AP / Office Manager – Sugar Land – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Our client is a family-owned custom home-builder located in SW-Houston. This position is open due to growth and will be highly-visible among ownership. This company boasts a beautiful office, tight-knit team, and flexible schedules and has been in operation for over 30 years. The AP Manager will wear many hats and is an ideal role for an individual motivated to learn new things.

Why work here?

  • Flexible schedules
  • Laid-back family office environment
  • Gorgeous product ($1M-10M custom homes)
  • Full-benefits provided

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:

Organize and code project invoices (referencing project budgets) to push them through approvals process Accurately enter invoices into Sage 100 Contractor 2 days prior to 1st or 15th check date

Pay invoices with a credit card whenever possible Print checks & lien waivers 1 day prior to check date Distribute checks & lien waivers on check date

Track and document the receipt of lien waivers for all projects Scan and digitally organize all invoices following each check run Review and update A/P process documentation/checklists monthly Explore potential for paperless invoice approvals process Spearhead effort to streamline A/P process

Maintain loans spreadsheet, job master spreadsheet, employee list, etc.

VENDOR FILES:

Maintain accurate and complete vendor files, including W-9, COI, WC waivers, & master sub-agreements Keep vendor information and COI, W-9 and waiver expiration dates updated in Sage 100 Contractor

OFFICE MANAGEMENT:

Be the positive “face” of the company: answer phones and greet office visitors

Set up and maintain a shared calendar, schedule and confirm appointments

Assist in preparing sales presentation materials for prospective client meetings Assist in preparing client contracts and supporting documents as needed Maintain PTO/Sick Day tracking spreadsheet

Manage office needs (supplies, copier maintenance, plants, dishwasher, etc.)

HR & Payroll Manager (1 day from home) – Galleria – PE-Backed – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

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Our client is adding an HR / Payroll Manager to their team. The company was recently acquired by private equity group and has plans to triple in size in the next 4 years. This is a newly created role and a brand new department!!! The ideal candidate will provide payroll, human resources, and company policy leadership.

Why work for this company:

  • A stable company with a long stand reputation in their industry.
  • Great work-life balance! Work from home 1 day a week! Core hours are from 9 to 4. 
  • An entrepreneurial company, with a strong management team and expansive growth plans.
  • Direct line to executive leadership! Their management team values the input of its employees.
  • Great benefits! Laid back culture.
  • This is a newly created role and a brand new department!!!

Responsibilities:

Perform the bi-weekly processing of payroll transactions with accuracy and timeliness.

  • Administer and process payroll information for all employees including regular pay, overtime pay, commissions and bonuses
  • Analyze payroll-related information (e.g., contract requirements, time sheets, salary schedules, wage garnishments, etc.)
  • Maintain payroll information files and records (e.g. offer letters, benefit forms, time cards, payroll authorizations, etc.) for the purpose of providing up-to-date reference and audit trail for compliance
  • Assist with new employee orientation and benefits administration, as part of the new hire process.
  • Prepares reports, filings, correspondence and other written materials (e.g. monthly payroll reports, transmittal memos, W-2’s, 941, tax filings, etc.)
  • Work closely with managers and supervisors to resolve employee matters and address disciplinary actions. Coach supervisors on best practices when dealing with employees and work-related conflict.  Oversee correct documentation in the event of termination.
  • Provide training to employees and management on policies and procedures. Provide feedback through development for merit increases or promotions. Work with succession planning, compensation analysis, and organizational development to best meet executives’ goals and direction.
  • Administer all benefits to new hires and annual open enrollment, reconcile invoices with payroll and resolve any benefit matter or inquiry in a timely manner. Administer all Cobra notifications in a timely manner and maintain Cobra elections.
  • Maintain Compliance with Government Regulations and HR Best Practices to Mitigate Risks. EEO Compliance, FLSA, FMLA, OFFCP, and ADA, collaborated with Benefits and Workers Comp.
  • Partner with Managers and Supervisors to find win/win solutions to employee relations matters. Provide guidance when needed on making employment decisions. Coach Managers on corrective actions and performance issues.

Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and five (5) years of experience in and payroll & human resource functions.
  • PHR 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, databases, and payroll systems (ADP preferred).       
  • Extremely well organized, able to multi-task and prioritize
  • Must be detail-oriented and able to maintain high levels of accuracy of data
  • Ability to effectively communicate, be a functional resource to others and work well with others
  • Able to work under deadlines and be personable, even under pressure
  • Absolute personal integrity and credibility
  • Strong verbal and communication skills

 

 

Senior Pricing Analyst – Downtown Houston – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Job description

Our client is adding a Pricing Analyst to their team. The company is a privately held company in the professional services field with numerous Fortune 100 clients. This position will serve as a liaison between finance, executive leadership and report directly to the Director.

