Financial Reporting and Controls Manager

  • Full-time

Company Description

HARBOR is a full-service production and post-production studio focusing on entertainment and advertising and is a subsidiary of Publicis Groupe. HARBOR seeks an experienced Financial Manager to oversee the financial reporting processes and the associated controls. HARBOR is migrating to the Publicis Groupe ERP, this role will be crucial to delivering a seamless migration from current financial system and creating processes to ensure adherence to company financial policies and reporting frameworks.

This individual will pay a key role in the management of the Agency’s Financial Reporting and Controls department. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to the coordination of monthly intercompany activity, supervising the month end general ledger close as well the monthly financial reporting to Publicis. The Manager provides assurance that the general ledger is in compliance with GAAP and the Publicis Corporate Policies (JANUS). This individual will also play a key role in the annual and interim external financial statement audits. The Manager will also supervise the Financial Reporting and Controls staff (on-shore and off-shore, Costa Rica), which includes the management of development plans and career planning.

Manager works independently and self analyzes their data and reports. The Manager works to identify issues, develops POVs, and offers ideas to their manager that can drive results to meet and/or exceed targets and to create efficiencies. This position interacts with and builds relationships with agency staff at all levels.

Job Description

General Ledger

  • Assist in review and approval the all balance sheet account reconciliations as prepared by off-shore team
  • Ensure compliance with GAAP, IFRS, JANUS and Agency Finance Policies
  • Assist in managing the month end close process and ensure that journal entries and other adjustments are processed before the monthly submission deadlines with proper supporting documentation
  • Review financials daily during month end close to ensure accuracy
  • Quarterly deep review of balance sheet to assist in identifying potential risks or opportunities
  • Approve job journals
  • Assist their manager with any new system implementations related to the General Ledger
  • Assist Job Management team in researching issues on jobs

Financial Reporting

  • Supervise the preparation of the monthly Balance Sheet and P&L in the required format for upload into the Hyperion Reporting System
  • Ensure the accuracy of the Hyperion reporting schedules that are sent to Publicis for consolidation
  • Review and present the monthly operating results with the leadership team
  • Assist in managing the Financial Reporting and Controls process in compliance with all of the identified Internal Control (FMC) requirements
  • Assist their manager with any new system implementations related to Financial Reporting


  • Lead Financial Monitor Control, Test of Control and Walk-Through audits
  • Assist external E&Y audits for Year-End, hard closes and revenue testing
  • Assist Publicis Internal audit

Intercompany A/R and Payables Processing

  • Ensure all reconciling items are investigated each month
  • Ensure the confirmation reconciliation reports are reviewed and assist analysts in resolving discrepancies highlighted by the HFM IC report
  • Ensure that the intercompany confirmation and payment process is working appropriately and all imbalances are resolved


  • Identify opportunities for process improvements and assist the Director of Financial Reporting and Controls and the US Lead on drafting common and efficient processes
  • Train and mentor staff to ensure continuous professional development and result oriented mindset
  • Collaboration with Client Reporting/FP&A and Job Management teams on process improvements between teams
  • Prepare and maintain job descriptions for direct reports
  • Perform other special projects as necessary


Education/ Work Experience

  • Bachelor degree in Accounting or Finance, CPA preferred
  • Strong relevant work experience with preference for service industry and public accounting background
  • Carries direct managerial experience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft applications specifically Excel and Word

Knowledge /Skills

  • Knowledge of general accounting principles
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work with a wide range of people
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Ability to supervise direct reports
  • Ability to learn quickly in a fast paced environment
  • Self-motivator, out of the box thinker with passion to drive reengineering throughout Finance
  • SAP knowledge, preferred

Additional Information

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines. Compensation Range: $70,000-$117,500. This is the pay range the Company believes it will pay for this position at the time of this posting. Consistent with applicable law, compensation will be determined based on the skills, qualifications, and experience of the applicant along with the requirements of the position, and the Company reserves the right to modify this pay range at any time. For this role, the Company will offer medical coverage, dental, vision, disability, 401k, and paid time off.

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