• Vice President, Controller

    ID
    2019-8232
    Job Locations
    US-CA-San Francisco
    Category
    Accounting/Finance
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    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 provide leadership and strategic direction to the accounting organization in both day-to-day activities and in all transformational efforts.  The Controller will have responsibility for various aspects of the Company’s accounting function including financial close, quality and integrity of the general ledger and compliance with GAAP, maintaining the accounting structure, procedures and controls, 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 over 60 employees.

     

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

    • Provide leadership, strategic direction and oversight to the Accounting organization.
    • Provide oversight of accounting operations, including 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
    • Participate in and provide the oversight of the accounting policy and practice design, resolution of complex accounting issues, and ensuring compliance with GAAP.
    • Ensure maintenance of effective internal controls and appropriate accounting procedures, including evaluation of processes and controls for compliance with SOX requirements.
    • Play a key role in transformation efforts in the accounting organization, directing change initiatives, operational effectiveness and process improvements.
    • Play a leading role in the company-wide projects that impact the Accounting, including system implementations.
    • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all accounting functions.
    • Partner with the Finance group in planning and forecasting, performance reporting standards and governance, decision support, and business process leadership.
    • 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.
    • Lead, 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 15 years of broad accounting experience.

     The Corporate Controller will have the following experience and attributes:

    • A minimum of a BS in Accounting/Finance and a CPA.
    • 15 years of broad accounting experience, including Corporate Controller or Assistant Corporate Controller roles in a public company preferably in financial services/banking industry. Public accounting experience is a plus.
    • 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 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 and robotics implementations. Experience in leading transformational initiatives is desired.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Excellent presentation skills with ability to present to Senior Management.
    • Strong leader who is able to lead and manage the team in an open and collegial environment.
    • Excellent maturity and judgment, and the ability to operate effectively in fast-pace 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.
    • 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!

     

    Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, to the extent consistent with applicable federal and/or state law.

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