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Chief Accounting Officer

  • Date Posted December 2, 2019
  • Location Boston, Massachusetts
  • Job Type Direct
  • Job ID 14609

Chief Accounting Officer- Boston Area

Our client has a newly created Chief Accounting Officer (CAO) role that will report directly to the Chief Financial Officer. The rapid growth of their company requires additional depth to their financial organization with this crucial position.

The CAO will be responsible for leading the financial accounting activities of the company. This Executive will create and implement policies and procedures to identify, resolve, and document accounting issues, in addition to creating accounting procedures required of a publicly-traded company. A primary goal will be to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the accounting team while ensuring the preparation of the company's financial statements following US GAAP.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage accounting organization, currently a team of 20+
  • Lead the monthly accounting close process including analytical review of the monthly operating results to ensure accurate accounting records are maintained and prepared following SEC reporting timelines
  • Preparation of the monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements and related footnotes
  • Perform cash flow projections to manage cash balances effectively
  • Implement, document and maintain adequate and effective internal controls including SOX requirements
  • Manage audit relationship and annual financial statement audit and quarterly reviews
  • Financial, operational metrics and future SEC reporting
  • Structure finance function for continued rapid growth and enhance the capabilities of the accounting team including leveraging BPO opportunities for scale
  • Assesses existing accounting operations/systems, implementing improvements as required

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3-5 years of recent experience as Corporate Controller in a rapidly growing international public company
  • CPA required, advance degree preferred
  • Minimum 4-6 years in a public accounting firm, Big 4 preferred
  • SEC reporting experience required, S-1 drafting a plus
  • Ability to work through elaborate contracts and apply correct accounting treatment
  • Experience with international operations and consolidations
  • Hands-on, 'roll up the sleeves' work ethic required
  • Demonstrated ability to build high performing teams

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional, poised and accomplished communicator with senior executives
  • Ability to motivate teams to produce quality materials within tight timeframes
  • Experience operating in a complex, global organization
  • Strong project management, planning and organization skills, including the ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Continuous improvement attitude; ability to seek out and implement best practices
  • Goal-oriented, capable of excelling in both an entrepreneurial and corporate setting

For immediate consideration, please send resumes directly to Patrick at