Firm Accounting Controller

NORFOLK, VA

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Description

The Controller / Administrator will plan and direct the accounting operations of the company. 

Responsibilities 

  • Oversees the operations of the Accounting Department (including general accounting and collections accounting), which include accounts payable, accounts receivable, bank reconciliations, and payroll.
  • Oversees training programs and identifies training needs.
  • Maintains the general ledger and all accounting records.
  • Administers 401(K) Plan including:
    • Maintaining records and documentation for employee elections, changes, etc.
    • Providing census at year-end for testing and employer contributions.
    • Any amendments, as required by ERISA.
    • Coordination of annual audit.
  • Maintains a documented system of accounting policies and procedures; implements a system of controls over accounting transactions to minimize risk.
  • Prepares monthly financial reports, including journal entries; ensures that the reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles or international financial reporting standards. 
  • Reconciles monthly bank accounts.
  • Sets up new bank accounts, as required.
  • Maintains copies of all firm contracts, leases, attorney employment agreements, etc.
  • Performs all calculations with regard to monthly additional compensation for lawyers.
  • Renews all office insurance policies (general liability, package, workmen’s compensation, crime, ERISA bond, cyber), including review of levels of insurance, any audits such as W/C, etc.
  • Renews professional liability insurance policy, adding and deleting attorneys during the year.
  • Prepares annual business license returns.
  • Reviews all payrolls prepared by Human Resources.
  • Reviews all accounts payable invoices.
  • Recommends benchmarks that will be used to measure the company’s performance.
  • Produces the annual budget and forecasts (profit studies by department / client).
  • Works with external auditors and provides needed information for audits.
  • Ensures compliance with local, state, and federal government requirements.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent management and supervisory skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Proficient in accounting.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Business Administration required.
  • Five to ten years of related experience required.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant designation preferred.
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