Job Title: Controller

Department: Accounting

ESAM Inc., a leading 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 directly to our Group CFO.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Oversees and manages all accounting staff.
  • Prepares for monthly reporting, financial statements, inventory reconciliation, general ledger reconciliations, and journal entries as needed
  • Responsible for 401K administration, commission calculations, and account reconciliations related to these tasks.
  • Provides backup support to the Human Resources organization in regards to Payroll.
  • Responsible for recording all Payroll & PTO JE’s.
  • Works on special projects, when requested by CFO.
  • Assists with year-end financial documentation required by our Auditors & CPA firm.
  • Assists with documentation gathering for audits required by company bankers.
  • Assures internal control compliance.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Five to Seven years progressive experience in Accounting
  • Five years’ experience in Payroll
  • Five years’ experience in General Ledger

Minimum Competencies:

  • Ability to provide timely, accurate transaction processing
  • Ability to identify process problems and formulate solutions

Preferred Qualifications:

  • CPA
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting

Preferred Competencies:

  •  Ability to write policies and procedures in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States

Core Values:

Exceed internal & external customer’s expectations with the highest quality of products and services.

  • Take Ownership. (TO)
    • Exceed customer’s expectations with the highest quality of products and service.
    • Never pass along a problem.
    • Acknowledge you are a role model.
    • Safety first.
    • Maintain clean and unobstructed work area.
    • Maintain flexibility.
    • Understand the meaning, cause, and effect of each of the Key Business Indicators.
    • Develop key metrics, graphically depict and post measures.
  • Embrace Change.
    • Continuously improve Products, Processes and Self.
    • Possess a “Can Do” approach to all aspects of the job is a must.
    • Embrace the Kaizen and change processes.
    • Engage in Problem Solving not fire fighting.
  • Demonstrate Respect for others.
    • Maintain a positive attitude with all of the stakeholders of ESAM.
    • Value and maintain positive personal relationships with co-workers, vendors and customers.
  • Promote teamwork and cooperative effort.
    • Promote communications between and among employees on all ESAM matters.
    • Train and give guidance to ESAM employees whenever appropriate.
    • Provide positive critical feedback to upper management.
    • Adopt a “Good to Great” philosophical approach.
  • Maintain professionalism.
    • Make sound business decisions based on proper due diligence, research and data.
    • Maintain unquestionable levels of integrity and ethics – in perception and in fact.

Core Competencies:

Job-Specific Knowledge and skills: Acquires and applies knowledge, skills, and experience to accomplish results.

  • Keeps current with and effectively applies new work methods, skills, and technologies to complete work efficiently. (Embrace change)
  • Demonstrates the willingness and competence to work in multiple, functional areas (Teamwork)
  • Assesses situations accurately and determines appropriate action (professionalism)
  • Identifies and utilizes resources effectively and responsibly (Professionalism)
  • Plans, prioritizes, and organizes work effectively to produce measurable results (TO)
  • Takes ownership for own self-development (TO)

Quality: Provides high quality services, processes, programs and products while consistently seeking ways to improve outcomes and enhance service.

  • Takes a problem-solving approach when faced with challenging or difficult situations (Teamwork)
  • Proposes changes to policies or procedures, where appropriate (Embrace change)
  • Uses sound judgment (professionalism)
  • Consistently exceeds customer’s expectation with High quality product and service.
  • Work is thorough, timely and reflects the highest degree of quality (TO)
  • Manages difficult and emotional situations effectively (Professionalism)
  • Takes initiative in improving service, processes, programs and products (TO)
  • Responds to requests in a conscientious and timely fashion (Teamwork)

Professionalism & Accountability: Demonstrates enthusiasm for and commitment to the position and accepts responsibility for personal actions

  • Organizes and maintains work environment to allow for productivity (TO)
  • Complies with departmental performance standards (Company)
  • Maintains appropriate confidentiality and respects the privacy of others (Professionalism)
  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing (Professionalism)
  • Demonstrates willingness to undertake duties as assigned (TO)
  • Demonstrates willingness to accept shift in responsibilities due to the nature of the changing workplace (Embrace change)
  • Conveys positive and professional image of work unit to others (Professionalism)
  • Tracks progress or improvements (TO)

Collaboration & Teamwork: Supports a positive team environment in which members participate, respect and cooperate with each other to achieve desired results.

  • Uses Problem-Solving techniques to improve products and processes
  • Promote teamwork and cooperative effort
  • Promote communication between and among employees on all ESAM matters
  • Collaborates with others to improve quality and address needs
  • Builds and sustains cooperative working relationships
  • Volunteers to participate in continuous improvement events, and Company committees
  • Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for the success of the group or department
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude in work assignment and interaction with others
  • Recognizes strengths and contributions of others
  • Provides leadership on projects and/or programs
  • Train and give guidance to ESAM employees whenever appropriate

Commitment to the values of the department & company: Promotes a safe and inclusive environment that provides for the open exchange of ideas and the virtues of integrity and honesty.


  • Works cooperatively with people of diverse cultural identities, styles and functional responsibilities
  • Demonstrates respect for the opinions and beliefs of others
  • Works effectively with others in a variety of settings
  • Makes ethical decisions

Organizational Understanding:

  • Represents the values of ESAM to internal and external communities
  • Aligns individual work priorities with departmental and ESAM’s goals and visions
  • Visibly demonstrates care and concern for colleagues, staff, faculty, students and external customers
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of policies and procedures of operation; complies with and applies policies and procedures appropriately (Company)
  • Understand the meaning, cause, and effect of each of the key Business Indicators

Additional competencies

  • Relentless reduction of “bad costs”