Assistant Controller


About the Position

The Assistant Controller will be a change agent who will drive standardization, process improvement and effective and efficient work practices, while ensuring all work is performed and in accordance with company policies, procedures, systems of internal controls and regulatory compliance. The Assistant Controller will play a key role in helping develop and mentor the professional development of the accounting and finance department staff. This role is a highly visible leadership role and the ideal opportunity for a change agent who enjoys providing thought-leadership, partnering with cross-functional teams, and establishing best in class practices in a dynamic environment.

Reports to: 

VP, Controller

Here’s what you can expect in this role:

The Assistant Controller will direct the Company’s day-to-day Corporate accounting operations, including execution of operational accounting policy, general ledger, consolidation, monthly reporting and other accounting activities. The following are key responsibilities of this role:

  • Own the monthly, quarterly and annual year end close and reporting processes including detailed analysis and reconciliation of all general ledger accounts and preparation of financial statements in compliance with US GAAP, SEC and Hecla’s accounting policies
  • Prepare and facilitate the review of the monthly internal financial package
  • Will be responsible for the preparation of the monthly directors reporting package, including analysis and explanation of variances from budgets, forecasts and prior periods.
  • Be the primary person responsible for preparation and review of SEC filings, and leverage knowledge and insights obtained from reviewing other public Company filings, to improve the quality of Hecla’s SEC reporting
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in the application of Hecla’s critical accounting policies being revenue recognition, hedge accounting, valuation of long-lived assets, asset retirement obligations, deferred income taxes and business combinations Research GAAP and SEC reporting guidance and assists in development of company positions and approaches on related issues
  • Monitor GAAP and SEC developments to ensure the Company stays ahead of proposed changes
  • Routinely visit operations to understand their strategic plans, and works with operations personnel on relevant topics
  • Evaluate existing internal controls and where necessary, design and/or redesign, implement and document internal controls in compliance with SOX 404
  • Continually evaluate and optimize month-end close processes, striving to deliver process automation and scalability, improved accuracy, and full utilization of the available ERP functionality
  • Direct an effective accounting function to maximize efficiencies and reduce the close timeline while maintaining accurate financial reporting under US GAAP
  • Develop and own relationships with the Company’s external and internal audit service providers
  • Ensure all transactions between intercompany entities are appropriately recorded and subsidiary companies general ledgers and financial statements are reviewed on at least an annual basis ▪ Develop an intimate knowledge of the Company’s ERP system and the Company’s processes and practices for its use. Mentor and train corporate and operational accounting staff on it’s use, and suggest and implement process improvements for it’s use.
  • Strong communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact effectively with all areas and levels of the Company. This will be a key skill set, as a relationship based upon mutual respect will need to be developed which each site controller
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and presentation skills, Ability to communicate to all levels confidently and effectively within the Company
  • Support the CFO and Controller in the preparation of audit committee and board of directors’ materials
  • Work with the Manager Financial Planning in preparing the annual budget and quarterly forecast
  • Assist the tax director and treasurer, as needed
  • Assist with special projects such as due diligence if requested

Interpersonal Competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability to hire, mentor and manage high performing teams
  • Self-motivated, with the ability work independently, and work effectively within team structures
  • Able to organize and perform a variety of projects, tasks and activities, in an accurate and timely manner
  • Able to provide creative insight and problem solving

Education & Credentials:

  • Able to demonstrate discretion and discernment in all business matters
  • Bachelor’s Degree in accounting or related discipline
  • Licensed active CPA with greater than 10 years’ experience required, including experience gained at a national public accounting firm
  • Prior public company work experience as a Controller and/or Assistant Controller required
  • Experience working with a new ERP system implementation and/or major upgrade
  • Practical knowledge of the mining industry and/or manufacturing processes, is helpful
  • Bi-lingual in English and Spanish or English and French a plus

To apply for this job email your details to resume@hecla-mining.com