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Company: RSP Architects
Location: Minneapolis
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Position SummaryThis Controller position has responsibility for leadership and oversight of the accounting and finance team as well as direct, hands-on financial planning and analysis for the Firm. The role is responsible for developing financial and business strategies in support of the Firm's leadership and Board of Directors.Key ResponsibilitiesStrategic LeadershipServe as a strategic partner to the Board of Directors and other Principals by providing thought leadership and input regarding relevant financial considerations, serving as an objective evaluator and offering a unique, finance-oriented perspective.Manage traditional financial aspects of strategic initiatives and provide advice and support to evaluate potential options with regard to the business in its entirety.Stay abreast of relevant industry and economic trends that could impact the business and make recommendations accordingly.Serve as a thought leader for enterprise risk management.Assume leadership for evaluating and executing all M&A opportunities identified by the Board, and with Board involvement provide leadership and support for integration.Manage external advisory relationships, including auditors, bankers and tax advisors, and work closely with other external service providers.Make recommendations to Firm Management concerning the effective selection and use of financial systems to enhance efficiency and maximize profitability.Financial Planning and Analysis and ReportingDevelop short and long-range financial strategies to support the growth of the business.Provide leadership and oversight to the firm's annual budgeting processes.Develop and regularly monitor key financial metrics for reporting, measuring, evaluation of results, and identification of trends.Present financial analyses, reports, results and other information to Senior Leadership and the Board of Directors.Lead monthly and quarterly forecasting processes.Build organizational capacity to support educated business decisions and guide corporate strategy through forecasting.Develop strategic and operational ideas for improvements, including project management and adoption of best practices.Accounting and ControlProvide oversight to the Firm's general accounting functions. Ensure that the accounting needs of the Firm are anticipated, planned for and met.Oversee all accounting operations, including project accounting (in partnership with project managers), payroll and accounts payable.Design, develop, implement and maintain a strong system of internal controls.Oversee all internal control activities and financial and accounting policies, ensuring requirements are defined and fulfilled and encouraging continuous improvement to achieve best practice and proactively meet business needs.Ensure regulatory compliance to the standards set forth by US-GAAP and IFRS as well as those mandated for ESOPs and federal contractors.Provide leadership in development of the annual external audit plans and coordinate external audits for RSP.Treasury and TaxHelp to ensure the availability of adequate capital and liquidity to meet current needs and plan for future needs through development and maintenance of sound capital structure.Effectively manage short-terms funds and establish favorable financing arrangements for short and long-term borrowing.Partner effectively with the banking community, periodically reviewing and negotiating terms of financing.Oversee cash flow and set corporate policies that meet the needs of the business.Provide leadership to the Tax planning and preparation for local and federal, ensuring the necessary resources are in place to analyze, prepare and file returns in a timely and accurate manner.Ensure the support of prudent and effective investment of firm assets.People LeadershipEffectively recruit, develop and retain a high performing team to meet short and long-term business needs.Set expectations and manage performance of the team, providing regular coaching, feedback and accountability to ensure that individual and organizational goals are met.Leverage strengths of team members and clarify/realign the department structure, roles and responsibilities to support the continued success of the Firm.Utilize and leverage external resources as needed to provide the necessary technical and functional expertise to support the business.Promote teamwork and collaboration across RSP by coordinating and communicating across the Organization, ensuring well-orchestrated work efforts.Leadership CompetenciesAs a leader at RSP Architects the Controller is expected to demonstrate the following leadership competencies:StrategicThinks broadly and has the ability to effectively chart a new strategic direction. Surveys the market and considers macro-level trends. Sees the business holistically rather than in silos. Prioritizes the organization's interests above individual interests. Understands and accounts for long-term implications in planning and decision-making.Functional ExpertiseDemonstrates highly developed finance and accounting knowledge and leadership. Stays abreast of trends and regulatory changes, and appropriately disseminates knowledge throughout the organization. Translates organizational strategies and objectives into timely, accurate and actionable plans. Ensures that decision making is supported by cogent, accurate reports and analyses. Models the ability to translate complex financial concepts for non-financial audiences.Integrity & TrustDemonstrates a well-honed sense of judgment, and the highest levels of discretion and prudence. Adheres to the Firm's core values and principles. Is widely trusted. Actively pursues excellence, professionalism and continuous improvement. Owns mistakes and seeks to learn from them.Collaboration & TeamworkRelates well with people at all levels. Builds support and trust among peers and key stakeholders. Brings together different perspectives to create win-win solutions. Models excellence, positivity and collegiality. Creates a strong team atmosphere in which people work collaboratively to produce outstanding results.Growth OrientationUnderstands and manages the risks involved in leading transformation in a growth organization. Is appropriately hands-on, and directs the organization to achieve results and prioritize effectively.Seasoned JudgmentApplies broad knowledge and seasoned experience when addressing complex issues; recognizes interrelationships among issues and identifies the implications for other parts of the business; takes all critical information into account when making decisions; makes timely tough decisions; challenges status quo thinking and assumptions.Ideal Candidate ProfileThe ideal candidate will be a finance leader with a minimum of 12 to 15 years' of progressive experience in senior-level finance roles. This person will bring strong financial and business acumen, ideally gained in professional services in an organization(s) of similar size (> $80MM revenue, > 400 employees) and in a multi-site environment.A strong foundational proficiency in all financial operations, including financial planning and analysis, banking relationships, accounting, budgeting, expense control, audit, tax, cash management, accounts payable, billing, accounts receivable, collections and systems is required. The ideal candidate will have experience balancing big picture strategic leadership with driving business execution and day-to-day operations. A history of instilling financial rigor and discipline is critical. This person will be a strategic business partner and possess a track record of developing and implementing financial strategies that support the achievement of business objectives.Experience in an ESOP structured entity is considered a plus. Experience working with a governing board is also preferred. An understanding of the nuances of the AEC industry coupled with a passion for the industry is relevant. International experience is helpful, as is familiarity with project-based accounting.The successful candidate will have high EQ and well-developed interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively and develop chemistry with an eclectic and creative group of people. An enthusiastic and high-energy professional who will help to leverage the organizational strength of RSP's talent is important. Over time this person will come to be a model of RSP culture.This person will be a highly transparent communicator with a direct style, and an ability to effectively articulate and translate facts and figures and make clearly stated and understandable recommendations. The ability to effect change through collaboration, influence and in a spirit of partnership will be key. This leader will be decisive and approachable with a demonstrated ability to build successful relationships across all levels of an organization.A Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field is required. CPA designation strongly preferred. MBA or other advanced degree also preferred. The highest ethical standards are expected.

Keywords: RSP Architects, Minneapolis , Controller, Accounting, Auditing , Minneapolis, Minnesota

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