Group Financial Controller

At Genius Group

Company Description

Our Mission:

To develop an entrepreneurial education system that prepares students for the 21st Century. We believe that the current global education system is in need of a more relevant, upgraded, student-centred curriculum that is both high-tech and high-touch. We believe that such a curriculum can be a force for good.

 Our Company: 

 Genius Group is a global education company with 1.8 million students in 200 countries. We are developing a future-focused, entrepreneur education system that spans from early learning, primary and secondary school, through to university, adult education and corporate training.

As part of the United Nations Global Compact, we are connecting students, teachers, leaders, entrepreneurs and changemakers with the tools and global community they need to achieve positive, measurable impact towards the 17 United Nations Global Goals.

Job Description

The Opportunity:

The Group Controller will report to the Chief Financial Officer and be responsible for the oversight, day-to-day management, and supervision of Genius’ corporate reporting team. This includes overseeing the global close process, technical accounting, consolidations, and preparation of the company’s financial statements. This individual will work closely with external auditors and must have a strong understanding of GAAP and internal controls.

He will lead all SEC filings and support the Corporate Finance team on all technical accounting matters and transactions. This person will work closely with cross-functional teams including investor relations, treasury and tax on key initiatives including projects to continually improve accounting processes and reporting.

Scope of Role:

-Lead the design and buildout of the SEC reporting structure, including implementation and management of external reporting software solutions. 

-Lead corporate reporting team to ensure financial statement integrity and drive operational excellence in closing the reporting process to provide timely and accurate information to internal and external stakeholders.

-Lead month-end consolidation processes

-Drive finance and accounting efficiencies through improving processes, organizational capabilities and internal controls

-Responsible for the reporting of all equity-based transactions, equity schedules, EPS calculations compilation of financial statements, footnotes, MD&A and all other components of SEC filings. Along with support from the legal team

-Ensure XBRL tagging is complete and accurate. Ensure consistency with previously filed financial information

-Assist with compiling and reviewing of revenue related data to ensure compliance with ASC 606 disclosures and controls

-Assisting in preparation of models, analysis, and due diligence (as necessary) related to annual impairment evaluations and/or potential acquisitions

-Proactively work to identify, assess, and manage financial risk

-Understand Company performance and potential transaction structuring, acquisition and/or divesture accounting and reporting

-Lead in accounting strategies and activities, including the implementation of new accounting standards. Support business segments and corporate functions on all technical accounting matters

-Ensure maintenance of appropriate internal controls (SOX) and application of appropriate accounting principles (GAAP and IFRS)

-Review external communications, including but not limited to, earnings releases, prepared remarks and investor presentations

-Serve as a key liaison with external and internal auditors, including oversight of quarterly reviews and interim and annual SOX and financial statement audits

-Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions

-Oversee lease accounting and applicable accounting requirements

-Lead efforts in business combination accounting, as well as post-acquisition planning and implementation integration, including those involving multinational businesses

-Ensure accounting policies are consistent between the multiple business units

-Remain up to date on best practices and applicable laws and regulations

-Review workloads and analyze staffing requirements to ensure a talent plan is in place to attract and retain “A” players


What we are looking for / Requirements

-A combined 12+ years of progressive experience in accounting (internal and/or external), finance and/or accounting roles including at least 5+ years in big 4 accounting firm

-Bachelor's and/or master’s degrees in Accounting

-Active CPA with 10+years of experience in a technical account and financial reporting role. 

-Unsurpassed ability to analyze and critique complex accounting issues and impacts, condensing them into recommendations and actions for the company

-Start-up/high growth company experience a plus

-Experience in a publicly-traded company

-Ability to move at pace and make quick decisions

-Strong results orientation and a dedicated work ethic. Must be tenacious, with the emotional intelligence to know when to work harder and when to look for alternative approaches

-Proven audit department and project management skills. Ability to work independently and multitask, work under pressure, meet deadlines and be able to thrive in a fast-paced work environment

-Problem solver with leadership experience, and an emphasis on relationship management with all levels within an organization of comparable size and structure

-Prior experience designing, implementing and documenting financial reporting policies and procedures. In-depth knowledge of the application of internal control concepts and accounting principles to business processes

-Thorough knowledge of IFRS/SEC reporting, Sarbanes-Oxley technical literature (PCAOB, SEC Guidance, etc.), and corporate accounting

-Excellent written and oral communication/presentation skills, including the ability to summarize complex issues succinctly for a wide range of constituents

-Critical thinking capacity, with the ability to think high-level yet execute at the detail level.

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