Senior Staff Accountant – Greenspoint –


Privately held manufacturing division of a global company. The role is open due to a retirement. The company offers a laid back atmosphere, great work life balance and benefits.

Responsibilities Staff Accountant Financial Reporting

Weekly Plant Production Report- weekly profit and loss statement of plant operations along with reports for production values, finished goods inventory, sales backlog, orders received

Monthly review of general ledger accruals and expenses relating to sundries, raw materials usage and inventory, labor costs for temporary workers, agent accruals and payments for commissions due, resin royalty accruals and payments, assist in the preparation of the financial reports submitted to management

Cost analysis of raw materials, customer accounts and other general ledger accounts as required

Daily Customer invoicing, credit memos, adjustments processed. Daily shipments report

Processing of customer receipts

Review of customer account balances for account standing – collections, e. credit holds and coordination of filing a claim on payment bond with commercial department. Monthly aging report of account balances

Maintain new and current customer accounts, i.e. contact info, current billing addresses, W-9 info

Maintaining of standard costs for inventory (price book). Compiling the list of materials in SAP and adjusting the inventory values based on budgeted raw materials costs, budgeted plant cost, overhead and depreciation

Diane Delgado LeMaire | Senior Managing Director, Executive Search & Branch Manager Creative Financial Staffing (CFS)| | | LinkedIn



Controller – Bakersfield, CA – Construction / O&G Field Services
Position Summary:
The Corporate Controller shall oversee and direct the Accounting Department in the analysis, preparation, and reporting of company financial data, while maintaining a system of accounting records, and a set of controls designed to mitigate risk, and to enhance the accuracy of the company’s reported financial results.

The Controller is responsible for the management of the payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable departments and for assisting the Executive Leadership in planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the overall financial functions of the organization.
Essential Functions of the Position:
As a key member of the Tactical Management Team, the Corporate Controller will report to the Vice President of Business and assume a strategic role in the overall management of the company.
Provide leadership in the development for the continuous evaluation of short and long‐term strategic financial objectives.
Ensure credibility of Finance group by providing timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial trends, and forecasts.
Prepare and present financial statements on a monthly basis.
Coordinate with Project Engineering in maintaining a comprehensive job cost system.
Direct and oversee all aspects of the Finance and Accounting functions of the organization.
Evaluate and advise on the impact of long range planning, introduction of new programs, strategies, and regulatory actions.
Establish and maintain strong relationships with Senior Executives as to identify their needs and seek a full range of business solutions.
Provide Executive Management with advice on the financial implications of business activities.
Manage processes for financial forecasting, budgets and consolidation, and reporting to the Company.
Provide recommendation to strategically enhance financial performance and business
Ensure that effective internal controls are in place and ensure compliance with GAAP and applicable federal, state, and local regulatory laws and rules for financial and tax reporting.
Demonstrated success in overseeing all aspects of financial planning and management, to include (without limitation): forecasting, general accounting principles, modeling, reporting, operational efficiency, AP/AR, analysis, budget development and control, and resource planning.
Establish short and long‐term goals; measure and report on organizational performance
against such goals.
Monitor, create, and optimize cash position for current and future growth.
Establish and take ownership of processes, procedures, metrics, and systems to monitor
financial performance, budget adherence, forecasting, and profitability targets. Analyze and report on variances.
Direct and manage key processes including financial management, cost reporting and analysis,net revenue modeling, operating and strategic planning, annual operating and capital budgeting, decision support, and business analysis.
Determines functional team needs, customizes approach, demonstrates how accounting fits,and responds appropriately.
Sets priorities, establishes objectives and milestones, and schedules activities effectively.
Supervise and coach other finance team members with the objective of accurate, timely, and proper financial reporting and controls.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Education:
a. B.S. or B.A. degree with a major in accounting, finance, business administration, or a related field.
2. Experience:
a. At least 10 years of general accounting work experience in which at least 5 were in a
supervisory or management role.
b. Minimum of six months experience in the construction industry desired.
3. Skills:
a. Must have excellent organizational, communication, and analytical abilities.
b. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of supervisors and employees.
c. Ability to work independently and in team.
4. Knowledge/Abilities:
a. PC proficiency is essential (Windows applications) and strong working knowledge of
Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, is preferred and related construction programs such as; Sage, Master Builder, Timberline, etc.


