• Vice President, Controller

    Job Locations
    US-CA-San Francisco

    Vice President, Controller
    San Francisco, CA 


    At First Republic, we care about our people. We offer extraordinary client service in private banking, private business banking, and private wealth management. Founded in 1985, we believe that personal connections are everything and our success is driven by the relationships we form with our colleagues and clients. You’ll always feel empowered and valued at First Republic.


    Incredible teams doing exceptional work, every day.
    In Accounting, we’re responsible for recording and reconciling financial transactions, processing vendor payments, processing payroll, calculating and remitting taxes. We also produce external and internal financial reports and interpret accounting guidance.


    Vice President, Controller will serve as a partner to First Republic Bank’s Chief Accounting Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and senior management team and must be able to provide solid business counsel to the Company on all accounting matters.  The Controller will have responsibility for various aspects of the Company’s accounting function including financial close, quality and integrity of the general ledger, maintaining the accounting structure and procedures, and preparation of monthly, quarterly and year-end financial reports. The individual will thrive in a deadline-oriented environment and will work with the team of approximately 50 employees.


    What you'll do as a Vice President, Controller:

    • Participate in and provide the oversight of the accounting policy and practice design, resolution of complex accounting issues, and ensuring compliance with GAAP, as well as FDIC and SEC regulations
    • Provide oversight of monthly and quarterly close processes
    • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of reporting; oversee the preparation and communication of monthly, quarterly and year-end financial reports.
    • Participate in development and implementation of accounting strategies and activities, including implementation of new accounting standards.
    • Ensure maintenance of effective internal controls and appropriate accounting procedures, including evaluation of processes and controls for compliance with SOX 404.
    • Participate in and lead the implementation of new accounting standards/
    • Partner with the Finance group in planning and forecasting, DFAST performance reporting standards and governance, decision support, and business process leadership.
    • Play a key role in directing change initiatives, operational effectiveness and process improvements.
    • Play a leading role in the company-wide projects that impact the Accounting Department, including system implementations.
    • Play a key role in providing management, leadership, strategic direction and oversight to the Accounting department.
    • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all accounting functions.
    • Key liaison with external auditors during the audits and quarterly reviews, the regulators for their examinations of the accounting related areas, as well as internal auditors.
    • Participate as appropriate in strategic initiatives of the company involving accounting matters.
    • Support special projects.
    • Recruit, manage, and develop a strong, performance-oriented accounting organization, capable of actively and effectively engaging and growing with the business.


    We are looking for a growth-oriented leader with at least 10 to 15 years of broad accounting experience, ideally beginning in public accounting, followed by Controller (Assistant Controller in a large organization) experience (at least 3 years) overseeing Accounting in a financial services company, ideally at the parent company level as a Corporate Controller.

     The Corporate Controller will have the following experience and attributes:

    • A minimum of a BS in Accounting/Finance and a CPA.
    • At least three years of experience as a Corporate Controller or Assistant Corporate Controller for a public company preferably in a banking environment.
    • Deep knowledge of GAAP, strong technical capabilities with deep expertise in working with technical accounting matters and new accounting standards.
    • Strong understanding of the SOX 404 requirements and experience with ensuring the compliance with those.
    • Strong business acumen. Exceptional problem-solving, decision-making and analytical skills. Ability to drive decisions in a highly collaborative culture ensuring the motivation is around doing what is best for the business.
    • Experience in completing successful projects surrounding process and control improvement and redesign, including accounting systems implementations. Experience in leading transformational initiatives is desired.
    • Experience working with information technology staff to manage accounting systems.
    • Excellent analytical skills, plus excellent organization skills.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Excellent presentation skills with ability to present to Senior Management.
    • Experience working with information technology staff to manage accounting systems.
    • Strong leader who is able to manage and lead the team in an open and collegial environment
    • Excellent maturity and judgment, and the ability to operate effectively in an entrepreneurial environment. Maintain composure under pressure and have the ability to balance competing priorities.
    • The patience and communication ability to establish instant credibility and relate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders. Exceptionally goal-oriented with the ability to design and instill sustainable controls and audit mechanisms to ensure the accuracy of the output of the Accounting team.
    • Highly analytical. Able to rapidly and accurately distill complex information and communicate the information through a concise and readily understandable message.
    • Forward thinking, with excellent conceptual skills. Able to distill varying economic trends and information, see the big picture, and articulate a message for future direction.
    • Unquestionable ethics and integrity and commitment to excellence.
    • Executive presence with the ability to articulate a vision, establish a clear sense of direction and create accountability.
    • A highly motivated, driven, modest, low-ego professional with a strong personal and professional ethic and a sense of urgency. Strong and strategic role model, coach and mentor.
    • Team-oriented, able to work effectively with a variety of personality types, non-political, non-territorial.
    • Additionally, to thrive and succeed within this unique culture and work environment, individuals must demonstrate humility, innate curiosity and openness to new ideas/approaches. He or she needs to be hard working, confident and goal oriented

    Are you a good fit?
    Are you willing to take initiative and make decisions? Are you willing to go the extra mile because you love what you do and how you can contribute as a team? Do you want the freedom to grow and the opportunity to take charge of your own career? If so, then come join us.


    Apply now
    We want hard working team players. You’ll have the independence to learn, lead and drive change. A culture of extraordinary service, empowerment and stability—that’s the First Republic way. Come join us!


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