The Wills Group

Financial Analyst & Report Writer

Job Locations US-MD-La Plata
Job ID
2016-1085
# of Openings
1

Overview

The Wills Group is an established, privately-held company serving customers across Maryland, D.C., Delaware, and Virginia with the vision, drive, and capacity to serve many more in the near term. 

 

Headquartered in La Plata, MD, The Wills Group is the parent company of several retail, convenience, and home comfort business units, including Dash In Food Stores, Splash In Car Washes, SMO Motor Fuels, and SMO Energy.  Each one is committed to providing its customers with quality services and a superior experience – every time. Lives in Motion” is how we express our commitment to caring for our customers and each other.  We believe that every interaction is an opportunity to help people move forward with their lives.

 

Serving as a center of excellence, The Wills Group has a solid infrastructure built of talented teams to guide and support the successful operation of its business units, including human resources, finance, IT, marketing, and communications.

 

The Wills Group was founded in 1926, and we are in the process of building the next chapter of our history.   From a renewed customer focus to new brand positioning, and from product diversification to expansion into new markets, The Wills Group is evolving who we are and how we operate to pave the way for future success; redefining ourselves for today’s and tomorrow’s customers.

 

Grounded in rich history and strong company values, The Wills Group places its employees at the forefront of all they do, and is equally committed to giving back to the communities where it operates. 

 

You will be an integral part of our family of companies and will play a significant role in taking The Wills Group and its brands to the next level.

 

We are currently searching for a Financial Analyst and Report Writer to join our Accounting and Finance team. The Financial Analyst and Report Writer is the bridge between data and the actionable report. They play a critical role in the Finance and Accounting department as they touch every aspect of the business. Therefore, they should have a strong understanding of the company as a whole.

 

As part of the accounting team, they will also work closely with the Operations and Executive teams to ensure that all reported data is correct (we are not interested in a person who simply reports data and does not validate it) so being a team player is key. We are looking for a senior accountant who has strong experience in (1) full cycle accounting, (2) financial and management reporting including report writing, and (3) internal controls. An auditing background and a CPA (or progress toward obtaining one) are strong pluses, but not required. They will need to enjoy creating reports as opposed to simply preparing/running reports created by others. The candidate should be able to analyze data quickly, have an expert knowledge of Excel, and be obsessively detail-oriented. They must have strong written and verbal communication skills and be a self-starting and process oriented individual with a desire to build out and develop this position.

Accountabilities

At minimum, the candidate will be accountable for:

  • Working closely with the Accounting, Operations and IT teams to develop financial/non-financial reporting, dashboards and business analytics for both internal and external use
  • Identifying financial trends and variance drivers by comparing and analyzing actual results with plans/forecasts
  • Improving financial performance by analyzing and interpreting P & L results, working capital data and key operating metrics
  • Reconciling transactions as needed by comparing and collecting data

Required Qualifications

At minimum, the candidate must possess:

  • BS or BA in Accounting or Finance
  • 5-7 or more years of general accounting experience

Applied Experience

At minimum, the candidate must have applied experience in:

  • Working with reporting writing solutions and tools
  • Advanced expertise in Excel
  • SSRS report development
  • Financial reporting tools
  • Reading, interpreting, and analyzing financial statements and related reporting
  • Analyzing monthly financials for key variances and errors
  • Making recommendations and developing / implementing reporting to improve Company's reporting environment
  • Creating and explaining complex technology solutions to system users
  • Understanding user processes and challenges to build easy to use reporting solutions
  • Developing straight-forward solutions to complex reporting challenges

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • CPA certification (or is a CPA candidate)
  • Public accounting experience
  • Power BI experience

Competencies

At minimum, the candidate must be able to demonstrate:

  • Creativity and enthusiasm in embracing reporting technology as an agent for change
  • Ability to plan, organize and communicate
  • Strong strategic analytic skills including analytic capabilities, project planning, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Results-oriented and pro-active decision making who has the ability to analyze systems and diverse data
  • Ability to work independently and manage time effectively without close supervision
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Complete knowledge and compliance with all company policies and procedures

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