Original Post:

The email from the recruitment agency, via my colleague who handles all recruitment, came at 4pm.

It said:

“I’ve just come back into the office to find a message from Andrew. His meeting overran so he’s running late. Hopefully he won’t be more than 5 or 10 minutes.”

Andrew’s interview was 4pm. Receiving the email saying he was going to be late at the point the interview was going to start, wasn’t a good start.

Andrew was 15 minutes late in the end. It put him on the back foot from the first moment.

He had a hill to climb in this interview. And unfortunately as the interview went on, he never got anywhere near the top.

Andrew’s Interview Lessons

Here are the interview lessons that you can learn from Andrew, his CV/Resume and his interview.

1.  Late – avoid being late at all costs. It does happen sometimes. But be prepared. Get hold of the interviewer’s telephone number so that you can contact them direct.

Don’t follow Andrew’s approach. Leave a message with the recruitment agency, who then sent an email to my colleague who only then forwarded it onto me. Andrew added two extra people into the loop. Completely unnecessary.

If you are going to be late, take responsibility and contact the interviewer direct.

2.  Current role – I asked Andrew why he wanted to leave his current role. He told me, ‘I want to steer away from this particular area. It doesn’t really interest me.’ Sounds ok, except that the role he was applying for included this. Not good.

3.  Describing yourself – interviewer’s are likely to ask you to describe yourself in one word or two or three words. Or for them to ask how a previous employer would describe you.

You need to have two or three words prepared in advance. Ensure that the words you use portray you in a positive light.

Andrew described himself as a “Maverick”. That did not go down well with me. I wasn’t looking for a “Maverick”. I asked him why he called himself a “Maverick” as it portrayed him in a negative way. When asked why, he wasn’t able to say why he described himself that way.

4.  Adjectives – it’s common for us all to use colourful adjectives on our CV/Resume. Just be careful how you use them.

Andrew listed two of his strengths as creating ‘creative and exciting presentations and market campaigns’. I delved deeper and his justification was poor and did not match the words creative and exciting.

5.  Weakness not strength – this is linked to the last point. Andrew wasn’t able to show that this was a strength. Instead it came across as a weakness.

Be careful that what you think is a strength doesn’t come across as a weakness in the interview.

6.  Asking questions – when asking a question, only ask one. Don’t ask two or three questions in one.

7.  Language – be clear in the language you use. Avoid words like ‘stuff’ which Andrew used. He said, ‘I’ve had a look at your website and all that stuff.’ Sounds unprofessional and lazy.

8.  Research – if you don’t know where the role fits into the wider organization, you’ve not done enough research.

Andrew had no idea. He was ‘winging it’. If you need to find out more:

  • Ask the recruitment agency,
  • Google the interviewers, and/or
  • Ask the company direct where else you can find more information.

Andrew never made it through to the next stage. He admitted that he’d let himself down.

When you get a chance, don’t let yourself down. Make the best of the opportunity.


Updated June 16th: List of Accounting and Finance Openings in Houston!

Treasury Analyst – Need Big 4 to qualify
Treasury Analyst – CTP a MUST
Property Management Controller – must have prop mgt experience
Assistant Controller – must have Hyperion & Manufacturing
Accounting Manager – must have Hyperion & Manufacturing
Audit Manager – Public Accounting – Partner track
Senior Accountant – Fund or Real Estate Accounting required
Senior Internal Auditor – Management Rotation Program! Big 4 a MUST
Senior IT Auditor – Oil & Gas
Cost Accountant – Manufacturing / Inventory

