Remote Client Controller/Senior Controller, CPA - Government Contracts

POSTED ON 12/13/2022 AVAILABLE BEFORE 5/9/2023
RES Consultant Group Hired Organization Address Chicago, IL Remote Full Time

Job Posting for Remote Client Controller/Senior Controller, CPA - Government Contracts at RES Consultant Group

Company Description

Our client who has been in business for 17 years is one of the largest outsourced accounting providers in the industry and growing. They never settle with status quo. They strive to make sure their staff have plenty of opportunities that broaden skill sets and ultimately enhance career satisfaction. If you're someone who wants to make a difference, is a confident communicator, loves a good challenge, and happily embraces change, then this might be the ideal opportunity for you! The Controller. Senior Controller, Government Contracts must have government contracting industry experience. Candidate must have a solid understanding of federal contracts, full accrual accounting and working knowledge of FAR, CAS, and DCAA requirements.  Must also have a combination of CPA firm and private industry experience.  Looking for a licensed CPA.

Job Description

The Controller/Senior Controller is a leadership position accountable for managing the activities of several staff, including Accounting Supervisors and Accounting Specialists and being a strong individual contributor, while providing exceptional outsourced controllership and advisory services as well as strategic direction to various clients.

This position will be responsible for developing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial statements that are compliant with DCAA, FAR, CAS, and GAAP. Controllership services include timely review of monthly financial reports for accuracy; implementing perfected internal process and controls to eliminate risk. Advisory services include helping clients achieve the visions for their business by looking at historical data and future projections. The individual is responsible for budgets, forecasts, analytics, and developing KPIs, while providing insight and making recommendations to clients. The nature of the work requires quick decision-making, based on knowledge of pertinent information and an intention to reduce risk factors as much as possible.

The Controller/Senior Controller must be self-motivated and be able to provide superior and responsive professional services for clients and staff  in a virtual environment to create an unparalleled experience for all. This is a fantastic opportunity for a professional who thrives in a busy work place, who is well versed with federal contracting and wants to be an integral part of the leadership team.

Client Service:

  • As a trusted advisor and partner, the Controller/Senior Controller is an integral part of the client’s leadership team by developing an understanding and awareness of each client’s unique business and accounting needs and requirements
  • Provides strategic leadership into the scalable accounting operations of each client’s business, ensuring their internal control systems, policies and procedures are consistently followed
    • Develop & maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures for clients use as needed
    • Recommend financial tools for increasing efficiencies that aid in providing information clearly and in a meaningful delivery method
    • Recommend benchmarks against which to measure the performance of company operations
    • Evaluate systems and procedures to ensure efficiency and quality control
  • Develop client’s annual budget and maintain cash forecasting tools as needed
  • Manage the month-end closing and issue financial reports to all clients, every month
  • Obtain and maintain a thorough understanding of the financial reporting, contracts and general ledger structure. Ensures all information is properly entered into QuickBooks & ICAT.
  • Analyze financial and operational information to provide real-time, meaningful recommendations and implementing actions based on findings. Partner with client’s leadership on operational and strategic decisions to enhance their performance.
    • Develop and review financial and operating metrics through use of dashboards, including KPIS
    • Identify variances from the budget and report significant variances to client
  • Execute client conference calls on a regular basis to review strategy, current and future needs, as well as operational changes affecting financial results
  • Assist in gathering pertinent tax related information for external tax return preparation
  • Coordinate the provision of information to external audits for the annual audit or review
  • Comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements
  • Review and approve monthly and quarterly tax filings - use/sales tax, property tax returns, payroll tax returns prepared by accounting specialists
  • Complete special projects as requested by client

Accounting Team Leadership:

  • Directs a team of virtual accounting professionals to accomplish priorities and deliverables in order to meticulously deliver timely and accurate monthly financial reporting package for multiple clients
  • Support, train, motivate and mentor virtual accounting specialists in performance of their daily responsibilities so they can learn the tasks and procedures necessary to meet quality standards. Conduct timely performance reviews.
  • Execute team meetings
  • Utilize internal documentation system when updating/developing procedures and policies.
  • Enforces a system of internal controls to verify integrity of processes and procedures are followed by staff

Internal Leadership:

  • Provide strategic guidance and operational decision making to our client's customers senior leadership team. Recommend and implement best practices to add value.
  • Assist with interviewing and onboarding new team members, as needed
  • Partner and collaborate with other Controllers/Senior Controllers on best practices to enhance company knowledge sharing culture


The Controller/Senior Controller candidate will have extensive knowledge in accounting for businesses in the under $20M market.  The ideal candidate should have 10 – 15 years of progressive accounting experience, with a combination 5 years in public accounting and 5 years in private industry.

In addition:

  • Active CPA license
  • Several years of direct, client facing outsourced accounting experience
  • 5 years supervisory experience
  • Strong experience with QuickBooks, ICAT and/or other accounting software packages
  • Must have government contracting industry experience. Candidate must have a solid understanding of federal contracts, full accrual accounting and working knowledge of FAR, CAS, and DCAA requirements.
  • Ability to multi-task and set daily, weekly and monthly priorities
  • Adaptive leadership style with a passion for mentoring staff. Exceptional ability to work with all levels of within the organization while fostering a team environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with ability to express oneself confidently
  • Experience with hands on accounting with small to medium size businesses and ability to roll up your sleeves to get things done
  • Technical, analytical focus with pro-active, problem solving nature.  Ability to research and suggest proper accounting solutions.
  • Thrives in a fast paced environment, with a sense of urgency to achieve timely, quality results
  • Ability to make quick decisions based on knowledge and experience
  • Works well within established standards and guidelines
  • Ability to acclimate to various client environments
  • High degree of computer literacy, including extensive knowledge in Microsoft Office, and specifically Outlook and Excel
  • Ability to travel when necessary
  • Must be a US Citizen residing in the US. Applications submitted via job posting from California, Colorado, New Jersey, and New York will not be considered as our client is not actively recruiting in these states.

Additional Information

Current Client Benefits Information:

  • Competitive salary plus incentives and bonuses
  • Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision, and disability insurance
  • Retirement plan. 
    Exciting opportunities for professional growth
  • A better work/life balance including generous PTO, flexible schedules, and remote work options
  • Primary care giver leave assistance
  • CPA licensing reimbursement
  • Team-based activities; and a professional, fun, friendly, supportive, and collaborative office environment

If you feel you have the necessary qualifications, please forward a copy of your resume and state your salary requirements

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