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Operations Controller

New York City, New York

Operations Controller- New York City 

Company: A regional mechanical/plumbing contracting, construction, and engineering firm subsidiary of a national publicly-traded construction company.
This dynamic role is responsible for all accounting and controls associated with a growing business that expects to generate between ~$250M and $400M in annual revenues. The individual will be a key member of the Senior Management team with growth potential to business unit finance lead in 3 to 5 years. The individual will have direct supervision of project controllers, project coordinators and job-related accounting personnel.

  • Provide leadership across the business unit for all aspects of accounting and controlling operations, lead and develop a high performing team within the finance organization.

  • Manage the monthly closing process for construction activities to assure the timely preparation of accurate financial information, in accordance with GAAP. Produce discussion and analysis commentary on changes in numbers and financial position.

  • Oversee Business Unit cash and banking activities, including collections, disbursements, cash forecasting and reporting to the parent company.

  • Establish and manage monthly monitoring of critical internal control activities. Ensure the internal control environment is strong and is compliant with public company requirements & practices (SOX compliant). Proactively manage financial risks and remediation's in order to avoid significant audit issues. Primary leadership role in working with outside audit firms on annual & quarterly audits as it relates to construction operations.

  • Drive productivity throughout the finance function, with a focus on automating accounting activities, and leading productivity improvements throughout the finance organization.  

  • Maintain proficiency with regard to technical accounting considerations, including revenue recognition, accounting for unapproved change orders and claims, and other relevant GAAP standards.

  • Provide critical financial and operational information to executive management and make actionable recommendations to improve financial results.

  • Participate in special projects and ad hoc requests.


  • BA degree in Finance or Accounting is required, CPA preferred.

  • 15+ years of progressive management experience in accounting and finance in the construction industry.

  • Must have a demonstrated hands-on approach and success in working in a team-based environment; is both strategic and tactical enough to push new initiatives forward.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to effectively interact with all levels within the organization.

  • Must be able to work under minimal supervision, be proactive and take initiative.

  • Able to work in a complex fast pace environment with many moving parts with frequent changing priorities, must be able to multi-task and manage competing priorities.

  • Critical thinking and the capability to generate consistently accurate and useful reports, as well as enthusiasm for translating data into actionable insight.

  • Strong attention to detail as well as an ability to achieve results through delegation. Can produce quality work in a fast paced environment.  Able to identify gaps in work not of their own.

  • Results oriented: setting goals and priorities that maximize the use of resources available to consistently deliver quality results

  • Strong Excel skills and experience with JD Edwards, Hyperion and ESSBase for construction accounting desired.

The successful candidate will be a highly intelligent, self-confident leader. He/she will bring a proven track record of success. Additional character traits sought include:

  • Thick skinned, a strong sense of self, and quick intellect.

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills with an ability to drive change while creating an environment of rigor, discipline and accountability. 

  • Ability to use independent judgment in performing all duties of the position.

  • An “in-the-trenches” and hands-on leader who is willing to immerse themselves in the business.

  • High levels of initiative, drive, and poise coupled with qualities of maturity and flexibility.

What's in it for you:

  • Salary: $225-250K + bonuses 
  • Comprehensive benefits package including healthcare and 401(K) + matching 
  • Dynamic teams and projects 
  • Inclusive company culture 


Let's talk:
Blue Ridge Executive Search
5218 Brevard Rd
P.O. Box 1237
Etowah, NC 28729

Phone 828.891.9616
Fax 828.891.9617

For more information for this position please forward your resume or email us a Keith@blueridgesearch.net 

We work hard for our candidates. You want a company that understands your industry and is willing to go the extra mile. Blue Ridge Executive Search is that company. We have successfully recruited and placed hundreds of candidates within the construction industry.


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