Real Estate Accounting – Real Estate Investment Firm
Project Manager – Must have PMP
Senior Consolidations Accountant
Revenue Accountant
Royalty Accountant

West & Southwest:
Accounting Analyst – Big 4 CPA required
Senior Accountant – Must have Great Plains
Accounting Manger – Must have Great Plains
FERC Accountant
Accounting Manager, CPA – big 4 or large regional firm auditor

North & Northwest Houston:
Division Assistant Controller – max 7 years of total professional experience
Senior Accountant – advanced excel needed! oil & gas services!
Senior Staff Accountant – 3 to 4 years max of experience
Corporate Accountant – Oil & Gas – Audit or GL experience (max 3 years)
Staff Auditor – Must have SOX
Senior Auditor – Must have SOX
Purchasing Coordinator – Construction background needed
Financial Reporting Manger, CPA – Big 4 required
Senior Internal Auditor – 10% travel
Senior Internal Auditor – 20% travel – must have CPA

San Antonio:
Controller – Private Equity Backed Manufacturing Company (details on blog)
Controller – Manufacturing experience required (details on blog)

Key Economic Indicator – EMPLOYMENT

June 16, 2017
The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area created 6,700 jobs in May and
45,300 over the previous 12 months, according to data released today by the Texas
Workforce Commission. The monthly job gain was on par with the region’s 20-year
average of 6,800 jobs added for a May. The 12-month job growth was slightly below the
20-year average of 48,500 jobs. Houston’s total nonfarm payroll employment now stands
at 3,048,900, a new high for the metro.
Service sectors continue to lead the region’s employment growth from May ’16 to May
’17. Professional and business services added 11,600 jobs, leisure and hospitality grew by11,900 jobs and educational and health services increased by 9,700 jobs. The goods
producing sectors added 1,700 jobs with gains in manufacturing (+8,700 jobs) offset by
losses in mining and logging (-1,700 jobs) and construction (-5,300 jobs).
Houston’s May unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, down from 5.3 percent in April butup from 4.9 percent in May ’16. Texas’ unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in May,
down from 4.5 percent in April but up from 4.3 percent in May ’16. The U.S. rate was 4.1
percent in May, unchanged from 4.1 percent in April and down from 4.5 percent in May
’16. The rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Source: Texas Workforce Commission
Prepared by Greater Houston Partnership Research Department
Patrick Jankowski, CCR
Senior Vice President, Research
Jenny Philip
Director, Economic Research

Division Assistant Controller – NW Houston –

Growing oil & gas related company located in northwest Houston looking to hire a division assistant controller to take this role to the next level. This company truly values work life balance and promoting from within!


70 to 75K plus bonus, 401K, generous PTO and flex work schedule


  • Public Accounting AND/OR industry background
  • Less than 5 years of total professional experience
  • Accounting Degree
  • CPA in process or completed


  • Assist the Controller with special projects and process improvement.
  • Maintain controls and documentation evidencing performance of established controls.
  • Support the U.S. acquisitions to ensure compliance with US GAAP
  • Prepare income statement and balance sheet analysis monthly.
  • Review and analyze balance sheet accounts and prepare and maintain account reconciliations.
  • Review and approve journal entries.
  • Communicate with various levels of leadership within the organization on transactions or policy changes that have a direct impact on the financial statements.
  • Assist with internal and external audit requests and work with other team members to ensure audit requests are completed in a timely manner.


List of Accounting & Finance Openings June 2017

Treasury Analyst – Need Big 4 to qualify
Treasury Analyst – CTP a MUST
Property Management Controller – must have prop mgt experience
Controller – Must have POC / Construction experience
Assistant Controller – must have Hyperion & Manufacturing
Accounting Manager – must have Hyperion & Manufacturing
Financial Reporting Manager – must have E&P
Audit Manager – Public Accounting – Partner track
Senior Accountant – Fund or Real Estate Accounting required
Senior Internal Auditor – Management Rotation Program! Big 4 a MUST
Senior IT Auditor – Oil & Gas
Cost Accountant – Manufacturing / Inventory

