Position Title: Assistant Controller / Controller
Reports to: Chief Financial Officer
Supports: Accounting, Finance, Football Operations, Commercialization, and Compliance
Position based in: CONCACAF Headquarters, Miami Beach, FL
CONCACAF (the “Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football”) is one of six continental confederations of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) worldwide. CONCACAF serves as the governing body of football in this part of the world. It is composed of 41 national Member Associations united by the passion for football, from Canada in the north to Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana in the south.
CONCACAF is committed to develop, promote and manage football throughout the region.
The Assistant Controller is the most senior accounting position within CONCACAF, reporting to the Chief Financial Officer. This newly created position will support the new Chief Financial Officer and will ensure ongoing general accepted accounting principles (GAAP) compliance and improved financial reporting packages, including consistency, accuracy and timeliness of all internal and external financial reporting, reporting on annual FIFA Development spending, as well as tax compliance matters. External financial reporting includes external financial statements, functional category expense tables, footnotes and supporting schedules for the Chief Financial Officer, Executive Council, its 41 Member Associations, FIFA Compliance and banks. Internal reporting packages include consolidation, event and department financials, key operating metrics, and other KPI’s, financial/operational variance analysis (with the assistance of the Senior Finance Manager) and internal and external financial statements.
The Assistant Controller must become the trusted business advisor to the Chief Financial Officer, a trusted partner to the Senior Finance Manager, and must show leadership in financial and operational meetings.
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The right candidate will be a process-driven thinker who is comfortable taking initiatives for a continuous improvement mentality. This candidate will have the opportunity to grow and take on additional responsibilities after demonstrated success.
- Efficiently prepares consolidated financial statements for a company, with a solid grounding in GAAP.
- Prepares timely internal financial reporting, including continuous improvement on timing and accuracy of monthly closing calendar, budget variance analysis by event and key functional expense category. Assists Senior Finance Manager in review and/or preparation of monthly Council reporting package.
- Manages up to six accounting professionals (currently); however, this group is expected to grow in size due to additional anticipated work.
- The Assistant Controller is expected to be an on-site subject matter expert in GAAP as well as the financial accounting systems.
- Oversees and improves accounting procedures, documentation of and adherence to internal controls and database management.
- Manages actual disbursements, accounts payable department & A/P Compliance policy matters.
- Audits work flow to ensure that all accounting transactions are processed accurately and in compliance with both GAAP and industry standards.
- Reviews monthly billings and recording of revenue, deferred revenue and unbilled revenue.
- Reviews and manages bi-weekly wire/check runs including comparisons to weekly cash flow budget variances. Recommends cash flow changes and disbursement list for CFO approval.
- Performs weekly review of 13-week cash flow for reasonableness of future disbursements in A/P ledger and corporate budgets.
- Reviews monthly closing processes, including accruals and typical “cut off” procedures, bank reconciliations, sub-ledger roll forward schedules, and improves variance analysis/review procedures to prevent errors and ensure entries are recorded in the correct time period(s).
- Leads review and/or preparation of all supporting information for the annual external Fiscal Year audit, periodic FIFA audits and other stakeholder audit needs. Prepares periodic reports of actual spending relative to certain FIFA Development spend categories for ultimate auditing by external firm for specific procedures for FIFA Compliance.
- Helps maintain accountability of the financial resources of the company.
- Handles personally, or supervises, general ledger reconciliations on a regular and timely basis.
- Oversee the record keeping function including maintenance of the general ledger and sub ledgers, accounts payable, payments, revenue billings, accounts receivable, accruals and payroll
- Ensures compliance with all internal controls; seeks to continue to develop and improve controls; coordinates as needed with Chief Legal & Compliance Officer on compliance matters.
- Maintains periodical documentation of compliance with internal controls.
- Develop, implement, and ensure ongoing compliance with all internal financial and accounting policies and procedures.
- Monitors, implements and assists in the all tax compliance matters on a timely basis (handled externally by tax consultants).
- Assists Finance team in the preparation of a monitoring of the Company’s 13-week cash flow.
- Has understanding of financial, control and legal issues facing global sports industry, including sponsorship matters, licensing, anti-bribery, anti-kickback, self-dealing, etc.
- Trains staff on proper company procedures.
- Stays current on changes in regulations and other industry news.
- Handles special projects as requested by management.
- Performs ad-hoc administrative and management reporting.
- Assists Chief Financial Officer with a variety of tasks as needed and partners with Senior Manager Finance on a variety of tasks as needed.
The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that s/he can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
- Active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) required & Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting.
- At least 3 years of experience working for a major international audit firm required, such as a member of the “Big Four”, is required.
- At least 4 years of subsequent corporate accounting experience with similar financial reporting responsibilities, or with financial reporting experience for a publicly listed company.
- Experience auditing and accounting for international, multi-location organizations is required, ideally with some experience in entertainment, sports, media or services.
- Displays strong knowledge of GAAP and accounting operations, including a closing calendar and review process cadence.
- Demonstrates excellent critical thinking and “hands-on” analytical skills.
- Must be a process-driven thinker and goal oriented.
- Demonstrates a strong knowledge of internal control processes, ethics and a transparent communication style.
- Demonstrates a transparent communication and relationship style with employees, peers, and the CFO. Displays ethical behavior and business practices.
- Demonstrated ability to engage, train, develop and manage a small accounting team.
- Exhibits strong computer skills and knowledge of relevant technology, ideally with Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains systems.
- Exhibits continuous improvement mentality.
- Possesses exceptional organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
- Demonstrates good interpersonal skills, plus excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ideal candidate is bi-lingual (English and Spanish).
- Candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S.
Ability to prepare professional detailed analysis for the Chief Financial Officer, executive management, outside auditors, Executive Council, FIFA’s Compliance Department and banks.
Due to the cyclical nature of the entertainment industry, the employee may be required to work varying schedules including game nights to reflect the business needs of the company.
This job description in no way implies that the duties listed here are the only ones the employee can be required to perform. The employee is expected to perform other tasks, duties and training as dictated by their supervisor.
CONCACAF provides comprehensive benefits offerings to all full-time employees. Our benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, life insurance and a paid time-off program, 401K and assigned gym membership.
CONCACAF is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any other classification protected by law.
If you are interested in applying for this position please send an updated CV to Jobs@concacaf.org
All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and will be required to submit proof of such eligibility.