The Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer (CAO) is a critical leadership position that oversees all global accounting, financial reporting and regulatory compliance functions. The CAO reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer, and serves as a strategic partner by engaging with business leaders within the Company to anticipate business issues and drive strong decision making through sound financial management and application of accounting expertise.
The CAO is responsible for the accounting and financial reporting operations of the Company encompassing financial transaction processing, financial close, financial consolidation and reporting processes and accounting policy and procedures. The CAO is also responsible for the Company’s accounting regulatory compliance as well as the development, management and effectiveness of our internal controls. Additionally, the CAO is responsible for proactive engagement with leaders throughout the business to influence decisions and provide guidance regarding financial and accounting implications of business activities/decisions.
A focus on continuous improvement including the enhancement of accounting/finance policies, procedures and processes is essential to success in this position. Ongoing organizational and individual development within the global accounting organization is another critical success factor including the ability to transform and adapt the accounting organization to the Company’s shifting business model and strategies.
Accounting and Financial Reporting Operations
Oversee all activities of the accounting function and personnel, including policy and process development, enhancement, enforcement, and maintenance; month-end close process; consolidation; accounting operations; and financial reporting. Strive to institute best practices throughout the organization worldwide.
Ensures the review, accuracy and timely preparation of corporate consolidated GAAP financial statements.
Ensure accounting systems and processes are continually streamlined via process improvements to achieve greater efficiency and accuracy in the level and timeliness of reporting.
Oversees the performance of the corporate and operations controllers, and corresponding accounting teams to ensure the successful and timely completion of the month-end close process for the consolidated organization.
Establish and maintain credibility throughout the organization and with the Board of Directors and Audit Committee as an effective developer of solutions to business challenges.
Accounting Regulatory Compliance
Develop, implement and monitor proper internal accounting and financial reporting controls.
Oversees external audit efforts including relationship between the accounting team and the external audit firm for preparation of the external audit.
Leads preparation of board relevant information, including audit committee materials, and proactively communicates to CFO and the audit committee chair should material information occur. Leads discussion of accounting/compliance related updates and issues in quarterly audit committee meeting.
Oversees the analysis in evaluating the impact of new accounting pronouncements and ensures the proper implementation thereof.
Monitors and assesses current trends and emerging developments within the field and practice of accounting to ensure the Company’s compliance and preparedness.
Ensures the preparation of monthly and quarterly financial work-papers and control environment documentation by the accounting functions.
Strategic Finance Support
Lead and support the finance organization and cross-functional project teams through business initiatives, including, but not limited to, major systems implementations, business transformations and other commercial priorities.
Participate in the development of the Company’s strategic and financial planning activities with senior management, including the evaluation and impact of new initiatives and regulatory developments on the business.
Partners and interacts with a variety of constituents including, but not limited to, senior leadership, internal staff, external partners, board of directors, and outside advisors.
Performs other related duties as assigned to meet the needs of the business.
Accounting Leadership – Organization and Individual Development
Builds and enhances a strong accounting team that provides proactive support and results-driven execution of responsibilities to meet the current and future needs of the business.
Manages and coaches accounting employees to facilitate associate engagement and professional development. Continually strives to develop talent within the accounting organization to promote individual development.
Aligns and activates resources to resolve issues and/or take advantage of opportunities arising from organizational change.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field required.
Certified Public Accounting (CPA) designation (active license) required.
15+ years of progressive, broad-based accounting experience in a combination of public accounting and business with companies of similar size, global operations and complexity are required.
Experience from a Big 4 public accounting firm required.
10+ years of management and leadership experience at the director and/or executive levels developing an accounting function in a rapid growth and changing business environment is required.
Extensive knowledge of technical accounting principles, practices and standards (GAAP, SEC, FASB, etc.) including the ability to apply this knowledge to new and existing business transactions.
Advanced comprehension of financial reporting, accounting and business systems.
Knowledge of current and emerging trends and developments within the accounting field and corresponding impact on business operations.
Leadership and strategic management skills to develop, coach, and direct the performance of a team to achieve goals and objectives.
Executive presence with which to interact and influence at all levels of the organization.
Skills and ability to clearly and concisely communicate verbally and in writing to convey complex concepts clearly and logically.
Critical thinking and analytical skills, including the capacity to identify, assess and prioritize competing interests and needs.
Skill and ability to strategically execute within a fast-paced, deadline-oriented and complex environment.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and maintain appropriate discretion.
This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Columbia Sportswear Company has been making gear so that Pacific Northwesterners can enjoy the outdoors for more than 70 years. At the helm for over 40 years has been our Chairman, Gert Boyle. Her Tough Mother persona has grown Columbia into the global sportswear company that it is today—still based in Portland, still making no-nonsense apparel and footwear to ...keep you WARM, DRY, COOL and PROTECTED no matter what. Our unique Pacific Northwest heritage and Boyle family irreverence is what sets us apart from the competition.