Accounting Manager – Family Office
Senior Tax Accountant – Private Investment Company
Real Estate Accounting – Real Estate Investment Firm
Project Manager – Must have PMP
Senior Consolidations Accountant

West & Southwest:
Entry Level Accountant – New 2017 Accounting Grads!!!!
Accounting Analyst – Big 4 CPA required
Senior Accountant – Must have Great Plains
Accounting Manger – Must have Great Plains
Accounting Analyst – Non Profit
FERC Accountant
Accounting Manager, CPA – big 4 or large regional firm auditor

North & Northwest Houston: 
Corporate Accountant – Oil & Gas – Audit or GL experience (max 3 years)
Staff Auditor – Must have SOX
Senior Auditor – Must have SOX
Purchasing Coordinator – Construction background needed
Financial Reporting Manger, CPA – Big 4 required
Senior Internal Auditor – 10% travel
Senior Internal Auditor – 20% travel – must have CPA

San Antonio:
Controller – Private Equity Backed Manufacturing Company (details on blog)
Controller – Manufacturing experience required (details on blog)
Diane Delgado LeMaire

Senior Managing Director, Executive Search & Branch Manager

Accountant / Analyst – NW Houston –


  • 3 to 4 years of accounting experience
  • Accounting or Finance degree
  • Oracle is a plus
  • Self Starter/Personality

Hot points:

  • Growth/Exposure (Top talent tends to move around into different groups)
  • Strong tenure across the board
  • 3 wks PTO
  • Constant training/development
  • Subsidized study (CPA/MBA programs)
  • International & Public company exposure


  • Responsible for detailed account analysis and review of supporting data and reconciliations
  • Monthly analysis of operational results, financial statements including review for compliance with company policies and procedures, US GAAP and Statutory rules and regulations
  • Recommend any adjustments that need to be made to financial data
  • Development and presentation of financial schedules to management and external audit team
  • Proposes improvements to systems and methods of work and analysis, and contributes to ensuring that they are continuously adapted to business requirements
  • Assist department in special projects as needed



When I was interviewing for jobs, I was always fascinated what the interviewer would be like.


  • Would I like them?
  • Would I get along with them?
  • How would they run the interview?
  • What sort of questions would they ask?

I’ve met many different types of interviewers over the years. They do come in all shapes and sizes with the personalities to match too.

Types of Interviewers

I’ve met:

  • Timid interviewers
  • Confident interviewers
  • Arrogant interviewers
  • Aggressive interviewers
  • Interviewers who wouldn’t listen
  • Interviewers who only asked a few questions

I’ve met quite a few.

And yet somehow we are fearful of them. They are in control of a process. A process that will either open a door to a job or have it closed firmly in our faces.

We often spend a lot of time thinking and talking about what we as interviewee should or shouldn’t do. Seldom do we think about an interviewer.

Interviewers – 10 Things

There are 10 things you need to know about interviewers:

1.    Training – most interviewers have never been formally trained. Instead they’ve either watched other people conduct interviews or read a book or article.

2.    CV/Resume – there’s a good chance that they’ve not read or fully read your CV/Resume ahead of the interview.

I know, all that work you put into it. But they are busy and are often running late between meetings, or just can’t be bothered.

Yes interviewers ‘wing it’ too. You’ll need to showcase your skills, experience and knowledge.

3.    First Impressions – yes, no matter what someone says, they are judging you from moment one.  From that moment on they are either trying to reinforce that opinion or disprove it.

4.    Best Person – as interviewers we’re looking for the right person to fill the job.

Interviewers hope that each candidate they see will be the one.

It’s up to you as the interviewee to show that you’re the best person for the job. If you leave the interviewer with questions, there’s a good chance they’ll wait to see who else comes along.

5.    Questions – don’t expect an interviewer to come up with anything different to that of an interviewer in another company.

Most use exactly the same questions as any other interviewer. Therefore you can do a lot of preparation in advance. Here’s a link to the 21 Most Common Interview Questions.

