Vertical Careers, Inc.

Controller (CPA desired | Hybrid work schedule) for growing trendy CPG manufacturing company

Vertical Careers, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA

Corporate Controller/Director of Financial Reporting & Analysis (CPA desired)

Our client is a private equity backed, trendy CPG: consumer product goods manufacturer/retailer/eCommerce located in Downtown LA with hybrid 3 days in office/2 days remote and 1/2 day Fridays during Summer. They have been established for over 25 years and are seeking a dynamic and motivated individual as Corporate Controller to join their Finance team reporting directly to the CFO, a former Big 6 CPA, who believes in strengthening the team, grooming and mentoring for growth. This would be a great step up opportunity for an Assistant Controller ready for next level OR Audit Manager making a transition out of public. 

Scope of Responsibilities:

The Finance Director/ Controller will oversee company’s financial results, ensure monthly reporting objectives and management expected analyses are delivered accurately on time. Recommend actions for improving efficiencies/profitability across all brands and businesses, adding value to the business. The assessment and improvement of current internal controls and procedures will be expected. This candidate will be a key member of the finance/accounting team and must be self-directed as well as be highly motivated to assume a leadership role in the strategic financial management of the company. This individual needs to be tech savvy and understand the importance of the company’s multi-channel goals and alignment of finance with the strategies.

 Essential Responsibilities

  • Reporting to the CFO, the Controller will oversee all aspects of company finances and ensures control over company’s financial statements, assets and systems.
  • Maintains the company’s system of accounts and recommends new methods for improving reporting and analysis.
  • Manage all accounting operations including G/L, A/R (including credit and collections), A/P, Cash reporting, Bank accounts, 3rd party lender, banks, auditors, etc.
  • Prepare and assist CFO with Budgets, Forecasts and analysis including supporting schedules
  • Prepare and publish timely monthly financial statements, budget/forecast vs. actual variance analysis and reporting of key performance indicators
  • Ensures the accuracy of accounting systems and financial reporting and develops internal controls and financial reporting policies and procedures to enhance operational efficiency.
  • Prepare management reports on a monthly, quarterly (board pack) and annual basis
  • Consolidation reporting and analysis (US & UK)
  • Oversee and report the opex spend by dept and by channel, providing variance analyses to forecast/ budget
  • Monitor cash flow, bank accounts, and other financial transactions
  • Responsible for the company’s federal, state and local tax compliance, including managing external tax advisors
  • Supervise financial team and other employees in the facilitation of day to day operations, including the tracking of financial data, invoicing, payroll, AR, AP, banking, treasury, tax filings, audit, etc.
  • Review all key contracts and agreements on a regular basis.
  • Assist management with adhoc value add projects
  • Responsible to recruit, train and develop a new efficient accounting team
  • Ability to lead an entire Accounting Function and be a business partner to operations
  • Change agent with a results orientation – proven capacity to get things done
  • Lead FP&A (budgets/ forecasts); prepare board packs and management summaries



  • B.A. in Accounting/Finance. CPA license preferably active status or willing to
  • 8+ years of track record of progressive preferably with public accounting background coupled with private sector experience within inventory moving environment: manufacturing, wholesales/distribution, retail/ecommerce, 3PL, etc. 
  • 3+ years as a Controller/ Assistant Controller or Finance Director in a Small to Medium size company with >$20M revenue.
  • International consolidation experience preferred
  • Thorough understanding of US GAAP and exposure to IFRS (UK GAAP)
  • E-Commerce, wholesale, manufacturing or retail (consumer products) experience preferred
  • Well organized, accurate and detail oriented; must be able to multi-task
  • Must be able to effectively interact with the C level executives
  • Experience with fostering a relationship and managing the current financial staff
  • Candidate must be willing to take a hands-on approach to the job and truly enjoy working in accounting and leading a team

Posted On: Thursday, September 2, 2021
Compensation: Market Pay + Bonus

Position Contact
Eva Chiu
Managing Partner| Executive Search
(626) 608-5228,

Eva Chiu has 20 years of specialized staffing and recruitment expertise. Eva is known for her energy, enthusiasm and passion for connecting the right people with the right opportunities whereby helping you "Step Up in the World!" Her dedication to providing the highest quality service to both clients and candidates is one of her strongest attributes. Prior to Vertical Careers, Eva spent nearly 10 years with one of the nation’s largest specialized staffing firms first, as an account manager, and then as an executive recruiter specializing in accounting and finance professionals, achieving numerous accolades, including:

  • Superstars 2003, 2004 (Account Manager)
  • Superstars 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 & 2010 (Executive Recruiter)
  • Rookie of the Year 2005 (Executive Recruiter)
  • Southern California Executive Recruiter of The Year 2006
  • Platinum Club 2006, 2008 & 2010 (Top 5%)
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