Job Description

Looking for an excellent work/life balance and rewarding career at an established public accounting firm? Thompson Greenspon, a Fairfax CPA firm and Washington Post Top Workplace, is adding a full-time Controller to their team.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ability to conduct technical research and documentation to support conclusion.
  • Demonstrates ability to manage the preparation and review process of complex financial statements in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Resolves complicated accounting issues.
  • Handles client matters within CAAS department and updates Shareholder/Principal as appropriate.
  • Ensures completion of planning with Shareholder/Principal approval prior to work beginning at client.
  • Ensures completion of file through work paper review prior to Shareholder/Principal review.
  • Prepares review notes and trains staff.
  • Understands accounting issues and other operational issues experienced by clients in that industry.
  • Weekly client telephone meeting with specific industry “A” clients relating to special projects and/or “open items” list.
  • Internal client analysis report preparation for Principal.
  • Review of management reporting packages prepared by Assistant Controller/Senior Accountant.
  • Staff and technology resource planning/management.
  • Successful business development results, selling and cross-selling all firm services.
  • Actively participates in firm industry niche meetings and marketing activities.
  • Acts as a business advisor to current and prospective clients.

Supervisory Skills:

  • Ability to distribute tasks fairly among team members based on their individual competencies and workload.
  • Provides employees with the necessary training and resources to accomplish CAAS client assignments, as well as departmental goals.
  • Communicates clear performance expectations and standards to team members and discusses progress and concerns (using regular team meetings and one-on-one discussions with all employees).
  • Works well with allocated resources, support staff and Shareholders.
  • Inspires and motivates team members to perform optimally.
  • Gives team members ongoing and balanced performance feedback.
  • Coaches team members effectively to improve their job skills.
  • Is patient and shows an appropriate level of caring.
  • Solves people problems with tact and diplomacy and resolves internal conflict effectively.

Qualified candidates will have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Demonstrates strong technical knowledge.
  • Knowledgeable on status of work prior to planning meetings.
  • Manages budgets and billing centers.
  • Demonstrate initiative on projects and assignments.
  • Proven ability to research and solve complex accounting/finance issues.
  • Proven ability to be able to take ownership of a project with very little management guidance.
  • Experience using Quick Books Online (preferred) and Sage Intaact (preferred).
  • Solid knowledge of GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles).
  • Attention to detail and problem-solving ability.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work effectively across all levels of an organization.
  • Strong analytical background with strategic critical thinking capabilities and attention to detail.
  • Strong leadership qualities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Variety of industry experience, preferred.
  • Experienced Microsoft Windows user – Word, Excel, Outlook & Adobe.
  • Experienced with applicable accounting software.
  • Time management skills.
  • Is compliant with administrative tasks and deadlines, such as time entry, response to appointments, completion of goals and performance review.

Education/Certification Requirements:

  • Bachelors in Accounting (required)
  • CPA or higher-level degree (such as MBA, Masters in Accounting, Juris Doctor degree, etc.) (preferred)
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in corporate accounting department or public accounting firm (required)

Working Conditions:

  • Business hours Monday through Friday, firm core hours are 10am – 4pm. May be subject to work beyond normal working hours and on weekends when necessary.
  • Equipment used: computer, telephone, copier and scanner.
  • Attends and participates in continuing educational programs designed to keep abreast of changes in the profession.
  • Essential demands include sitting at a desk, working on a computer for long periods of time and using a telephone to communicate with internal and external clients and the general public.
  • Minimal lifting.

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About Us

Thompson Greenspon is one of Northern Virginia’s largest accounting firms and is located in Fairfax, Virginia. We have been serving clients since 1956 and are known for our expertise in the areas of construction, professional services, non-profits, government contracting and employee benefit plans. Our primary services include audit and accounting, taxation, and business consulting. Our Firm philosophy, “Everything we do starts with knowing a client's business inside out. That's the key - to anticipating their needs, to solving their problems, to bringing them opportunities they might not find on their own," guides our success.

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the individual's race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a military veteran or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.