Accounting Manager

Accounting Manager

The James Allen Companies Inc
January 23, 2019
Albany, NY
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Provide leadership to the Accounting function. Ensure timely and accurate financial and regulatory reporting. Identify solutions, make recommendations and execute to ensure achievement of strategic and operational goals. Provide oversight to the following areas:

  • Accounting team development and engagement
  • Financial reporting and regulatory compliance
  • Financial planning and budgeting
  • Financial internal controls and documentation (SOX/MAR)

Provide leadership and responsibility over the following key areas:

Oversight over all Accounting functions, including:

  • Building/maintaining a highly effective and engaged accounting team
  • Corporate-wide annual and multi-year financial plans
  • Financial modeling for various year horizons
  • Financial analysis, identifying opportunities for improved profitability
  • Accounting strategic and annual operating plans
  • Accurate and timely (published <5 days) understanding and reporting of financial results to: all functional teams, executives, regulators and Board of Directors, as appropriate

Centralized Financial Internal Controls and Documentation:

  • Development of strategy with an execution plan designed to design and document a superior system of financial internal controls
  • Develop, document (narrative and flowchart form), and maintain a central repository of all corporate financial reporting internal control mechanisms
  • Partner with business leaders to design and evaluate the effectiveness of such controls
  • Recommend alternative internal control structures as appropriate
  • Develop and recommend alternative internal control structures designed to achieve MAR compliance
  • Develop and maintain a central repository of all financial control documentation
  • Create policy documentation in coordination with business leaders, as appropriate
  • Select technology solutions to facilitate the storing and dissemination of such controls and policies

Expense Management – directly responsible for:

  • Identifying, creating and executing on approaches to ensure expense ratio performance is lower than peers and achieves our Corporate goals, continually driving down expenses and improving our expense ratio
  • Building/maintaining an enterprise capability and rhythm around advanced expense management in order to meet our goals
  • Building/maintaining contemporary executive dashboards and reliable forecasts around expenses
  • Identifying enterprise opportunities to reduce expenses, and execute on agreed upon strategies

Vendor and Contract Management – directly responsible for the following:

  • Ensuring vendors utilized in Accounting are exceeding our expectations
  • Continuing to seek opportunities to reduce risk, reduce cost and expand services, within Accounting
  • Ensure compliance with Company policy within Accounting


  • Additional duties as defined, not covered above.


Strong leadership skills including:

  • High degree of executive presence and professional maturity
  • Proven ability to build a high-performing financial team of professionals
  • Business, technology and data usage acumen
  • Ability to develop, motivate, and inspire others
  • Ability to meet deadlines during peak productivity periods
  • Ability to engage and collaborate and lead discussions with other leaders
  • Ability to effectively oversee large and complex enterprise initiatives to achieve goals
  • Excellent written and oral communication, listening, negotiating, presenting, time management, budget management, and project management skills
  • Awareness to current and emerging technology solutions available to advance the Accounting function


CPA preferred, with three to five years of financial management experience in the insurance industry (property and casualty preferred).

Practical experience in:

  • Creating/managing a highly impactful accounting team
  • Insurance financial and regulatory rules and reporting
  • Corporate (enterprise) financial planning and execution
  • Contemporary financial system implementation and usage
  • General ledger implementation and maintenance
  • Financial internal control design and evaluation
  • Management of services and relationships with key 3rd parties

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