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Irvine, CA
$175,000 - $195,000
Job Type
Direct Hire
Jul 16, 2014
Job ID
Controller – Automotive Finance Co
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Our client is a leading southern California bank who growing their automotive finance division. They are seeking a seasoned Controller with automotive lending experience.  This is your opportunity to leverage your experience with a leading institution.
The Controller is responsible for directing the company’s accounting and financial reporting functions.  This position is responsible for overseeing the accounting and reporting applications to ensure that the Company’s financial position and operations are reported in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”).  In addition, the Controller is responsible to ensure that the Company operates with effective internal controls over financial reporting.  The Controller is responsible for the month-end close process including ensuring that all general ledger accounts are reconciled and outstanding items are cleared in a timely manner.  The Controller will prepare and present monthly financial analyses to senior management each month regarding variances to prior periods and the Company’s annual operating budget.  The Controller is responsible for the accounting and reporting of the Company’s auto securitization transactions including the preparation of monthly servicer reports.  The Controller will also prepare financial reports for management and the board of directors.  The Controller will be responsible for coordinating all internal and external audits over financial reporting.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Oversee all accounting and reporting function of the Company;
  • Ensure the Company’s maintains effective internal controls over financial reporting;
  • Manage the month-end close process including the reconciliation of all general ledger accounts;
  • Prepare financial reports for senior management and the board of directors;
  • Lead in the accounting and reporting of all activities associated with the Company’s auto securitization transactions; and
  • Coordinates all internal and external audits over financial reporting.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
  • Experienced leader and financial executive with appropriate industry experience, preferably in the companying field;
  • Strong analytical skills necessary to evaluate complex financial activities;
  • Experience in managing a group of individuals to achieve specific goals;
  • Energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image;
  • A strategic visionary with sound technical skills, analytical ability, excellent judgment and strong operational focus;
  • A well-organized and self-directed individual who is ‘politically savvy’ and a team player;
  • Articulate individual who can relate to people at all levels of the organization and possess excellent communication skills;
  • A decisive individual who possesses a “big picture’ perspective and is well versed in systems.
  • Able to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex transactions.  Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints; Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to the senior management and the Board.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Bachelor’s degree in finance or equivalent; ten to fifteen years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience; and a Certified Public Accountant.
Math Ability
Able to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex transactions. 
Attends training and maintains a basic knowledge of procedures to ensure compliance with the laws and regulations governing financial institutions, as they apply to your position and job responsibilities, with an emphasis on the BSA/AML/Consumer Privacy, Regulation CC Information Security, and Bank Protection Act.
Computer Skills
Able to develop complex models used to close the financial books and records each month.  Able to design and build complex reports for senior management and the board of directors.
Certificates and Licenses
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) preferred.
Supervisory Responsibilities
The current position does not have direct reports.  However, it is expected that as the company grows, this position will supervise financial analysts.
If you – or someone you know – has the above experience and desire to excel please contact Lisa from the nation’s leading automotive finance recruitment firm – Automotive Personnel, LLC