Controller

Employer
Venable LLP
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Apr 17, 2017
Closes
Apr 21, 2017
Function
Accountant, IT
Hours
Full Time
Venable LLP has an excellent opportunity for an experienced Finance and Accounting professional to join our growing team as Controller! This position may be resident in either our Washington, DC office or Baltimore, Maryland office and will lead all aspects of the firm's accounting operations. Responsibilities include contributing to financial and strategic leadership, ensuring optimal department effectiveness through automation and continuous process improvement, financial data integrity, and assisting in the management of firm financial performance.This role will lead the following functional areas: Billing, AR/collections, Banking Relationships, Cash, Foundation and Treasury Management, Escrow and Trust Account Administration, Independent Audit and General Accounting. The ideal candidate will be responsible for Evaluating and advising firm leadership on the financial impact of the firm's long-range planning goals, firm growth and development strategies, capital expenditure financing alternatives, operational decisions and regulatory initiatives.Optimizing the handling of firm banking and financial institution relationships.Developing and implementing appropriate strategies to enhance cash flow and position.Providing financial leadership to Accounting Department directors, managers and staff regarding significant financial decisions impacting the firm.Directing activities of Accounting Department staff, providing leadership, mentoring and training within the department. Management of the firm's trust and escrow account activities. Works closely with the Firm's Counsel as it relates to compliance with trust policies and procedures as well as ensuring appropriate approvals and reviews of client related trust deposits and disbursements. Implementing and maintaining required internal financial and operational controls. Overseeing firm's compliance reviews, independent auditing and specific purpose authorized audits by financial institutions, regulatory agencies and clients.The successful candidate will demonstrate Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting or related field required; CPA (active license) and/or MBA highly preferred. Qualifications in professional services accounting operations or legal industry required. Requires a minimum of ten years accounting operations management experience, including five years of senior-level management experience. Big 4 experience preferred. Hands on experience optimizing the use of financial, accounting and associated reporting systems. Experience with Aderant Expert preferred. Proven ability to enhance strategic firm relationships, including relationships with clients, service providers, partners and employees.High level of leadership, interpersonal and collaboration skills. Strong team player with excellent diplomacy and influential skills. We are seeking candidates interested in working as part of the firm's management team, focusing on client service; continuous learning, innovation and improvement; collaboration; and building human capital.Venable LLP is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, and Virginia. Our lawyers and legislative advisors serve domestic and international clients in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property, regulatory matters, and government affairs. Additional information can be found at www.Venable.com. Venable LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to ensuring our workforce reflects America's diverse population.