Full Time Job

Agency Controller


Los Angeles, CA 06-17-2022
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description
Who We Are

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is the leading entertainment and sports agency, with global expertise in filmed and live entertainment, digital media, publishing, sponsorship sales and endorsements, media finance, consumer investing, fashion, trademark licensing, and philanthropy. Distinguished by its culture of collaboration and exceptional client service, CAA's diverse workforce identifies, innovates, and amplifies opportunities for the people and organizations that shape culture and inspire the world. The trailblazer of the agency business, CAA was the first to build a sports business, create an investment bank, launch a venture fund, found technology start-up companies, establish a philanthropic arm, build a business in China, and form a brand marketing services division, among other innovations. Named Most Valuable Sports Agency by Forbes for eight consecutive years, CAA represents more than 2,000 of the world's top athletes in football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, in addition to coaches, on-air broadcasters, and sports personalities and works in the areas of broadcast rights, corporate marketing initiatives, social impact, and sports properties for sales and sponsorship opportunities. Founded in 1975, CAA is headquartered in Los Angeles, and has offices in New York, Nashville, Memphis, Chicago, Miami, London, Munich, Geneva, Stockholm, Shanghai, and Beijing, among other locations globally.

The Role

Creative Artists Agency is seeking an experienced Controller to undertake all aspects of financial reporting and consolidation for the Agency business and its subsidiaries. This role will be hands on with all aspects of accounting and monthly financial statement close as well key management reporting. This is a key leadership role within the Accounting organization responsible for cross training and collaborating within the department as well as the externally in the organization.

• Support business units and corporate colleagues with structuring, analyzing and determining accounting position for complex, significant, and unique transactions within the Agency and its subsidiaries
• Review and evaluate contracts for significant arrangements and new business terms to identify potential accounting issues and address as applicable.
• Assess emerging accounting standards in conjunction with the technical financial reporting team and lead implementation efforts for identified changes.
• Create, implement and maintain comprehensive worldwide accounting policy documents to improve clarity and consistency
• Implement and maintain reporting procedures to comply with internal control requirements
• Perform continuous management and assessment of the close process and process reengineering to reduce the timing to close the financial period
• Continually strive to optimize and automate new process to streamline and increase efficiency within various functions affecting the entire organization
• Manage communications with external auditors on external financial statements and accounting issues to ensure auditor agreement with company decisions on accounting disclosures, and issues
• Lead CAA with methods and actions that are ethical and in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and Company policies.
• Communicate strategic objectives within and outside of CAA to establish a shared vision while providing strong leadership and coaching to the teams responsible for executing that vision.
• Create and execute a clear strategy for the CAA accounting team to ensure achievement of best-in-class service.
• Provide leadership in developing well-defined initiatives and ensure teams understand, support, and meet expected performance levels.
• Anticipate and ensure the development and maintenance of robust, scalable capabilities (processes, systems, internal controls, policies/procedures, organization, and compliance) to support the CAA's growth.
• Design and implement robust staff training and development.
• Ensure the team is fully engaged with a continuous process improvement, internal and external customer-focused, and value-added mind set.
• Create and maintain an environment that fosters teamwork, open communication, and good employee morale.
• Lead and manage cross functional accounting and finance teams in implementing significant company initiatives. And operational changes.
• Support complex accounting transactions and ensure transactions are recorded in accordance with US GAAP.
• Support external financial and SOX audits, internal audits and third-party regulatory audits.

• Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business with an emphasis in Accounting.
• 15 or more years accounting experience (public/private combined experience is a plus).
• Industry specific Entertainment accounting is a plus
• Proficient in understanding ERP systems and reporting tools.
• Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license and/or MBA.

CAA maintains a fully-vaccinated environment, for the safety and health of employees and guests, to the extent allowed by local law. Where permitted, all CAA employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including any waiting periods) and provide approved documentation when: 1) working in or visiting any CAA office; 2) attending any CAA company events, whether in the office or not; or 3) meeting with clients at any location. CAA also expects that all employees will take responsibility for maintaining optimal vaccine levels; for instance, this may include receiving boosters for which they are eligible. If you are unable to get a vaccine due to a medical condition, disability, or a religious belief, CAA will consider your accommodation request. The Company's policies in this regard may be updated from time to time, as pandemic/endemic conditions and local laws evolve.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-r0eko1-44-200-40-195-42 in your application.

Company Profile

Creative Artists Agency (CAA), is the world’s leading full service entertainment, media, and sports agency. We represent many of the most successful professionals working in television, film, music, theatre, video games, sports, and digital content.