6.    Unsure – I know this sounds odd, but I’ve experienced interviewers who don’t know what they want in a candidate. They say they know, but when pushed they don’t.

7.    Preparation – interviewers like to see that you’ve come prepared.

That you’re ready for the interview. Ready to show that you’re the best candidate. Ready to show that you know about them and their organization.

8.    Bad Hires – it happens. An interview seems to go well, but then when the person starts it doesn’t go according to plan.

That happened to me with Paula. She came across well in the interview only for it to start to fall apart from day 1.

This then makes an interviewer even more cautious about making the right hire next time.

We all hate making a bad hire. It costs not only money but all that time spent interviewing has gone to waste.

9.    Perception – it all comes down to how an interviewer perceives you.

You can have multiple interviewers in the room and they can all come out with different impressions of you. And that’s when they’ve asked the same questions and listened to the same answers.

So make sure you address each and every interviewer. Validate that you’ve answered their questions and ask whether they need any more information.

10. Rejection – most interviewers don’t like giving feedback.

They’ll find some way of getting someone else to do it for them. So don’t be surprised if you don’t get any feedback in an interview.

I used to be like that.

I would give feedback to the HR contact or the recruitment agent. I remember on one occasion giving feedback to the recruitment agent only for them to say ‘Well, I can’t tell them that’. I said ‘Why not?’ He said ‘It’s not my job to provide feedback, only to get them a job’.

What chance would the candidate have if no one gave them feedback?

It was a valuable lesson for me. Since that day I’ve given feedback to every interviewee. Sometimes when they don’t want it. But without it how can they expect to improve.

So next time you’re heading into an interview, take a moment and think about the interviewer.

Here are some links you might also find useful:
21 Most Common Interview Questions
Answering Interview Questions – 5 Golden Rules
Answering Questions – The Rule of 3

QUESTION: What would you add to this list?



41 REASONS WHY CANDIDATES FAIL AT INTERVIEW Posted by Interview Experts Academy

You meet all sorts of people at interviews. All walks of life. Some candidates are great, some are good and many are poor at performing at interviews. More often that not candidates fail.

Sometimes it’s the basic things that candidates don’t get right. Sometimes it’s the small things that matter. The things that we don’t realise we do. These can have a significant impact on how others see or judge us. Whatever it is, it can mean the difference between success and failure. That might sound ridiculous, but it’s surprising what candidates do or don’t do in interviews.

I’ve pulled together a 41 reasons why candidates fail at interviews. Many of these are from my own experience (number 41 is my favourite and shocked me).  Others are from interviewers who’ve said to me, ‘You’ll never guess what that interviewee just did?’

Enjoy reading the list. Laugh at some of them. But please make sure you avoid them and don’t add to the list. Don’t fail at interviews!

41 Reasons Why Candidates Fail

  1. Poor preparation
  2. Displaying a negative attitude or generally being negative
  3. No enthusiasm for the company or the role
  4. Being dishonest
  5. Vague or uninteresting interview answers
  6. Arriving late
  7. Arriving too early
  8. Being rude to the receptionist
  9. Smelling like a cigarette
  10. Dressed inappropriately
  11. Wearing sunglasses
  12. Keeping a scarf on during the interview
  13. Wearing too much perfume or aftershave
  14. Shaking hands too weakly or too strong
  15. Complaining that you were kept waiting for the interview
  16. Sitting in a too relaxed or aggressive manner
  17. Chewing gum, a pen or playing with your hair
  18. Forgetting or mispronouncing the name of the interviewer
  19. Forgetting what is written on your CV/Resume
  20. Being unprepared for the standard interview questions
  21. Lying about your skills, experience, knowledge and qualifications
  22. Being rude or uncomplimentary about your previous company or boss
  23. Sharing too much personal information
  24. Failing to explain how your skills match the job in question
  25. Interrupting the interviewer
  26. Asking too many questions or irrelevant questions
  27. Not asking good questions
  28. Yawning
  29. Not making eye contact or making too much
  30. Getting angry or defensive
  31. Using phrases like “you know”
  32. Laughing at inappropriate moments
  33. Sounding desperate or overeager
  34. Checking the time
  35. Asking about the salary too early
  36. Having poor manners
  37. Being overconfident
  38. Not building rapport
  39. Not listening to the interviewer’s questions
  40. Inappropriate photos or comments on social media
  41. Keeping a tissue for cleaning your glasses in your bra

Is there anything bizarre that’s happened to you or you’ve done in an interview?

