Controller

We are seeking an experienced Controller to manage and oversee the daily operations of the Firm's accounting function. The Controller will work closely with Firm Management and key stakeholders across the Firm to implement financial strategy and align resources to support the Firm’s goals. Strong project management, communication, and customer service skills are required. The successful candidate will have the ability to understand and perform all accounting functions, drive continuous improvement, and ensure compliance and consistency in policies and procedures. The position requires a skilled leader able to take initiative across core accounting areas, including treasury, cash management and reporting; billing; collections and accounts receivable; accounts payable, client passthrough expenses and employee expense reimbursements; general accounting, trust accounting, and reconciliations; and support for payroll, financial analysis and reporting. The Controller reports to the Chief Operating Officer and is based in the Los Angeles office.

Specific responsibilities include:
  • Hiring, training, mentoring, and supervising accounting staff and providing daily leadership and guidance to team members to provide the highest level of service to the Firm and its clients 
  • Defining, measuring, and reporting on accounting staff performance
  • Participating in the development of overall firm accounting, billing, and finance procedures, policies and internal controls, and ensuring timely compliance with such protocols by the Finance Department and the Firm
  • Identifying and resolving accounting issues and initiating, investigating, and identifying process improvements
  • Overseeing the preparation of the monthly income statement and balance sheet, including all related account reconciliations and the monthly close process
  • Overseeing the expense reporting process to ensure all expenses are appropriate, in compliance with Firm policy, coded properly, and recorded to the correct accounts
    Interfacing with Firm administrative officers, directors, and managers to coordinate transaction coding and budget monitoring activities
  • Coordinating with the Business Pursuits Team to develop and track pricing proposals
  • Coordinating the annual 1099 processing and report filing
  • Coordinating/preparing all tax filings
  • Supervising the management of client trust accounts
  • Maintaining the tracking and accounting of the Firm’s fixed assets and ensuring all applicable expenditures are classified properly
  • Reviewing and maintaining general ledger accounts and adjustments, including the preparation of monthly and annual journal entries
  • Reviewing payroll upon receipt from the Payroll Department
  • Maintaining and ensuring accuracy of Firm partner capital/draw accounts
  • Assisting with the preparation of the Firm’s annual operating budget
  • Maintaining the Firm’s chart of accounts 
  • Interacting with the Firm’s bankers, outside tax and financial statement accountants, various clients and vendors, the Firm’s Administrative Department Heads, Payroll Department, Benefit Managers, etc.
  • Supervising the preparation of adjusting journal entries along with final adjusted financial statements
  • Leading special project work on various financial systems, including system upgrades and new software rollouts: Aderant – all modules, Big Square, FAS, EIS, Chrome River (Expense Reports and Accounts Payable)
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Excellent working knowledge of general accounting and tax principles.
  • Minimum of ten years of experience, including a minimum of three years as a supervisor and experience in a service industry environment.
  • Experience with personnel management, strong interpersonal and communication skills, critical thinking, analytical and management skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • CPA credential a plus.
  • Detail-orientated and organized.
  • Ability to manage multiple ongoing tasks.
  • Extensive familiarity with accounting systems, Aderant experience highly preferred.
  • Highly proficient in MS office, including advanced Excel skills.
  • Experience working with outside payroll vendors (e.g., ADP, Paychex).
  • Maintain standards of confidentiality both with respect to Firm business and Firm personnel.
  • Fostering a cooperative work environment and high employee morale. This includes taking action to promote a positive team climate, taking responsibility for contributing to success of the team and working with other members of the team to generate innovative solutions to obstacles.
  • Resourceful, takes initiative and makes recommendations when appropriate.
Successful candidates must be proactive, customer service oriented, energetic and reliable. As with all Firm positions, impeccable integrity, excellent judgment, and sensitivity to others are essential.  Enthusiasm, diverse interests, and a good sense of humor are also useful and appreciated.

We offer a competitive salary and generous benefits package. Interested candidates are invited to apply online with a resume and a cover letter.

Nossaman is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, protected veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability status or any other category protected by local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all aspects of Nossaman’s employment lifecycle including recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, social and recreational activities.

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