Consulting Controller

Are you an energetic Controller looking to continue to develop your technical expertise? Do you want to work with at team in a supportive, cooperative environment? Can you work with a high attention to detail and get the job done right?

Hale CPA Group is looking for it’s next consulting controller. We’re an accounting services firm that helps small, Austin-based businesses with their accounting set-up, clean-up, monthly close and reporting. We aren’t your grandpa’s stuffy accounting firm, no mothballs or mahogany walls here. We are a fast-growing, tech-enabled firm looking for a team member who can:

  • Execute close process for several different companies each month, including workpaper preparation and financial reporting

  • Foster client relationships as the primary point of contact

  • Mentor and teach clients and junior staff about US GAAP and accounting best practices

  • Be the fix-it guy (or girl) – take a client’s broken, outdated accounting and make it sing

Here’s what you can expect working at Hale CPA Group:

  • You gotta roll with the punches. No, not literal punches, but things do change rapidly around here. You need to be flexible and adaptable with changes in processes, teams, clients, calendars, and most everything else.

  • You’ll need to be a problem solver and not a kick-the-can-down-the-road-er.

  • Could someone convince you that you’re gullible? Maybe this isn't the job for you.

  • We primarily use cloud-based applications like QuickBooks Online, Xero, bill.com, Gusto, Hubdoc, and Expensify. Expect to use these systems most days. If you not familiar with these systems, we can teach you. You’ll be an expert soon!

  • Is your glass half empty? Hmm... this isn't your sort of place, then.

  • We like to communicate. You’ll need to be able to communicate well in words, in numbers, in emails, over the phone, in person, with those who know a lot about accounting, with those who don’t know anything about accounting, with business owners, with assistants, with employees, with white-collar clients, with blue-collar clients, in a box with a fox, in a house with a mouse… I think you get the picture.

  • Remember when you were a kid and saw that clown juggling three bowling pins, a feather, a shoe while balancing an umbrella on his forehead? Can you do that? That would be pretty cool, but not a requirement for this job. You’ll need to keep multiple projects moving at the same time to be successful here, though.

  • Do you believe that practice makes perfect? Perfect!

  • We care about our people and our clients. Misanthropes need not apply.

  • Did you hear about that movie, “The Accountant”, and think “It’s about time accountants were recognized as cool!”? And then did you watch the movie, and think “Yeah, but there’s no way I’m running around with drug lords and shooting people to help them fix their balance sheets. Oh, and they need to brush up on their accounting terms!”? Us, too.

  • Nobody likes a bully. And there’s no “i” in accounting. Okay, so there is an "i" in accounting. Just be a team player, and we’ll all get along fine.

  • If you just double-checked to be sure that “i” in accounting was dotted, then you’ll love it here.

  • We have a certain way of doing things around here, and we think our processes are pretty good. We’ll want you to keep those going as you provide services to your clients. It’s not perfect yet, though, and we’d really like you to help us improve upon the processes once you get settled in.

  • Board-game cheaters aren’t a good fit here.

  • Bullet points. You can definitely expect bullet points. Who wants some more?

  • You’ll primarily be hanging out at our offices, near Spicewood Springs Road and Mesa Drive in Northwest Austin, but occasionally you’ll need to visit a client’s office. You’ll need a reliable mode of transportation and a mobile phone.

  • Are you ultra-competitive? Are you better than everyone else on your team, and you’re determined to prove it? Probably not the best spot for you then. We’re pretty laid back around here.

  • Who’s got the ball? You do? Nice work.

  • Close the loop. Let’s talk more about that when we meet. Be sure to ask us about it.

Education and Technical Experience:

  • Hands-on accounting, preferably a mix of public accounting and corporate accounting.

  • Mad Excel skills.

  • Bachelors degree in Accounting

  • CPA or CPA eligible preferred. You’ll need some good accounting chops to go with that piece of paper, too.

  • QuickBooks ProAdvisor or Xero Advisor certification a plus

  • Prior bookkeeping experience a plus

  • Desire for life-long learning and intellectual curiosity is a key to success in this gig.

  • Must be able to smile fairly regularly. Laughing optional, but highly encouraged. If you know some good “dad jokes” that’s a bonus.

  • One more thing – you must be authorized to work in the US.

 

Benefits:

  • Flexible working hours

  • Medical, dental, vision, term life, AD&D, 401(k) plan available

  • 4 weeks paid vacation (includes the week between Christmas Eve and New Year's).

  • Adjustable-to-standing workstations with dual monitors and really comfy chairs.

  • Great coffee. Would you want to work somewhere with bad coffee? Not me.

  • Casual dress. There's just no need to dry clean in order to count beans.

  • You get to hang out with us. Definitely a benefit.

How to apply:

Step 1:  Send your resume to recruiting@halecpagroup.com.

Step 2: Take our culture survey.