Why work for this company:

  • A stable company with a long stand reputation in their industry. They have been in business for over 100 years.
  • An entrepreneurial company, with a strong management team and expansive growth plans.
  • Direct line to executive leadership! Their management team values the input of its employees.
  • Ability to make an impact on the bottom line.
  • CFS has successfully placed several professionals with them for over 5 years!

Responsibilities:

    • Perform predictive scenario/sensitivity analysis and modeling to assess the impact of proposed initiatives.
    • Develop pricing proposals by analyzing historical cost, leverage, and matter information.
    • Assist with the development and administration of pricing systems.
    • Compare financial and operational performance against internal and external benchmarks.
    • Research and analysis related to other assigned financial projects, including monitoring of trends in support of the company rate-setting and review process.
    • Maintain billing rate information
    • Report on the status of various department initiatives and metrics to the Chief Financial Officer and other key stakeholders.

Requirements:

    • A bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, accounting, or a business-related degree is required.
    • A minimum of two years’ experience in a professional service firm in areas related to financial analysis is strongly preferred; other similar work experience will be considered.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
    • Must be organized, analytical and detail oriented.

Pricing Analyst – Downtown – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Pricing Analyst 

Responsibilities:

  • Perform predictive scenario/sensitivity analysis and modeling to assess the impact of proposed initiatives.
  • Develop pricing proposals by analyzing historical cost, leverage, and matter information.
  • Assist with the development and administration of pricing systems.
  • Compare financial and operational performance against internal and external benchmarks.
  • Research and analysis related to other assigned financial projects, including monitoring of trends in support of the company rate-setting and review process.
  • Maintain billing rate information
  • Report on the status of various department initiatives and metrics to the Chief Financial Officer and other key stakeholders.

Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, accounting, or a business-related degree is required.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in a professional service firm in areas related to financial analysis is strongly preferred; other similar work experience will be considered.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Must be organized, analytical and detail oriented.
  • Able to multi-task, prioritize, and deliver quality work product in a deadline driven environment; overtime is required during peak times.
  • Must be team oriented, yet also able to be self-sufficient and work independently.

 

Houston Employment Update via Greater Houston Partnership

http://www.houston.org/pdf/research/narratives/Employment/Employment_Update.pdf

Metro Houston created 114,400 jobs, a 3.7 percent increase, in the 12 months ending
November ’18, according to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).
Five sectors accounted for three-fourths of all job gains—construction; administrative and support and waste management and remediation services; professional, scientific, and technical services; durable goods manufacturing; and health care and social assistance.
• TWC reports that only two sectors, accommodation, and food services, i.e. hotels, bars and restaurants, and information lost jobs.
• Houston’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in November, unchanged from 3.8 percent in October and down from 4.4 percent in November ’17.

 

 

Director of Accounting – West Houston – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Overview:

  • Assist Controller with purchase accounting and other high-level accounting matters.
  • Valued team member for review of all SEC filings, comment letter responses, and other externally published financial statements.
  • Works closely with the CAO on other financial reporting issues as required.
  • Lead technical assistance to the Corporate Accounting team on accounting for complex transactions.
  • Oversee consistent process with effective controls for raising, evaluating and documenting technical issues.
  • Keep current on new accounting and SEC regulations, proposed regulations, and agenda items of standard setters.
  • Present and educate executives on new accounting standards and the accounting for complex transactions.
  • Develop and implement readiness plans for the adoption of upcoming standards (e.g. revenue recognition, lease accounting, etc.)

Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting is required. CPA required
  • 8-10 yrs experience in financial accounting and experience dealing with complex accounting issues.
  • Public Accounting background
  • In-depth knowledge of US GAAP is essential
  • Highly self-sufficient and knowledgeable to make decisions and serve as a resource for other accountants.
  • Flexibility to multi-task, consistently meet deadlines and perform self-review of work product for quality in a dynamic environment.
  • Well organized, able to prioritize, and have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills to drive continuous improvement and ensure the achievement of company goals.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written are essential.

dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

 

5 Career Resolutions Everyone Should Make by ADRIAN GRANZELLA LARSSEN

I ALWAYS recommend updating your resume around this time of the year!

