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Corporate Controller (With M&A Expertise)

Inspira Futures

Inspira Futures

Accounting & Finance
United States
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

About Inspira Education

Inspira Education is one of the fastest-growing edtech startups in the US. As the world’s leading network of top admissions consultants in medical, legal, business, and college studies, we’re building software and services in one place—disrupting long-entrenched institutions with products and experiences that strive to provide an equal platform for candidates from diverse backgrounds worldwide. We help college applicants and parents with the highest quality content, tutoring, and advising services for their college and graduate school applications.

We believe that diversity drives learning. To meet our mission, we encourage, support, and celebrate different ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds. As a fully distributed (remote) team, we challenge one another to find the most effective way to empower learners, teachers, and parents. Your name, race, religion, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and age are not barriers; they are why we want to work with you. We invite talented and creative candidates who value the importance of nurturing a student’s boundless curiosity to join us on this journey.

We operate globally across five brands - Inspira Futures, Inspira Advantage, Quad Education, Juris Education, and Foundation Learning. As one of the fastest growing edtech firms in the world, we are backed by some of the leading venture capital firms and investors in the world including Craft Ventures, Jeff Fluhr (Founder of Stubhub), David Sacks (Former COO of PayPal and Founder of Yammer), Kygo (World renowned DJ), among others.

The Role

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Corporate Controller with a strong understanding of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to lead and oversee all aspects of our company's financial operations. This key role will be responsible for the accuracy and integrity of financial reporting, ensuring compliance with all accounting standards and regulations, and providing insightful financial analysis to support informed decision-making across the organization, including during M&A activities. This role can be located anywhere in the United States or Canada.

Responsibilities

Financial Operations:

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the accounting department, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, payroll, and financial reporting.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain strong internal controls to safeguard company assets and ensure financial data accuracy.
  • Oversee the monthly, quarterly, and annual closing processes, ensuring timely and accurate financial statements.
  • Work collaboratively with external auditors to facilitate the audit process and address any inquiries.
  • Prepare and manage the annual budget and financial forecasts, conducting variance analysis and recommending adjustments as needed.

M&A Expertise:

  • Lead the financial due diligence process for potential acquisitions, including analyzing target company financials, identifying and assessing risks, and providing deal valuation support.
  • Partner with the M&A team to develop and implement the financial aspects of the merger integration plan.
  • Analyze and model potential synergies and cost savings from M&A transactions.
  • Support post-merger integration efforts by ensuring smooth financial consolidation and reporting for the combined entity.

Financial Analysis & Communication:

  • Analyze financial data, trends, and metrics to identify potential risks and opportunities, and provide strategic financial insights to the CFO and executive team.
  • Manage and develop the accounting team, providing coaching, and mentorship, and ensuring their professional growth.
  • Stay up-to-date on current accounting principles (GAAP) and relevant industry regulations, including M&A accounting standards.
  • Maintain strong relationships with external financial institutions, including banks and investment firms.
  • Prepare and communicate financial reports, including M&A-related financial information, to the Board of Directors and senior management.

Stakeholder Communication:

  • Communicate financial performance, forecasts, and key metrics to internal stakeholders, including executives, department heads, and board members.
  • Serve as a financial advisor, offering insights and guidance on financial matters impacting the organization's growth and profitability.

Qualifications

  • CPA qualification is required
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance
  • Minimum 7-10 years of experience in a corporate accounting role, with 3+ years in a leadership capacity.
  • 3-5 years of experience in M&A accounting diligence and post-merger finance integration.
  • Proven experience in managing all aspects of the accounting cycle, including closing, consolidation, and financial reporting.
  • Strong understanding of internal controls and risk management principles.
  • Experience with budgeting, forecasting, financial analysis, and M&A transactions.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Superior communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.
  • Proficient in accounting software (e.g., QBO, Oracle NetSuite, SAP) and financial modeling tools (e.g., Excel).
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.

Why you’ll love Inspira

  • Amazing people with a great vision and values
  • Remote-first team across the US and Canada
  • 100% coverage on health, vision, and dental coverage
  • Flexible Paid-time Off
  • Learning and Development Budget for Employees
  • Retirement Savings Plans
  • Diversity and inclusion programs that promote employee resource groups like OWN (Outreach Women's Network), AAPI, Rainbow (LGBTQIA+), Gender+, LatinX, Black Excellence, Disability Community, and Veterans

Interested in learning more about Inspira Education, please visit https://www.inspiraeducationgroup.com/.

Inspira Education Group does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other reason prohibited by law in providing employment opportunities and benefits.