POSITION SUMMARY At GMS, we are seeking a highly skilled, experienced Chief Accounting Officer (CAO) to join our organization. In this executive level position, you will report to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and will oversee and lead the day-to-day operations of the accounting, tax, financial reporting/technical accounting and audit departments, delegating work and ensuring the team maintains compliance with all laws and accounting policies. A proven senior leader, the ideal candidate will engage the organization in structured, systemic continuous improvement, driving the organization toward increased efficiency and best practice in processes and systems. An effective communicator, the CAO will successfully ensure alignment and clarity of understanding across all levels of the organization, from the Board of Directors to 3rd party partners, to leaders in field operations.
Direct and lead accounting teams in the development, implementation and oversight of companywide accounting policies and controls consistent with SEC, US GAAP and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.
Advise the CFO, members of the leadership team and Board of Directors on strategic accounting issues and opportunities. Develop a keen understanding of GMS’ business strategy in order to enable growth of the business.
Provide the strategic vision, tactical execution and leadership necessary to enable and enhance the company’s operations and growth initiatives, leveraging innovative, best-in-class accounting strategies.
Continue to develop a strong, effective and respected accounting organization. Ensure that the team operates as a true business partner by being proactive with its internal customers in the field.
Recruit, manage, coach and develop all accounting, tax, financial reporting and audit team members.
Develop a clear vision and view of long-term capabilities required to transform the corporate and regional accounting functions to best enable business success.
Provide thought leadership and program execution to drive process improvements, reduce costs and increase effectiveness.
Prepare and update financial records and monitor all bookkeeping to ensure accuracy; lead month-, quarter- and year-end financial processes.
Serve as a principle liaison with the Company’s external auditors to ensure a smooth annual and quarterly financial statement audit.
Oversee internal and external audits and make recommendations and changes to processes to drive continuous improvement.
Participate in and support acquisition accounting and analysis, with a focus on the early identification and communication transaction accounting and tax planning.
Engage with external stakeholders; act as a liaison to outside auditors and tax advisors; represent the accounting organization with the Board of Directors’ Audit Committee.
Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance; MBA highly desirable; CPA certification
15+ years of experience in audit/finance/technical accounting with 5+ years in a senior financial leadership position; Prior experience in public accounting/assurance preferred.
In-depth knowledge of public-company financial activities, policies and processes, including multicurrency consolidations, SEC reporting, and Sarbanes-Oxley
Experience managing international accounting functions at both a corporate and a business unitlevel for a multi-national publicly traded company, including consolidating US and non-US financial to the corporate level
A proven initiator, innovator and influencer, driving change, improving processes, and providing sound solutions to both complex and routine business issues
Change and project management experience with effectiveness in leadership and management of accounting process and system optimization
Ability to handle multiple priorities under tight deadlines and with attention to detail in a fast-paced and growth-oriented environment
Solid understanding of Federal, state and local tax compliance and planning; proven experience driving rate optimization strategies
Advanced knowledge of professional accounting / ERP information systems; Effective in utilizing IT as a strategic enabler to improvement.
Extensive business experience and strategic and analytical knowledge and abilities
Outstanding written and oral communication skills with experience presenting to audit committees and other internal and external decision makers
Must have the ability to travel 25%
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About Gypsum Management & Supply, Inc.
Gypsum Management & Supply, Inc. (NYSE: GMS) is the largest North American specialty distributor of interior building products. The company’s product offerings of wallboard, ceilings and complementary interior construction products are designed to provide a comprehensive solution for its core customer, the interior contractor who installs these products in commercial and residential buildings. As a leading specialty distributor, GMS serves as a critical link between its suppliers and a highly fragmented customer base of over 20,000 contractors. The company’s operating model combines a national platform with a local go-to-market strategy, enabling GMS to generate economies of scale while maintaining the high service levels, entrepreneurial culture and customer intimacy of a local business.
Founded in 1971, GMS operates a national network of over 250 distribution centers across the U.S. and Canada and provides a one-stop-shop for all customers. The Yard Support Center in Tucker, Georgia serves each GMS location, providing the support needed to enable them to continue their outstanding service to contractors and builders in their local communities.
GMS has continued to grow thro...ugh organic growth and acquisitions. The company completed five
acquisitions and added ten new locations in fiscal 2018; it also completed three business acquisitions
and eight greenfield openings during fiscal 2019. This included the strategic acquisition of WSB Titan, which increased GMS’ scale and footprint in North America, provided a leadership entry into the Canadian market and created a well-balanced platform for long-term growth.
GMS KEY FACTS:
-Headquarters: Tucker, Georgia
(20 min. from downtown Atlanta)
-Employees: Over 5,800 people who embrace a
strong entrepreneurial culture
-2019 Revenues: $3.1 billion
-NYSE: GMS (IPO in 2016)
GMS’ STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE POISED FOR CONTINUED GROWTH:
-Market-leading distributor of interior building
products with significant scale and local expertise
-Differentiated service model drives market leadership
-Multiple levers to drive growth: organic,
greenfields, M&A, operating leverage
-Capitalizing on growth in large, diverse end markets
-Entrepreneurial culture with dedicated employees
and experienced leadership driving superior execution
VISION, MISSION AND VALUES:
Vision: We will be the premier distributor in every market we serve through embracing our unique
culture and professional humility.
Mission: We create opportunities, build significant relationships and deliver solutions.
Values: At GMS –
-Our people have the independence and authority to make a difference.
-We invest in relationships, and every person is important.
-Our highest priority is serving others.
-We passionately pursue a safe work environment along with a relentless focus on operational
-We believe you can never go wrong doing the right thing.