The Philadelphia airport is a dynamic place to work. It is the only major airport serving the 6th largest metropolitan area in the United States and is one of the busiest airports in the country, proudly serving over 34,000,000 passengers annually. The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Northeast Airport (PNE), PHL's general aviation reliever airport, are an enterprise fund of the City of Philadelphia, and completely self-sustaining.
With over 200 employers and 20,000 badge holders, the Philadelphia Airport has won numerous awards for quality, diversity and innovation and is recognized nationally for its outstanding, food, beverage, and retail airport programs.
Reporting to the Deputy Chief Financial Officer, the Controller is a key position and an important part of the effort to build the future of the Philadelphia Airport.
If you are an experienced accountant with management experience who is conversant with government and corporate reporting requirements, accounting policies, and using accounting controls to safeguard the organization’s assets, contact us to explore whether the Controller position is right for you.
Reporting to the Deputy Chief Financial Officer, lead the Accounting Department , establish and maintain accounting policies to safeguard the assets of the Airport, ensure the integrity of financial reporting, and ensure compliance with government, SEC, GAAP, FASB, and GASB financial reporting regulations. Oversee the Airport audit process and response.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Play a key role in providing management, leadership, strategic direction and oversight to the Accounting department.
Establish, implement, and maintain accounting policies and control procedures, including internal audits, controls and checks across all departments to protect the assets of the Airport and ensure the integrity and timely recording and reporting of financial information.
Advise executive management on the financial/accounting implications of major decisions and issues facing the Airport. Use financial analysis tools, such as decision analysis, to evaluate Airport ventures or special projects, programs, capital expenditures, and product costing.
Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of reporting. Oversee the preparation and communication of monthly, quarterly and year-end financial reports.
Ensure compliance with external accounting standards (FASB and GASB) and evaluation of potential new standards.
Ensure the accuracy and productivity of day-to-day activities for accounts payable, cash disbursements, invoicing/billing, customer credits and collections, payroll, perpetual inventory integrity, fixed asset records, general and entity accounting, and cost accounting.
Manage the Airport's participation and response to audits and other review processes of Airport operations by outside auditors, including the City Controller's office, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the City Council.
Participate in and provide the oversight of the accounting policy and practice design, resolution of complex accounting issues, Ensure compliance with GAAP, as well as regulatory and SEC regulations.
Participate in development and implementation of accounting strategies and activities, including implementation of new accounting standards and systems, driving initiatives, and initiating operational efficiencies and process improvements.
Analyze proposed legislation, regulations, and accounting standards to determine financial impact on the Airport and develop strategies for addressing these issues.
Other duties as necessary.
Manage the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the Accounting team. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Airport and City of Philadelphia policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, planning, assigning, directing work, rewarding, disciplining employees, conducting performance reviews, and addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
At least 10 years of progressive accounting experience that include financial reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, accounting policy, and auditing. Prior roles should include senior accountant, accounting manager or assistant controller.
At least 4 years’ experience managing a staff
Fully conversant with corporate and governmental accounting requirements and practices, including GAAP, FASB, GASB and effective budgeting and planning techniques
Outstanding communication skills, including presentation, written, and verbal communication skills
Ability to independently learn and use multiple accounting software packages
Ability to build strong relationships among all levels of the organization, including external partners, customers, and suppliers
Strong analytical capability and the ability to formulate effective and actionable solutions
Strong problem-solving, organization, persuasion, and negotiation skills
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries and complaints. Effective and persuasive presentation skills on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups and/or board of directors.
Understanding importance of transparency and confidentiality in a government setting with strong private sector interdependencies
CPA and/or CMA license is strongly preferred.
Broad knowledge of aviation industry issues including operations, marketing, finance, rates and charges requirements, and risk issues
Knowledge and capability to link planning and administrative activities to the strategic orientation and direction of the organization
Experience with selecting and implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning solution, specifically the finance and accounting component
Willingness to travel to other City offices in and around the metropolitan area and Airports throughout the United States
Nonprofit or public accounting experience
New hires must establish and maintain residency in the City of Philadelphia within 6 months of appointment and for the duration of employment in this position.
Must pass and maintain SIDA (Security Identification Display Area) and AOA (Airfield Operations Area) clearance at the time of appointment and during tenure of employment.
The Philadelphia Airport is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The Philadelphia Airport does not discriminate on the basis of disability, veteran status or any other basis protected under federal, state or local laws.