May 2016 Newsletter for Accounting & Finance Professionals in Houston


 

May 2016

Industry News and Updates:

Boom or Bust? Neither! The first question I seem to get when I speak to both hiring managers and candidates is: “How is the market doing?” My answer is: It’s not 2014 where every company in Houston seemed to be hiring, but it is also not the 80’s bust either (I personally have only heard stories about this time). Houston has come such a long way and has diversified from being just an oil town since then. We are so much more! Don’t get me wrong there are industries in Houston that are truly hurting, but there are also industries that are doing just fine. The price of oil does impact our economy directly and indirectly, but I am so excited to report that it seems to be ticking up every week. Today the price is around $45 a barrel. Most economist will tell you that we need to get to $60 dollars a barrel and a lot of them have predicted we will hit that number by the end of the year.

It is harder to find a job today and you have to use multiple resources. You cannot simply go online, upload your resume to CareerBuilder and wait for the phone to ring. First, you have to make sure that you have a good resume (there are some links listed below with resume writing tips) and then you have to use great recruiters, your network, LinkedIn, networking functions, ads, niche job boards and yes CareerBuilder. One source is not enough in the present job market. The great news is that our unemployment rate is still below 5%; which technically speaking, means that we are at full employment. As you know, I always like to see the bright side of things!

See you again in July 2016

Local Statistics:

  • National Unemployment Rate: 5.1 (last year 5.6)
  • Houston Unemployment Rate:  4.9 (last year 4.3)
  • Oil Rig Count: 437 (last year 976)  
  • Price of Oil: 45.9 (last year around 55)
  • Industries hiring: Consumer Products / Service related companies, Chemical, Real Estate, Non Profit, Legal, Public Accounting Firms!!!! 
  • Positions in demand: Staff &  Senior Accountants, Tax, Audit, Management level roles in Accounting

Interesting Articles:

Local Searches:

Galleria area:

  • Financial Reporting & Consolidations Senior – must have public – Galleria
  • GL Accountant – 59 & Main
  • Associate Manager / Manager – Professional Services Firm – Consulting on high profile projects – full time role – need at least 2.5 year of public accounting and maybe a splash of industry to qualify
  • Senior Compliance / IT Auditor
  • Senior Federal & State Tax Accountant
  • Payroll Manager with PeopleSoft
  • Senior Internal Auditor – low travel
  • Reduced work week hours: Tax Manager or Supervisor – small public accounting firm
  • Senior Accountant, Great Plains preferred 

North Houston:

  • Senior Accountant – NW Houston
  • Senior Insurance Accountant – NW Houston
  • Staff Auditor – Woodlands
  • Senior Staff Accountant – Woodlands
  • Senior Auditor – Woodlands
  • Junior Property Accountant – Greenspoint
  • Accounting Manager – Real Estate – Woodlands

Downtown/Central:

  • Senior Auditor, Downtown, 40% travel
  • Staff Accountant (big 4) – 2 openings
  • Audit Manager – Non Profit – 10M dollar Budget
  • Tax Staff Accountant – Galleria
  • Senior IT Auditor – Galleria
  • Tax Supervisor – CPA Firm – are you a senior ready for the next step?
  • International Controller
  • Director of FP&A (must have MBA)
  • Treasury Analyst, DT, Must have Big 4 Audit
  • Billing Specialist with Elite

West Houston/Energy Corridor:

  • Accounting Director (public accounting background)
  • Payroll Coordinator – Rosenberg
  • Audit Senior – 70% travel – West

Consulting & Temporary Roles:

  • Accounting Assistant – Hospitality
  • 4 Fixed Asset Accountant – West
  • Interim Controller with Dynamics – West
  • Contracts Analyst – Sugar Land
  • Receptionist, Southeast
  • HR / Recruiter – Non Profit
  • Receptionist – Non Profit

San Antonio Openings:

  • Bank Auditor-Top San Antonio Employer (Up to 122k)
  • Staff Bank Auditor- Top San Antonio Employer(up to75k)
  • Audit- Sox with Exotic Travel (Insurance Industry, up to 75k)
  • Tax Analyst- Federal & State Tax, (Renewable Energy, ~70s)
  • Controller- Implement new policies & procedures (Automotive Industry, 120-150k)

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