Whiskey Finder


Posted: February 28, 2023
Traverse City, MI


The Controller is responsible for the financial management, planning, regulatory compliance, accounting operations and financial record keeping at TCWC. The Controller oversees the day-to-day financial activities and provides financial analysis and support to Owners and the Leadership Team.


  • Assesses current accounting operations and internal processes and offers recommendations for improvement; Identifies cost savings
  • Develops financial policies and processes that meet the needs of the company needs and goals
  • Ensures compliance with state and federal tax regulations and industry reporting requirements
  • Develops strong controls to manage the flow of accounts payable, receivables, inventory, costs of goods sold, monthly closing of books, general ledger accounting, and other back-office procedures and policies
  • Maintains accurate financial “books”; responsible for financial statements, payroll, balance sheets, forecasts, and month/quarter/year end processes and reporting
  • Develops metrics to monitor business performance
  • Manages and leads the accounting staff; creates a culture of support and professionalism in the accounting department
  • Administers the insurance and risk management policies
  • Owns the accounting software program and becomes the expert
  • Collaborates with the Leadership Team and Owners to educate and enforce accounting policies
  • Establishes relationships with banks, suppliers, vendors and customers
  • Manages audits, internal and external
  • Manages debt and collection
  • Understands and can assist with ROI analysis and modeling to assist in business decisions
  • Maintains licensing in different states, compliance for different markets, and distributor paperwork and permits
  • Provides a proactive and meaningful understanding of the finances of the company and applies that to future analysis
  • Makes recommendations to Owners and the Leadership Team to improve processes and plan for future growth based on financial data, trends and best practices
  • Assists with preparing the budget and forecasts; monitors and updates as necessary
  • Understands the strategic financial goals of the company; has experience in creating a budget
  • Understands tax strategies and works to protect company assets
  • Maintains a high level of confidentiality of company and employee information
  • Observes safety and security procedures
  • Follows all policies and procedures
  • Regular and consistent attendance is an essential responsibility of every job at TCWC
  • Other duties may be assigned, and job duties may change according to workload or season


  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy; organized and analytical
  • Ability to build an accountable team that collaborates and communicates well with others in the company
  • Can work with a sense of direction in an environment of change and unstandardized processes
  • Able to set goals and timelines, meet deadlines, and meet objectives
  • Able to communicate effectively with employees, management and vendors
  • Tactful, discreet, maintains confidentiality

Basic Qualifications/Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance (minimum education)
  • 5-10+ years of experience in a Senior Accounting or Controller role, manufacturing or distribution experience preferred
  • Experience in cost accounting and cost analysis
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
  • Proficient in Google G Suite
  • Sage experience preferred

Physical Requirements/Other

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Frequently required to stand or sit; occasionally walk
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
  • Ability to talk or hear; read, write, and understand English
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Ability to lift 15 pounds
  • Works in a clean well-lit and ventilated environment with no apparent direct exposure to physical hazards
  • Occasional travel via vehicle or airplane may be required
  • Workplace does have pets (dogs/cats) on site

We are eagerly awaiting the right high-energy, motivated and experienced candidate so please do not apply unless you meet all of the qualifications.

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