Controller

New York City, New York /
Finance /
Who We Are

Mekanism is an award-winning, independent, full-service advertising agency made up of creative entrepreneurs. With offices in San Francisco, New York and Seattle, we serve as collaborative business partners to some of the world’s best brands, including Peloton, Alaska Airlines, Jose Cuervo, Ben & Jerry's, Amazon. Our creative approach to brand-building is best described as “The Soul & Science of Storytelling”: communicating a brand’s purpose with ideas informed by data and rooted in human truths.

We take great pride in making unconventional campaigns for brands in conventional categories. Our patented blend of storytelling takes a small army of Mekanistas to pull off. What is a Mekanista you ask? Being a Mekanista requires a rare combination of being a strange, wonderful and talented person who enjoys coffee, Ping-Pong and impromptu rooftop jam and workout sessions.
 
Controller

Reporting to the Finance & Business Operations Lead, this role leads and manages accounting operations. The priorities of this role are to maintain high quality standards in our accounting practices while driving activities that deliver on company financial goals. As a member of the Finance team the Controller will lead and support initiatives that help to ensure quality of information and continuous improvement of the finance function overall.
 
Responsibilities

Finance Operations

Supervise and develop accounting staff
Develop and maintain accounting systems, processes, policy and procedure
Establish and enforce a system of internal controls and approvals
Assure GAAP compliance (ASC 606 experience preferred)
Manage corporate bank accounts and reconciliations
Manage and maintain corporate credit card accounts and reconciliations
Supervise vendor setup and the accounts payable function
Manage payments including wire transfers and electronic payments
Manage onboarding and training of Mekanism staff on finance related systems and procedures


Client Finance
Setup new clients, and maintain client finance systems
Supervise setup in client payment systems
Facilitate and support development of client finance policy and procedure
Support development of client finance related reporting
Manage setup of project related vendors, purchase order and payment policies
Corporate Finance
Manage month end close and trial balance review including reconciliation of sub-ledgers
Support monthly financial / management reporting
Liaise with corporate Accountants and manage the year-end review & Audits
Completion and filing of federal, state and city tax filings
Manage bank relationships and financing reviews and renewals
 
Requirements
8+ years experience in a finance role with at least 2 in creative services industry
Post secondary education in finance, CPA preferred.
A track record of effective supervision and management of accounting staff
Proven organizational skills and a track record in systems development
Strong Interpersonal and problem solving skills
A high level of proficiency with Google Sheets 
Experience with the Advantage accounting system an asset