Brownells Assistant Controller in Grinnell, Iowa

Requisition Number: GRINN-65-AControl-07-2016-001

Job Title: Assistant Controller

City: Grinnell

State: IA

Assistant Controller

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Description/Job Summary

Brownells enjoys a great reputation in its industry and a great team to drive that brand, but we’re constantly growing and need passionate people like you to join our team. As a family-owned company for more than 75 years, we can’t wait to meet

you -- and your family.

Speaking of your family, they come first, and we’ll always do our best to help you spend the most time with them possible. In fact, we can prove it. We’re the proud recipients of

The Alliance of Work-Life Progress Seal of Distinction in both 2014 and 2015. We achieved this by implementing a number of employee-friendly programs including flexible work arrangements, and numerous initiatives designed to enhance the quality of

the lives of our team members and their families.

Because of our great team, we’re able to maintain a small-company feel, backed by the Midwestern values of honesty, integrity and respect, while being an internationally-recognized brand with customers in more than 60 countries worldwide.

We’re proud to be a progressive company in a traditionally conservative industry, we’re proud of our shooting heritage and we are

Serious About Firearms


This position is responsible for assisting in the direction and administration of the organization’s financial operations. Performs various accounting and control functions dealing with fixed assets, certifications, correspondent bank accounts and miscellaneous

asset and liability accounts according to established procedures, systems and practices. Maintains and reconciles general ledger accounts, process variety of bank accounting transactions and assists the Controller in preparing operating and status reports

for management and regulatory agencies. Analyzes financial information detailing assets, liabilities, and capital, and prepares balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and other reports to summarize and interpret current and projected company financial




  • Works with Controller to implement and oversee activity based accounting measures and reports

  • Works with AR/AP team to develop and implement procedures to improve efficiency

  • Responsible for keeping up to date on all regulatory changes affecting the company as they relate to the finance and accounting department

  • Responsible for maintaining payroll expenses of direct reports within department budget

  • Reviews ongoing performance results to targets, and works with other departments to help them establish and meet their targets

  • Participates in external audits and works with other personnel to ensure all practices are in compliance


  • Along with Director and Controller, takes a leadership role in departmental meetings and works with team to execute, monitor, and evaluate team objectives and their business impact

  • Analyzes financial statements including balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement

  • Support strategic planning through proactive financial analysis, setting of priorities, and identification of critical milestones and resources


  • Champions company policies as they relate to the corporate vision, corporate ethics, and compliance with affirmative action and equal opportunity employment.

  • Protect assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls.

  • Ensure adherence to industry standards and best practices and monitor and enforce adherence to internal controls

  • Ensure timely development of new reports, forecasts, and work completion estimates to optimize financial posture


  • Prepares and reports financial statements including balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement

  • Responsible for account reconciliation (cash to bank, general ledger, AP sub-ledger, AR sub-ledger)

  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with GAAP as well as IRS, and other regulatory agencies

  • Plan, schedule and assure compliance with the monthly, quarterly and annual close processes in accordance with the company's direction and regional reporting requirements

  • Preparation of various monthly, quarterly and year-to-date financial statements, as well as associated management reporting and analysis

  • Preparation of the monthly income statement and balance sheet fluctuation analyses and reviews for completeness and reasonableness

  • Assist with annual external audits

  • Review disbursements, checking for proper account coding, expense vs capitalization

  • Responsible for maintenance of corporate fiscal records

  • Provide status of financial condition by collecting, interpreting, and reporting financial data


Education, Knowledge and Experience

  • B.A. Accounting or equivalent experience

  • CPA preferred

  • Minimum 6+ years’ experience in Accounting required

  • Financial Statement preparation & analysis experience required

  • Audit experience preferred


  • Change Management

  • Effective communication

  • Listening

  • Abilities and Strengths

  • Analytical mindset

  • Attention to detail

  • The ability to organize and manage multiple priorities.

  • Problem analysis and resolution

  • Proficient with Excel spreadsheets, ERP or other systems a plus


  • Political Savvy

  • Integrity

  • Detail orientation

  • Customer Focus

  • Team Player

Physical Hazards – Health and Safety Concerns

  • General office environment