accounting position will serve as head of the accounting function for the company’s largest division, which is comprised of multiple business units.  The Director will lead the Accounting team, overseeing day-to-day transactional work, own the monthly close process and ensure accuracy of reported financial results. 

     

     

    Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

    • Serve as functional leader providing guidance and direction to Accounting team, as well functional expert resolving technical accounting treatment questions
    • Responsible for the month-end close process and integrity of financial results for entire division, including P&L and balance sheet
    • Develop a system of controls, processes, and related documentation to ensure data integrity
    • Manage Accounting team including optimizing organizational structure, hiring and developing staff, assigning duties, evaluating performance, and ensuring quality results
    • Achieve expertise with Microsoft Dynamics AX system and contribute to streamlining accounting processes in newly implemented environment
    • Serve as subject matter expert on what financial data the company has and how to access it
    • Challenge the current reporting environment to explore opportunities for improvement or overhaul in financial management reporting
    • Work with M&A team to successfully integrate new acquisitions onto Advantage systems and processes
    • Manage implementation of new accounting standards and corporate accounting policies
    • Support timely audits and interim reviews by company’s external audit firm
    • Collaborate with and support business-unit-level Finance and Accounting staff
    • Coordinate with AR and AP areas to ensure proper revenue recognition and payment of expenses – be a thought leader in streamlining processes around these functions
    • Liaise with Corporate Controller’s office regarding processes, timelines, and requirements
    • Foster a culture of continuous improvement, identifying and implementing best practices into the Accounting and Finance functions 

     

     

    Supervisory Responsibilities

     

    Direct Reports
    - Hires, retains, trains, coaches, guides, directs, and develops direct reports using company-wide processes, tools and resources

     

    Indirect Reports
    - May delegate work of others and provide guidance, direction and mentoring to indirect reports

     

     

    Travel and/or Driving Requirements

    - Travel is an essential duty and function of this job. Driving is not an essential duty or function of this job. 
    - Travel up to       5-10 %

     

     

    Minimum Qualifications The following are the minimum job-related qualifications which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job.

     

    Education Level:

    (Required)  Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
    (Preferred)  Master's Degree or equivalent experience           

     

    Field of Study/Area of Experience: 

    Accounting, Finance or related field, CPA preferred

    - 10+ years of credible accounting and reporting background with substantial experience in accounting closes, consolidations, financial reporting, audits, budgeting and forecasting
    - 8+ years of experience in General Ledger, Accounts Receivable and Consolidation
    - 5-8 years of supervisory experience of medium to large teams

     

    Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

    • Proven track record as head of accounting for a company/division with multiple business units
    • Strong technical understanding of accounting principles and practices, with experience across many facets of accounting
    • Willingness to be hands on, but experienced in leading teams of 10 or more professionals with emphases on organizational structure, individual development and process improvement
    • Ability to interact with senior leadership, influence points of view without having direct authority, and work toward consensus
    • Ability to multi-task across portfolio of business units and projects, and be successful in a fast-paced environment
    • Natural ability for being detail-oriented and accurate with numbers and reporting
    • Highly collaborative and perceptive, and shows prudent analysis in problem solving
    • Proven influencer who can drive change, improve processes, and provide sound solutions to complex and routine business issues
    • Extensive knowledge of US GAAP accounting
    • Comfort and competence using financial systems; Microsoft Dynamics AX a plus
    • ERP implementation and process improvement experience strongly desired
    • Advanced Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
    • Experience in a Fortune 500 organization a plus
    • Retail, CPG or Service industry experience a plus

     

     

    Environmental & Physical Requirements

     

    Office / Sedentary Requirements
    Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Work is performed primarily in an office environment. Typically requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time (66%+ each day), ability to hear the telephone, ability to enter data on a computer and may also require the ability to lift up to 10 pounds.  A detailed Environmental and Physical Requirements document is available in the Total Rewards department. 

     


    Additional Information Regarding Advantage Solutions Job Duties and Job Descriptions

     

    Job duties include additional responsibilities as assigned by one’s supervisor or other manager related to the position/department. This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Advantage Solutions reserves the right at any time with or without notice to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities, subject to applicable law.  Advantage Solutions shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable a qualified applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

     

    Any estimate, schedule, or guideline provided to associates in this job description or elsewhere in connection with their jobs is only intended to help describe job duties and for planning purposes.  Regardless of any such estimate, schedule, or guideline, associates must always record all time worked for our company (which includes but is not limited to on-site work time in an assigned store, office, or other work location; required waiting time; administrative time; and work-related travel time).

    Important Information

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of associates so classified. 

     

    Are you passionate about Service Excellence, Results, Integrity, Entrepreneurial Focus and Leadership: These are our values at Advantage Solutions: Come learn why “Winning Together” is more than just words on a piece of paper. It is the vision by which we live our mission as an organization: "To create outstanding value for clients and customers through superior sales execution, operational excellence and innovative marketing services."

     

    Advantage Solutions is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment practices without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by law. As part of this commitment, Advantage Solutions shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable an applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.

     

    Advantage Solutions will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box) Ordinance.  All of our positions require the satisfactory completion of a background check. Please be aware that acknowledging or having criminal convictions does not constitute an automatic bar to employment.  Factors including, but not limited to age and time of the offense, seriousness and nature of the violation, and rehabilitation will be taken into account.

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