Job Title
Assistant Controller-Retail HQ

Mid-Atlantic Market

Job Type
Full-Time Regular

Our client is a fast growing off-price retail brand with almost $1B in annual sales. This role offers competitive salary, 20% target bonus (company paid out 311% of target bonus in 2020, trending the same in 2021) plus internal private stock option.

Job Title:



Department: Finance

Location: Store Support Center HQ

PURPOSE: Safeguard the assets of the company and manage the Accounting and Finance functions in a manner that maximizes the contribution of corporate goals and objectives.

Responsible for oversight of Inventory Accounting, Sales Audit, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and department process improvement initiatives.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS: Report to the Controller. Direct reports include the Manager of Accounts Payable/Inventory Accounting and Manager of AR and Sales Audit



« General Administration and Management

o Manages the Accounts Payable, Inventory Accounting, Sales Audit and Accounts Receivable departments

o Directs resources for report completion as necessary to meet deadlines established by management

o Ensures adequate staffing to support company initiatives

« Accounts Payable/Inventory Accounting

o Deep understanding of the cost method of accounting in a retailer

o Involvement in retail based inventory valuation accruals and store/Distribution Center physical inventory counts

« Financial Reporting

o Provides/creates analysis of monthly financial results with insightful business actions to support continued profitability

o Reporting completed timely and accurately

« Internal Control

o Establishment, monitoring and refinement of internal controls

« Working Capital Management

o Provides and develops tools to share early warnings or opportunities around financial performance


« Presentation Style

« Credibility/Integrity

« Influencing

« Education/Teaching

« Staff Development

Planning and Analysis:

« Profitability Analysis

« Financial Planning

o Supports the weekly forecast and annual budgeting process

o Maintains ongoing projections of cash positions for all operations, including explanations to prior variances

« Budgeting

o Develops, creates, and maintains detailed budgets throughout the corporate structure

« Investment/Abandonment Analysis

« Decision Support

« Cost/Benefit Knowledge

Operations and Finance:

« Operations Flow

« Cost Control and Process Improvement

o Possesses a process improvement mindset with demonstrated successes historically

o Identify and execution of process efficiencies and cost containment activities

o Lead and manage all finance/accounting department process improvement initiatives

« Industry Awareness

o Experience in the retail industry or another complementary industry. Sharing of best in class historical experiences



DECISION QUALITY: Make correct decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.

DRIVE FOR RESULTS: Push themselves and others consistently to meet or exceed goals. Ability to shift to and manage multiple initiatives concurrently

MANAGING AND MEASURING: Clearly assigns responsibility for tasks and decisions; set clear, measurable objectives; monitors process, progress, and results.

COMMUNICATIONS: Is able to communicate quickly and professionally in a variety of communication settings and styles-with and to all levels of the organization; can express themselves clearly and concisely and is easily understood; does not over communicate unnecessary information.


CUSTOMER FOCUS: Establish a relationship with customers to glean first-hand information that will enhance their experience and provide education/learning on financial results

DRIVING EXECUTION: Assigns clear authority and accountability, tackles problems directly and with speed. Holds team members to the highest standards of performance and accuracy


CHAMPION CHANGE (DEALING WITH AMBIGUITY): Cope with change, shift gears with comfort and can make decisions and act without having all the information.

BUSINESS ACUMEN: Understands how industry, businesses, strategies and the competition operate in the marketplace.

FISCAL MANAGEMENT: Understands the relationship of the budget and resources to the strategic plan; complies with administrative controls over funds; monitors and verifies ongoing cost effectiveness.


DEVELOPING DIRECT REPORTS: Push, challenge and guide direct reports so they can meet their business and career goals.

INTEGRITY AND TRUST: Seen as direct and honest individuals who can keep confidences and admit mistakes. Will not represent themselves for personal gain.

MOTIVATING OTHERS: Create a positive climate that challenges and empowers others to do their best work.


PRODUCT FOCUS: The ability to maintain direction and stay on target with the goals and project at hand to enhance the customer experience with our products and services.


« Profitability of all entities


« Timely and accurate financial reporting

« Staff retention, turnover and development

« Achievement of deadlines and project deliverables


« Working knowledge of tax compliance and other non-income related taxes

« Strong knowledge of technical accounting issues, both current and emerging

« Individual should possess a minimum of three years’ experience in the retail industry with accounting focus

« Minimum of five years in management or leadership role

« Has a strong ability to manage the finances and cash flow of a fast paced, multiple entity environment

« CPA and public accounting experience a plus

« Demonstrated prior experience implementing strong internal controls and system/process enhancements

« Demonstrated ability to implement software to meet operational goals

« Individual must also be experienced in building effective and motivated teams that can support daily corporate activity and key initiatives

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