Corporate Controller

Finance Sacramento, CA


Description

Position at McClatchy

The Corporate Controller will be a key strategic partner for McClatchy’s growing digital advertising and audience business. This role functions as the company’s Chief Accounting Officer and is a section 16 reporting responsibility level, and is responsible for leading the accounting and internal controls function, defining accounting policies, and overseeing internal and external financial reporting, treasury and risk management, and certain investor relations functions. 

Given the nature of the role, the Corporate Controller will have frequent interactions with both the senior management team as well as the Board of Directors’ Audit Committee. The successful candidate will demonstrate a track record of success in a leadership role within an innovative/digital environment. In addition to assuring the financial integrity of the business, the Corporate Controller will also take an active role in financial strategy setting and best-practice development. As a result, it is critical that s/he demonstrate the intellectual horsepower and curiosity necessary to perform as a strategic member of the management team. The successful candidate will be results driven and execution focused.

Responsibilities: 

  • Ensure internal and external financial reporting and SEC filings and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.  
  • Manage quarterly and annual financial statement reporting; constantly drive improvements through automation.
  • Direct corporate accounting activities ensuring compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), statutory guidelines and internal financial policies and procedures.
  • Assist with financial analysis as well as ensure appropriate accounting for new business models and significant contracts.
  • Regular interaction with the Board of Directors’ Audit Committee. Involvement in strategic initiatives of the Company involving accounting matters, including potential complex business combinations, restructuring transactions and other M&A activity.  
  • Key leader in driving financial policies, procedures, and internal controls and will direct change initiatives and process improvements.
  • Recruit, manage and develop a strong, performance-oriented finance and accounting organization, capable of actively and effectively engaging and growing with the business.
  • Supervise certain investor relations functions and daily treasury functions, including treasury banking relationships, cash flow projections and cash modeling.
  • Oversee budgeting and financial planning for payroll, financial reporting, treasury, investor relations and internal accounting staff.
Qualifications: 
  • The ideal candidate will be a passionate financial executive who is as comfortable managing complex technical accounting issues as s/he is communicating with other executives across the company.
  • The company’s current financial team is a talented and collaborative organization, and the successful candidate must be an organization builder, focused both on execution from his/her team as well as their development.
  • Experience maintaining and cultivating strong partnerships across business functions and experience scaling business processes and operating in environments that have achieved significant scale ($500m+ revenue) across multiple locations.
  • CPA or MBA or equivalent work experience; minimum of 10 years of experience as a senior financial executive at a public organization. Specifically, “Big 4” public accounting experience preferred.
  • Candidates will be of high character and will hold a clear and visible set of values and beliefs. Ideal candidates will be open to lifelong, continuous personal improvement, have a strong sense of self and be consistently willing to solicit and provide feedback in order to continue to grow and improve.
  • Candidates will have strong analytical skills with an ability to collaborate functionally with all business partners. Candidate must have exceptional communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Domestic travel may be required.