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Position: Senior Controller, Head of Finance




UPDATED: January 8, 2020

Smart City is a hyper-personalized, human-centered apartment locating service that saves renters time and money when searching for a new place to live. A unique lead generation system paired with our proprietary internal technology has created over 4300% growth in six years. Smart City has caused a major disruption in an antiquated apartment locating industry, all while being able to scale to a significant $19m in revenue with no outside funding. Even more impressive and unlike many startups in the real estate space, Smart City has continued to remain profitable during all high growth periods.

Smart City is looking for a talented Senior Controller to lead the day-to-day financial operations through the next phase of high growth.

Scope: Reporting to the CEO, the Controller will work closely with the leadership team to establish the company’s goals and strategies, and will be primarily responsible for financial execution. We need you to roll up your sleeves and get into the weeds, close the books for the foreseeable future, and directly manage the AR team. We need someone with an accounting background, and we are willing to speak with you if you are a strong VP/Controller who is ready to make a jump in your career and run the show. We do not have a complicated accounting system, nor do we have debt or investors currently, so we don’t need a highly technical accounting person. We need a strategic person who is extremely detailed and can handle the accounting aspects easily. Also looking for a real human and not a robot please.

This is both a tactical and a strategic position that will include implementing controls, systems, and processes to create order from chaos. With direct oversight of the finance team, the Controller will lead the month end close, the accounts receivable team and the accounts payable activities of the company. The Controller will also oversee budgets, ensure resources are properly allocated, and oversee financial operations for the entire company. You will be responsible for creating a workplace that embodies company core values, especially personal and professional growth, and ensures that departments meet individual goals. This is a critical position directly responsible for ensuring day-to-day operations can continue to be financed by new business.

Opportunity to advance into a CFO position within 18 months.

Core Responsibilities

  • Establish policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems to guide financial decision.
  • Improve the cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism which includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs throughout growth periods.
  • Present company financials to the leadership team on a monthly basis, pinpoint problem areas and future concerns and reforecast monthly.
  • Complete an annual external company financial audit.
  • Build financial models for scenario planning.
  • Prepare budgets by establishing schedules; collecting, analyzing, and consolidating financial data; recommending plans.
  • Achieve budget objectives by scheduling expenditures; analyzing variances; initiating corrective actions.
  • Comply with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation, anticipating future legislation, enforcing adherence to requirements, filing financial reports, and advising management on needed actions.
  • Complete operational requirements by hiring, training, and developing the finance team; follow up on work results.
  • Protects operations by keeping financial information and plans confidential.

Required Skill/Qualifications

  • 8+ years of accounting experience
  • Finance related degree expected
  • Managing and creating processes
  • Financial software knowledge
  • Developing financial standards
  • Auditing, accounting, and corporate finance
  • Month end close and year end close
  • Tracking budget expenses
  • Developing budgets
  • Performance management
  • Bonus: public auditing experience
  • Bonus: M&A experience
  • Bonus: CPA

You will be the head of finance, so you have to have full accountability, be a total badass, and know the numbers inside and out.

Here’s what our company believes in:

  • Honor Bound – We do what we say we’re going to do, and we don’t need to wear a suit and tie to do it.
  • Overachievers – We always go the extra mile.
  • Never Settle – We are constantly striving for growth, both personally and professionally.
  • Optimistic – We are a genuine force of positivity, not like rainbows and butterflies, but like, life is good.
  • Real People- We treat everyone like friends, and we’re real human beings who make mistakes sometimes. Let’s learn from it and move forward.

Our team is extremely important to us and we’re excited to have been recognized as one of Dallas Business Journal’s ‘2019 Best Places to Work’.

Perks - you know you want ‘em

  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive and flexible health benefits plan
  • Flex PTO
  • Monthly cell phone stipend
  • Annual professional self-development stipend
  • Casual dress code
  • Dog-friendly office

We Take Equality Seriously

Smart City is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is committed to equal opportunity employment without regard to race, religion, color, gender (including gender identity, change of sex and transgender status), sexual orientation, age, disability, ancestry, national origin, military or veteran status, marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

All offers of employment are conditioned upon the candidate’s completion of a Form I-9 and delivery of appropriate documentation to establish the candidate’s identity and legal authorization to work in the United States.