Director of Corporate Accounting
Company: Gates Corporation
Posted on: January 17, 2020
Driven by Possibility
Gates Corporation is a leading manufacturer of application-specific
fluid power and power transmission solutions. At Gates, we are
driven to push the boundaries of materials science to engineer
products that continually exceed expectations.
We don t rest on our rich heritage of innovation. We leverage it to
inspire solutions that will power the next hundred years. We invest
continually in R&D and technology, so our products not only
outperform industry standards; they exceed our customers demanding
expectations. We invest in our people, bringing real-world
experience that enables us to solve our customers diverse
challenges of today and anticipate those of tomorrow. And we are
constantly expanding our product catalog and value-added service
offerings to support every facet of our customers operations. In
the most extreme environments and those more familiar, Gates is
there with the right product, in the right place at the right time.
Whether building original equipment or maintaining products in the
aftermarket, we enable companies in every industry to be more
efficient, productive, and profitable.
We are Gates.
The Director of Corporate Accounting has responsibility for
providing technical accounting expertise and leadership, plus day
to day management and coaching to the Gates Corporate Center
Accounting team. Gates Corporate Center consists of multiple
reporting entities, with a focus on its Central Cost Operating
Unit, comprising approximately $140 million in expenses. Primary
responsibilities include managing the closing of Oracle ledgers and
HFM entities; government reporting; budgeting and forecasting,
intercompany accounting and Global Pension Accounting. Role will
work closely with the various functional leaders in the
S/he will have extensive knowledge of the accounting finance
functions as well as business processes and information flow, with
a proven capability to communicate and collaborate with diverse
functions in the company including operations, IT, HR, commercial,
products, finance, distribution and executive leadership. This
person must be a self-starter with a can do attitude who can work
independently, be entrepreneurial; is excited by new opportunities,
have a hands on style; ability to work at multiple levels in the
organization s accounting/finance function and be comfortable in
difficult situations. The successful candidate will be highly
analytical, technically proficient, operationally and business
savvy, a strategic and independent thinker and a confident
financial management leader.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following. Other
duties may be assigned.
* Manages the Corporate Accounting team in all areas of general
accounting, budgeting and forecasting, government reporting, and
* Reviews and approves work prepared by Corporate Accounting
Managers, including journal entries and account reconciliations,
ensuring accuracy and compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting
* Ensures compliance with Gates Mandate for Fundamental Financial
Controls and existing SOX matrixes in all policies and procedures,
as well as identifies and recommends control changes as
* Performs regular reviews of accounts of various business units,
reinforcing compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting
Principles, adherence to Gates polices, strong controls and
standards to safeguard company assets and ensure financial
* Sets expectations and assigns tasks to and ensures balanced
workloads, delegates work, ensures tasks are being performed by the
appropriate personnel and ensures cross training. Provides
leadership in a positive supportive fashion with emphasis on
consistency, standardization and transparency.
* Is accountable for staff development, provides continuous
coaching and development to team members to evaluate, motivate and
develop the staff. Performs performance reviews, defines and
manages succession plans, identifies career development
opportunities for staff and individual growth. Holds team members
accountable for performance issues.
* May be assigned tasks including but not limited to review of
various contracts that may have financial ramifications,
preparation of Asset Based Loan Reporting, review of annual
property tax filings and insurance questionnaires, analysis of
healthcare and benefit costs, review of computation of workers
compensation reserves and development factors and review of company
life insurance accounting.
* Serves as the executive liaison with senior management and
functional and operating business unit leads to ensure functional
and business unit needs are met and changing business requirements
are reflected in accounting activities and processes.
* Supports external audits by facilitating the provision of data to
external auditors and responding to inquiries in a timely and
* Identifies improvement opportunities for processes, technology
and procedures within the Corporate Accounting group, consistent
with Gates requirements (content, accuracy, timeliness, formats,
* Preparation of quarterly Global Pension Work.
* Coordination of Quarterly Risk and Exposures materials and
* Participate in special projects as directed by the Vice President
Responsible for management of Corporate Accounting Team, with
direct supervision of three managers. Total Corporate Accounting
team consists of seven individuals.
QUALIFICATIONS: 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 to perform the essential functions.
* Degree in Accounting or Finance, CPA preferred. Must have at
least ten years of specific experience in related accounting roles
with progressive responsibility.
* Exceptional presentation and writing skills and the ability to
convey a message that is understandable and relevant, linking
business issues, financial results, and strategy.
* Hands-on leadership style with great people development skills,
including the ability to motivate, recruit, develop and retain high
* Exceptional problem solving and analytical skills. Ability to
analyze complex business problems and make sound business
* Highly proficient at creating efficient and effective financial
models, budgets and reports.
* Highly motivated, pro-active leader, who is willing to do what it
takes to get the job done.
* Unquestionable integrity and discretion.
* Goal-oriented with proven record of self-motivation and personal
* Proactive and able to manage ambiguity effectively, excellent
* Expert accounting knowledge with experience in all areas of
* Works well under pressure, effectively handles conflict and
demonstrates flexibility in work style to accommodate changing
priorities and fixed deadlines.
Gates Corporation is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Employer and is committed to ensuring equal employment
opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment
decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of gender,
race, color, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, citizenship,
sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status or any other
protected class defined by state or local law.
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