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ESAM Inc., a custom cable, wire harness, contract manufacturing firm headquartered in Grants Pass, Oregon has an immediate opening for a Controller to join our team.  We are looking for an experienced, detail-oriented individual to lead our team.  Must have strong knowledge of US GAAP and experience implementing internal accounting controls.  This position will report to our group CFO and will assist with multiple company financial work.  CPA preferred.


  • Month-end close
  • Journal Entries
  • Audit preparation and interacting with auditors
  • Bank and account reconciliations
  • Spreadsheets and analytics
  • Financial Reporting, Budgeting and Board/Management Reports
  • Recommend/Implement/Improve standard accounting policies and procedures
  • Other duties as required

ESAM, Inc. Offers:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Paid vacation, holidays, and sick time
  • Full benefits package
  • 401(k) retirement plan


U.S. Citizenship status is required for some projects in which case, verification of such status will be required upon acceptance of employment.

Minorities, veterans, women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. EOE/AA


October 2010 Newsletter – 7 Dangers of Undocumented Changes

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By Jim Anderson

Undocumented changes can be the cause for low yields, field failures, product recalls, product line shutdowns and debarment.

During my years in the contract manufacturing of a variety of electronic components, sub-assemblies and equipment, changes made to a design that are not properly documented have had serious ramifications. The following are some of the major danger areas that we have been told about, or have witnessed and helped a customer fix errors that were done elsewhere.

Here at ESAM our major markets include Aerospace & Defense, Medical Devices and Capital Equipment. The Capital Equipment Market (predominantly in semi-conductor manufacturing and test equipment) employs a technique called “copy exact.” This requires that your entire staff be trained in this process. Aerospace & Defense can resort to debarment (which may vary from one to multiple years) for undocumented changes. Medical device companies can face regulatory agency warning letters or complete product line shut downs for such violations.

Possible Results of Undocumented Changes

1. Endanger lives.

2. Force product recalls.

3. Create expensive rework situations.

4. Receive a warning letter from a regulatory agency.

5. Have a product line shut down completely by a regulatory agency.

6. Be debarred by the US Government or one of their contractors from bidding or receiving orders for some period of time.

7. Be told by an equipment manufacturer that you are not in compliance with copy exact.

The Unintended Consequences
These situations often happen as the unintended consequences of just trying to get things to work or to get the product out on time. It might be as simple as two parts that do not fit together so a “little rework” is done to make them fit instead of going to the root cause and making a documented correction. Another common scenario is when the supplier is located very close to the customer and a buyer or engineer can jump in the car and drive over to see the issue and get it fixed on the spot. In the “rush to get things done” the fix is subsequently forgotten until it’s caught later on the production line, in the field or by a regulatory agency.