Controller - Path

Title: Controller
Location: Seattle or Washington DC
Division: Global Accounting (GLACCT)
PATH is currently recruiting for a Controller to report to the Chief of Accounting.
PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.
Reporting to the Chief of Accounting, the Controller is responsible for driving all activities related to accounting processes and procedures, standard reporting processes, and audit support for a global organization that operates in more than 20 countries. This position is a valued consultant to the Executive Team while also managing and developing a global team of finance professionals. As critical member of the finance leadership team, the Controller is involved in supporting presentations to the board finance and audit committees and works closely with the senior leadership team. Knowledge of the US Government Uniform Guidance (2CFR200), experience with nonprofit boards, and CPA credentials is preferred.
The role oversees three departments with over 20 people, as well as key oversight over finance leadership at PATH’s Country offices. The Controller works closely with partners from human resources, legal, information technology, facilities, the office of grants and contracts, business development, and the extended program leadership team to not only educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures, but also to explore how the finance function can support program and other operations groups. The ideal candidate will be comfortable in a dynamic and ambiguous environment and have experience building and optimizing finance business processes and systems to meet future needs and demands. PATH recently implemented a cloud-based ERP and experience with large–scale systems, especially with post-implementation enhancements will be a great asset.
The ideal candidate will also have deep technical competency and domain expertise in an organization of comparable size and complexity, and a demonstrated track record as a strong leader and manager who values teamwork, cross-functional collaboration, and a positive work environment. In addition, candidates should have directly applicable experience in the sector, including experience with government regulations, donor funding, and compliance.
  • Manage accounting procedures and processes, including payments, payroll, procurement, receipts, reporting, treasury, and other financial operating activities.
  • Oversee monthly and annual closing process.
  • Develop and oversee accounting policies, procedures, and internal controls to meet both current and future business models, ensuring compliance with appropriate US GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Establish and maintain global finance policy framework and work with leaders in PATH country offices as well as project-based financial managers to adapt to local circumstances while influencing and providing guidance.
  • Maintain a system of internal controls and safeguards including, but not limited to, areas of cash controls, revenues, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Manage standard reporting and audits.
  • Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of PATH’s financial status.
  • Lead required activities for the annual financial audit and other statutory and program-based audits.
  • Support senior leadership with any required information related to federal grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.
  • Support the finance leadership in engaging the board’s audit and finance committees around sector issues and trends.
  • Treasury and cash management, including managing and tracking the performance of invested assets in keeping with policies and investment guidelines.
  • Manage organizational cash flow forecasting by working with leadership to assess global cash requirements.
  • Assist the Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) team with development of key components of the budget and financial plan, as required.
  • Team leadership.
  • Leverage strengths of the current finance team members to help to clarify roles and responsibilities and develop and implement training programs in order to maximize and reach optimal individual and organizational goals.
  • Provide leadership in strengthening internal communications with staff at all levels throughout the organization; create and promote a positive and supportive work environment.
Required Experience
This is an extraordinary opportunity for a mature leader with 15+ years of accounting and finance experience and 10+ years managing staff/teams, ideally beginning in accounting and audit disciplines. S/he will ideally have experience in a complex nonprofit with multiple programs. Other qualifications include:
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a strong commitment to PATH’s mission
  • A track record in grants activities as it relates to compliance and reporting of government, corporate and foundation grant
  • Direct experience at an iNGO, with funding from US Government Cooperative Agreements and Contracts with associated expertise in the relevant compliance requirements (e.g. 2CFR200, Cost Accounting Standards, Federal Acquisition Regulation) is strongly preferred
  • Solid experience managing audit activities, reporting and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll and cash management
  • Experience managing global teams is a plus
  • Keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills which allows for strategic data interpretation versus. simple reporting
  • A demonstrated commitment to recruiting, mentoring, training, and retaining a diverse team
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board or other outside partners
  • Ability and desire to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or relevant field from an accredited college or university
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Experience with a cloud-based ERP, especially Unit 4’s Business world is an additional plus
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and advanced Excel

For more information, please contact Jarvis Edgecombe:
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