Communications Systems, Inc
  • 27-Apr-2017 to 26-Jul-2017 (CST)
  • Communications Systems, Inc
  • Minnetonka, MN, USA
  • Full Time

Purpose: The Business Unit Controller will report directly to the CFO with dotted line reporting to the Transition Networks, Suttle and JDL General Managers.  Plan, organize and manage the organization's management accounting functions including financial reporting, forecasting, costing, and variance analysis.  Develop and implement cost accounting systems, methods and procedures as well as assess current and upcoming financial plans and policies and advocates necessary changes to expand organization profitability.  Provide analytical review, analysis of financial results, analytical review of investment analysis for capital equipment, and presentation of board meeting presentations.


The ideal candidate for this role would be mid-level in their career. They would be open to training and development and career progression.

Major Tasks, Responsibilities & Key Accountabilities:

  • Provide decision support to Management teams and help drive business unit initiatives.
  • Oversee all aspects of the financial statements for the business unit month-end close, GAAP compliance, Sarbanes Oxley compliance, audit review, etc.
  • Oversee and manage management accounting, cost accounting, and budgeting relative to each division.  Manage the accounting system in accordance with both standard accounting principles and CSI corporate accounting policies to provide visibility of the financial condition of the company.
  • Prepare monthly financial reviews for the CFO and General Managers, including variance reports and financial ratios.
  • Reviewing and presenting pertinent information for the approval of certain transactions, including purchase orders, quotes, complex integrated supply engagements, and credit lines.
  • Ensure that integrated planning and forecasting tools are in place to provide management visibility of progress toward meeting financial performance goals, anticipation of future financial requirements, and working in conjunction with Human Resources and the General Managers preview future staffing requirements.
  • Conduct analysis of financial performance of major projects, cost accounts, manufacturing and engineering.  Reports and recommends corrective action.
  • Responsible for implementing and managing cost control methods and procedures.
  • Coordinate the completion of business plans and forecasts, budgetary comparisons, profit analyses, operations reviews, and other related activities.
  • Maintain the financial forecasting model for current and future years, obtaining relevant inputs from internal and external sources.
  • Compile routine data on costs for payroll, inventory accountability, and distribution of labor, verification of actual costs and computation of variances. Oversee the process to calculate burden rates and set up manufacturing expense budgets.
  • Check and clear all data on costs, burden and expense items, inventory and profit and loss.
  • Manage the internal capital process in conjunction with CSI policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate workflow and tasks of accounting staff to ensure timely submission of financial data to corporate offices.
  • Manage division finance department personnel.  Plan, establish, and revise work assignments.  Recommend personnel for hire, promotion and termination. Initiate salary actions and changes in status.
  • Responsible for staff development and succession planning within department.
  • Analyzes operating procedures and expenditures on an ongoing basis and recommend/implement cost reduction plans when appropriate.
  • Provides early warning of Cost and Schedule performance issues on all contracts.
  • Assists in design of all compensation plans.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as needed


Nature & Scope:

  • Reports to CFO with dotted line to Business Unit General Managers.
  • Direct responsibility for supervising staff of three (3).


Environmental Job Requirements Category:

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Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies:

  • Advanced knowledge of Excel, Accounting software, and ERP systems.
  • Excellent analytical skills with a keen attention to details.
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Solid understanding of contract manufacturing environment.


Core Competencies:

  • Leadership Skills
  • Developing Leaders
  • Results Driven
  • Continuous Learning
  • Strategic Vision
  • Change Management


Minimum Qualifications:

  • 10 years' experience within positions demonstrating progression of job responsibilities and roles in accounting and finance.
  • Bachelor's degree in business, accounting or finance from an accredited university.
  • MBA, CMA or CPA required (Inactive acceptable)
  • Significant experience in public company finance and business decision support.
  • Strong experience with accounting software, Microsoft Excel, along with ERP systems.
  • Public audit experience desired
  • Experience with International finance.



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