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Assistant Controller: Westfield Bank

Company: Westfield Insurance Group
Location: Seville
Posted on: January 17, 2020

Job Description:

BUILD YOUR FUTURE, WHILE PROTECTING THEIRS.

You will be challenged. Rewarded. And valued for your unique experience, background and perspective.
Join a team where hard work pays off and original thinking is celebrated. As you build your future at Westfield, you will quickly learn that protecting our customer s future is at the heart of what we do. We deliver on our promise to help restore lives and rebuild businesses when the unexpected happens. Building relationships has been a part of our culture since 1848.

Be a part of a team that recognizes and appreciates those who take initiative, seek opportunity and strive for innovation in a changing world.

Assistant Controller Westfield Bank Job Summary

Ensures accuracy in the financial reporting process for internal, external and regulatory users through in-depth knowledge of and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, regulatory requirements and internal control principles and procedures. Responsible for ownership of all general ledger activities including daily, weekly and monthly reconciliations of the Bank s general ledger and internal bank accounts. Oversees the accounts payable function and ensures timely and accurate recording of subsidiary transactions, allowance for loan losses, fixed assets, bank-owned real estate, borrowings, loan charge-offs and prepaid assets.

Essential Functions (primary functions and/or reasons the job exists in order of importance)

1. Manages Board and management reports, analyzes and interprets financial results, and submits reports to Controller and CFO on a timely basis.

2. Manages the month-end close process by ensuring proper posting of monthly journal entries, closing subsidiary general ledgers, and creating subsidiary financial statements.

3. Manages the general ledger reconciliation process to ensure all general ledger and internal bank accounts are prepared and reviewed accurately and timely with outstanding reconciling items properly investigated and resolved.

4. Manages the regulatory filings process to ensure all required regulatory reports are filed timely and accurately with the appropriate regulatory agency (e.g. Call Report, Collateral Certifications)

5. Manages the completion of the annual GAAP financial statements, including footnote disclosures, through coordination with staff members and other departments. In addition, coordinates the completion of audit requests, including interim test-work, confirmations, and substantive testing requests.

6. Maintains current knowledge of GAAP and bank regulatory accounting practices and standards including bank specific accounting practices and standards to ensure compliance with the most recent standards. Researches emerging topics and recommends accounting treatment. Drafts memoranda(s) in support of accounting positions. Incorporates new and revised standards into accounting policies and practices

7. Manages the accounts payable process by reviewing all invoices for accurate approvals and expense posting to the general ledger.

8. Ensures the accurate processing and reporting of subsidiary transactions, allowance for loan losses, fixed assets, bank-owned real estate, borrowings and prepaid assets.

9. Processes loan charge-off transactions in the core system and works with credit department for accurate processing of delinquent and nonaccrual transactions.

10. Coordinates with Loan, Deposit, Retail and Credit Operations teams to ensure proper accounting entries are recorded, and day to day research items and reconciling items are properly cleared.

11. Provides general accounting research and ad hoc reports to support Bank activities and initiatives.

12. Maintains and evaluates internal financial controls and accounting policies to mitigate the risk of financial loss and enhance the accuracy of the Bank s financial reporting utilizing an understanding of internal controls over financial reporting in accordance with the 2013 COSO Framework or equivalent (e.g. SOX 404).

13. Performs talent management responsibilities including employee selection, performance management, coaching, and development. Manages priorities and workload distribution, and removes barriers that impede progress. Completes all personnel, salary administration, and reporting duties. Performs operational responsibilities that drive team performance including planning, execution, process improvement and best-practice sharing.

14. Provides assistance in response to regulatory and internal/external audit requests.

15. Maintains awareness, understanding, and compliance with the Bank's internal policies and procedures, laws, and regulations appropriate for this position.

16. Travels occasionally in order to participate in special assignments, training, and/or travel between office locations.

Desired Qualifications/Experience/Certification/Education (in order of importance)

1. Minimum 5 years related work experience, including 2 or more years experience in a senior accounting, accounting manager, public accounting or other banking industry related role.

2. Experience leading others and the ability to build strong teams.

3. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills resulting in the ability to interact with all levels of bank personnel.

4. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Windows and Office, including Excel and Word, or other transferable software packages.

5. Detail orientation, multi-tasking, analytical, and problem-solving skills.

6. Bachelor s degree in Accounting/Finance or commensurate experience.

7. CPA certification and/or banking industry experience a plus.

8. Valid driver s license and a driving record that conforms to company standards.

Physical Requirements (specific to the role)

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

* Ability to work effectively in an office environment for 40+ hours per week (including sitting, standing, and working on a computer for extended periods of time).

* Ability to communicate effectively in a collaborative work environment utilizing various technologies such as: telephone, computer, web, voice, teleconferencing, e-mail, etc.

* Ability to travel as required.

* Ability to operate an automobile within the parameters of the driving policy.

This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed in this role. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, responsibilities, knowledge, etc. These may be subject to change and additional functions may be assigned as needed by management.

Westfield offers a Total Rewards program that focuses on compensation, benefits and wellness, and includes perks like 401(k), pension plan, annual incentive, education reimbursement, flex-time, onsite fitness center and casual dress. Work-life balance, recognition, and learning and career development are all part of a rewarding career with Westfield.

To learn more about Westfield and the opportunities available, please visit us at westfieldinsurance.com.

We are an equal opportunity employer/minority/female/disability/protected veteran.

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