The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, a scientific association in Arlington, VA, is recruiting for a Controller. The Controller will oversee all finance related activities for AAPS. Activities include financial analysis, planning, budgeting, financial reporting, tax compliance, risk management, oversight of overall accounting functions and internal controls. The Controller will be responsible for the organization’s financial planning and accounting practices, as well as its relationship with banking and investment institutions by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate managers. The Controller will supervise the finance staff and relevant contractors and consultants. The Controller will work closely with the Executive Director and the Treasurer in providing fiduciary guidance to the Board of Directors.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Plan, implement, direct and evaluate the association's fiscal function and performance;
Develop and oversee annual budget development process;
Provide timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports, financial trends and financial projections to the Executive Director and Staff as needed;
Establish, monitor, and enforce internal controls, risk management and insurance coverage for protection against property losses and potential liabilities;
Manage finance staff and oversee all functions related to accounts payable and accounts receivable;
Oversee the preparation and issuance of the association's annual audited financial statements;
Establish and oversee contract management procedures;
Direct the banking relationship, evaluate appropriateness of cash management including lockbox, checking accounts, cash balances, controls, and protect cash and investment balances with adequate insurance;
Actively monitor and work closely with various departments to ensure financial integrity with AAPS Databases and integration to financial software;
Manage investment activities, investment policy, and selection of fund managers, in consultation with Executive Director including appropriately balancing all aspects of risk v. return and evaluating risk v. return on an on-going basis; and
Serve as staff liaison to assigned AAPS Committees as needed.
Strong record of accomplishments necessary.
Proven ability to manage multiple functions, deadlines, and diverse finance related activities.
Thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, as well as current industry trends.
Advanced knowledge of accounting, Excel, Word, and Great Plains software.
Strong general IT and database software skills as well as software connectivity and integration issues.
Knowledge of contract management software and platforms.
Strong understanding of online payment systems.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Proven ability to manage finance staff.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor's degree in accounting or related discipline. Master’s degree preferred.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) required.
Minimum ten years of relevant senior level management experience in public accounting, for-profit or nonprofit business settings.
About American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is a scientific association of almost 9,000 members who are employed in industry, academia, government and other research institutes worldwide. Founded in 1986, AAPS provides a dynamic international forum for the exchange of knowledge among scientists to enhance their contributions to public health. AAPS offers timely scientific programs, ongoing education, information resources, opportunities for networking, and professional development.