Controller – PE Backed Manufacturing – San Antonio, Texas –

We are seeking a Controller for a $30M and growing PE backed manufacturing & distribution company. This is a solutions focused technology company that has had 25-45% growth in the last year. Their products and services have increasingly become very sought after as we have become more reliant on technology.
Job/Position Summary  of the Controller: 

The Controller will execute the daily operations in accounting and financial controls.  These functions include establishing and maintaining the organization’s accounting principles, practices, procedures and initiatives; A/R, A/P, financial reporting & analysis, budgets and forecasts, cash management functions and commissions reporting.

Desired Qualifications for the Controller: 

 (Education, Experience, Qualifications):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance and CPA
  • 5-10 years accounting or finance experience
  • Experience in using Microsoft Office Suite with advanced Excel skills and data analysis
  • Experience in using ERP/Accounting and CRM solutions (QuickBooks and a plus)
  • The Controller will have strong analytical skills as well as organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work and interact effectively in a team environment.
  • Attention to detail with the ability to adhere to closing schedule and deadlines
  • Maintaining positive attitude.
  • Ability to react quickly in a dynamic environment


Controller – High Tech – San Antonio, Texas –

Our client is seeking an experienced Controller & CPA with experience in GAAP and Sox Compliance. This is a great opportunity for someone that wants to join a great mission and make an impact with a growing organization. The Controller will have the responsibility of leading the company in the process to become SOX compliant. We are also seeking a “people leader” that is passionate about building relationships and mentoring the accounting team!

Controller- High Growth High Tech Manufacturing Company
The controller position is responsible for the accounting operations of the company, to include the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the company’s reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP).  The position will also provide leadership to a team of accountants, serving as an expert resource within the Company.


  • Our client is an innovative leader in their field. They are growing and in need of a Controller and CPA with extensive knowledge in GAAP and SOX Compliance.
  • My client is seeking a passionate, accomplished Controller to help further their mission to impact lives!
  • We are looking for candidates who are willing to give their all in this role. In exchange for your passion and dedication, my client can offer you an entrepreneurial and rewarding environment where employees are highly respected and valued.
  • Great benefits to include unlimited PTO!


Real Estate Controller – Houston –

Our client is a leading management company in the residential industry. They are located in Central Houston and were founded over 20 years ago. They are rapidly-expanding and just expanded their office here in Houston. Representing only elite  properties, they truly are a leader in their industry. This is a small-office environment owned by  investors.

Why work here?

  • Rapid growth (Property representation increasing by 20-40% annually)
  • Convenient location (with free covered parking)
  • Great benefits (Majority of healthcare is paid)
  • Leadership development (Conferences & Training)
  • Guaranteed annual raises
  • Short term bonuses


  • Texas CPA
  • Real Estate Experience
  • Prior management experience

• Providing financial support to senior management
• Coordinating and prepare monthly reporting and internal financial statements ensuring accuracy and integrity
• Preparing budgets and forecasts
• Preparing analysis of financial results and key metrics for senior management
• Maintaining accurate records of property acquisitions, dispositions, and closings
• Reviewing and assisting in budget development
• Managing monthly close process to ensure full coverage of transactions and entries in a timely fashion to enable sufficient review prior to completion.

Monitoring key indicators to ensure internal controls are in place and effective. Regularly review the internal controls structure to ensure proper controls are identified and implemented.

Acting as a liaison to internal and external auditors