 

Originally posted by The Muse: https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-career-resolutions-everyone-should-make

When you’re not happy at work, making a New Year’s career resolution is easy: Get a new job. (Or, get a raise, snag that promotion, make it through a work week without using profanity—plenty to choose from.)

But when things are going well, you should still be setting work-related goals for yourself. And what better time to do it than the new year?

If you need some inspiration, we’ve compiled five career resolutions that everyone should make. Choose a couple or resolve to do them all—we guarantee you’ll set yourself up for success in 2012.

1. Have an Annual Career Check-Up

You probably think about your job every day, but when was the last time you really thought about it? Kick off 2012 by taking yourself out to lunch or coffee, and writing down how you’re feeling about your career. What makes you happy, and what would you like to change? Is your current job really what you want to be doing? Or, at the least, is it helping you reach your goals? Also do some salary research—is your income in line with your field and position?

Consider this process an annual check-up for your career health. If you feel good about everything—great! But if there are things that could be improved, think about how you can fix them this year, whether that’s taking on new responsibilities, working towards a promotion, or keeping your eye out for that next position.

2. Update Your Resume (and Everything Else)

Keeping your resume up-to-date is important for several reasons. For one, if a recruiter or a friend-of-a-friend calls out of the blue with a great job opportunity, you’re going to want to have it ready to go. Plus, it’s a lot easier to update your accomplishments periodically, when they’re fresh in your mind, rather than trying to add in a couple of years of experience all at once.

And while you’re getting your resume in shape, go through the rest of your documents too—refresh your portfolio, edit your LinkedIn bio, and update (or create) a personal list of accomplishments (a running tally that you don’t hand out, but that’s helpful for talking points for cover letters and interviews). Also shoot your references a note to say hello—but really to make sure you have their updated contact information.

3. Add a Bullet to Your “Skills” Section

Even if you’re not adding a new job to your resume this year, you can still add to the other sections! Make it your goal in 2012 to add at least one new bullet to “Skills” or “Education.” Are there technical skills that would make you more competitive in your field? Tools that could make your job (or your boss’ job) easier? A management class that would better position you for a promotion?

For inspiration, check the LinkedIn profiles of your colleagues a step or two higher than you current position, and think about how you can add their areas of expertise to your own skill set.

4. Expand Your Network

Contrary to popular belief, the best time to network isn’t when you’re looking for a job—it’s long before then. Why? Having a broad, diverse network already in place will make the job search that much easier—and besides, people tend to be happier to meet you when you don’t have that desperate “please help me get a job now” tone in your voice.

And before you say “I hate networking” and move on to the next resolution, remember that there are plenty of ways to make new connections outside of hitting the industry luncheon circuit. You could ask your boss to pay for a conference that looks interesting, ask a former co-worker and her new co-workers out to a happy hour, or, at the very least, join some LinkedIn groups.

At minimum, try to meet one new person every month (you’ll have a dozen new contacts by this time next year!). If you’re feeling really ambitions, try Classy Career Girl’s 4×4 Networking Challenge to meet four new people and strengthen four existing relationships—every month!

5. Be More Productive

There are plenty of techniques out there to help people be more productive—check out the Pomodoro Techniquetime blocking, and anything on WorkAwesome. Different approaches work for everyone, but I guarantee there’s some method or trick out that will work for you, and help you save time, streamline a process, or just generally get stuff done a better way. So, make it goal to try at least four new ones this year, and see what works for you. (For bonus points: organize your inbox so you’re not spending an hour each day deleting Groupons and sale announcements.)

Career advancement is a year-round process, but why not let the momentum of January help kick-start your success? Here’s to a great year!

What career resolutions will you be making this year?

by ADRIAN GRANZELLA LARSSEN

Real Estate Accountant – Greenway Plaza – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

ABOUT THE POSITION

Our client is currently seeking to add a high-caliber Accountant to their team within their real estate division. This position offers a great work environment and significant opportunity for advancement !!!

  • Candidates must possess a passion for commercial real estate and learning opportunities.
  • The position will require heavy GL accounting, the ability to deliver presentations, and frequent interaction with the real-estate team (sales/brokers).
  • Will be involved in audits, annual budgeting, real estate market research, and inter-company research

The client is an investment management services company engaged in the management of public and private equity, real estate, oil and gas interests and a number of private investment partnerships.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and enter journal entries into the accounting system (Microsoft Dynamics SL)
  • Reconcile general ledger and subsidiary accounts
  • Prepare financial statements and supporting schedules
  • Review and reconcile project and/or special reports
  • Analyze project costs as needed
  • Support internal/external audit activities
  • Identify and implement process improvements
  • Prepare real estate budgets
  • Review closing statements for accuracy
  • Calculate property tax prorations
  • Code/track invoices and property tax bills/accounts
  • Record real estate sales and purchases
  • Prepare quarterly PowerPoint report to update investors on investment performance
  • Prepare Purchase and Sale Agreement summaries

MUST HAVE

  • BBA – Accounting (CPA preferred)
  • Must possess a passion for commercial real estate.
  • Minimum of  2 years of accounting experience
  • Proficient in Excel and knowledge of Word and PowerPoint.
  • Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Extremely detail oriented and a self-starter.
  • Proven track record as an effective team player and good interpersonal relationships.
  • Excellent communication (verbal, written, and listening) skills.

Houston Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) – Greater Houston Partnership

December 14, 2018
The Houston Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), a short-term leading indicator for regional production, registered 54.9 in November, down minimally from 55.0 in October. Readings above 50 generally indicate expansion in Houston’s manufacturing sector while readings below 50 signal contraction in manufacturing. The PMI needs to drop below 45, however, before it signals contraction in the overall Houston economy. This reflects a revision of how the Institute for Supply Management-Houston calculates the PMI. Under the old methodology, readings above 50 signaled expansion in the overall economy and readings below 50 signaled contraction.

Real Estate Accountant Opportunity – Houston – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Real Estate Accountant Opportunity

Location: Greenway Plaza

Interested in Commercial Real Estate? CFS has teamed up with a commercial real estate company who is looking to add an energetic and eager to learn individual to their team! Most of the work is diverse, fun and challenging!!!!!! This is not a job where you do the same thing over and over again and can figure it out from past work. You have to be able to “think” through what you are doing and be able to create things from scratch. Ready for the challenge????

Qualifications:

  • Accounting Degree
  • 2.5 to 4 years of experience

Amazing work environment and growth potential!

Office Admin / Bookkeeper – Houston (Galleria) – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Why work for this company?!

Family owned and operated, our client is a majority owner of 10 companies within technology, service, and engineered products industries. This is an excellent opportunity to work for a family that values its employees, community involvement, and philanthropic ventures such as endangered species conservation.

About the Position

  • This position offers 2 weeks paid vacation, 100% medical paid for employee, 401k with a 5% match and a base salary of 40- $45k + bonus.
  • The family office is located in the within walking distance to the Galleria.
  • Lunch often provided to employees

Primary Duties

  • Responsible for timekeeping and payroll.
  • Annual files, and Tax (w2’s, sales tax returns).
  • Monitor bank accounts
  • Answer phones
  • Expense reconciliation

Additional Responsibilities

  • Maintain file and record keeping
  • Special Projects
  • Travel research and booking

MUST HAVE

  • Experience with QuickBooks
  • Payroll & Timekeeping
  • Reconciling business expenses
  • Experience with MS Suite

 

Senior Cost Accountant – Domestic Travel – NW Houston – dlemaire@cfstaffing.com

Why work for this company!

  • The company has a long-standing reputation in the oilfield services industry
  • The management team values their employee’s success and values their input and ideas
  • CFS has successfully placed several professionals within the accounting and finance teams
  • The company has a tracked record of promoting within and allowing movement into various business units
  • The company provides a lucrative competitive benefits program
  • Travel to Plant locations. Work directly with Plant Managers

Overview: 

  • Analyzes cost records to ascertain the distribution of costs of various divisions of management and production. Analyzes actual costs versus standard costs and explains variances

Duties:

  • Prepare weekly reporting to analyze variances between actual and standard cost.  Summarize the operating insights into what is driving the financial variances.  Explain variances from the forecast.  Monitor performance to key financial and operating goals.
  • Coordinate cost analysis for all products, monitoring drivers deemed important to meeting profit objectives.
  • Review completed production order daily, compare and analyze actual job cost to standard cost per production order
  • Planning, studying and collecting data to determine costs of business activity such as raw material purchases, inventory and labor cost.
  • Analyzing changes in product design, raw materials, manufacturing methods or services provided, to determine effects on cost.
  • Reconcile shipments at standard cost to cost of goods sold/manufactured.
  • Monitors physical inventories and cycle count program providing support to enhance the process.
  • Reconciles finished, WIP and raw goods inventories on a monthly basis.  Report changes to the components and quantities that makeup inventory on a monthly basis.
  • Assisting in Month end close of General Ledger specifically to cost, manufacturing and inventory but also other areas that might be assigned to enhance departmental controls.